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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...I saw the Fathom Events/TCM 50th Anniversary theatrical showing of HELLO, DOLLY! JD, as far as " understanding 1969 " goes...do you think there's anyone in the world not a critic of some type who saw both the two , 1969, okay " (The Stooges)- oriented movies you cite (or the original WOODSTOCK documentary) as well as HD! During the same era? :') They had somewhat different , reps , ' Ya think?????????

...Thank you. My point was, the term rather passed out of general usage after " living together ". ad we know it, became common in the Seventies...though, obviously. what are presumably old laws relating to this remain on the books in 7 and D.C.

  I recall (though I never saw it) a short-loved My Big Fat Greek...Marriage??...sitcom having a short, unsuccessful CBS run after the movie. I presume this was ignored? And that the daughter's age was soap-opera-style accelersted?

   The 70s rock band Tedbome's big hit " Come And Get Your Love " had a B-side titled, Fay To Dah Life , whose chorus went. or like. , I'm living a day to day life/With my common law wife ", which was a little archaic even in 1972.



ClarkKent_DC said:

ClarkKent_DC said:

  • Family patriarch Gus discovers the priest who officiated at his wedding to Maria 50 years ago wasn't ordained and didn't sign the marriage license; thus, they aren't legally married.

The Baron said:

Wouldn't they be considered "common law married" by that point, or is that not a real thing?

It is and it isn't. The wife Maria makes a crack in the movie that they must be married because of "time served."

It appears that Maria and Gus have met all the standards for common law marriage, as listed here in FindLaw: They are old enough to be married; they are of sound mind; they fully intended to be married to each other; they have lived together for a long time; they have commingled finances; they have always represented themselves to family, friends and the world at large as a married couple; and neither is married to someone else.

However, common law marriage is recognized only in seven states and the District of Columbia, and Illinois (where My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is set) is not one of those places. 

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...Thank you. My point was, the term rather passed out of general usage after " living together ". ad we know it, became common in the Seventies...though, obviously. what are presumably old laws relating to this remain on the books in 7 and D.C.

It's more like the old laws are on the books in the 43 states that don't recognize common law marriage.

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

  I recall (though I never saw it) a short-loved My Big Fat Greek...Marriage??...sitcom having a short, unsuccessful CBS run after the movie. I presume this was ignored? And that the daughter's age was soap-opera-style accelersted?

Yes, there was a sitcom based on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, titled My Big Fat Greek Life, which came and went in 2003, lasting only seven episodes on CBS. It had most of the main cast from the movie, although Steven Eckholdt played the husband instead of John Corbett, and for some odd reason, the couple at the center of the story had different names in the TV show, per Wikipedia. I never watched it either, but I think it's safe to say nothing that transpired in that show had anything to do with the movie sequel. 

As the movie sequel comes 14 years after the original film, the daughter's age in the sequel isn't too far out of line.  

Watched Green Hornet (2011). I swear to God, I could have written this myself. No surprises whatsoever,.

And a cast of characters I did not like. Am I just too old? I get the impression that if you really enjoy Seth Rogen's stoner/slacker act, maybe you'd enjoy the movie -- because Rogen's character's worst qualities were front and center the whole time. I found it tiresome and implausible.

Also, as mentioned, I think I could have written the script myself. And I wouldn't have been proud of myself for doing so.

I didn't see Seth Rogen's "Green Hornet" because I was reasonably sure it wasn't going to be "my" Green Hornet. 

Also, it seemed to me to be flawed in the same way the last "Lone Ranger" movie was flawed: As a fan like us, Rogen grew up watching The Green Hornet. Unlike us, he got in a position where he could do what the average fan could only dream of doing, and make his own "Green Hornet" movie. Unfortunately, that meant bending it to fit his schtick, which in Rogen's case is the stoner/slacker act. 

Bad Times at the El Royale:

Not entirely what I expected from the trailer. This plays like Drew Goddard trying to be Tarantino. It has a great set-up and strong performances, and it's not bad, but I can't say I took much away from it. It's interesting to see Chris "Thor" Hemsworth play a faux Charles Manson.

Bad Times at the El Royale brings up something you guys could help me with.

I recently saw Grand Hotel (the one with Greta Garbo) and was delighted to see so many bits of dialogue and situational tropes when they were used for the first time. (I got used to saying, "so that's where that comes from!")

The thing is, there are a lot of hotel movies, which probably all involve multiple storylines that intersect at the crossroads of the hotel. (I assume Bad Times is in that vein, but I don't really know.) Heck, even Alan Moore's Lost Girls used the structure.

So, which ones are worth watching? I've seen Grand Hotel, and plan to see Bad Times when it comes back around on the gee-tar. I've heard good things about the recent Grand Budapest Hotel and hope to see it. There are others out there to see -- which should be seen, and which avoided?

We saw The Farewell, a very charming film that, like My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel, explores complicated family dynamics a non-American culture.

Awkwafina stars as Billi, a struggling writer in New York who is close to her dear, sainted grandmother, Nai Nai, despite the fact Nai Nai lives in China. As the film begins, the two are talking on the phone. Billi overhears things that make her question what Nai Nai is doing, but she demurs. Nai Nai is at the hospital with her sister, getting a CT scan. Afterward, the sister tells Nai Nai it's nothing, just "benign shadows."

It isn't. It's Stage 4 lung cancer, and the prognosis is that Nai Nai has only three months to live.

The family resolves to NOT tell Nai Nai this news. Instead, they announce her grandson -- Billi's cousin  -- is getting married, and the family goes to see Nai Nai in China for a goodbye party disguised as a wedding celebration. 

I don't want to say more, because you really should enjoy this movie for yourself. Awkwafina is better known for being a scene stealer in things like Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8, but she rises to the occasion in this more dramatic role. Zhao Shuzhen is a delight as Nai Nai, and her rapport with Awkwafina is winning and very believable, as is Awkwafina's distress at keeping up this deception. However, the family in this story insists that it is, under Chinese mores, the right thing to do. You might come away in agreement ... or not. 

I have Grand Hotel PVRed but have never seen it. I heard much about it as a kid, because I grew up on the Canada/US border, not far from a Michigan hotel that was widely rumored (rumors from my parents' childhood) to have been used as a location for some shots. As far as I can determine, the film was made entirely in Hollywood. Years later, Somewhere in Time (1980) did use the Michigan hotel in question as a location.

I recommend Grand Budapest Hotel.

I had expected Bad Times at the El Royale to be a darker version of this sort of movie. Kind of, but not quite. The multiple stories are really one story.

Wicked, Wicked (1973) is an interesting comedy-thriller in the vein you describe. It gets more play now, after disappearing from public consciousness for decades, because its split-screen approach requires the full-size screen be used (or letterbox-- but how many movies were broadcast that way when TV was in its old ratio?)

Captain Comics said:

Bad Times at the El Royale brings up something you guys could help me with.

I recently saw Grand Hotel (the one with Greta Garbo) and was delighted to see so many bits of dialogue and situational tropes when they were used for the first time. (I got used to saying, "so that's where that comes from!")

The thing is, there are a lot of hotel movies, which probably all involve multiple storylines that intersect at the crossroads of the hotel. (I assume Bad Times is in that vein, but I don't really know.) Heck, even Alan Moore's Lost Girls used the structure.

So, which ones are worth watching? I've seen Grand Hotel, and plan to see Bad Times when it comes back around on the gee-tar. I've heard good things about the recent Grand Budapest Hotel and hope to see it. There are others out there to see -- which should be seen, and which avoided?

Love & Other Drugs features Jake Gyllenhaal as Jamie Randall, a medical school dropout who becomes a pharmaceutical sales rep for Pfizer. It seems to be about his rise as a player in the field, with seasoned manager Bruce Winston (Oliver Platt) showing him the ropes, but it veers into being a romantic comedy when Gyllenhall encounters Maggie Murdock, who is played by Anne Hathaway.

Maggie is sprightly and always up for a booty call but, unfortunately, has Parkinson's disease. Their developing no-strings-attached relationship founders as she knows but he fails to accept that Parkinson's only gets worse. But love conquers all. It's not too bad, but somewhat uneven. 

The other night I caught the tail end of The Fast and The Furious, which was immediately followed by 2 Fast 2 Furious, and then The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, and then the rest of them were on through the weekend on three different channels, so I found myself watching them all.

IQ points do grow back, don't they? Right?

The first film, The Fast and The Furious, has often been called essentially an uncredited remake of Point Break, in that it's about an undercover investigator infiltrating a band of outlaws led by a charismatic leader.

The Fast and The Furious features Paul Walker as LAPD Detective Brian O'Connor, diving into the underground street racing scene on the trail of a crew that has hijacked a shipment of electronics. The crew's leader is played by Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, king of the street racers. By his side is his lady love, Letitia "Letty" Ortiz, played by Michelle Rodriguez. At movie's end, Toretto crashes his car during a drag race, and O'Connor hands over his as the police close in.

In 2 Fast 2 Furious, O'Connor is a fugitive in Miami, making a living on the street race circuit. The races are arranged by Tej Parker (Chris "Ludacris" Parker). He gets busted and pressed into service by the FBI and U.S. Customs Service to take down an drug kingpin. As Vin Diesel was off making a different movie, the script was retooled to introduce O'Connor's old crony Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson), whom O'Connor brought into this expedition with the promise that they would both have their criminal records expunged.

Next is The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, which is mostly without any of the cast from the previous films. Instead, it focuses on a dumb high school kid named Paul Boswell (Lucas Black) a very amateur street racer who thinks with his little head instead of his big one. A bid to impress the prettiest girl in school and show up her jock boyfriend turns into a drag race that causes massive property damage. His divorced mom keeps him out of jail by sending him off to his father's custody in Japan.

It doesn't take long before Boswell slips into old habits, again trying to impress the prettiest girl in his new school. Unfortunately, her boyfriend isn't a jock; he's in the Yakuza. Doubly unfortunately, being the new guy in town, Boswell doesn't know how to do the Tokyo Drift, a move that allows cars to slide around curves. Yakuza dude's partner, Han, gives Boswell a car so he can race, and not only does Boswell come in an embarrassing second, he mangles the car something awful. So Han makes Boswell his bagman to pay for the car ... but Yakuza dude's uncle deduces that Han's been skimming off the top. Yakuza dude sends goons after Han, Han races to get away but gets killed in a crash. Boswell returns the money Han stole to Big Boss Uncle Yakuza and offers him a deal to put an end to this: a race between him and Yakuza dude, loser leaves town. Since this is a Fast and the Furious movie, I don't have to tell you who won, do I?

Also, Toretto shows up at the very end in a cameo to remind you that this is a Fast and the Furious movie, having a drag race with Boswell.

Then there's Fast & Furious, in which, oddly, Han is very much alive! It seems that, like the Star Wars series, there's a viewing order to these movies, and The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift takes place AFTER the next two movies, Fast & Furious and Fast Five.

Also, there are two short films in the mix. The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious falls between the first and second movie, and shows how Brian Walker made his way from Los Angeles to Miami. Los Bandoleros falls ahead of the fourth movie, Fast & Furious, showing Dom Torretto and Letty Ortiz hiding out in the Dominican Republic, and plotting on playing Robin Hood by getting a shipment of gasoline to help the community -- the heist that opens Fast & Furious. Plus, the guy who played Han, Sung Kang, had previously been in a crime flick called Better Luck Tomorrow, which was retroactively declared a prequel to the series.

With Fast & Furious, the movies are less and less about street racing and have turned into gearhead James Bond movies with increasingly insane setpieces and stunts. Fast Five has them in Rio, stealing a vault from the police station by connecting cables to it and having two cars drag it through the walls and all the way around town. Fast & Furious 6 has them fight a massive battle on an airport runway trying to stop a plane from escaping. Furious 7 has them stealing a McGuffin in Abu Dhabi by crashing a $3 million sports car through the upper floors of three of the Etihad Towers, which is not the only crazy stunt in this flick. The Fate of the Furious has the villain attack the Russian Minister of Defense by taking remote control of every car in town and crashing dozens of them on top of his limo by making them drop from a parking garage.

I didn't run out to see Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, I can wait until it comes on TV. By then, those IQ points should have grown back. They do grow back, right?

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