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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Finally watched On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Just about everything I've heard about it is true. George Lazenby wasn't bad, but he was pretty obviously a former model with little acting experience. Diana Rigg was ... well, Diana Rigg, so that's a highlight. There wasn't much in the way of gimmicks and the stunts were practical affairs that were generally pretty well done. And the 1969 clothes, hair and attitudes made me nostalgic. Now I wish there were more old James Bond movies I haven't seen. (There actually are, but they star Roger Moore, who never impressed me.)

Prey, if you haven't heard about it, is a Predator movie set in 1700s North Central Plains (Dakotas, maybe?) where the hunter from the stars battles French trappers and Comanche braves. Well, not only braves -- the star is Amber Midthunder (Legion) who does a great job expressing emotion without a lot of words. (The dialogue is part English, part French and part Comanche, although you can watch the whole thing in Comanche if you want to.) Very well done and recommended.

I Think We're Alone Now is a post-apocalyptic movie we stumbled across on ... Prime, maybe? We have so many streaming services I don't rightly recall. Anyway, it stars Peter Dinklage (which is why we watched it) as Les and Elle Fanning as Grace. It's set in what looks like a small resort town in maybe the Great Lakes area, after a never-explained event kills everybody but Les. Well, that's what Les thinks. He's happy living solo in the library, sorting books by night and "cleaning" houses by day. (He buries the dead and makes a record of who they were.)

If that sounds like a lot of work, it sure looked like it, and I'm not sure it's entirely plausible.

Then Grace shows up, and moves in -- despite Les not wanting her to. She's chaotic good, which disturbs Les' OCD lifestyle, which has its moments. Then the film takes an abrupt sci-fi turn that I won't ruin.

Not that I recommend the movie. Dinklage and Fanning are good, but this is one slow movie. The first bit of dialogue, I am reliably informed, is 13 minutes in. There's lots of slow, quiet scenes which didn't really pay off for me. And almost nothing unexpected happens; even the sci-fi turn follows a predictable path to a predictable ending.

So I'd only recommend this for Dinklage fans (or Fanning fans, I guess) on a rainy Sunday afternoon when you've nothing better to do and don't want to think too hard. Even then I'd recommend A Boy and His Dog, which hit many of these same beats and did it better.

We watched that as well on Prime. I think it works but, as you say, mostly because Dinklage and Fanning make it work. There was some interesting if derivative satire near the ending, and one moderately surprising twist.

Peter Dinklage is one of the great actors of our time. He elevates everything he's in.

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I Think We're Alone Now is a post-apocalyptic movie we stumbled across on ... Prime, maybe? We have so many streaming services I don't rightly recall. Anyway, it stars Peter Dinklage (which is why we watched it) as Les and Elle Fanning as Grace. It's set in what looks like a small resort town in maybe the Great Lakes area,

Captain Comics said:

I Think We're Alone Now is a post-apocalyptic movie we stumbled across on ... Prime, maybe? We have so many streaming services I don't rightly recall. Anyway, it stars Peter Dinklage (which is why we watched it) as Les and Elle Fanning as Grace. It's set in what looks like a small resort town in maybe the Great Lakes area,

Adding it to my watch list.

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