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  • Godzilla vs. Gigan

    Godzilla vs. Gigan

    ★★★★½

    Brilliant. Fukuda’s at his best when he’s just making shit up about the pantheon of monsters. Godzilla and Anguirus are bros. Gigan lives in a fucking diamond next to Ghidrah (who lives in a ruby?) in outer space. Godzilla bleeds bright red blood. I guess the reason I find Fukuda’s films more watchable than Honda’s is that you can tell he and his characters derive pleasure from being around giant monsters. Honda and his characters have a sort of agonized…

  • Godzilla vs. Megalon

    Godzilla vs. Megalon

    ★★★

    A combination of a very dark and stupid movie—mostly stupid. This one would be one of Fukuda’s best if Godzilla (or Megalon for that matter) didn’t play second fiddle to Jet Jaguar, but what are you gonna do. It’s Jet Jaguar’s movie. Megalon has to be one of the most inspired monsters in the whole franchise. The sequences with Antonio and the Seatopians are just so unique and memorable— they have a Jodorowsky flavor. Thank god for Gigan.

  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    ★★★★★

    This is one of the best all-around. Mechagodzilla rules. King Cesar rules. Final fight is amazing. It’s Fukuda’s last G film and he’s just at the top of his game with his funky style. Sato’s music is fun and tonally precise. To me this is the perfect culmination of the Showa series. The sequel is amazing too— but it’s just not as electric as this one.

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★½

    Rewatched for the first time since it came out. I remember liking it a lot but I can’t say it held up. The action/horror sequences are great but there aren’t very many. The lead character sucks and is poorly acted, and the movie is about scary gypsies and ouija board type shit. The type of horror movie you make as a 17 year old. I wanted to rewatch because I forgot almost everything about it— it’s forgettable.