I rewatched this one tonight. (I saw it for the first time circa 2005, shortly after the movie was released.)
The Grudge brings together two of my longtime interests: Japan and horror films.
This is a fun movie. Not anything that is going to leave you pondering the world in a new way for days, or awake for many nights with the lights on. The Grudge relies on atmospherics, jump scares, and classic Japanese ghost story tropes. The characters are the stock types you expect in a movie of this kind.
That said, there are a few genuinely creepy moments. If you wake up at night and suspect that there is something under the covers with you in your bed, you’re officially advised not to look. What you see may be more than you can handle.
If you are in the mood for some 17th-century French drama (and why wouldn’t you be?), then you can’t go wrong with Tartuffe, by Molière.
And you don’t even have to read French. This translation by the American poet Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) is excellent, and quite probably an improvement on the original French version.
I’ve written about Richard Wilbur before on this site. His poems are probably the best examples of American poetry written during the twentieth century. Wilbur brings all of his skill to bear in his translation of Tartuffe.
Yes, I am of that generation for whom The Brady Bunch was a constant after-school fixture. And I know I’m not alone (though not all of us will admit to it online).
Although I was technically alive during the series’ original run, from 1969 to 1974, I was too young to have watched any of the episodes when they first aired. I watched The Brady Bunch during its rerun heyday in the late 1970s.
And I watched the heck out of The Brady Bunch for a few years there. I am a little embarrassed to admit it, but I still recall the plot lines, and major sections of dialogue, from many episodes.
But what about that perennial question...Marcia or Jan? (And yes, nine- and ten year-old boys, circa 1977, did heatedly debate that matter on playgrounds throughout America.)
That is an impossible choice. They were both pretty “groovy”, if you were a prepubescent boy just starting to notice the opposite sex, sometime during the Jimmy Carter era.
I’ve read this H.P. Lovecraft story several times over the past 30 years.
It isn’t a bad story…but some of the dialogue sure is:
“It come from that stone . . . it growed down thar . . . it got everything livin’ . . . it fed itself on ’em, mind and body . . . Thad an’ Mernie, Zenas an’ Nabby . . . Nahum was the last . . . they all drunk the water . . . it got strong on ’em . . . it come from beyond, whar things ain’t like they be here . . . now it’s goin’ home. . . .”
Lovecraft excelled at story concept and description. His principal weaknesses were characterization and dialogue.
Pedophiles were aggregating in the comment sections of family channel videos that included kids. They were making the kinds of comments that you might expect. (No–I’m not going to cite examples; use your imagination.)
This is obviously horrible. But even before that, “Don’t read the comments” has long been a catchphrase (and a piece of good advice) on the Internet.
YouTube has had difficulty in recent years retaining advertisers, who have demanded that the site be cleaned up. Profane, sexually explicit, and hate-filled comment sections have been a big part of YouTube’s image problem with corporate advertisers.
So why not just get rid of comments altogether? someone at YouTube has apparently asked.
Whether or not this change will be fully implemented remains to be seen. YouTube seems to be opting for a gradual approach. In some markets, comments are now invisible and disabled by default, so that viewers and creatives have to proactively enable/activate them.
Look for more changes to come…especially if advertising revenue is on the line.