Wolfwalkers (2020 animated movie)

“Awaken Your Magic

-the official trailer from GKIDs.

From the director who did “Song of the Sea” and “The Secret of Kells”, comes his new animated movie that I really love on. Both GKIDS and the Apple company released this movie together, as how they showed this at the Toronto International Film Festival. I didn’t see it there unfortunately, because of the germ warfare nightmare that threatens the world. COVID-19 as some people were blaming China for starting it. In fact, during the COVID-19 pandemic, they had no choice but to release this on Apple TV. But on the internet online, I was able to watch the entire animated movie that is totally worth it.

Ireland, 1650. In the town of Kilkenny, during the reign of Oliver Cromwell, farmers wanted to expand more as they have been cutting down trees near a big forest. The only problem that scares the farmers are wolves.

But that’s not all, like Hayao Miyazaki did on “Princess Mononoke” on a young woman raised by giant white wolves, there was a little girl raised by wolves as well as her mom. Deep in the forests, as she and her mom control the entire pack. And you’re not going to believe this. Whenever she is awake at daytime, they keep the pack alive. In the nighttime whenever she is asleep, by real nature magic on these wolves, her soul and spirit brings her into the form and become a real one.

A girl from town met her for the first time, as she became one of them. The art, the animation, the magic, the music such as “Running With The Wolves, Tonight”, and more were magnificent. Which is why I sure hope either this, or that new Japanese animated movie, “A Whisker Away” will MUST WIN on both that Golden Globe Award & Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film. Depending if they make it into the nominees or not. Tomm Moore’s last two animated movies from GKIDs were left out nominated no thanks to the dark side.

What about the two Wolf-walkers in our story? In a serious, dramatic climax and a furious battle, the father of the girl from the village became a wolf walker like the two girls. And no longer went back to town. Instead, they head to a new home where they can be safe including the wolves.

Sean Bean, Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, and Maria Doyle Kennedy are the only two stars I know of, as I recognized their voices in this. Two of them are new in the movie business, while Sean Bean and Maria Doyle Kennedy were in “Jupiter Ascending”. And I sure hope this comes out on DVD for sure. This definitely has got to be released on DVD!! BIG TIME!!

9.8 out of 10 stars is what I give. A thumbs up indeed. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Dodgeball: Thunderdome (TV show)

Thanks a lot to the Discovery Channel that showed this game TV show, remember your 5 D’s of Dodgeball like that Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller movie.

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, & Dodge.

And as this beats “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”, this is the real thunder-dome after all. Players by avoiding getting hit by red dodgeballs, go for a $25,000 cash prize. David Dobrik was the host along with two more, as they also had big red balls like for what you saw in “Wipeout” & “Wipeout Canada”.

This ran for one season with a total of 9 or 10 episodes, maybe more as they had people from USA and also from the UK to compete in this show. My dad and I enjoyed this, before he and my mom went too far on TV. The winner? A man named Trevor who has a golden mullet.

So I’m giving this 10/10 stars. Thumbs up indeed.

Top 8 Fictional Armies in Movies

This ‘Top 8’ blog post is dedicated in loving memory of Canadian voice actor Kirby Morrow (1973-2020).

They would wag war than ever before. These are the top 8 fictional armies in movies, I would guarantee that movie fans, would ever love on. As we look at them, they can be strong, bold, noble and fierce. Not very much, but these are indeed good ones. No matter if they are animated or live action.

8. Army of Flying Monkeys (The Wizard of Oz). Kicking off on this list, these baboons will abduct you than a UFO from “This Island Earth”. Lead by one of the Wicked Witches in the west end in the land of Oz, these purple skinned, winged monkeys will go nutsy cuckoo a lot. Even when they love bananas as treats. They love to abduct people like Dorothy Gale with her Toto dog, tear things apart like her scarecrow friend, and leave a big mess. Lead by Nikko by wearing a gold vest, they do not speak or have weapons, but they understand their master very well. So watch out for them kids.

7. The Wolf Army (Kung Fu Panda 2). What big do they have grandma? Lead by white peacock Lord Shen, and under the command of a wolf boss, they just love to search, rob, and destroy anyone or anything that tries to stop them including the dragon warrior as a panda. Responsible for annihilating the panda’s village for where he was born earlier ago, their goal was to rule a far away coastal city first, build more cannons, and then conquer the rest of Ancient China. For kung-fu would be no more by Chinese New Years Eve. Even if they were to hunt the last of the dragon warrior’s kind.

6. The United Defence Force (Edge of Tomorrow). Both Americans and Europeans together, along with other allies, in their jacket technology armour can do one thing in an invasion. Kill those alien mimics that threaten mankind in middle Europe. By making these soldiers go faster, armed with cannons, assault rifles & mines attached to their armour, their goal was to go from the beaches of Verdun, locate the hive at the Louvre in Paris, France, and terminated the Omega. Even if they are lucky enough to make it. Or face death by those mimics since that colossal beach battle.

5. The United States Colonial Marine Corps (Alien saga). They can do both stand up fights and bug hunts when it comes to facing both the Xenomorphs and the Weyland-Yutani Corporation that are after this alien species. Armed with pulse rifles, smart-guns, flamethrowers, shotguns, grenades, and also known as Colonial Marines, a lot were to investigate abandoned facilities on alien hostile planets as they came into contact with them. They realized on how corruptive the corporation went too far, as these ‘perfect organisms’ are the deadliest in the galaxy, than never be used for bio-weapons.

4. The Elf Army (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings saga). Experts in archery like Legolas as they never miss, and also armed with their Nagamaki swords, they love killing orcs, giant spiders, hungry massive worms, butt ugly goblins, Middle Earth elephants with long tusks, and more that stand in their way. Lead by an elf king, they would protect their home kingdoms from the dark forces of Mordor before they would conquer all of Middle Earth. None of them unfortunately killed any dragons like Smaug. Very wise and confident, they know their ways in battles.

3. The Argonauts (Jason and the Argonauts). Lead by Jason as their leader, they do one thing and one thing only. Kill those Greek mythological creatures that stand in their way. Such as screaming harpies, evil skeleton soldiers, a metal bronze giant, and a hissing hydra too. While being watched by the gods of Mt. Olympus, their goal was to find the prize treasure of all treasures in Ancient Greece. The Golden Fleece. By avoiding the Titans, their half-bloods like Hercules, and the bad guys that plan to stop them, they never gave up until they along with Jason won the prize.

2. The Golden Army (Hellboy II). 70 times, 70 soldiers, and made out of 24 carat gold, thank director Guillermo Del Toro for creating this. As this indestructible and early robotic army, commanded by anyone on wearing a magical crown, would take on anyone that stand in their way. Armed with blades on their wrists, and would easily repair themselves, their goal was to conquer the world. They had to face Hellboy, Liz, Abraham Sapien, and the white ghotsly gas man Johann, FIRST. Even when Hellboy has his big pistol to shoot them in the nuts and go, “Indestructible, my ass!”

1. The Undead Army (InuYasha 3: The Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler). Taking the number 1# spot on the list, is the real deal. Filled with poisonous miasma, and would easily repair themselves, this is one big samurai army you do not want to mess with. Under the command of Takemaru, as a real demon king, he and more than 2000 undead demonic soldiers wouldn’t stop until the Great Dog Demon’s only two sons are terminated. Lord Sesshomaru & InuYasha. For they each contain two of the Great Dog Demon’s swords, while he owns the third one. The third one is when he does the ‘dragon twister’ 🐉🌪. It had possessed InuYasha and you can see for yourself….

(Flashback. September 6th, 2005)

Little Bear: It’s the dragon twister!
Sango: Get on! Let’s go!!
InuYasha (possessed): DRAGON TWISTER!!!!
Sango: He has such intensive power.
Sesshomaru: Hm. (smiles)

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite fictional armies in movies?

100 Days to Victory (a two part TV miniseries)

Only a two part documentary tv miniseries as they showed this on the History Channel in Remembrance Day of 2020. By looking back at the final 100 days of the First World War in 1918 before it actually ended on November 11th, 1918 at 11 am, to the historians talking about it today of how it was, this was interesting.

They even showed these famous generals and commanders for what happened during the First World War. They had General Erich Ludendorff’s voice, but never showed his appearance. And unfortunately, they didn’t show Captain George S. Patton when he lead the Americans to war in Europe. (Before he became a 4 star general in the Second World War).

Their names were Generals Arthur Currie (Canada), Ferdinand Foch (France), John Monash (New Zealand), Henry Horne (Britain), Julian Byng (Canada again), and Douglas Haig & Henry Rawlinson (Britain again).

While Captain George S. Patton lead American tanks, as well as Sergeant Alvin C. York with his regiment to take on a German machine gun nest, the spring offensive was a big one as they didn’t want the Germans to reach Paris, France. By pushing their way against them in the counterattack, the most serious one like Vimy Ridge was the Hindenburg Line. Lots of barbed wire, machine gun bunkers, minefields and those anti-tank rifles. After breaking through that Hindenburg Line, then came Armistice of November 11th, 1918.

So for a success, a straight ‘A’ is what I give. And I recommend to watch this over Remembrance Day weekend.

Patton’s speech (1970 movie)

“Be seated. Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans, traditionally, love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.

When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. Now, I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

Now, an army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the Saturday Evening Post don’t know anything more about real battle than they do about fornicating.

Now, we have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world.

You know, by God, I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against. By God, I do. We’re not just going to shoot the bastards. We’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We’re going to murder those lousy Hun bastards by the bushel.

Now, some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you’ll chicken-out under fire. Don’t worry about it. I can assure you that you will all do your duty. The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them. Spill their blood. Shoot them in the belly. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do.

Now, there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that.

We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything — except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose, and we’re gonna kick him in the ass.

We’re gonna kick the hell out of him all the time, and we’re gonna go through him like crap through a goose!

Now, there’s one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home, and you may thank God for it.

Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you, “What did you do in the great World War II?” — you won’t have to say, “Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana.”

Alright now you sons-of-bitches, you know how I feel. Oh, I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere. That’s all”.

-General George S. Patton.

Since the original guy and then George C. Scott’s portrayal in “Patton”, those words he said are absolutely true before going off to war in Europe and North Africa against Nazi Germany. He did swear a lot, but George C. Scott was the excellent actor to portray this famous general.

Same thing to Gregory Peck as U.S. General Douglas MacArthur in “MacArthur” of how he lead his men in the Pacific against Japan. Then the Korean War while facing Harry Truman. Which was why “Patton” deserved those Oscar awards including Best Picture as film critics Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert were very pleased.

Underwater (2020)

Note: July 31st, 1935 on the release of “Dante’s Inferno”, was the very first movie from 20th Century Fox. 85 years later came this. For this is the very last movie from 20th Century Fox that they had ever did, before the acquisition from the dark side occurred on March 20th, 2019. A week after the movie’s release, the studio already turned to the dark side, by renaming it to 20th Century Studios. Don’t like that name, as after they did a new adaption of Jack London’s novel, “The Call of the Wild”, with Harrison Ford, they had some special effects from the dark side that made it like that train wreck movie, “Murder on the Orient Express” in 2017 with too much special effects.

Kristen Stewart and T.J. Miller are the only two stars I know of in this 2020 horror movie. In the year 2050 AD, a mining and research facility was located in Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. After an earthquake struck, pressurization destroyed parts of the facility as only seven survivors were the only ones left alive. The rest have already evacuated to their escape pods towards the surface. A few of the escape pods got destroyed, as the survivors that were left behind realized that they accidentally awakened an ancient living species that lives deep in the ocean trench.

After one of the crew members got imploded by pressurization, whatever it was, they hunted and killed those people one by one. It was nearly ripping off on that “Alien” movie and the video game, “Alien Isolation” at first, but instead of only one survivor, only two made it back to the ocean surface. One of them made a sacrifice at the very end to make sure that these humanoid creatures called Cthulhu wouldn’t follow them. And you should’ve seen the mama. Not a queen. But a leviathan. One of the most deadliest ancient sea monsters that the world had ever knew.

So for a success, 7.7 out of 10 stars is what I give. And this does give Kristen Stewart a valuable lesson. Since she was in love with Robert Pattinson as a vampire in the “Twilight” saga and became one of them, she surely learned on what happens when you’re in the deepest part of the ocean. Never get into the deepest trouble that pressurization can destroy your facility, as well as messing with leviathans or megalodons.

Patton (1970)

George C. Scott won the Academy Award for Best Actor in this, but never received his award at the Oscars. This movie also won six more Oscars including Best Picture, and one Golden Globe Award. Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars. His friend Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times however gave this 4 out of 4 stars.

Since he was General Buck Turgidson in “Dr. Strangelove”, he portrays an historical character.

This was George S. Patton when was a captain in the U.S. Army during the First World War.

And was George S. Patton when he was a four star general in the U.S. Army during the Second World War.

From his stage speech in front of a big flag in front of his soldiers, we look at his final stretch towards Europe. From Africa after the battles of Kasserine Pass and El Guettar, to the Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy including Palermo, D-Day, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and that victory dance with the Soviets, I’d say George C. Scott totally deserved that Oscar award for sure as this famous general like Eisenhower and MacArthur. Besides, Stanley Kubrick would’ve been proud of him after all, before their deaths in the autumn of 1999.

So in this movie, while Germany faced the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in Operation Valkyrie, by Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg and other German officers who were against Adolf Hitler, and wanted him dead, General Patton and his army pushed their way through to Europe while Stauffenberg and other members each paid a price on their heads.

Joining George C. Scott would be Karl Malden as Major General Omar Bradley. A year before he and James Franciscus were in “The Cat O’Nine Tails”. Like “Lawrence of Arabia” & “2001: A Space Odyssey”, this is a very long movie which has an intermission.

In addition, his opening speech in front of the large USA flag had inspired a ton of artists.

For example, American actor Johnny Knoxville who did the TV show “Jackass”. In his movie “Jackass 2.5”, he was General Patton while his friends such as Steve-O, Jason Acuña, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, and etc were armed with Winchester rifles. For what he did the opening scene and ending scene was hilarious. (See example video clip)

So for a success, 7.7 out of 10 stars is what I give. In conclusion, he did do a great job in the 1984 adaption of “A Christmas Carol” as Ebenezer Scrooge. He was superb also in “Firestarter”, but wasn’t well entertaining cause not enough horror was in it. What’s really a big NO-NO was how they made him getting into one of the animated movies from the dark side. One more too direct to video.

So this and for what he did in “Dr. Strangelove” are the very good ones with George C. Scott.

Aces High (1976)

Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Trevor Howard and Peter Firth are the only Hollywood stars I know of in this First World War dogfighting adventure. In fact, this was Malcolm’s next Hollywood movie, after he worked with famous filmmaker Stanley Kubrick on the Oscar nominated R-rated movie, “A Clockwork Orange”. Based on the book by Anthony Burgess. In this one, this is based on the play, “Journeys End” by R.C. Sheriff.

In October of 1917, during the First World War near Ypres, France, only a handful of British pilots were to take on the Germans while the British and French infantry face muddy lands and casualties too. No new recruits were to arrive until later.

During their time before new recruits would arrive, they only captured one German pilot, after his plane got got shot and was forced to land due to a oil leakage. One of the pilots was suffering from a disorder that is not even shell shock. Something to do with his eyes on too much flying, than making him wear glasses for the rest of his life, as he went wonky.

What was insane that in their last dogfight, two planes collided into each other. I may have heard about the 2002 Überlingen mid-air collision, but this was the first time I saw two planes crashing into each other in this motion picture.

This film wasn’t released in US cinemas until HBO premiered in in 1979. And I recommend this is for people who appreciate First World War movies more often; rather than too much Second World War movies. Adults only. So for a success, a straight ‘A’ is what I give.

Roger McGuinn- Auld Lang Syne (A New Years Eve song)

https://archive.org/details/raretunes_505_auld-lang-syne-1

I listen to this after midnight on New Years Eve, before I go to bed. The series finale of ‘Downton Abbey’ brought me to this song, ever since the tv show was brought to a successful conclusion. Before the movie came out a few years later as one last adventure. And yes, they did sang this in “The Poseidon Adventure” before the ship was capsized.

When I listen to this, I think about how the previous years were. 2020 was chaotic because of COVID-19, 1999 was a year of hope for the future with no Y2K problems, 2000 was massive as nothing bad occurred, 2001 was all cool before 9/11, 1984 was for how people were to dream about what may happen in future, nothing went wrong in 1995, but 1988 was when they loved the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta a lot. 2020 however was too chaotic because of COVID-19 and racism. And whenever you’re in those years, people can look back to what happened 20-50 years ago or so, as they can have anniversaries in future.

So as we need to be careful of what may happen in the future, we do not want something chaotic to ever happen again. And we definitely need hope for the future on something remarkable, as how we need to look out for each other; and other living creatures than becoming an endangered species. Like the penguins, orcas, cheetahs, pandas, lions, tigers, and etc. Last but not least, do not cause too much global warming that is a threat to this planet.

Remember, we want hope for the future and nothing else. Especially after New Years.

Top 8 Movies Where The World Actually Ends

Ever since I heard listened to the song of “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” from R.E.M. in 4th grade, to those movies, I had always were to imagine if the world was to come to an end. Even if it’s on New Years Eve before midnight, as I would like to call ‘New Year’s Eve Doomsday’. Cause once the clock strikes midnight, all life on Earth….terminated. Wiped out in a flash as the Earth explodes and shatters to pieces.

“Burn the planet to a cinder. How’s that for you’re ultimate weapon?”

-Charlton Heston as Astronaut Taylor, “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” in 1970.

In this list, we look at the top 8 movies where the world actually ends.

Note: “Titan A.E.” & “I Am Legend” NOT included.

8. Battle: Los Angeles (2011). Don’t get carried away if there is alien life ‘out of this world’. When a meteor shower struck the Earth off the coast of California, in it are extraterrestrials as they began to invade and wipe out many humans in Los Angeles, USA. A U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) leads his last platoon, joined by other stranded military personnel, into the ruined streets of Los Angeles in a real alien hunt during the invasion. By the looks of this, the end is totally here as no one can face the wrath of these extraterrestrials.

7. Dawn of the Dead (2004). Related to COVID-19, a virus struck the entire world, as it can infect many lives to make them become undead. At the dawn of a zombie apocalypse, strangers took shelter at an abandoned shopping mall as they realize on how they are being outnumbered. As they have to trust each other, and have a chance of escaping to avoid getting infected by the undead. The scary part? A pregnant lady that became infected while giving birth, and its undead baby. Her husband an African-American didn’t care.

6. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012). If a spaceship mission had failed to stop an 70 mile wide asteroid named ‘Matilda’ from impacting Earth, and the end of the world was upon us, we can do a lot worse than Keira Knightley, Steve Carrell, and a little doggy too by our side. In the final three weeks, Dodge (Steve Carrell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) befriend each other, as they make their final weeks happier, before ‘Matilda’ arrives. They didn’t go out alone when it came to the end scene before everything fades to white.

5. Interstellar (2014). Thanks to film director Christopher Nolan, the Earth in this science fiction story is doomed by crop blights and dust storms, as the future of humanity is at stake. Only a handful of NASA astronauts, aboard a futuristic spaceship travel amongst the stars, beyond Saturn in the search of a new inhabitable planet. The shadow of death looms large in every scene, as they lost a few astronauts one by one, but there is a sign of hope that they accomplish their mission, to save humanity. Epic once you see it.

4. Knowing (2009). We are better off alone in the universe, unless we have a plan for the future of the human race. Since a time capsule was placed in the ground near an elementary school in 1959 and was released in 2009, things become chaotic when a sheet of paper show the numbers of dates of disasters. An MIT astrophysics professor (Nicholas Cage) and his son unravel a mystery, avoid the disasters, as they realize that extraterrestrial angels are to help them before the Earth went off course out of orbit, & collided into the sun.

3. This is the End (2013). With Hollywood stars as themselves, such as Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Channing Tatum and more as cameos, all hell breaks loose when earthquakes shatter, firestorms scorch all of Hollywood in one night, as demons from hellhole were running loose on Earth later on. All were hilarious in this. Trapped in the home of James Franco, they try to live for two more weeks before their fates show up. Especially Satan himself.

2. When Worlds Collide (1951). The greatest shock of all mankind, as you would want to thank producer George Pal for this. A rogue fiery solar star named Bellus on a collision course to Earth, as a handful of scientists realize that another planet named Zyra is out of our solar system. So high on a mountaintop, they build a space ark to carry its people and animals as survivors to a new life on Zyra as their new Earth within the last eight months. At dawn when Bellus is ready to collide into Earth, the space ark take off scene was epic.

1. Dr. Strangelove: OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). We cannot beat Stanley Kubrick, now wouldn’t we? In this Cold War black comedy, a USAF general has gone insane and ordered his bomber planes, armed with nuclear warheads to wipe out all of Russia. Only the U.S. President, members of the War Room, General Turgidson, the Russian Ambassador, and Dr. Strangelove were to stop this before it’s too late. In the end of this, based on the theme in this list, you can imagine on what goes down. Cold War fears & detonating nukes have never been so hilarious.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite movies where the world actually ends?

Tune into my next blog post on New Year’s Eve, on December 31st, 2020 at 11:57 pm. “Auld Lang Syne”. Sung by Roger McGuinn.