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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Dr. Strangelove was on TCM the other night, and as Kathy and I watched a scene while deciding what we wanted to watch, we soon bit the bullet, rewound, and watched the whole thing. It was the second time for both of us, and it was hilarious. The movie justly gets a lot of praise, but frankly, no amount of praise can prepare you for how funny George C. Scott's expressions are when he's in the war room, listening to the president (Peter Sellers) talk to Dimitry in Russia, warning him about a flight of incoming bombers. "You see, Dimitry, they're doing a silly thing, and are going to bomb your country. No Dimitry, this IS a friendly call. If it weren't a friendly call, well... I doubt I would be calling at all!"

It's really glorious, in every way.

I watched Murder on the Orient Express (2010) from the series starring David Suchet who at that point had been playing Hercule Poirot for over twenty years (That's a gig!!). I thought that I'd seen some version of this before but apparently not as the ending legit shocked me! 

This also starred Barbara Hershey, a young Jessica Chastain and Armin Zola himself, Toby Jones!

The next night, I watched Kenneth Branagh's all-star Murder of the Orient Express (2017) with Catwoman, Rey, the Green Goblin, LeFou, Aaron Burr, M and Captain Jack Sparrow! Actually Depp was wasted in this film but the others were very good especially the still-sexy Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley who looked very much the movie star.

The script was tweaked due the casting choices and they added some action scenes but as great an actor and director Branagh  is, he physically looks nothing like Poirot which is a bit distracting. Also on the entire DVD cover there is only one brief mention of Poirot!

That would get his little grey cells in an uproar!

I saw it for the first time as a teenager in the early 1980s, and I've watched it.... an uncertain number of times since. One of the best films of all time. Kudos to Kubrick and company for making the end of the world so very funny. Possibly Peter Sellers's best performance.... Though I'm not sure which one.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Dr. Strangelove was on TCM the other night, and as Kathy and I watched a scene while deciding what we wanted to watch, we soon bit the bullet, rewound, and watched the whole thing. It was the second time for both of us, and it was hilarious. The movie justly gets a lot of praise, but frankly, no amount of praise can prepare you for how funny George C. Scott's expressions are when he's in the war room, listening to the president (Peter Sellers) talk to Dimitry in Russia, warning him about a flight of incoming bombers. "You see, Dimitry, they're doing a silly thing, and are going to bomb your country. No Dimitry, this IS a friendly call. If it weren't a friendly call, well... I doubt I would be calling at all!"

It's really glorious, in every way.

Just about every line in Dr. Strangelove is worth quoting. Terrific movie.

"There's no fighting in the war room!" "You'll be answering to the Coca-Cola company!" "Precious bodily fluids." etc.

Watched Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, because I'm an adult and I do what I want. Terrible movie, and I loved every minute of it. Did you know that when a woman reaches maturity, nature makes her irrational? That was said by a Freud-looking doctor with a German accent and a pointy beard, so you know it's science.

"Precious bodily fluids."

That's "Purity of Essence"... POE (or "Peace on Earth).

Dr. Strangelove is based on two books, Red Alert and... I forget the other. I picked them both up several years ago, but haven't read them.

I was lucky enought to see a revival of Dr. Strangelove for the first time on the big screen.

We saw it on the big screen first, too, Jeff -- probably about 15 years ago, at the Ritz in Philadelphia. 

I saw that it was based on Red Alert; that title was listed in the credits. I don't think the film itself mentions another. 

The movie Fail Safe came out a year later. As Dennis Miller & Martin Short mentioned in the conversation segment TCM showed afterward, it's rare that a satire comes out before the straight dramatization... and has details in it that seem more accurate. 

And I couldn't quite remember the end as we were watching, so I kept waiting for the pie fight.

Yeah, Failsafe. That's the one I was thinking of. I thought Dr. Strangelove was based on both books.

Revivals are great. When I first saw High Noon it was on a big screen. Until then I only had seen the Mad satire. 

The movie is beautifully constructed. EVERY shot has a clock or a watch in it, heralding the noon train's imminent arrival. The good guy wears a black hat. There is a slow build implying all of the monstrous things done by the gang leader Frank Miller (yes). When we finally see him he is well spoken and better looking than the good guy. Anyone who hasn't seen it should hurry to do so.

I remember one year (must've been back in the '80s, i guess) a whole bucnk of Alfred Hitchock movies were theatrically re-released: Vertigo, Rear Window, Rope... I saw all of those oin the theater for the first time.

I'm pretty sure I saw them then, too, all or most for the first time.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

I remember one year (must've been back in the '80s, i guess) a whole bucnk of Alfred Hitchock movies were theatrically re-released: Vertigo, Rear Window, Rope... I saw all of those oin the theater for the first time.

I know I've seen Rear Window and Rope on a big screen; I'm not sure about Vertigo.

But that was one of my favorite life-hacks about working in NYC and commuting by train. Sometimes the trains would be jammed in the trip home, for whatever reason. For a while, I just got frustrated by this, and fought to cram on to a jammed, awful train the first time they got running again. But eventually, I just thought, "I've got nowhere specific to be but home, and I can't get there. So let's go see a movie, and by the time I get out, all this jam will be over and done with." 

And I'd take a subway down to the Film Forum and go see whatever old movie was playing. Didn't matter what it was, or if it was the sort of movie I normally would watch. Just give me an old movie, and let me relax in front of it. It was terrific, and I saw movies I never would have seen otherwise, like Burn! (a Marlon Brando-starring war movie) Army of Shadows (a movie about the French Resistance) and Easter Parade (a movie about a slow-moving phalanx of cannibals.... oh, wait, I'm sorry, that's Eater Parade. I saw a holiday musical with Fred Astaire.)

When I was working near downtown Los Angeles the four or five old movie palaces would play double features of movies from the 50s and 60s. I saw a lot of great stuff there for the first time, including the original Manchurian Candidate, after the prints were supposedly all recalled following the assassination of JFK. It was re-released years after I saw it. 

Later, the Rialto in South Pasadena, another old movie palace, would play double features of related or semi-related movies. Also saw a ton of things there for the first time.

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