Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu) Japan (1967) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Despite the second Gamera film Gamera vs. Barugon failing to replicate the success of the first film, Daiei Studio continued with the franchise undeterred. Combining the child-friendly appeal of the debut and the more serious storyline of the second, the formula that … Continue reading Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon) Japan (1966) Dir. Shigeo Tanaka Following the success of the first Gamera film Daiei Studio president Masaichi Nagata immediately ordered a second, with an increased budget and an epic story to match. The result is the most Godzilla-like entry of the series. Set six months after the … Continue reading Gamera vs. Barugon (Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon)

The Shining

The Shining US (1980) Dir. Stanley Kubrick “Heeeeeere’s Johnny!” And here is another late to the party review of a classic film. Like the recent first time review of Carrie - also based on a Stephen King novel - The Shining is another movie perennial with a host of memorable scenes I have seen many … Continue reading The Shining

Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai)

Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai) Japan (1964) Dir. Hideo Gosha For many, Samurai are seen as mighty warriors, demons with the sword usually found under the employ of a powerful warlord or dignitary. But there are also ronin, wandering samurai with no master to control them, roaming from town to town looking for a … Continue reading Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai)

Carrie

Carrie US (1976) Dir. Brian De Palma Bullies always get their comeuppance, but it is a shame that when the victim finally retaliates it is they who are persecuted and not the culprits. As someone whose school and early work life was ruined by bullies, I can always sympathise with the victim. 16 year-old Carrie … Continue reading Carrie

Warning From Space

Warning From Space (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 87 minutes approx. Release Date – October 12th One of the things scientists and astronomers hope for in discovering extraterrestrial life is learning from them. If they have conquered space travel chances are they have seen more than we have and might … Continue reading Warning From Space

Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera)

Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera) Japan (1980) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Desperate times call for desperate measures. Daiei Film studios went bankrupt in 1971 but managed to be revived again in 1974 as producers only. By 1980, they were in dire straits again and felt the only way to turn their fortunes around was to … Continue reading Gamera: Super Monster (Uchu kaijû Gamera)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling) Hong Kong (1968) Dir. Yueh Feng The bells of St Clements might have said oranges and lemons but the bells in this Shaw Brothers revenge movie only signal impending death. By the time our protagonist is done with his targets, citrus fruits will be the last thing on … Continue reading The Bells Of Death (Duo hun ling)

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 13 minutes approx. Release Date – September 21st One of the most enduring and iconic images in cinema history adorns the front cover of this Blu-ray release of one of the most famous and influential films of all … Continue reading George Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon

Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron)

Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron) Japan (1969) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa If you are going to plan to take over another planet and insist on taking children hostage, you shouldn’t get upset if you incur the wrath of a giant flying turtle who has taken it upon himself to protect children and the earth. … Continue reading Gamera vs. Guiron (Gamera tai daiakuju Giron)