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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★½

    A few weeks ago, I was at the Glendale Galleria with my girlfriend, riding down the parking structure escalator. Overhead and in rapid succession, I was presented with bombastic movie ads featuring not just Godzilla, but the successively more niche names of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Let me underscore for you—the casual—how jarring and almost surreal this was.

    You see, I grew up loving the world of Toho's oversized creations, and some part of that love had to do…

  • Alien Resurrection

    Alien Resurrection

    ★★★

    Okay, so it’s no “Alien.” But it’s a pretty fun little cheeseball movie for a hot summer night. I’ll take dumb fun over the dreary, messy tedium of the previous installment. The direction is kinetic late-90s carnival madness, and the body horror gets a lot of good twists that are new to the franchise—the “1-7 Room” scene is not only the film’s highlight, but has to stand as one of the most memorable and intense scenes in the whole series.…

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  • Godzilla: The Planet Eater

    Godzilla: The Planet Eater

    ★★★

    Oh man, that ending. 

    Stylish, compelling, and a bit freaky, the Godzilla Planet trilogy goes out on a high note. 

    It’s not, like, the best thing I’ve seen all year or anything, but I can’t believe the vitriolic negative reaction this movie is getting from the Godzilla fan community. The only explanation is that there’s a lot of fans who are fucking babies. If you’re going to complain about this not having enough monster fighting in it and ignore everything good here, what the hell do you have to say about movies that don’t have any monsters in them?

  • Mothra vs. Godzilla

    Mothra vs. Godzilla

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This review is a part of my series run on the Godzilla franchise ahead of 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which you can follow here: boxd.it/1UGHe

    “Mothra vs. Godzilla” feels unexpectedly relevant to American eyes in 2018. The three journalist heroes spend a fair amount of time agonizing over the role of the press as impartial reporters of fact vs. advocates for the public good, and whether they even have a meaningful role to play in the face of…