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Kingu Kongu no gyakushû (1967)
I love this movie
I am often asked, 'Why do you put jelly on your Egg McMuffins?' I always reply, 'For the very same reason I love King Kong Escapes. It's a matter of taste!'
If you're really into high tech special effects, realistic looking monsters, and elaborate sets that aren't miniatures.............this just isn't your type of movie, because this film surely has none of that. It has good guys, really evil bad guys (one who finds redemption in the end) a dinosaur battle complete with drop kicks, the mysterious Element X, and a giant robot Kong that just won't tire.
The evil Dr. Who (voice dubbed by Paul Frees) builds a mechanical King Kong to mine the mysterious Element X which is to be used to create a nuclear arsenal. Unfortunately the radiation from Element X disables his mechanical Kong, and he is forced to kidnap the real Kong from Mondo Island, and (using mind control) have him dig it up himself. Dr. Who's plans are foiled by an American submarine commander and his cohorts (who are researching Kong) and King Kong himself who escapes Dr. Who and battles the Mechni Kong in the middle of Tokyo in a showdown that just can't be watched with a straight face.
This movie makes me laugh from start to finish. Whether you're a kid, or an adult it's just pure entertainment. It tries to make you think it takes itself seriously, while totally showing you at the same time that it doesn't. It's the 'Princess Bride' of monster movies.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
What a convoluted mess
I am sorry to say I wasted my time and money on this movie. I own the first one (Oceans Eleven)and have watched it numerous times. Too much of the cast (Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Carl Reiner, Eddie Jemison etc.) are just cameos in this one. Plus Terry Benidict just comes up to these guys and says get me the money plus interest or else. In 2 weeks? Then they, in a matter of days raise a whole building 3 inches. Without anyone noticing. No cracks in the walls or anything? Then Catherine Zeta Jones just walks in and goes, "Well someone beat them to it, and here is where they used a crossbow and you will find the building has been raised 3 inches." Come on, who wrote this. Then the contortionist thief guy just happens to know the exact timing of the laser beams for the alarm system. Didn't they say it was RANDOM? That scene was a total ripoff of Zeta Jones laser dodging in that robbery movie with Sean Connery. If you haven't seen this yet I recommend you rent Battlefield Earth and watch it. If you think THAT sucks multiply it x3 and you have how I feel about Oceans Twelve. If you think Battlefield Earth is a cinema treasure you might just want to check this one out then.