Criterion Kaiju

Posted in Giant Bugs, Kaiju, The King of Monsters with tags , , on December 11, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

I’ve been watching the Criterion Showa series Toho films now streaming on FilmStruck. Eventually we’ll see them on DVD and Blu-ray. In all, there are 14 films. Only “Ebirah” and “Hedorah” are missing from the original Showa Godzillas. This is the first time I had seen the bizarre Son of Godzilla in the original Japanese anamorphic print. The ending of that film is surreal. The prints look superb. There are few supplements in the streamed versions.


Posted in Miscellania with tags on December 11, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

RIP Conrad Brooks

Posted in Bad Films I Love, Bela & Boris, RIP with tags on December 6, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Fleischer Animation Process

Posted in 3-D, Miscellania with tags , , , on November 26, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Here’s a figure excerpted from Max Fleischer’s Patent #2,054,414 for the stereoptic process. This begets a weird quasi-3D effect seen in many of the Fleischer cartoons in the 1930’s (e.g. Dancing on the Moon (1935) and several old Popeye shorts). Items No. 27, 33 and 34 are not fans, but color wheels for changing the mood of an animation scene. Note there are up to 5 planes behind the animation cell. Disney studios’ Bill Garity and Roger Broggie later advanced (copied?) the concept by developing the “multiplane camera” put to extensive use in Bambi (1942).

The Thing Game

Posted in Board Games with tags , on November 19, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Yes! Scored one!

RIP Pääkallo (Yellow Mask)

Posted in Miscellania, RIP with tags , on November 13, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Afterpulse is no more. One of the better 1PS apps has run its course.

Dr. Syn on Disney 8mm

Posted in 8mm, Collectibles with tags on October 26, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Time to get the projector out for Halloween!