March 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2021

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Godzilla vs. Kong
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Godzilla vs. Kong movie reviewA year ago, summer was called off, theaters were closed, and studios pulled their largest potential blockbusters from the calendar. Although far from perfect, and with too much of the Godzilla story built on the ashes of the weakest film of the series (Godzilla: King of Monsters), Godzilla vs. Kong delivers the kind of big dumb summer blockbuster audiences have been waiting two years for. The culmination of Legendary’s MonsterVerse wastes little time getting both King Kong and Godzilla on-screen. And, clocking in at under two-hours, director Adam Wingard knows not to overstay his welcome.

As the film opens, Godzilla appears to be out of control, attacking the Florida coastline without warning (although his choice of target, Apex Cybernetics, allows some to question the kaiju’s motives). Having defeated the last of the Titans, only Kong, who has remained in Monarch captivity on Skull Island, remains. With Godzilla’s increasingly erratic actions a choice is made to return Kong to the Hollow Earth, both for his own protection, and in a businessman’s (Demián Bichir) hope that something long hidden can be found to defeat Godzilla.

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  • Title: Jack of All Trades – Return of the Dragoon
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Jack of All Trades - Return of the Dragoon television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the 19th Century Southeast Asia and an American hero named Jack. After rescuing, and bedding, the niece (Kim Michalis) of President Thomas Jefferson (Charles Pierard), American spy Jack Stiles (Bruce Campbell) is reassigned by the President to the French-controlled East Indian island of Pulau-Pulau. Along with English spy Mrs. Emilia Smythe Rothschild (Angela Marie Dotchin), Jack is tasked with stopping Napoleon’s threats to the United States. The make it up as you go philosophy of Jack, which is likely to get him slapped in the face by any nearby woman, ends up with him adopting the role of a local legendary figure known as the Daring Dragoon in order to protect the covers of both himself and Emilia.

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  • Title: Perry Mason – The Case of the Sulky Girl
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Perry Mason - The Case of the Sulky Girl  television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the courtroom of Perry Mason. Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) gets not one but two clients in “The Case of the Sulky Girl” when he’s hired first by a willful young woman (Olive Sturgess) looking to get under the thumb of her uncle (Raymond Greenleaf) and later her secret husband (Brian G. Hutton) who becomes the prime suspect when the uncle turns up dead. The episode offers a strong set-up with a witness to the crime as well as offering up the housekeeper (Lillian Bronson) as a strong red herring to the murder. Starting with the theory that his client is indeed innocent, Mason looks to unravel the facts which all seem to point to his guilt including a phone call to the police and the witness to the crime both of which he manages to weaken in the courtroom until eliciting a confession about what truly happened.

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King Kong vs. Godzilla

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2021

in Home Video

  • Title: King Kong vs. Godzilla
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King Kong vs. Godzilla DVD reviewOriginally envisioned as a stop-motion film featuring King Kong fighting a giant Frankenstein Monster, the struggling project was given to Toho Studios which saw in Kong an adversary worthy of Godzilla. The story involves a submarine which takes absolutely no attempt to avoid hitting a giant iceberg which cracks and releases the slumbering Godzilla once more. The movie is a bit unclear on if people know who Godzilla is (they know at least about his name, but otherwise the film is inconsistent about the creature’s history).

Elsewhere, a pharmaceutical company discovers Kong on an isolated island. Deciding to remove him from the island as a prize, the giant raft takes him close to Japan where he escapes as events maneuver the two behemoths into a confrontation. When the first fight proves inconclusive, and doubles Japan’s problems of now having two rampaging monsters on the loose, the locals arrange a rematch for the two at Mount Fuji (including delivering a slumbering Kong via balloons) hoping that the creatures may end up killing each other. Their battle ends with only one walking away and the fate of the other in doubt.

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  • Title: MacGyver (2016) – C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games
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MacGyver - C8H7ClO + Nano-Trackers + Resistance + Maldives + Mind Games television review

With resources stretched thin, MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Riley (Tristin Mays) are sent to Bosnia to look into a local leader attempting to silence protestors. Using updated technology which Russ (Henry Ian Cusick) identifies as belonging to an old adversary (Jeremy Crutchley), Mac and Riley discover police are using tear gas to insert nanobots into the bodies of the protestors making it easier to track, jail, and permanently silence them. Once infected, Mac and Desi (while working through their own issues) have to work fast in able to keep themselves and the protestors out of the hands of the police while Russ attempts to pump the scientist for the information necessary to shut down the program permanently.

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