Godzilla's Millennium series finds redemption in the unlikely hands of director Shusuke Kaneko, who Toho no doubt must have swiped after being impressed by his 90's Gamera trilogy. And Kaneko took the opportunity to shake up the Godzilla mythos in the boldest fashion since 1984's "Return of Godzilla": it's another reboot! And we've got a load of kaiju onscreen, including Baragon on loan from Ishirō Honda's 1965 film "Frankenstein Conquers the World"! And this time around, the King of the…
Man, if I didn't know that good things were coming soon to the Millennium series, I would have to call this term of Godzilla's lifetime a pallid reflection of the Heisei era. Fortunately, I know things will improve, but "Godzilla 2000: Millennium" and "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" have been a bit of a comedown.
(Can I take a break to ask how the hell you pronounce Megaguirus? It's one of those words that must roll off the tongue if you're Japanese…
"But I love silence. I love loneliness. And they—they are in me. Their strength, warmth. They're soft, they're soft." A Jungian fever dream of life in the urban jungle. Pop psychology, sexual repression, and marital regrets stir in the film that kicked off Val Lewton's string of RKO greats. Might be the most effective use of light, shadow, and fog in the history of its genre. The Criterion Blu-ray looks incredible.
I was wondering why no one talks about this as one of the best films of its era...until the last 15 minutes, when Schrader kind of runs out of places to go. But for me, that doesn't detract from what "American Gigolo" does so well: MTV surfaces filmed at a Bressonian remove. Richard Gere is perfectly cast as an intruder in high society; a young man whose life, despite his illicit profession, is characterized by a profound (re: spiritual) loneliness.