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Got a big deadline looming so for the time being I’m concentrating on our Great Scenes series – and this one comes from director Shûsuke Kaneko, who in the 90’s attempted to usher the kaiju into the next century, resulting in 3 very entertaining Gamera movies. Today’s scene comes from Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999) – by far the most impressive and ambitious (and IMO greatest) of all giant lizard films, full of elaborate special effects using CGI in conjunction with the standard rubber-suit fun. Check out this scene, in which Gamera takes on the flying pterodactyl-like Gyaos, which attempts to “realistically” depict the collateral damage wreaked by behemoths running through an urban landscape. Especially cool is the massive fireball explosion, in which the silhouettes of bodies rise into the sky – something later copied by everyone and their grandmother, but pioneered by Kaneko here!

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September 5, 2011   No Comments


Starship Trooper‘s (1997) “Whiskey Outpost Fight” battle scene is awesome, and remains incredibly powerful to this very day. Ambushed by the enemy, the mobile infantry find themselves fighting for their lives against a brutal swarm. Relentless waves of bugs attack from ground and air, determined to overwhelm these poor (superficial) humanoids. Mix CGI that still holds together, some stellar gunplay, and fantastic creature design from Star Wars vet Phil Tippett and you get an eye-boggling, mind-blowing sequence that still jolts the senses while poking fun at the sensibilities. 14 years on, the battle sequence has aged very well, and I would argue that it has in fact has gotten better. Which says a lot about the creative team involved. Ah, Paul Verhoeven – truly a master of visceral sci-fi satire (see also Robocop & Total Recall).

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February 17, 2011   No Comments

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