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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Go figure. The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite movies.

Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) said:

I think I got about 15-20 minutes into that movie until I fell asleep. I never got back to it.

Your feelings of the characters mirrors how I felt about the characters of The Big Lebowski.

Captain Comics said:

I'm halfway through Gone Girl. It's been several days and I haven't raced back to see the second half, so consider that a review. Unless, of course, the second half blows me away. So far, though, I don't like any of these people and I hope they all die.

We saw the movie Gone Girl. Didn't hate it, but it doesn't lend itself to multiple viewings.

Tracy and I both read Gone Girl and both loved it. We bought the DVD when it was first released, but still haven't even taken it out of the shrinkwrap.this discussion doesn't exactly make me eager to do so.

I saw Gone Girl in the theater. Liked it a lot, but doubt I'll see it again for a while. I don't rewatch much.

Recently I've watched:

Framing John Delorean - A documentary on John Delorean that includes re-enactments with Alec Baldwin playing Delorean. The star of the film though was definitely, John's son Zach. I knew the basics of what happened, but this goes into a lot more detail of the man and his company.

The Conversation - Gene Hackman is great as a paranoid surveillance expert who is hired to spy on a couple by a director of a large corporation. I forget how cute Cindy Williams was back then, and there is also a Harrison Ford sighting. A little too long, but a great payoff.

Bad Company - Like The Conversation, this is a movie from the 70s, and it stars Jeff Bridges and Barry Brown who are part of a group of youths who are dodging the Civil War. They decide to head West and try to make their fortune, and not fight in the war. From that adventure awaits. In addition to Jeff Bridges this also has David Huddleston who played The Big Lebowski in The Big Lebowski, so I feel like I've come full circle.I really liked this one too.

The sequences involving the interpretation of the tape in The Conversation were modelled after similar scenes involving the interpretation of photographs in Blowup (1966), a Michelangelo Antonini film. When I saw it as a young adult I found those scenes hypnotic. It's a famous film, but for me the rest of it had that art-house bore quality. 

My wife decided she wanted to watch Gone Girl after all. So we watched it to the end. It had some interesting ideas, but since I didn't like anyone in the movie, I didn't really care what happened to any of them. And I didn't really believe the ending.

In the novel, the ending plays more like satire, so it sort of works.

The characters, however, remain unlikeable.

Captain Comics said:

My wife decided she wanted to watch Gone Girl after all. So we watched it to the end. It had some interesting ideas, but since I didn't like anyone in the movie, I didn't really care what happened to any of them. And I didn't really believe the ending.

Richard Willis said:

As for dubbing vs sub-titles, I prefer dubbing if done well. If a movie is engaging enough I can get into the sub-titles. My wife doesn't like it. The best dubbing I've seen to date was on the original Swedish trilogy that begins with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The mouth movements of the actors speaking Swedish is so close to the dubbed dialog that I never noticed any difference. The DVDs have the dubbing option while (unless it's changed) the streaming versions had only sub-titles. Anyone who hasn't seen the original trilogy should do so.

I remember an interesting piece from Slate about how dubbing is done: "Avatar in Spanish, or French, or German: How Dubbing Works."

One bit I found fascinating: for the really big stars, the actor who does that voice does it not for one movie, but for all of that star's movies.

I saw Widows, a heist movie with a couple of twists and a stellar cast, including Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez as two of the three widows of the title. However, the former youngster of the house didn't like it; he felt like there was nobody to root for. 

I've heard this floated as a theory why Jerry Lewis was so revered in France: the voice actor who dubbed him was hilarious. 

ClarkKent_DC said:

One bit I found fascinating: for the really big stars, the actor who does that voice does it not for one movie, but for all of that star's movies.

Oh, I definitely meant to see that in the theaters! (And the similar, comics-based, The Kitchen, too.) Gonna have to check my streaming services for them.

ClarkKent_DC said:

I saw Widows, a heist movie with a couple of twists and a stellar cast, including Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez as two of the three widows of the title. However, the former youngster of the house didn't like it; he felt like there was nobody to root for. 

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