Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
trouble with most movies these days is they don't leave you wanting more, they leave you wanting less. ten to twenty minutes less in most cases, sometimes an hour or two in a few.
it's Hekátē, pronounced /ˈhɛkətiː/, see how easy that was?
anyway, the movie is fun, well acted and directed. it deals with a haunted house, which turns out to have a resurrected vampire in it. so the BPRD is sent to investigate.
one of the best things about all the Hellboy movies is they don't lack a sense of humor. I hate that superhero stuff lacks much humor any more, since by and large they are a pretty silly lot.
the premise is decent, teenagers turn into dinosaurs from some mutating gel. evil velociraptor wants to take over the world. good velociraptor tries to stop him. oh yeah, they both can assume human form.
it's also set in Maine. could they add any more to the mix? oh yeah, the mutated dog...
anyway, it's only 26 episodes and I've watched four now. one of the episodes used the transformation sequence six times. that's just awful. and the kids are such caricatures. they all act exactly the same way, and they aren't always very nice to each other.
oh yeah, and there's a moral in every episode. I don't know that I can make it through 22 more episodes.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
I saw this on Channel 2 KWGN back in the day, and it was in a two hour time slot. that means, for this 81 minute movie, that there were a ton of commercial interruptions. it seemed like the movie lasted forever. I didn't care for it much even then.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
not sure how much I would want it outside for the birds to decorate, but it could be hosed clean if it was stone. I wonder how big it actually is.
if it is a marker, it sure would garner attention in any graveyard!
Ligatron shows up on Earth and immediately goes on a rampage. it's a tough beast, that's for sure. the miniatures here look so cool. in this day of all cg cityscapes and machines, it's refreshing to see actual hand crafted things.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
as in it begins to inexplicably climb in altitude. the crew lets the tower know, but they can't do anything to stop it. on the plane are three highly educated people, a scientist with plans for an big bomb, one with a new idea for a rocket and a mathematician.
the first half of the movie spends time letting us get to know the characters, and that's a good idea. this plays like a "Twilight Zone" episode, so you know the plane is headed for something. we just don't know what yet.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
it's the grandson of Diego de La Vega assuming the role of Zorro in 2015. so we get a motorcycle called Toronado instead of a horse and he gets a hot female partner as well as loyal Bernardo.
it's not horrible. the main downfall is the more limited animation style used. it's closer to the 80s animation than what one might expect from a newer cartoon. the acting isn't bad, and there's a nice chemistry between our heroes.
more Zorro cartoons to be reviewed in the future.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
I've always preferred werewolves over the rest (aside from the Creature) and I vividly remember watching Lon Chaney, Jr change for the first time. by the time I saw this movie I knew how it was accomplished, but it was still really impressive and cool to see.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
this never showed up in my area at all, and I didn't see it until I was intrigued by clips I saw on the wonderful Godzilla Fantasia tape. interestingly enough, Cinemax aired it several times in the early 90s, so there was an uncut version out there. now we have it on DVD, which is really cool.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
still, we got two vampires and two werewolves and a lot of monster action. that's about all a 12 year old would want!
Friday, October 14, 2011
sure would like a figure of the rhedosaurus though!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
American International Pictures never ones to pass up a trend, produced and imported several. this one teamed up Dwayne Hickman and Frankie Avalon to take on Vincent Price.
I think I saw the lesser sequel back in the day, and it seemed interminable. this is the first time I've ever watched this one, which is better. it's mostly just goofy more than clever. I think had I seen it at age, oh, 12 or so, I'd like it a lot more.
Japan also got invaded by two giant monsters in this fun movie. the parent Gappa were searching for their child, kidnapped by a greedy entrepreneur, who obviously never watched Mothra (1961) or Gorgo (1961). a large chunk of Tokyo is destroyed before all ends sort of happily.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
now this was at the local Hot Topic. now, I know how universally popular the Bat is, and that DC recently redesigned Wonder Woman's costume (how long til she triumphantly returns to the original design?) but I'm pretty sure that the bat-logo was not part of it.
it was the final Hammer movie co-financed by a US company though. I kind of liked it, but on the whole it's just kind of... there. it's a great looking movie, and moves along pretty well, but how people couldn't glom onto the fact Mircalla wasn't responsible for all the killings is just beyond me.
I think it's more popular for the blood, nudity and lesbian overtones than actually being any kind of groundbreaking vampire movie. and I'm sorry, but as beautiful as Ingrid Pitt is, she's not much of an actress, at least not here. she's not asked to do too much, which is a good thing.
I'm not in any hurry to see the others in the series, though I am sure they are all acceptable entertainment.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I always wondered what the sequel would have been like. I'm also kind of surprised there hasn't been a new adaption made. but for a 13 year old in 1978 this was just one great movie watching experience, in a big old theater.
Monday, October 10, 2011
to say nothing else mattered at that point, and is probably the reason I don't have any recollection of which book I read this in, is an understatement. I was blown away that this would happen.
I was so excited I pre-ordered the book, by cutting out the coupon in whatever comic book I was reading. so much for that collector's edition! I just couldn't wait to read this book and speculation ran rampant in my superhero brain.
stuff like "what Earth will it take place on? will there be extra heroes? will there be villains? who will the villains be?" and all sorts of stuff.
when the mail finally delivered my long awaited treasure, I was not disappointed. they didn't even bother with the whole continuity thing, which didn't bother me at all (though with the mention of the Injustice Gang there had to be other heroes around). I don't know how many times I read it, but it was a lot. it sure lived up to the hype on the cover!
the follow ups to this were OK, but none were as great as the first one- I only ever bought the X-Men/Teen Titans one, and can't remember anything about the others.
I still own this, and it's in decent shape.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I like the movie, but it's not a great film. and the original Japanese version isn't much better either. it's longer, but definitely more boring than the US version. we all wanted to see Varan fly though, and that is kind of a fun little scene.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
now that I am older, I love this movie. it's by no means a well made movie, but it's got an energy and a charm that many "good" movie lack. I think it's the love of movies that Ed Wood exhibits, despite his lack of movie making ability. when his craft improved, the surrealness of something like this was diminished. and he did become a better filmmaker, as experience will do that to a person.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Ultra-Humanite in his cause, and they escape. I love this Ultra-Humanite. he's witty and urbane. Batman saves a small girl from the fire they cause as a decoy. Batman continues his loner facade with Hawkgirl. at least they do away with that sort of attitude later on.
Shun Ueda and is marvelous, pretty much the heart of the show. this movie is available on the last DVD released by Generation Kikaida. they are well worth it!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
this is the copy on the back of the book. it fails to mention the giant moon rabbits, though. probably to save them for a surprise.
this is the book that made me want a Major Matt Mason figure in the worst way. I had seen them at various friends' houses, but never owned one of my own. lots of characters in here, as well as several of the vehicles including the Cat Trac and the Space Crawler, all of which could be purchased to play with as well.
no sign of any aliens from the series- Callisto, Lazer, Scorpio or Or, which would have made for a more exciting story. spoilers!
for the life of me, I thought it was an LA Derby Doll that came in for the tattoo, but it's not, it's a Rose City Roller, Domesticated Violence, from way up in Oregon. so perhaps I just figured she was from much closer to LA.
so here's the clip. that's who you can blame now, Kat von D.
this was one of the last Godzilla movies I ever got to see on TV, and yet ironically one of the first I ever bought on VHS. and it had the original title then, not the Toho demanded Godzilla Raids Again one. It's not the best Godzilla movie, but I like it a lot. and I'm sorry, all the whiners complaining about the change of the name really entertain me. I can't quite tell if they are serious about saying "It's GODZILLA!" or just being funny, so I opt for serious turning into funny.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|"there is no Dana, only Zuul..."|
I did see the pseudo-sequel on the ABC Saturday Morning Movie "Mad Mad Mad Monsters" and I have fond memories of that. it's not quite as good, but still a lot of fun.
Monday, October 3, 2011
thanks to Famous Monsters, we all saw pictures of the giant octopus that was supposed to have ended the movie. it's a cool scene, but ultimately makes the movie needlessly longer. and why on Earth would an octopus that size be wandering around the Japanese countryside? I'm glad it's on the R1 DVD of the movie, but I'm also glad we got the version we saw growing up.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
it's still an awesome movie. the t rex vs Kong fight just can't be topped, not even by adding more dinosaurs and gravity defying stunts.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
it's not bad, but lacks a real villain. unnamed Viking hordes and Crom Cruach don't quite cut it for the conflict department. there's a lot of talking heads.
but it looks wonderful and is well acted and the music is good. it just didn't reach out and grab me like I thought it might. but if you are looking for something different than the usual disney/pixar looking movies, this is well worth a look.
I loved the movie, at least the part I saw. I didn't see the entire thing for many years, but it didn't let me down when I finally did. I've always thought Doctor Strange was based on Vincent Price, though the character and the movie debuted the same year. it's ostensibly adapted from the Poe Poem, but highly elaborated upon.