Saw a Takashi Miike picture called The Great Yokai War. "Yokai" is a Japanese term for monsters from folklore, as opposed to the more familiar kaiju. It's a kids' picture, about a young boy from Tokyo sent out to live in the countryside with his older sister and his intermittently senile grandfather. When a vengeful spirit appears, the boy gets caught up in a war between warring groups of yokai and must find his courage to become the "Kirin Rider", the hero who will set everything to rights. It's not a bad picture - nothing deep, but an amusing story. Some of the yokai are really trippy, Japanese folklore can get pretty "out there", apparently.

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It's Good Friday, which means it's time for my annual double feature of The Passion of the Christ and The Life of Brian.

I'm leaning towards watching my BluRay of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Baron said:

It's Good Friday, which means it's time for my annual double feature of The Passion of the Christ and The Life of Brian.

Never seen that.

Richard Willis said:

I'm leaning towards watching my BluRay of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Baron said:

It's Good Friday, which means it's time for my annual double feature of The Passion of the Christ and The Life of Brian.

I first saw Jesus Christ Superstar on stage in London U.K. in 1972 during my first visit to my uncles, aunts and cousins. After twenty years in the U.S. my mother's oldest brother had died (during the postal/telephone strike). After the funeral was missed, my mother really wanted to see everyone. All of my relatives are in the U.K.

The movie version is also excellent, IMO. I was a little disappointed in the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, the TV production from three years ago. There are a couple of points where some visions are needed to be projected for the audience and the TV production didn't even try.

I would recommend the movie or stage show to anyone who would like to see the events through the eyes of the people who were there at the time and its politics. You don't have to be religious but it really shouldn't offend anyone who is religious.

"...it really shouldn't offend anyone who is religious."

Oh, really?

I'm not religious and I have the soundtrack on CD. 

(It's got some great songs on it.) 

I have every confidence that my father would have found something to object to in it.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"...it really shouldn't offend anyone who is religious."

Oh, really?

I'm not religious and I have the soundtrack on CD. 

(It's got some great songs on it.) 

My mother was pretty religious and it didn't bother her a bit.

I saw Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, the TV production from three years ago, and liked it a lot. I watched it again when PBS re-ran it last year. I haven't seen any live stage versions, and only saw part of the movie one time. 

I think the networks have lost interest in doing the live musical theater productions; the previously announced Young Frankenstein Live! hasn't materialized, and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical Live! was, in a word, terrible. 

Here's Entertainment Just Once a Month's rankings of such productions: "Every Live Musical, Ranked"

Here's an alternate ranking from Best Life, which includes a couple that shouldn't be listed because they were musicals, but they weren't live: "Ranking Every Broadcast TV Musical Since 2013, From Worst to Best"

Same here, Richard. I've seen it once and really don't remember if I liked it or not.

Richard Willis said:

My mother was pretty religious and it didn't bother her a bit.

GODZILLA VS. KONG: Am I the first on the board to see a new blockbuster? (Usually I'm the last.) This one was pure fantasy... and I mean that in the best way possible. The movie takes one of the oldest (and most easily disproven) fantasy tropes ever and made me want to believe it. I can wait until someone wants to start a thread to discuss it further; I just don't have it in me.

I'm glad it was good.  No idea when I'll get to see it, though.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

GODZILLA VS. KONG: Am I the first on the board to see a new blockbuster? (Usually I'm the last.) This one was pure fantasy... and I mean that in the best way possible. The movie takes one of the oldest 9and most easily disproven) fantasy tropes ever and made me want to believe it. I can wait until someone wants to start a thread to discuss it further; I just don't have it in me.

The Lad and I plan to watch it this weekend.

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