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Review: Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

Other monster ‘Titans’ have been emerging since the 2014 “Godzilla” film, and the question becomes how do we (i.e. The United States, ‘coz the rest of us barely exist apparently) deal with these giant, destructive creatures like Mothra and King Ghidorah threatening our very existence. Scientist Vera Farmiga thinks she has a way to communicate with the creatures, but unfortunately she and her teenage daughter Millie Bobby Brown are swooped up by an eco-terrorist group headed by Charles Dance. Farmiga’s employer enlists the aid of her ex-husband Kyle Chandler in rescuing her. Unfortunately, everything gets turned on its head resulting in even more giant monsters (or kaiju as the Japanese refer to them as) turning up to cause massive death and destruction. The solution? Godzilla, apparently. Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, and (briefly) Sally Hawkins reprise their roles from the first film, Bradley Whitford plays a nervous, sarcastic scientist, Thomas Middleditch plays a Communications l…

Review: Theatre of Death

A retired pathologist named Marquis (Julian Glover) has been frequenting the stage productions of a Grand Guignol-esque Parisian theatre called Theatre du Mort. The productions tend to climax in murder of its beautiful young female stars. The chief theatre director is the very intense, demanding, and secretive Philippe Darvas (Christopher Lee). Darvas is currently moulding his latest muse Nicole (Jenny Till) to become the next theatre legend. Meanwhile, Marquis is asked by his inspector friend (Ivor Dean) to consult on a series of recent killings of pretty young ladies. He quickly latches onto a juicy prime suspect: The very serious and very sinister-seeming Darvas himself. In a cast full of non-Parisians, American actress Lelia Goldoni plays Nicole’s roommate and fellow theatre actress. The late Sir Christopher Lee made a heck of a lot of movies (not to mention TV movies etc.) in his career that it’s hard for even the biggest film buff to get around to seeing all of them. However, I’…