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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"We are here on the beach where a giant shark has just eaten a girl swimmer. Mr. Jaws, how was it?"

"How sweet it is..."

Watched There Goes My Girl from the late 1930s, with Gene Raymond and Ann Sothern. Both are actors I don't recall ever seeing but I did know their names. I learned that A) Gene Raymond isn't a very good actor, and isn't even that good-looking for a leading man, and B) Ann Sothern will do just fine if more famous actresses aren't available. As to the movie itself, if you've seen The Front Page or any of its spawn, this is another one.

That was for research. I wasn't tired so I watched Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? I think that's the name. I saw this one when I was just a lad, and thought it was kinda dumb, and the little squeal that Jayne Mansfield makes in her Marilyn Monroe impersonation really annoyed me. Since I was pre-pubescent I assumed I'd fine Mansfield more, um, charming this go-round. Nope. This is still a kinda dumb movie, and the squeal is reallllly annoying. I did enjoy watching some of the supporting actors, like Joan Blondell and Henry Jones. And Randall is fun, if you turn your brain off.

I also recorded a bunch of Errol Flynn movies from TCM. Flynn is one of those actors I feel like I've seen all his movies, just because of all the parodies I've read and how big his influence has been on pop culture, especially adventure films. But I haven't seen a one! So I watched the first one that came up on the DVR: Dawn Patrol.

And it was pretty good! Yeah, it had a bunch of war-movie cliches -- it's a World War I fighter pilot movie -- but this was from 1938, so I imagine they weren't cliches yet. Heck, this might be the blueprint! The film is old and kinda murky, but that actually enhances the milieu, set as it is in a dirty aerodrome. The flight scenes are obviously primitive F/X, but the film doesn't try to gosh-wow you. THe focus is on the characters, which include not only Flynn but a young Basil Rathbone and an even younger David Niven. And, this being an old movie, it ends rather abruptly without much of a climax. They also make reference to all the people dying in the war and the wars to come often enough that I knew this was released just prior to World War II without having to look it up.

Anyway, it's not Citizen Kane, but if you happen upon it, it's not a bad way to spend an hour and a half.

A couple weeks ago, while my cable was out, I watched Episodes I-III of Star Wars, this time while
listening to George Lucas’s commentary. I am ready to say that understanding where Lucas’s heart was
when he was making these films does make me like them a little more.


Recently, I have re-watched The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One, and Solo. I think they are all
great movies (I do have nitpicks with The Last Jedi, but they are small).


Now I kind of want to watch some of the computer animated Star Wars cartoons they’ve made.

Under the Silver Lake - I loved the director's first film, the horror movie, It Follows. UtSL is very Hitchcock meets Mulholland Drive meets Inherent Vice. I enjoyed it the more I thought about and read reviews. Long, but meandering with so many plot points.  A cautionary recommendation.

I saw Under the Silver Lake a few months ago, and I think I've come down on the "cautionary recommendation" side of it too. It's grown a bit in my memory since I watched it. But more than anything, it makes me want to watch Mullholand Drive again. 

I loved both It Follows and Mulholland Drive, Jonan, so I'll watch for Under the Silver Lake.

Under the Silver Lake is steeped in the underbelly of Hollywood much like Mulholland Drive. Let us know what you think after you view and it's currently available now on Prime Video!

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I loved both It Follows and Mulholland Drive, Jonan, so I'll watch for Under the Silver Lake.

Finally had a chance to see Border.  Not at all what I expected, though I was anticipating something unique and Border delivered.  The heroine is now one of my favorites.  Good film. Not outstanding, but definitely something to check out!

Also this weekend:

Bonnie and Clyde - Never before saw this 1967 film. It was pretty good with an hysterical, extended scene with Gene Wilder.

The Highwaymen - my sis informed me this was the Bonnie and Clyde story told from another perspective.  A bit long, but decent enough.

The Eyes of Laura Mars - fun to revisit a film I hadn't seen since I was boy and watched it a couple of times on Showtime.  Irvin Kershner is the director and this was before he handled The Empire Strikes Back.  Solid storytelling chops, but nothing extraordinary about the story. 

JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT: Kevin Smith movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. I was vaguely aware that Kevin Smith was a movie director when Daredevil became part of the “Marvel Knights” line and he took over the writing, but I had not yet seen any of his films at that time. I think the best ones are Clerks, Clerks II and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, so if you like those, you should like Reboot. Similarly, if you dislike those movies, you should avoid Reboot.

Kevin Smith movies are generally pretty low-brow, and Reboot is no exception. All of them, however, have one standout scene which telegraphs the theme, and Reboot is no exception to that, either. I don’t often laugh out loud, and I found myself tracking how often tracy and I did. Tracy was one laugh ahead (2:1) at the halfway point, but the second half (as well as the credits sequence) had the most laughs. In summation, it’s not great cinema but it is an enjoyable way to spend an evening.

Man, I am a huge Kevin Smith fan, but Clerks II is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I never laughed once.  I still one to see the Reboot though.

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JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT: Kevin Smith movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. I was vaguely aware that Kevin Smith was a movie director when Daredevil became part of the “Marvel Knights” line and he took over the writing, but I had not yet seen any of his films at that time. I think the best ones are Clerks, Clerks II and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, so if you like those, you should like Reboot. Similarly, if you dislike those movies, you should avoid Reboot.

Kevin Smith movies are generally pretty low-brow, and Reboot is no exception. All of them, however, have one standout scene which telegraphs the theme, and Reboot is no exception to that, either. I don’t often laugh out loud, and I found myself tracking how often tracy and I did. Tracy was one laugh ahead (2:1) at the halfway point, but the second half (as well as the credits sequence) had the most laughs. In summation, it’s not great cinema but it is an enjoyable way to spend an evening.

Recent movies I have seen:

Hobo witih a Gun - This is a movie based on a fake trailer from Grindhouse, Totally over the top gore, and a ridiculous premise. Oddly, compelling. Definitely, not for everyone, but I semi-enjoyed it.

Akira - I( first watched this 20+ years ago and found it really boring. After a re-watch, it is still just mind numbingly boring. I just don't get the appeal of this flick. 

Brooklyn's Finest - This is a movie that tells three stories. A dirty cop, a cop deep undercover, and a cop right at retirement. It was awesome. I've seen 3 Antoine Fuqua films, and I have enjoyed them all. This one I really recommend. 

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