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Great Scenes – GODZILLA VS. MEGALON

Now here’s a few somethings you don’t see every day: 1.) giant monsters working together in a complicated tactical formation, 2.) the same tail-skating you see in common lizards in nature, but this time on a grand scale, and 3.) gleeful fist-pumping enthusiasm from a legendary kaiju. Unquestionably one of the lowlights from the entire franchise, the above scene comes from ‘s 1973 Gojira tai Megaro. Notice the subtle way robot Jet Jaguar invites Godzilla to take another flying drop kick at Megalon. And notice that for some reason the kaiju are battling atop the World Trade Center in the US release poster, no doubt to tap into the popularity of producer Dino De Laurentiis‘ King Kong (1976).

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Of course we’re going to be looking at all sorts of Gojira goodness as we prepare for ‘ [2010’s Monsters ] Summer re-boot. Check out the trailer:

Excited yet? Check out the poster and feast your eyes on the increase in creature scale:

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March 17, 2014   No Comments

IsleOfCinema Presents – BATTLE ROYALE

BATTLE ROYALE up on the big screen where it belongs! In Austin!

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Austinites rejoice! Spearheaded by our very own IsleOfCinemite Rockie [@RockieWarAntz], IOC is proud to present a very special treat for fans of fantastic film in Central Texas! April 25th, 2013 – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

As many of you already know, ‘s Battle Royale (2000) – the GREATEST movie of the 21st Century – was never shown theatrically in the U.S. of A. This travesty is now being corrected, and here’s your chance to see this masterpiece as it was intended – with a crowd of fans in a packed freakin’ theater!

I’ll spare you more superlatives because there is simply nothing I can say to do this movie justice. All you need know is that it is the culmination of one of the finest directorial careers of all time, that rare cinematic beast that satisfies heart, mind, soul – and hunger for action! I’m serious – if Luis Buñuel, Seijun Suzuki, Jack Hill, Peter Jackson, Samuel Fuller, Steven Spielberg, Álex de la Iglesia, Quentin Tarantino, Joe Dante, Brian DePalma and several more of your favorite filmmakers (and some you never heard of) had a celluloid baby this would be it. THIS WOULD BE IT! Or forget all those names and just know that it’s a goddamm Kinji Fukasaku film!

So gather all ye Austinites! If you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams‘ Lost, if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games (nobody’s judging), of The Running Man (1987), if you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, Lord of the Flies, Lord of IllusionsLord of the Dance, Traci Lords – hell if you possess a set of eyes in your skull –

YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

And check out a great scene from the movie, previously featured here !

We need your asses in the seats to make this happen! So go sign up to see it now! April 25th, 2013 – but you have until the 18th to purchase tickets!

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April 1, 2013   1 Comment

Great Scenes – FUNKY FOREST: FIRST CONTACT

Sometimes a movie comes along that single-handedly raises the bar on WTF?ness. The 2005 quasi-omnibus Funky Forest (directed by Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine & Shunichiro Miki) is that movie. Those experienced with Japanese cinema will have an easier time tolerating the seemingly unconnected vignettes that make up this movie, whose plot loosely involves a group of aliens making first contact with a group of equally alien humans. This one’s  weird even by Japan standards – and plays like an unholy marriage between Luis Buñuel‘s Phantom of Liberty and David Cronenberg‘s Naked Lunch. If that sounds good to you you’re apt to enjoy today’s great scene. All others should probably stay away. Warning: the following scene contains bodily fluids, overwhelming weirdness, and mind-boggling logic that may be detrimental to your mental health.

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June 6, 2012   No Comments

Great Scenes – FIST OF THE NORTH STAR

Fist of the North Star (1995) director Tony Randel is an interesting figure – a Roger Corman disciple who specializes in delivering intriguing special effects on the cheap, he somehow found his way into directing Hellraiser II (1988) – a guilty pleasure packed with high-value/low-cost spectacle – and somehow also found his way into directing this low-budget adaptation of the popular manga. And while it’s by no means a good movie, FOTNS is an interesting relic from a year when Japanese film company TOEI was promoting itself with a rash of B-movies aimed at American home video – films which include 1995’s No Way Back (starring a young Russell Crowe) and 1995’s Crying Freeman (directed by Brotherhood of the Wolf director Christophe Gans). It’s an otherwise awful flick which pairs an anti-charismatic unknown (Gary Daniels) with an overabundance of hammy actors (Malcolm McDowellChris Penn and Clint Howard), but this is a fun scene, enhanced by clever prosthetics and laughable kung-fu. And of course it fits snugly into our exploding head series. Enjoy – and please resist seeking out the full feature – unless you’re a ciné-masochist.

 

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May 9, 2012   4 Comments

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