Let's get this out of the way: the effects, even for the time, range from laughably bad to ok. Despite of that, the cinematography really gives out a sense of scale and destruction not seen in american Godzilla movies. If it had better effects, this would be amazing film visually. Making Godzilla the vilain again is interesting especially with the concept of Mothra, Barugon and Gidorah be guardians that defend Japan against him. The fight and destruction scenes are entertaining and feature, action, suspense and even comedy at time. Surprisingly, the human element, usually a necessary evil in these movies, is quite good. The characters are endearing and you really get to feel for them by the end of the movie. One of the better Godzilla movie.
7 September 2019
Godzilla 2000 (1999)Slowzilla
20 August 2019
Godzilla arrives pretty early in the film which leads us to believe the movie will be fast paced. However it quickly becomes clear this is not the the case. This wouldn't be an issue if the characters were not so 2 dimensional and cartoonish. This could have built tension and emotions. Instead we are treated to some decent, but not great, kaiju action in the first and third act, but the second act is so boring, it completely took me out of the movie. Even the action is slow an it doesn't help that the effects range from pretty good to amateur filmmaking even for the time. It gets a passing grade, barely.
Blade of the Immortal (2017)Feels like a TV Show
14 August 2019
This movie is beautifully shot and the action entertaining. However, the faithfulness of the adaption causes the movie to feel like a bunch of episodes strung together rather than one full length narrative. This prevented any emotional investment in the story. It's a nice introduction to the material but reading the manga might prove more rewarding.
The Island of Cats (2019)Touching
9 August 2019
This is a very nice little "slice of life" movie that manages to thug at your heartstrings in just the right way. It lets you escape to a simpler life for a couple of hours and takes you through the story of several very attaching characters, both humans and felines.
Human Lost (2019)Confusing and Forgettable
9 August 2019
Human Lost is a hodgepodge of anime tropes and concepts that shows its influences a little too clearly. It presents a complex world with ill-defined rules that is never well explained despite tons of exposition. Because of that It is difficult to go more into details of the plot. Even taken at simple entertainment value for its action scenes it is hard to recommend since the cell shaded computer animation is uneven throughout the film taking you out of the movie. The highway scene would be one of the most entertaining part of the film if Akira didn't do it better 30 years ago. It is not a terrible film, but an easily forgettable one that might lose some viewers' attention.