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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Last night I watched Sukeban Deka: Kazama san-shimai no gyakushû (1988) , a.k.a. Sukeban Deka: The Movie 2 - Counter-Attack of the Kazama Sisters, a sequel of sorts to the previous picture. This one focuses on young Kazama Yui, who is assigned to the Student Police Force - sort of fascist über - hall monitors, but who quits in disgust when she finds their methods too brutal. However, when an old friend is killed revealing that a young law student is using the SPF to stage phony terrorist attacks as a pretext to overthrow the government, Yui, her two older sisters Yuka and Yuma, and some homeless people team up to save the day.  Utterly unbelievable, but still somewhat entertaining on a mindless level.

This is one of the reasons I love the internet. I can find out so many things about som many things I never heard of, and so easily.  You got me curious, so I went to the IMDB and looked up "MESSIAH OF EVIL".  Sounds like my kinda movie!  (Plus, it's got the girl from PLAY IT AGAIN SAM in it who said to Woody Allen, "Let's go in there and watch the freaks!" --then wound up regretting it.)

Found a cool blog article about it, too.

A few nights ago I watched Safe starring Jason Statham. It could easily be Transporter 4. There was some good action but not one of his better movies.

 

Last night I watched Lockout a sci-fi flick starring Guy Peirce. You might remember Pierce from Memento. Here he plays a ex-military guy who is framed for murder and is being prepped to be sent to an maximum security prison in space. Meanwhile the U.S. President's daughter is at said prison to invesitigate mistreatment of prisoners. A riot breaks out and Pierce is the only man for the job to get her out. So it's like Escapre from New York. Guy Pierce proves he can be a leading man and action star in this. The action is non stop but some of the special effects seem very low budget at times. This is a solid B movie though.

Last night I watched Ichi (2008), a re-imagining of the old Zatoichi pictures, which featured a blind swordsman posing as a masseur, and who went around Edo era Japan righting various wrongs. This one features Haruka Ayase, a blind swordswoman posing as a musician, who goes around Edo era Japan righting various wrongs. It's a fun picture, not bad as these samurai epics go. Ayase's quite a good actress, I think.

...I saw LAWLESS , with Shia , etc....and Nick Cave writing and selecting the soundtrack tunes !!!!!!!!!!!

  Bluegrass-billy Velvet Underground covers . I tell yez .

The last few days...

HIGH ROAD TO CHINA

LASSITER

THE SIGN OF FOUR  (Ian Richardson)

SOME LIKE IT HOT

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES  (Tom Baker)

MAN AGAINST THE MOB (1988 w/ George Peppard)

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Basil Rathbone)

BATES MOTEL

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT

THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR

THE VAMPIRE LOVERS

WORLD WITHOUT END - A group of astronaut/scientists begin their return to Earth from Mars and hit a time displacement taking them into Earth's future where man has pretty much become two species--one living above ground and the other below. So, it sounds like Planet of the Apes and The Time Machine, but this film was made in 1956. Rod Taylor, interestingly, plays one of the scientists. Edward Bernds, who directed several Three Stooges shorts directed this movie.

EMPIRE OF PASSION - A young man returning from war has an affair with an older woman, decides he has to kill her husband, and talks her into helping him do it. They continue to see each other secretly, but there is gossip around the small community, and the murdered man's ghost begins haunting them. The director was Nagisa Oshima, who had previously directed In the Realm of the Senses, which I saw at a campus film festival in 1983 or 84.

THE THING - I saw the 2011 prequel/remake over the weekend. It didn't strike me as good as either the 1951 or 1982 versions. They don't even get the Antarctic lighting right. They appeared to be trying to add Alien into the plot, too.

WORLD WITHOUT END sounds cool.  To this day, there are tons of old movies (including old sci-fi flicks) I have still never seen.  Lots to look forward to, if my financial situation ever turns around.

...I will likely see PARANORMAN - 2-D , not 3-...stirring stick , not shaken ???????????:-)...tonite .

...Last night , after 'NORMAN the prev. , I saw.........

...BRANDED -

a rather peculiar science fiction-al film , of Russian/British origination I think - I am wondering whether the American version , though , is an edit/redub of an international version - that I will (maybe) say more about later - Max Von Syndow is in it , I'll mention that (and Leelee Sobewski) !!!!!!!!!!!

  Sorry , no cameo for Chuck Connors:-).........

Backtracked to  "The Vampire Bat" (1933) in my Dracula DVD collection. It's a good one. It has cinematography similar to the silent era, but with more modern (talking) acting. Moves right along, too: it's only a little over an hour long. The length is closer to contemporary horror films, which often run less than 90 minutes.

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