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Sequart logoSmorgasbord #40: He Came from (and in) Canada

On this Very Special Episode of Smorgasbord, Tom and Shawn talk about dissenting critical opinions of Batman v Superman and season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, Dark Tick is a thing we’re pretty sure nobody asked… [more]

0d794f9b693da11363c2a2efedba0ceeEco-Horror: Energy Crises, Pollution, & the End of Humanity

The eco-horror genre of films may now have a proper name, but it’s been around for a long time. Movie goers have been flocking to theaters to see the explosive battle between man and nature… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #23: Islands in the Sun

Our cups runneth over as Tom and Shawn discuss SDCC trailers and casting news, October Previews, and Marvel’s attempt to revive Franklin Delano Bluth. We also review the first issues of Power Up, Godzilla in… [more]

Godzilla's Revenge2015-07-09-13h01m06s211Where the Kaiju Things Are: All Monsters Attack

After Destroy All Monsters, Toho took the Godzilla franchise in a controversial direction. The studio decided to throw their biggest director at their smallest film yet, birthing one of the least popular Godzilla movies ever.… [more]

Behind_Kaiju_Soshingeki_with_Gorosaurus_SoshingekiAngira_ShodaiMinira_and_SoshingekiGojiTsuburaya and Honda’s Last Charge: Destroy All Monsters

There was another big number coming down Toho’s pipe shortly after they’d celebrated their anniversary. Their next kaiju film would be the twentieth they had directed, something worthy of celebration. However the celebration was to… [more]

MinillaGiant Bugs, Children, and Hibernation: On Son of Godzilla

After Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, Toho decided to task Jun Fukuda and his crew with making another Godzilla movie set in the South Pacific. This one would capitalize on the trendy location in a… [more]

EHOTD_-_Man_Sees_Godzilla_and_Ebirah_BattleGodzilla’s Heartbeat: Sea Monsters, Chameleons, and a New Team for Toho

Cancer. The Crab is said to have been put among the stars by the favour of Hera, because, when Hercules had stood firm against the Lernaean Hydra, it had snapped at his foot from the swamp. Hercules, enraged at this, had killed it, and Hera put it among the constellations. [more]

Ghidorah2015-04-16-13h58m39s23The Last Hurrah: Frankenstein, Baragon, and King Ghidorah

Good men, do not be afraid! You should all single-mindedly recite the name of Guanshiyin Bodhisattva. This Bodhisattva bestows fearlessness upon living beings. If you recite his name, you shall surely be saved from these robbers, and if upon hearing that, the merchants all cry out together, Namo Guanshiyin Bodhisattva, then they will immediately be saved because they recited his name. [more]

Ghidorah2015-04-02-19h13m16s129A Voice Like a Bell: Godzilla as a Hero and the Arrival of King Ghidorah

It was not long before awful Yamatano-orochi came. Soon, it noticed the smell of sake and struck its eight heads into each gate. It drank up the sake and began to sleep with a incredibly loud snore. Susanoo-no-mikoto cut its necks and tails one by one with his sword..The water color of the Hi-no-kawa river turned to red with its blood. [more]

MatangoThe Onslaught of the Mushrooms: Toho’s Serious and Silly Sixties

“I felt that I was now seeing plain, whereas ordinary vision gives us an imperfect view; I was seeing the archetypes, the Platonic ideas, that underlie the imperfect images of everyday life. The thought crossed my mind: could the divine mushrooms be the secret that lay behind the ancient Mysteries?” [more]

Kong vs gojira2015-03-22-17h36m51s130A Countless Number of Small Items: King Kong vs Godzilla and Akira Ifukube Pt. 2

I visited temples in Rehe and saw numerous Buddha statues embedded all over the wall. Even though each statue was humble, seeing all of them together on the wall impressed me greatly. [more]

Kong vs gojira2015-03-22-17h53m53s111A Countless Number of Small Items: King Kong vs Godzilla and Akira Ifukube

Be done with rote learning and its attendant vexations; for is there distinction of a “yes” from a “yea” comparable now to the gulf between evil and good? What all men fear, I too must fear… how barren and pointless a thought! [more]

varan2015-03-19-17h21m06s157Such Beautiful Miniatures: Yasuyuki Inoue and a New Age for Toho

Earth Defence Force is the start of an important transition in Ishirō Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya’s techniques, a transition that wouldn’t reach its peak until a new decade arrived. The bright and colourful space film required Eiji Tsuburaya to focus more on optical effects then he had to date. [more]

treasure2015-03-09-17h59m46s61The First Kaiju Fight: Godzilla Raids Again

As Nakajima himself put it, “I had to stand in the middle of the set while a huge amount of crushed ice came tumbling down on me.” The weight of the ice, coupled with the weight of the GyakushuGoji suit, broke the platform Nakajima and a cable operator were situated on. [more]

gojiraBaptized in the Fires of the H-Bomb: Eiji Tsuburaya, Godzilla, and the Birth of Kaiju

With my eleven Gamera movies watched and reviewed and the last outlier on its way I decided it was time to delve into more kaiju films, specifically as many of them, in chronological order, as… [more]

Stillman-Hiroshima-690Godzilla: One Complicated Lizard

Bombardier Major Thomas Ferebee opened the bomb bay of the Enola Gay B-29. Out plummeted “Little Boy,” a 9,700-pound nuclear warhead, which detonated 1,900 feet above a surgical clinic in downtown Hiroshima. The bomb was… [more]

GODZILLA2014 in Movies Part Two

So after scribing a list of the best movies I didn’t see there’s only one natural follow up – my favourite movies of the year! After all my quick-and-dirty defences of ranking and lists I’m… [more]

Gamera_originalFire-Breathing Turtles and Rubber Suits: On Gamera

In which I talk about a movie with a fire-breathing, flying turtle. I’m also wildly insecure and ask for you, the reader, to pitch in on future reviews… But mainly fire-breathing turtles. [more]

godzilla-2014-movie-still-04-27Kaiju-Sized Review of Godzilla

I was very excited for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. This had less to do with the fact that it was a Godzilla film (though I won’t lie and tell you that wasn’t a factor) and more… [more]

Godzilla 2014 posterGodzilla’s a Hit

Godzilla had an estimated $93.2-million opening weekend, domestically. That’s more than Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million) and just under Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million). That puts Godzilla is serious blockbuster territory. Godzilla has… [more]

Godzilla cranstoncry“We knew the world would not be the same…”: Thoughts on the Chimeric Nature of Promoting Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla

Not long ago, fellow Sequart contributor Greg Carpenter tweeted his interest in Godzilla after viewing the trailer released towards the end of February. I attempted to let this learned man know that there is more… [more]