Tom Hanks, The Illuminati and Japanese Monster Movies

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

The summer movie season got off to an out-of-this-world start last week with “Star Trek,” a pulse-pounding film that launched an old franchise into a new generation at warp speed.

Although this weekend will certainly be less satisfying -- “Star Trek” was flat-out excellent -- it has the chance to be just as exhilarating. Here are two movies worth checking out, both released tomorrow:
Angels & Demons: The sequel/prequel to 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code” finds Harvard symboligist Robert Langdon back at it again. This time Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, must save the Catholic Church from a ticking time bomb that could annihilate Vatican City. Will he solve the cryptic puzzles in time to save the Pope and himself? Almost certainly, since Columbia Pictures has already ordered a third movie.
“The Da Vinci Code” broke Hollywood's Cardinal Sin: “Thou Shall Not Bore.” Here’s betting that Hanks and director Ron Howard — two of my favorites — get it right the second time.
Big Man Japan: Japan has an unrivaled history of producing monster movies with wit and imagination, and their latest creation has arrived.
“Big Man Japan,” a fictional documentary, follows Daisato, the last of the giant warriors who is supposed to protect Japan from the other outrageous monsters who constantly attack the country. But Daisato, unlike his legendary Big Man Japan predecessors, is overweight, lazy and a coward. The Japanese people are embarrassed by him. And adding to his problems, his ex-wife despises him and his grandpa has Alzheimer’s.
After failing as both a hero and man, Daisato finds himself in one last battle with the same devilish red monster who previously whooped him on national TV. Will Daisato be the hero like his forebears? Or will he be humiliated one last time? Check out the trailer below: