Daikaiju Disaster Control: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

What’s that?  Godzilla is coming?  Actually, it’s the return of Daikaiju Disaster Control, with Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla!

Upcoming at Man in Black Reviews

Wait, 3 posts today?  Even though we’ve already done a “news in October” post?

Well, yes.  Because I figured I might as well let you know of some things you might not know are coming.

For those who’ve been with us since the site opened, but not much longer than that, you might be wondering where the “Reviewing Since 2006” line comes in. Continue reading

Daikaiju Disaster Control: Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)

The King of the Monsters is back!

Godzilla, the giant dragon icon, is once again in his rawest form as a marauding beast who terrorizes Tokyo at random. Independent agencies such as those who chase storms or tornadoes in the United States, as well as the Japanese government itself, are doing their best to predict and locate this monster-turned-natural-phenomenon. In the midst of all this, a UFO (not really a flying saucer, maybe a flying aileron) lying dormant under the sea has been awakened, and taken to the sky. Godzilla reacts as expected to this challenge: Tokyo ain’t big enough for the two of them. Continue reading

Daikaiju Disaster Control: Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995)

Godzilla, with a nuclear reactor in place of his heart, is experiencing a melt-down- physically.  At the same time, a creature that remained untouched for millennia is evolving rapidly thanks to the results of the Oxygen Destroyer of the original Godzilla movie.  The kaiju spawn of this creature are the latest beings to terrorize Tokyo, and what’s worse is that they might be the only thing standing between the Earth, and devastation at the hands of the largest nuclear explosive known to man- the King of Monsters himself.

Godzilla vs Destoroyah is unique in a lot of ways.  First off, while the standard approach to the Godzilla movies for years has been reboot, vaguely related semi-sequel, reboot, reboot, this film takes into accout as much Godzilla continuity as possible.  Also, it’s unique in that, while the title villain has a relatively normal name (in the film he’s referred to as first “Oxygen Destroyer” and then simply “Destroyer”), the title is particularly not so.  It’s hard to tell, was this a translational error?  A copyright issue? Continue reading

Comic-Con International 2010 Coverage!

The Man in Black Reviews crew was present at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, and we took the chance to record footage at the actual convention center covering the news there.  It has finally been finished, so check it out under the break!

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Daikaiju Disaster Control: Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974)

As I continue my unstuck journey in time through the Godzilla series, I find myself in 1974, at the 20th anniversary of Gojira. By this point in time, the King of Monsters had become something of a running joke, with talking monsters, falling apart suits, and movies dedicated to fighting monsters of pollution. In celebration of this anniversary, however, Toho Studios brought Godzilla back to basics: an attack on Tokyo, a brutal battle, and a foe that only Godzilla could stand against. Continue reading

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)

Title: Godzilla: Tokyo SOS
Released: 2003
Rated: PG
Score: 5/10
IMDb: Click

As the Japanese military rushes to repair the damage done to Mecha-Godzilla during its last battle with Godzilla, other daikaiju have taken an interest in the creature.  The twin faerie spokeswomen for the Protector of the Earth have declared that the bones of the dead must be allowed to rest.  Mothra and Mecha-Godzilla both have their ardent supporters, and when Godzilla makes his approach toward Tokyo once more, all eyes are on the confrontation.

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