I know, I know, I never keep my promise to keep the updates coming fast enough. I apologize, it has been a trying emotional time lately, lots going on. I’ll just say that while it may take me awhile to get around to it, the blog will not disappear.
Anywho, here’s what I’ve watched in the meantime:
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014): I was pleasantly surprised with this high-energy reboot of the Heroes-in-a-Halfshell, even if I do miss some of Splinter & Shredder’s classic characterization. B-
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (2014): While the intervening time between this and its predecessor is painfully obvious due to several missing actors, it’s not a bad hard-boiled night at the movies. C+
A MOST WANTED MAN (2014): Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last leading role is a nuanced, guilt-laden character in a thinking man’s spy thriller. A-
APOLLO 13 (1995): Tense and heartfelt, this contender for Ron Howard’s best film shows humanity at its worst hour but finest performance. A
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (1998): Vincent Ward proves he’s one of the most fearless filmmakers alive with a strange but beautiful vision of a hopeful afterlife, guided by Robin Williams’ most subtle performance. A+
And some more from the Year of Godzilla:
THE BIRTH OF JAPAN (1959): Toho’s answer to The Ten Commandments is as compelling as its western counterpart. B+
MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (1964): One of the best Godzilla sequels pits the nuclear titan against one of his most distinctive foes, the Earth deity Mothra. B (The American version, known as Godzilla vs The Thing, is one of the more respectful Americanizations, adding in a well-shot missile attack sequences, but still faltering by referring to Mothra as “The Thing” in a cheap marketing trick. C+)
DOGORA (1964): One of Toho’s more distinctive monster designs, but not the most thrilling film in their catalog. D-
GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964): Toho’s first ‘monster rally’ delivers on the action and makes progressive choices concerning its human characters, but could use a tighter pace. C+ (The American cut, known as Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster, pulls off a nigh-impossible task and beats the Japanese cut with tighter editing that improves the pace but still keeps the integrity of the original film. B)
As always, check out the archives for more, and support your local movie theater!