Because dad wants to see the new one and it turns out he hasn't seen this yet. Fun to hear him, a usually stoic watcher dramatic-wise, gasped at The Prowler's reveal.
Osaka Elegy 1936
Makes for an intriguing companion to Mizoguchi's other 1936 film Sisters of the Gion, with the similarities -- in broad stokes both are how the oppressive patriarchal society is successful against even the most independent, resourceful (but still believably flawed) women -- offset by the one female protagonist here with a singular can-do attitude that has her spirit just blithely bulldoze past obstacles put in her way (whether she's materially successful against them is another story), to the point of…
Wild Reeds 1994
One of the most heartfelt, tender, honest, and sensual (without being explicit) coming-of-age films I have seen. I could have watched this group of people for another hour.
It has been much lauded for the homage and respect of the monster's origin and subsequent stories, but for me the monster stuff strongly evokes Spielberg in his spectacle prime. The way the movie reveals tidbits about Godzilla and teases its full appearance really helps build the mystique and grandeur. Each glimpse has thrilling impact, and it builds to one of the most satisfying blockbuster climaxes in recent memory. The director is also smart in how he frames the monsters,…