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Invasion of Astro-Monster Review

Creatively bankrupt and looking for one last fix of monsterfied entertainment, director Ishirō Honda brings audiences Invasion of Astro-Monster, a film that feels panicked and a somewhat brutal attempt to capture the science fiction boom of the time. With shaking hands and sweating brow, Honda dares to shoot for the stars, engaging with the premise that an atomic bomb could birth an overgrown lizard and have it do battle on some distant planet nobody has ever heard of. Planet X is inhabited by the villainous Monster Zero, and it’s up to Godzilla and Rodan to fend off this beast, and in exchange for their services they provide the cure for cancer. Manic energy aside, there is at least the sliver of hope that Invasion of Astro-Monster will be focused more on fights than it will on people. 

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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Review

Entities as cultural ambassadors and memorable components of universal art are few and far between. The iconographic tour-de-force of Godzilla is one of the significant, defining assets Japan wields. We may not see anything as bold as the trusting bond between film and country than this example here, not in our lifetimes. With that bond comes inevitabilities, the commercialisation and corruption, liquidating the valuable message and core of a film into its few, vague tropes. Happenstance inclusions of entertainment that spilt over and festered on the deeper, rewarding elements of the initial creation found within Ishirō Honda’s original Godzilla. But perhaps that was just a lucky flare that captured his usual humdrum monster movie madness he helmed throughout his career. Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster would certainly be an argument to consider when discussing the commercialisation of the popular King of Monsters.

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Mothra vs. Godzilla Review

Seeing a man dressed as an atomic lizard swat a giant bug out of the sky shouldn’t be this engaging. Mothra vs. Godzilla is a monumental, important film for the Toho era. Pitting the two popular kaiju against one another reaps truly great rewards, and is possibly the strongest sequel of the initial Godzilla piece thus far. But it is how the great Ishirō Honda captures the brutal destruction left in Godzilla and Mothra’s wake that makes it this engaging. Clashing these characters together is no small feat, and considering this was one of the earliest entries into the series, it is quite surprising to see that it works so exceptionally well.  

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Mothra Review

While the Kaiju-clad screen may have spawned with a stark warning to the effects of the atomic era, the social commentary would live and die within Godzilla. Beyond that, a marketable monster was found, and has left his scaly print on culture and a slew of mediums that stretch far beyond the big screen. Credit where it is truly due, for it is a thoroughly interesting and engaging character, the depth was just never tapped into as well as the debut, although there are plenty of stories to surround him. An infant of the radiation that spawned the King of Monsters, Mothra showcases a spin-off of filled with all the tropes and tribulations of these Toshi terrors.  

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