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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Hopefully you will post a synopsis and review. I believe the only element retained in the final film from Serling's screenplay was the "omigosh, I've been on Earth the entire time" bit - a twist ending he had used a time or two already in Twilight Zone episodes.  Supposedly Serling's script would have required much more elaborate sets and effects and was deemed too expensive.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Rod Serling's original screenplay has recently been adapted into a graphic novel (which I hope to read this coming weekend).

"Hopefully you will post a synopsis and review."

Look for it early next week.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

".....the original Jaws." I tried reading the book when the movie first came out, but it was a bit too advanced for me at the time and I didn’t get much out of it.

In the book the Matt Hooper character, played by Richard Dreyfus in the movie, has an affair with the police chief's wife and there is some graphic description. The end involves Quint and the shark duplicating the end of Moby Dick. The movie is much better.

I saw The Deep (also by Peter Benchley) twice in the theater. I think I’d have to say I preferred it to Jaws at the time. I should probably watch it again to see if it holds up.

Hopefully when you saw it you were old enough to appreciate Jacqueline Bisset's wet T-shirt scene. I was just reminded that they cast Robert Shaw, who was Quint in the original Jaws, as the third banana in this film. The Deep shares something with Goldfinger in that the spectacular death scene of the main bad guy was wasted on a minion in the book. The book and the movie both tell essentially the same, good story.

Peter Benchley's third best-seller, The Island, was adapted into the 1980 movie of the same name. It's not quite as good as the other two, either as a book or a movie. It asks us to believe that an 18th century pirate community would maintain its culture and murderous proclivities even though they are very aware of the modern world. Doesn't quite work.

“Extended version?” That’s what it said on the DVD menu. My choices were “Play movie” and “Play extended version.” I chose “extended version, which was one hour thirty six minutes in length. I didn’t compare that to the running time of the theatrical version, and don’t know anything more about it than that. There weren’t any scenes I specifically noticed as never having seen before.

Like many extended editions, they probably didn't add much. IMDB and Wikipedia agree that Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) was 93 minutes long. So they likely only added three minutes.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

The Planet of the Apes was originally a sateric French novel, then it became a "serious science fiction" screenplay, then a quite different science fiction movie which degenerated into a succession of cheesy movies and a TV spin-off.

Rod Serling's original screenplay has recently been adapted into a graphic novel (which I hope to read this coming weekend).

I read the original French novel. IIRC, The astronaut(s) leave the planet and return to Earth, only to find that Earth has also become a planet of apes.

“In the book the Matt Hooper character, played by Richard Dreyfus in the movie, has an affair with the police chief's wife and there is some graphic description.”

Are you kidding? That’s the part I remember best!

SPOILER: Also, Hooper dies in the end, whereas in the movie he lives.

“Hopefully when you saw it you were old enough to appreciate Jacqueline Bisset's wet T-shirt scene.”

Indeed I was. (See previous answer.)

“IIRC, The astronaut(s) leave the planet and return to Earth, only to find that Earth has also become a planet of apes.”

SPOILER: Actually, there was a double-twist (which I will reveal next week if you don’t know it).

I've been watching Night Caller from Outer Space (UK, 1965). It's an odd film that starts off as an alien monster movie and becomes a police procedural. The basic story is weak and the conclusion is bizarre. But there are good touches in the script, the acting is good, and the B&W photography is nice.

"They've traced the call.... It's coming from inside the solar system!"

We're rewatching the original Fame (filmed on location during NY's dark, seedy days) and I watched Return to Macon County (a sequel only in title and setting. It's not a good movie, but it's better than it has a right to be)


Luke Blanchard said:

I've been watching Night Caller from Outer Space (1965). It's an odd film that starts off as an alien monster movie and becomes a police procedural. The basic story is weak and the conclusion is bizarre. But there are good touches in the script, the acting is good, and the B&W photography is nice.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

SPOILER: Also, Hooper dies in the end, whereas in the movie he lives.

I understand that in the movie Hooper was initially killed. I think that in early testing the movie version of the character was so likable that they changed it so that he lived

“IIRC, The astronaut(s) leave the planet and return to Earth, only to find that Earth has also become a planet of apes.”

SPOILER: Actually, there was a double-twist (which I will reveal next week if you don’t know it).

I don't remember the double-twist. I read it a long time ago and wasn't crazy about it.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: Last week we watched Jaws because my wife had never seen it before. This week we watched Close Encounters for the same reason. I’ve seen Close Encounters only once, when it was still in theaters. I remembered it pretty well, but not beat-for-beat the way I did Jaws. I found myself remembering it as I watched the story unfold. Tracy liked it, too.

THE BRIDGE ON THE RVER QWAI: Back in the ‘90s when I was single, I had three good friends, all married. One thing all my friends had in common was they had their respective girlfriends, before they were married, watch The Bridge on the River Qwai. the girls married them anyway. When I was growing up, The Bridge on the River Qwai was evergreen at my house. It was one of my dad’s favorites, and we would watch it every time it was on (along with Father Goose). I had it on VHS, but I never asked a girlfriend to watch it with me. Imagine my surprised when my wife asked to watch it! My VHS copy is full screen and that just would not do, so we had to wait for a widescreen version to come in the mail from Netflix. Good movie. (I’d forgotton how long it was.) It was written by Pierre Boulle, also known for Planet of the Apes. That seems like an odd pairing, but Ian Fleming not only wrote all those James Bond novels, but also Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Go figure.

I read Planet of the Apes in high school, probably before the movie (It was released my junior year) and possibly in anticipation of it. Hard to say -- I burned my way through the Nerd Canon* in junior high, and it might have been part of that.

(*Nerd Canon, as if I have to explain, consisted of the books that all self-respecting fans in my neck of the woods were expected to have read. It includes all Edgar Rice Burroughs; all Robert E. Howard; the major works of Asimov, Heinlein and Bradbury; E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series, no matter how dated it was; Lord of the Rings (preferably twice); significant, non-Big 3 sci-fi works like Planet of the Apes; and more that I don't remember right now. It was easier then -- there was a lot less genre material in the mid-1970s, and it seemed that it had more or less hit a stopping point. Then Star Wars came along ...)

I saw the first four movies in the theater for sure, and maybe the fifth (despite the dawning realization that each one was worse than the one before), and forced myself to watch the TV show as much as I could stand because I felt it was my duty to support genre material.

I think that last was an ape too far, because outside of the Marvel magazine I have been PotA-free ever since. I have yet to watch any of the new PotA movies, because I just can't force myself to watch any more. Plus, it's like Titanic -- I know how it ends.

The apes are calling from inside the house?
The original POTA, for all its flaws, has always been on the short list of movies I will always stop to watch if I channel flip into it. I finally got the Lad to watch it with me a couple of weeks ago ... and he said, basically, "meh." My paternal heart was broken.

Yesterday I streamed Robocop on Amazon Prime. If you didn't hear, this is the original Rated X (now NC-17) cut of the film that was trimmed down to an R. It says R on Amazon but is the original cut. Who knows how long Amazon will keep this up. I think this movie still holds up pretty well for a 30+ year old movie. 

Also, Hot Tub time Machine which for some reason I had never seen. I thought it was pretty dang funny, and it is a movie that knows how ridiculous it is. 

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