This alien species is the bane of the Ultras existence. First appearing in the original Ultraman series, the lobster like Baltan have appeared in many more series. Some appearances have been more impressive than others. They even have cute baby Baltan that appear to be friendly. They are constantly trying to take over the Earth, and it is an ideal planet for them. They always get defeated, though. Once would think eventually they would find a different planet to live on, but they seem rather single minded.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Baron Wolf von Frankenstein returns to the family home to "reclaim" the name of Frankenstein. He brings along his wife and young child (who was raised in Texas, apparently). He runs into Ygor, who wants him to revive the monster. Naturally, ol' Wolf can't resist, and the expected chaos happens.
I had seen most of the Universal monster movies growing up numerous times, but this one was only showed once, as far as I remember. None of them were really shown in order, but at some point I had realized what those numbers after the movie meant- the year it was released. So I could piece together a chronology. Not that any of these movies had a strict chronology, but they did at least follow general timeline and sometimes had repeating characters.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
I saw this movie for the first time in the theater in 1978. My brother Eric and I had read all seven books several times before seeing the movie, so we were kind of experts on the subject. The movie was adapted from the first two books or so, which makes it a bit disjointed as it jumps around various story lines. It's well enough acted, but seeing Jimmy Osmond as Tom Dennis, AKA the titular Great Brain was a bit of a stretch, though he does an admirable job. That squeaky clean Osmond image does him no favors, as Tom regularly skirts a fine line of criminal activity. We all knew why Jimmy was cast as the lead in the movie, what with it being shot in Utah. The rest of the cast is largely unknown, but decent enough actors.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
When I first heard about this series I was rather skeptical about the whole thing. Thunderbirds is a classic series, really well done with amazing models and puppetry. The cast was excellent with great scripts. It was also very much a product of it's time, which is an integral part of the charm of the show. The unwatchable movie version in 2004 didn't help matters at all. However, once I started watching it I was pleasantly surprised. It's a fun show, and worthy of the name Thunderbirds.