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  • Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

    ★★★★½

  • Gamera 2: Attack of Legion

    ★★★★★

  • Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

    ★★★★½

  • Gamera vs. Jiger

    ★★★★

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  • Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

    Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

    ★★★★½

    The callback to the first film in the trilogy as a major plot point is pure genius, and this may be the best of trilogy, though Attack of Legion is my personal fave. Epic and apocalyptic, it shows the dark side of the kaiju-kid connection, and the trauma that giant monsters flattening cities can inflict, though not without some fun goofy moments.

  • Gamera 2: Attack of Legion

    Gamera 2: Attack of Legion

    ★★★★★

    Each of the heisei Gamera trilogy pushes the envelope further as to what these films can be, but for a number of reasons Gamera 2: Attack of Legion remains my favorite. It's a shame Gamera gets short shrift in comparison to Godzilla because of the franchise association with kid-friendly fare, but as much as I enjoy the 90s Godzilla films, Shusuke Kaneko's trilogy films stand as some of the greatest kaiju films of all time.

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    Nancy: "Why do we always expect metal ships?"
    Jack: "I've never expected metal ships"

    The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out two years before I was born, and was one of the earliest horror / science fiction films I remember seeing. It was in regular rotation on late-night Creature Feature TV, and I probably saw it at least a half-dozen times by the time I saw Philip Kaufman's remake in 1978. Aside from a couple of key scenes,…

  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester

    ★★★★

    A perfectly silly Robin Hood-esque parody; with silly wordplay, silly songs, silly sight gags, and lot's of colorfully costumed little people. Danny Kaye is delightful and charming, Glynis Johns makes my knees wobble, and it's mid-50's Technicolor is gorgeous. Delightful family fun.