Zama

Zama Argentina (2017) Dir. Lucrecia Martel Director Lucrecia Martel says making this film made her feel Stanley Kubrick was being cheeky for opining “no good film will ever be made from a good novel” (ironic given his track record with book adaptations). I’ve not read the 1956 novel Zama by Antonio di Benedetto so I … Continue reading Zama

Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira)

Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira) Japan (1964) Dir. Ishiro Honda The fourth entry in the Godzilla canon eschews the silliness of its crossover predecessor King Kong vs. Godzilla (a modern day version is being made by Hollywood as we speak) although that doesn’t mean it isn’t culpable of the occasional layer of cheese melted … Continue reading Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira)

Godzilla Raids Again (Gojira no gyakushû)

Godzilla Raids Again (Gojira no gyakushû) Japan (1955) Dir. Motoyoshi Oda You thought Godzilla was killed at the end of the first film didn’t you? Surely you should know by now that once a film studio smells a potential franchise characters only die when the box office starts to dry up. Thus, one year after … Continue reading Godzilla Raids Again (Gojira no gyakushû)

Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû)

Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû) Japan (1970) Dir. Ishiro Honda Where is Sir David Attenborough when you need him? He’d be a much greater help to the protagonists of this later entry from the classic era of Kaiju movies from Japan than the so-called expert assigned to the role here. What … Continue reading Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû)

Gappa, The Triphibian Monster (Daikyojû Gappa)

Gappa, The Triphibian Monster (Daikyojû Gappa) Japan (1967) Dir. Haruyasu Noguchi The kaiju (giant monster) movie has been the associated property of studio Toho in Japan ever since Godzilla roared onto the big screen in 1954, kick-starting a legendary franchise and spawning many running mates and imitators on native shores and beyond. Interestingly rival studio … Continue reading Gappa, The Triphibian Monster (Daikyojû Gappa)

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) France/Japan (2016) Dir. Michael Dudok de Wit Q: When is a Studio Ghibli film not a Studio Ghibli film? A: When it’s a co-production with a UK based Dutch director and French distributor Wild Bunch. This whimsical animated tale may have a touch of the Ghibli’s about it in … Continue reading The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

Small Crime (Mikro eglima)

Small Crime (Mikro eglima) Greece/Cyprus (2008) Dir. Christos Georgiou I’ve only seen a few Greek films and they have all been dour, challenging dramas or pitch black, borderline arcane comedies. So this second feature film from English born Cypriot TV director Christos Georgiou is a gentle and amiable comedy that couldn’t be any more accessible … Continue reading Small Crime (Mikro eglima)

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts It seems you can’t keep a good ape down. Having first appeared in 1933, the brainchild of Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace has since spawned a son, a distant cousin, a Japanese cousin, a Japanese mecha-cousin, a cartoon version and two remakes and a … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island