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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"Jeff, you never saw The Princess Bride?"

I never even heard of it.

"Ever?"

Well, I must have heard of it sometime, because apparently my wife has been trying to talk me into see it ever since we were married. But I have an uncanny ability not to retain any information that doesn't interest me. Having heard only the title, I'm sure I assumed it was a romcom (which it kind of was).

Wow... that movie really is one of the all-time greats. Well, like it or not, a whole new wing of pop-cultural references is now open to you!

I don't know. I just... I don't know.

I had a VUDU credit and watched Jordan Peele's Us. Truly creepy, and a horror film with a novel premise. Not as though-provoking as Get Out was, but I definitely recommend it.

We saw it recently on rental DVD. Jordan Peele is a very good director and his movies are unique.

Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) said:

I had a VUDU credit and watched Jordan Peele's Us. Truly creepy, and a horror film with a novel premise. Not as though-provoking as Get Out was, but I definitely recommend it.



JohnD said:

Don't feel bad Jeff. I've never seen Princess Bride either.
...Me neither.

 Jeff of Earth-J said:

"Jeff, you never saw The Princess Bride?"

I never even heard of it.

"Ever?"

Well, I must have heard of it sometime, because apparently my wife has been trying to talk me into see it ever since we were married.

The movie was written by the late William Goldman, from his own novel. Wikipedia's page on the novel has some details that might interest Tracy.

I realize this will be an unpopular opinion, but I have seen it (more than once), and even when I was a kid, I thought it was so overrated. I just never got it. Obviously, your mileage very well may vary!

Sheesh, guys. Just see The Princess Bride already! The novel's even better.

I saw Midsommar: slow-moving and somewhat predictable to people who have watched similar films, but well-done.

And the new Nancy Drew. Not the new-new TV show, but the movie from last year with Sophia Lillis. She's pretty good, but the movie isn't, particularly, even when judged as a kid's film.

Now, The Princess Bride....

My favorite Princess Bride bit:

Montoya : "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Dread Pirate Roberts: "I didn't kill your father."

Montoya: "I know. I say that to everyone. Sooner or later I will be right."

On another subject, I watched Bad Times at the El Royale thanks to recommendations on this thread. Jeff Bridges is always a treat, and it was wild seeing Chris Hemsworth in a character so unlike his usual fare. Recognized the Mad Men actor right away, but It took me a minute to recognize the 50 Shades of Gray actress, because I didn't watch that movie. I just know her face from all the publicity for that movie.

Anyway, I like noir in general, and this qualifies. It didn't blow me away, but I appreciate the writer taking some chances with the formula, especially the deaths you don't expect.

Weirdly, the next night I watched the latest episode of Riverdale, and damn if the guy playing Edgar Evernever wasn't swiping doing an homage to Hemsworth as the cult leader. Would never have known that without watching El Royale.

"The movie was written by the late William Goldman, from his own novel. Wikipedia's page on the novel has some details that might interest Tracy."

I'll let her know.

CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON: Friday night Tracy came home and said she wanted to watch this movie. I don’t know what prompted it, but if you’re lucky enough to be married to a woman to enjoys watching 1950s “B” sci-fi films occasionally, don’t ask questions! Y’know how I said Princess Bride was not really my kind of movie? Cat Women of the Moon is my kind of movie! A matter of fact, we watched it twice: on Friday we watched the original, then on Saturday we watched the Rifftrax version (spoofed by Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl rather than the boys).

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: A couple of weeks ago, American Mythology published a reprint of Marvel’s 1975 adaptation of the film. I mentioned that, although I enjoyed the comic book, I hadn’t seen the movie. Then bob reminded me that yes, I had, because it was one of the new MST3Ks (with Jonah). With the comic fresh in my mind, we re-watched the MST3K version.

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