Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

Tibet. One of the smallest countries on Earth. Home to Mt. Everest. And the Tibetans have been peaceful people as always ever since. Tensin Gysato has been the wisest Dali Lama of all time. And when he was the youngest Dali Lama in 1940’s, he met a foreigner as they made a kind friendship. Heinrich Harrer.

Austrian-German Heinrich Harrer, an expert in mountain climbing was glad to leave his home of Austria in the summer of 1939. For he wanted to climb the high mountains of Tibet.

Unfortunately on his routine expedition in the snowy mountains, Heinrich and his team were captured by the British government, when they heard the news that the Second World War broke out. They were taken to a POW camp in India, and didn’t escape until 1944.

While the rest of his mountain climbing team were K.I.A in Italy by boat when they arrived, he and his friend Peter Aufschnaiter have spent the last seven years, battling the elements, and have been living in Tibet until they got the castle of the Dali Lama.

Yet, they did hear the rumours about Europe during the Second World War. China too ever since the Japanese occupation. Until the Chinese military campaign in 1950. Which was why only Peter Aufschnaiter decided to stay in Tibet, while Harrer returned to Austria in 1951.

During their stay, Heinrich and Tensin have made a kind friendship that their bond can never be broken. So for a success, 8/10 stars is what I give.

In this movie, are Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, and Mako ever since he was in “The Sand Pebbles”, “Conan the Barbarian”, “Conan the Destroyer”, and “RoboCop 3”, four years before Gennedy Tartakovsky hired him as Aku in “Samurai Jack”.

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How much some of us fans missed the glory days of YTV and Teletoon

Like those fans that really love “Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat” TV show a lot, and how they want that to come back, it’s the same thing for us fans on how we missed our anime TV shows and movies, in the glory days on YTV and Teletoon.

As usual, both TV channels on Rogers, Bell Canada and Videotron are what people have in Ottawa and Gatineau in Canada. For as far as I remember, we never had them. Just a usual big black screen TV that works with TV cable.

YTV was once on channel 25, but was moved to channel 65. Teletoon as usual was on channel 48. Never moved. And yes, we didn’t had PVR’s back in those days. We would watch our cartoon tv shows live in which I didn’t mind. Especially on sick days. Nights also before going to bed. However, when we would have a VHS machine, and want to tape something on an actual videotape, we would do that. That was amazing for sure as it worked.

Fans still miss the glory days including me today. They really remember those anime TV shows and anime movies a lot as how I am really.

You could say that on YTV, us anime fans really loved on “Sailor Moon”…

….”DragonBall” & “DragonBall Z”….

….”Digimon: Digital Monsters” including its only movie….

….”Mew Mew Power”…

….”Pretty Cure”…

…and so much more, that they loved all of them in just one channel.

On Teletoon, it was just mostly “Cardcaptors” including its movie….

“MegaMan NT Warrior”….

“Spider Riders”…

…..and “Bakugan: Battle Brawlers”.

“Pokémon” however was too special. It was on YTV at first from the original series to the season where that kid was in this Unova region. By entering the ‘XY series’, it was then transferred to Teletoon as they finished on what happened when Ash Ketchum and his Pokémon were in the Kalos region. It lead me to how the creators including Satoshi Tajiri were affecting the lives of those characters in that anime TV show. Cause only they, can control the future to all on “Pokémon”. That was why they kept like almost like a never ending story. Before they signed the deal to create the new ‘Detective Pikachu’ movie. And have it live action with Justice Smith, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy, and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu.

So yes, we still miss on what we loved on, back in the glory days a lot. Rather than being stuck at elementary school in which was unfair and boring.

However by 2010 and 2014, that was when we realized that both TV channels were getting a lot worse. They never care not one bit. All they want is nothing but those cartoons that want money in their pockets. So that was why I left for sure. (Besides, those two TV channels were falling into the dark side of movies and TV shows, that I really dislike on).

So we definitely need these anime TV shows and anime movies to return. Mostly from YTV and Teletoon. Maybe Toonami. Even if were to have a retro TV channel like ‘Teletoon Retro’ for these that I’ve mentioned.

Howl’s Moving Castle- 15th anniversary

In 2004, Hayao Miyazaki did his anime masterpiece “Howl’s Moving Castle”. Next was Nick Park and Steve Box on “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”. Both showed a lesson that we need to know.

While facing a curse, let’s say if you’re an old woman who needs to be young again, no thanks to a wasteful witch, or a man who turns into a massive furry monster at night whenever the moon is full, the best idea is to find a way to break the curse before it’s too late.

They were both remarkable, and had beaten Tim Burton on his ‘Corpse Bride’ as Helena Bonham Carter was turning out to be a great actress. (Before she turned to the dark side later on, along with Tim Burton). And later on, to the night of March 5th, 2006, while Phillip Seymour Hoffman deserved the Oscar award for Best Actor in “Capote”, Nick Park and Steve Box deserved for what they did when their movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

In this remarkable Oscar nominated anime masterpiece from Studio Ghibli and GKIDS that director Hayao Miyazaki did, based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, this depicts on how a young girl named Sophie Hatter, who was cursed by the Witch of the Waste. By becoming a 90 year old woman, she seeks a wizard named Howl, to break this curse in her. And put an end to that fat witch. By finding him in a walking castle, she falls in love with the wizard. Along the way, she befriends a talking fire demon, an orphan boy who can disguise himself, and a walking scarecrow in which turns into a human after Sophie’s curse has been finally broken. The same thing for Howl’s.

What about that Witch of the Waste? After she had lost her minions and her powers also, she became a chair bound old woman. And at the time when the country war came to an end, they lived in a new free life in a flying castle. By looking at the very end, I really like Sophie’s new look for how young she is again, but with that grey hair she has in that yellow dress. By the time that she and Howl got into a romantic relationship.

With the voice talents of Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Josh Hutcherson, Crispin Freeman, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, and Jean Simmons since she was with Kirk Douglas in “Spartacus”. Thanks to Stanley Kubrick who did that Oscar winning movie.

And here’s an interesting fact, thanks to Studio Ghibli & GKIDS that released this movie in 2004. This was one of Lauren Bacall’s last movies before she died. And her very first animated movie to be in. The same thing to Jean Simmons. So like James Stewart in “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West”, before he died in 1991, they did a grand job together in voice acting. Before Jean died in 2010, and Lauren too in 2014. James Stewart, Stanley Kubrick, and Humphrey Bogart must’ve been very glad of them for what they did.

15 years later, now comes the 15th anniversary of this remarkable Studio Ghibli masterpiece. And I how can I forget that night, when “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” deserved that Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film?

In a part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, in honour of its anniversary, they brought this back to the Cineplex theatres for a 3 day special event. From April 8th to April 10th in 2019, just before Easter. So while some superhero fans really enjoyed the new “Shazam” movie, the rest also really enjoyed that this anime masterpiece came back.

So for this remarkable Studio Ghibli masterpiece and GKIDS, here’s to a happy anniversary on this anime masterpiece thanks to Hayao Miyazaki. Besides, his friend Isao Takahata would be very proud of him.

And like this and for what Nick Park and Steve Box did, who says that adventures can be magical in anime like this remarkable one, along with a few more with crackers and cheese?

Isao Takahata made it to the memoriam part of the Oscars!!

At both the 76th Golden Globe Awards and the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, it was a drag that “Mirai” from Mamoru Hosoda, didn’t won both awards for Best Animated Feature Film when that lousy spider monkey flick won them. But I was glad that they’ve mentioned on someone we really love on as Studio Ghibli fans….

They’ve finally mentioned Isao Takahata. Co-founder of Studio Ghibli, anime director, and a remarkable friend to Hayao Miyazaki. Born on October 29th, 1936. Died of lung cancer on April 5th, 2018. They’ve mentioned him in the last part of the Oscars in which they did the ‘In Memoriam’ part. On how we’ve lost celebrities from March 2018, until early 2019.

From his anime masterpieces that he did, including the ones from Studio Ghibli, he did had one that was critically acclaimed like “Princess Mononoke”. “Grave of the Fireflies”. Roger Ebert, a famous film critic thought it was really amazing. And therefore, and I quote that wrote….

It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.

Since Roger Ebert died in 2013, Isao Takahata had one anime masterpiece that finally made it to the Oscars. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, his last masterpiece was “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”. Unfortunately, it was left out nominated if it weren’t for the voters on what occurred at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony.

4 years since then, until he diagnosed with lung cancer, us anime fans felt really emotional when he died on April 5th, 2018, that one tragic fateful day. Some anime fans when they heard the news, they wouldn’t ate or slept.

A year later in 2019, I was glad that they’ve finally mentioned him at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. We will miss him a lot. But we do need a new anime masterpiece to MUST WIN an Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film since “Spirited Away” from Studio Ghibli, thanks to Hayao Miyazaki. A Golden Globe Award too first, before the Oscars.

Anime will be remarkable forever. And we’ll never forget Isao Takahata. For he was remarkable as his loving friend and partner to Hayao Miyazaki.

GKIDS- Studio Ghibli Fest 2019

GKIDS and Fathom Events decided to go for another Studio Ghibli Fest in 2019, which is very subarashi-des. (Which means fantastic in Japanese).

And those are, as shown….

  • Howl’s Moving Castle (April 2019)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (May 2019)
  • Whisper of the Heart (June 2019)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (July 2019)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (August 2019)
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (September 2019)
  • Spirited Away (October 2019)
  • Princess Mononoke (November 2019)
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya (December 2019)

Premiered at Cineplex on the first week and near the end of each month, from April until December by Christmas, they had a 2 to 3 day event for a Studio Ghibli masterpiece to be shown. Two Oscar nominated, one Oscar winner.

Three of them however in 2019 in this photo, are having their anniversaries which is amazing. “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”.

So while ‘Okko’s Inn’, ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ and ‘Shazam’ made their way to the cinema screen, they made their way back to the cinema screen also like last year. And yes, we did celebrated their anniversaries.

And I can tell you this. This had to be the first time that I ever saw ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ being premiered at Cineplex. Cause in the autumn of 2014, while it was at the Toronto International Film Festival, and how Isao Takahata was doing his interviews, Studio Ghibli was making great progress. And how that it was his first anime masterpiece to make it in the nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. Unfortunately, I don’t think it made it to Cineplex. Only “The Wind Rises” did that I saw. And my heart sank after for what happened on that night of February 22nd, 2015. Left out nominated no thanks to the dark side of movies and TV shows. The same thing to “The Wind Rises” cause for what happened on that night of March 2nd, 2014.

So as Studio Ghibli on their masterpieces, and other Japanese animated studios (like the one that did “Mirai”) deserve more Oscar awards and Golden Globe Awards on their anime movies, it’ll be subarashi-des (fantastic) again since “Spirited Away”.

Can the Ghostbusters ever catch a Ghost Train?

Previously, on my blog ‘osmovies’, I did my blog post: “Unfinished business on ghost busting”. On how these Ghostbusters were to catch Casper the Friendly Ghost, his Ghostly Trio and relatives, Danny Phantom, some from “Harry Potter”, and more. The only ghosts they cannot catch are the Ghost type Pokémon and the Ghost type Digimon. But can they really catch a ghost train by chance?

Ever since I saw the movie “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze, that’s a ghost that the Ghostbusters cannot catch. Cause everyone had loved that actor a lot. Especially when he got into “Dirty Dancing”, “Red Dawn”, “Point Break”, “Road House”, and what other movies that he did. (Before he joined the dark side until he died of pneumonia in 2009).

The only question is, rather than those ghosts that I’ve mentioned, can the Ghostbusters really catch a ghost train?

A ghost train is a really big one to catch. No one had seen one in years. Especially in those motion pictures a lot. Ernie Hudson as Winston got spooked by one from the 1920’s, but there has to be more. However, they did do a few ghost trains in a couple of comic books, and that cartoon TV show. But wasn’t enough.

The only ones I found on TV that are really good, are these…

And every year, on the dates of those accidents, they run again as a warning to others, plunging into the gap, shrieking like lost souls!

George Carlin, 1991.

Four that look alive, one mentioned called ‘Phantom Express’. Named after that 1932 mystery crime-thriller movie. Real ghost trains that were rarely seen. One of them in fact, can be crossing an old iron bridge whenever the moon is full can be shown. But it never reaches the other side.

So rather than that Lego Monster Fighters set on that Ghost Train, these can be the real ones for sure. No matter if it happens to be a full train, or just the steam engine. Bad boys such as these ones can make those ones in the female version to piss themselves.

But not the ones we know such as Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddemore. Tully also as backup.

My response is: YES, THEY CAN.

Depending on what new equipment they have. Better than for what the sissy females did, that weren’t so great.

And like capturing Casper the Friendly Ghost, with the rest that he has known for, they’d make a great ghost capture to remember.

Here’s what I liked on Alec Baldwin than being on SNL….

When he was that tiny little conductor man in that movie, “Thomas and the Magic Railroad”, before he was the third narrator, I was all OMG when I saw him scrubbing the nose on James the Red Engine. Portrayed by Canadian voice actress Susan Roman. She was also the voice of Sailor Jupiter, from the original English version of “Sailor Moon”.

The same thing to her friend Linda Ballantyne who portrayed the small green engine on delivering the mail. She also was the original voice on Sailor Moon, while Eddie Glen was Thomas the Tank Engine since he was in the original “Beyblade” TV show. Both were on YTV. Her other friends, Karen Bernstein who played Sailor Mercury, Stephanie Morgenstern who played Sailor Venus, and Katie Griffin who played Sailor Mars didn’t make it in that kids movie unfortunately.

Since this occurred, and how he doesn’t like D. Trump as the U.S. President, his makeup and outfits are worse as that ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. But for what he did here, did entertain the kids who love “Thomas the Tank Engine” while most of us were watching on what we loved in the glory days of YTV.

I can imagine if Alec Baldwin were to be still doing this today as an old man. Scrubbing the noses on these talking steam engines. Not especially in computer graphic animation. Just to learn a lesson on not portraying that fat pig ever again. His friends on SNL too, including Jeff Dunham and Neil Patrick Harris.

However if Jeff Dunham does anything worse, he’ll lose his dummies for sure. Have them chopped into pieces and be used as firewood.

National Panda Day in 2019

Holidays are always great in our religion. Such as St. Patrick’s Day, Lunar New Year, Christmas, Easter, and more. But besides the food, such as for what happened in the movie “Free Birds” to change the course of history, here’s the ultimate question….

“What’s black and white, and adorable all over?”

As a kind friend to the environment, it’s a panda-monium to these adorable critters.

March 16th is National Panda Day. For these pandas and their cute baby children are adorable. All over the Earth. Like the orca’s, they’re native in China and have become the poster child for endangered species. Which means that we do not want these pandas to become extinct. So they need to be safe, as their lives must live on.

Fewer than 2000 exist in the wild, as poaching is a very bad ‘no-no’ to these animals. We cannot do that to these animals. However, conservation efforts have prevented them from extinction. But we do need to be aware of climate change, cause it occurs to their food source: bamboo. Like the ones in Japan that are different.

Pandas are slow to adapt and bamboo loss can mean the end of their population within a century. So we definitely need to save these pandas now. As the lives of these pandas, must live on forever. And to never ever become an endangered species to go extinct. That’s a no no for that. But a yes indeed that they must live on. With more bamboo plant that they can eat in their lives, than some lousy climate change.

What are remarkable on these giant pandas, is that they don’t hibernate like the rest of the animals. They just love the winter and love to roll around in the snow. For that is the one thing that we love on.

So here’s to the pandas that they must live on forever. And a Happy National Panda Day to these furry adorable critters.

Artists and Models (1955)

Since I saw my first Jerry Lewis movie, “The Nutty Professor”, my dad once told me that like Abbott and Costello, he was partnered with singer/actor Dean Martin. And he sure did before they went in their separate ways.

From Paramount Pictures, and director Frank Tashlin who did some cartoons for Looney Tunes, this depicts on how these two artists must never break up. They’re not gay. They’re just friends that want to be together.

Along with those guys, are Shirley MacLaine and Anita Ekberg. (Anita was with Bud & Lou in “Abbott and Costello Go To Mars”, as this was one of Shirley’s first movies. Before she met Clint Eastwood years later in “Two Mules for Sister Sara”).

While Dean Martin was an artist in this movie, Jerry Lewis was a children’s story author, but has been addicted to superhero comic books such as ‘Bat Lady’. Way before Batman and Superman were born. However, all of a sudden, Jerry Lewis got the shock of his life at 3 am in the morning, when he met Shirley MacLaine as Bat Lady! Her friend was the author who did the “Bat Lady” comic books as it got the attention on those two clowns. Besides, this must’ve been an amazing movie for Shirley MacLaine.

Inspired by the works of DC Comics, and how they nearly got caught by the U.S. government, I give this 7/10 stars. Really good. And once you see this movie, it’s ‘In Your Face Stan Lee and Jack Kirby!’. Cause in the words of Canadian actress Margot Kidder….

They are a ‘real pain in the neck!’.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

I was at seven years old when I first listened to that song, ‘We Will Rock You’ in the movie, “A Knights Tale” with Heath Ledger. I didn’t know who the rock band was until today.

Starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Allen Leech, Joe Mazello, and Mike Myers since no one saw him since his short appearance in “Inglorious Basterds”, from director Quentin Tarantino, this depicts on how that band Queen was born. For how they did the songs that were born, as some of them were used in that rock and roll jousting movie, “A Knights Tale”.

By winning two Golden Globe Awards, and four Oscar awards, this movie deserved those for sure. In fact, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were at the Oscars as they loved that movie. Since you’ve known them from both “Wayne’s World”, Mike Myers in those “Austin Powers” movies, and Dana Carvey in “The Master of Disguise”.

So I’m giving this 9/10 stars. Thanks a lot Rami Malek!