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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"Around the time of 'Clambake'

Movie number twenty-five"

CLAMBAKELike the song says, this is Elvis' 25th movie. Elvis plays the son of a Texas oilman (played by James Gregory) who switches places with a water ski instructor (Will Hutchins) to prove he can make it on his own. Shelley Fabares has come to Miami to find a rich husband. She has her eyes set on a rich playboy (Bill Bixby), but Elvis has his eyes set on her. 

Love interest: This is the last of three Elvis movies to feature Shelley Fabares.

Songs: Eight including "You Don't Know Me," "The Girl I Loved," "Hay, Hey, Hey" and the title song (if you can call it that).

Trivia: Shortly after the movie wrapped, Elvis married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. After a brief honeymoon in Palm Springs, they returned to Memphis for a second ceremony at Graceland for family and friends on May 1, 1967. Elvis had recently won his first Grammy (for Best Sacred Performance) for his second gospel album, How Great Thou Art.

B-MOVIES: Soon after I discovered MST3K in the '90s, I became interested in buying such movies on VHS. There are 12 in particular I'm thinking of, 10 of which I have watched (but not in over 25 years, and none of them with Tracy), several of which were featured on MST3K, Have you ever seen those "20 Movie Packs" or "50 Movie Packs" put out by Mill Creek Entertainment in a variety of genres for ridiculously low prices? Well, about 15 years ago we bought a "100 Movie Pack" of "Sci-Fi Classics," 100 movies divided among 25 discs. We ended up watching 10 of the discs before our purpose cooled and we haven't watched any of them since (but I remember where we left off). 

Inspired by her own success at choosing the 4-movie set we just finished watching, Tracy ordered a "50 Movie Pack" of "Horror Classics." I suggested that she hold off until we watch some of the ones we already have (mostly sci-fi), but she prefers the horror. We have a lot of B movies to watch is what I'm sayin'. 

We have the SF one as well. Somewhere! We stopped at maybe eight movies before we.... I'll have to look for that thing.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

B-MOVIES: Soon after I discovered MST3K in the '90s, I became interested in buying such movies on VHS. There are 12 in particular I'm thinking of, 10 of which I have watched (but not in over 25 years, and none of them with Tracy), several of which were featured on MST3K, Have you ever seen those "20 Movie Packs" or "50 Movie Packs" put out by Mill Creek Entertainment in a variety of genres for ridiculously low prices? Well, about 15 years ago we bought a "100 Movie Pack" of "Sci-Fi Classics," 100 movies divided among 25 discs. We ended up watching 10 of the discs before our purpose cooled and we haven't watched any of them since (but I remember where we left off). 

You're your own "Mads":    "We'll send us cheesy movies, the worst we can find.  We'll have to sit and watch them all, and we'll monitor our minds."

Of possible interest for the Star Trek fans, Angelique Pettyjohn from “Gamesters of Triskelion” appears in Clambake.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"Around the time of 'Clambake'

Movie number twenty-five"

CLAMBAKELike the song says, this is Elvis' 25th movie. Elvis plays the son of a Texas oilman (played by James Gregory) who switches places with a water ski instructor (Will Hutchins) to prove he can make it on his own. Shelley Fabares has come to Miami to find a rich husband. She has her eyes set on a rich playboy (Bill Bixby), but Elvis has his eyes set on her. 

Love interest: This is the last of three Elvis movies to feature Shelley Fabares.

Songs: Eight including "You Don't Know Me," "The Girl I Loved," "Hay, Hey, Hey" and the title song (if you can call it that).

Trivia: Shortly after the movie wrapped, Elvis married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas. After a brief honeymoon in Palm Springs, they returned to Memphis for a second ceremony at Graceland for family and friends on May 1, 1967. Elvis had recently won his first Grammy (for Best Sacred Performance) for his second gospel album, How Great Thou Art.

LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE: This movie, Elvis' 28th, is based on the novel Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips, and is a bit more risque than most Elvis fare. There was never any sex in an Elvis movie before, even implied, but this movie has a shower scene, a bedroom scene, and Elvis even drops a "dammit" or two. Honestly, it's pretty tame (it's just a matter of Elvis' image), but it is a cut above any of his other 1960s movies. In it, he plays a photographer with two jobs: he splits his time between a conservative advertising agency and a racy girlie magazine. ?His bosses are played by Don Porter and Rudy Vallee.

Love interest: Michele Carey

Rival: Dick Sargent

Songs: "Almost in Love," "A Little Less Conversatrion," "Edge of Reality" and "Wonderful World."

This is not Elvis' last movie, but it's the last of the ones I'll be watching for a while. I bought this on at HPB since moving to Texas, but it was not shrinkwrapped. It was used, and whoever sold it didn't bother to rewind it. Remember folks: "Be Kind, Rewind."

HPB

last

Please tell me that Rudy Vallee was the guy with the girlie magazine!  I desperately want to believe that that's how Mr. Biggley met Ms, LaRue in How to Succeed in Business.

Sorry, Vallee was the conservative ad exec. 

Here's an online review of the novel. I want to read that thing!

"An original book that is a lawlessness unto itself, this has the continuity of a marijuana jag and, at times, the esthetics of a belly dancer. Oliver Bloom (absolutely no relation to Leopold) is a young painter who has lost interest in painting. One day on a California beach he is picked up and taken home by Bernice Baby, wife of Harry Baby, to set up a menage a quatre. The fourth party is Albert, Bernice's German Shepherd, who reads Variety, or pretends to. Bernice has a frigidity problem she thinks Oliver can help her solve. Later, Oliver goes out job-hunting, lands two jobs on separate floors in the same office building. Neither firm knows he has the other job, but Oliver keeps racing between offices for half a year, making $1,200 a month. At one job he writes ad copy; at the other he is the art director in charge of nude photos for a girlie mag. Meanwhile, he splits from Bernice Baby and sets up housekeeping on his own, with assistance from Alice. When Bernice splits from Harry Baby, she forces herself on Oliver, who is soon keeping not only two jobs but two girls ignorant of each other. The style is sheer fancy and shows some talent even though the book, a diversion, does not altogether come off."

"A Little Less Conversation" is always the last song of the pre-show gogo dancing before one of our favorite burlesque shows (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque in NYC), so it occupies a very special place in my heart -- and just by Pavlovian association has become one of my favorite Elvis songs. (Although it could earn that on the merits, anyway; it SLAPS.) 

That song will always be associated in my mind with this video .

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

"A Little Less Conversation" is always the last song of the pre-show gogo dancing before one of our favorite burlesque shows (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque in NYC), so it occupies a very special place in my heart -- and just by Pavlovian association has become one of my favorite Elvis songs. (Although it could earn that on the merits, anyway; it SLAPS.) 

Not having seen the movie, I became aware of it when it was the theme song of the TV show Las Vegas (2003-2008), on which James Caan played the badass casino owner. Saw every episode.

Oh, that's awesome!

The Baron said:

That song will always be associated in my mind with this video .

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

"A Little Less Conversation" is always the last song of the pre-show gogo dancing before one of our favorite burlesque shows (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque in NYC), so it occupies a very special place in my heart -- and just by Pavlovian association has become one of my favorite Elvis songs. (Although it could earn that on the merits, anyway; it SLAPS.) 

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