Si Robertson- Veggie Tales

“Duck Dynasty” and “Duck Commander” were my mom and dads favorite TV shows. A few months have went by after that, and I’ve never seen Si, wrote a book about him and volunteered to play the role as a veggie in a Veggie Tales movie!

He liked being a vegetable as he was the storyteller. He knew vegetables since he was in those two hit TV shows. And how they are his favorite foods. So he did that, in this Veggie Tales movie as it takes place during Christmas.

I’m sure he turns out alright. I maybe too old for that stuff, but I’m sure some children today will like that. Si is a great man. He’s a Vietnam War veteran as a soldier, author, song writer, actor, and best for his works on this, “Duck Dynasty” and “Duck Commander”.

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A Midsummer Nights Dream (1999)

While I was in high school on Shakespeare, I couldn’t believe how this movie was like the play as in this movie, were Stanley Tucci as Puck, Christian Bale as Demetrius, Rupert Everett as King Oberon, Dominic West as Lysander, and a cast of others in this love story by William Shakespeare.

On guys and girls that love each other, a love potion goes wrong on them as they get into a mixup. Then comes performers in which one turns into a donkey. A queen becomes fond of him before he returns as a human. Finally Puck fixes everything. King Oberon loving his queen, as the two guys and girls love each other the right way, as that performer was human again. And it was all a dream he said in the end.

I never wanted to talk about Christian Bale as we all know him, but I never who was Stanley Tucci until I now know him, thanks to the movie, “The Wind Rises” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction”. And other movies Stanley was in.

When I saw this, this is a 4/10 star movie. But I get the idea on Shakespeare.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

I’ve always wanted to try the 1951 version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. And I did! True sci-fi music, graphics, sounds and more. Even the theme song in the intro was thrilling.

A UFO landed in Washington DC as a messenger who came from outer space tries to warn the people of Earth about global warfare, nuclear weapons before the Cold War, and a threat to the Earth and humanity. After getting shot in the shoulder, healed again and escaped, he decided to make to make sure the U.S. Government doesn’t follow him. G.O.R.T., his robot stayed there as it only disintegrated the weapons, a cannon and a tank of the U.S. Army.

With a secret identity as “Mr. Carpenter”, he decided to go to a room and board house were a woman, relatives and people were there. Her son was interested in Klaatu. They took a little day trip in the city as they visited the UFO, and a gravesite of people who died in wars. Finally they went to go a movie and instead of paying money, Klaatu paid real live diamonds.

Klaatu even borrowed a flashlight to order G.O.R.T. to scare away to guards and head back to the ship. He even used alien language. Before he left, when the boy was playing with trains, he told him about trains that fly and don’t use tracks. It was that were he came from, on his home world.

One of the diamonds he used was found on the floor as the woman’s boyfriend found this. Even when that diamond was not a part of this Earth. Klaatu later visited a doctor he had to trust with on environmental factors. Then comes the part where we all know it’s the day the Earth stood still.

All vehicles of the world, and everything on energy, electrical near and far, stopped working for half an hour. None of the stuff at home were working as all the vehicles have stopped. In cities, lakes, countries, middle of nowhere, and all over the globe, they stopped. After that was done, they started working again.

Klaatu was later shot and killed by the army. G.O.R.T. managed to save him by taking him out of prison, and bringing him back to the ship were he was healed again. That only did by saying the most famous words. “Klaatu barada nikto”.

The world came to a United Nations meeting in front of the UFO, as Klaatu gave out a message.

Even the United Nations can argue all day about countries in the office boards, and warfare until they can make up were there is world peace, they understand Klaatu played by Michael Rennie as he gave out this message. The United Nations and the whole wide world understand Klaatu as he told the whole wide world of the Earth this.

“I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more… profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you”

And with that, the people of the Earth now knows about their world, the universe, and everything for what Klaatu said as they need to change. Klaatu had a smile as he and his robot left the Earth in their spacecraft. Only the universe of space knows about this Earth, and other visitors like Klaatu that can come to this Earth. And its for what the world knows, and what will happen when comes the day the Earth stood still.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

In 2008, I’ve never seen Keanu Reeves as the legendary Klaatu. In this remake of the 1950 classic.

A giant sphere lands in New York as it pops out a cocoon that slowly makes the human Klaatu. Also comes G.O.R.T. Like the 1950 version but more gigantic, alien type and moves like a giant.

Klaatu tries to warn the Earth that things might happen. Major worldwide as a dust storm eats it’s path, vehicles destroyed, animals in danger as Klaatu walks on water, and has mind power. Also, there would be the loss of energy to the world, and losing humanity.

Taking down helicopters and heading to the giant sphere, Klaatu enters it as it leaves the Earth.

Besides Keanu, there was Jennifer Connolly, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, James Hong, Kathy Bates, Kyle Chandler, Jon Hamm, and Brandon T. Jackson. Even though there was so much going on in that movie, we all have to be environmentally friendly, but always trust an alien like Klaatu. There was even the words “Klaatu barada nikto”. Hollywood’s famous quote. That was first in the 1951 film as it was used in the “Evil Dead” movies and “Army of Darkness” with Bruce Campbell. He didn’t even say the last part of the word when he forgot it. In “Scary Movie 5” finally, with the Book of the Dead, they used the words “Gort Klaatu barada nikto”. That part in the “Evil Dead” parody was hilarious. If only Erik would trust that movie.

So if you need a taste of passwords, you can use the words “Klaatu barada nikto”.

47 Ronin

I’ve never seen Keanu Reeves as a samurai. Almost like the TV show “Samurai Jack” and it’s movie. This one was different. Ronin’s are failed samurai’s that do a bad job to their shogun emperors. Those that fail, get executed by themselves.

There was a fair maiden taken by a bad emperor and a awful witch. Keanu as a leader and 46 failed samurai’s traveled far to stop that witch. She can transform into any type of monster or animal there is. You can tell she’s a witch by her colored eyelids. Defeating the emperor and that awful witch, 46 were executed as one was saved.

Japan was a lot different in that time of area, as shoguns are very grumpy and hateful. They hate they way people fail. So after the execution, the narrator said that every time in December, people all over the world come to Japan on this holiday event to celebrate the 47 Ronin.

This movie I rate, 5/10 stars. Good though, but don’t like the way shoguns were.

Phantom Investigators

Way before “Danny Phantom” was born, there was this TV show on Teletoon for sure. It was my first stop frame animation TV show since I first watched the three adventure movies of “Wallace and Gromit”. Some were paper stop frame, others were clay animation like “ParaNorman” as there were live people as ghosts!

In these 13 episodes in just one season, four kids in junior high school deal with ghosts, phantoms, monsters and curses. There are three kids that have special powers while one is the leader. One can morph into anything, one has telekinetic powers, and a girl has telepathic abilities.

As for their name like the intro, “P.I.” shows them that they are Phantom Investigators. I remember this used to be a hit on Teletoon, back when “Cardcaptors” my favourite anime TV show came to Canada. And it’s first movie, made its major hit!

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World War I- 100th Anniversary!!

The 100th anniversary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was on June 28th. June 28th, 1914 was the day he got assassinated, and how it was remembered on June 28th, 2014. From that 100 years ago, that sparked the start of war in Europe.

This is a true moment for that, and now in Canadian history. From July, and September, World War I began in the autumn of September, 1914 as Canada went to war with England in Europe.

The U.S. was not involved in this, but a few Americans went to war with France, and a bit for England as the U.S. was shocked in 1915 when the Lusitania was shot by a German U-boat on a torpedo. This went from September 1914 until November 18th, 1918.

There have been many events in the First World War, as this shall be a 4 year 100th anniversary event until 2018. Media has been involved the way they made movies, TV, cartoons and all that for the following years that showed events in World War I. Such as Snoopy, the Peanuts character taking on the Red Baron, “Flyboys” with James Franco and Jean Reno on flying airplanes, “Paths of Glory” with Kirk Douglas in the trenches of WWI as this was directed by Stanley Kubrick, “Beneath Hill 60” on the tunnels underground, “Passchendale” on the Canadian infantry, “Joyeux Noël” with Daniel Bruhl on the Christmas truce, “A Very Long Engagement” with a cameo of Jodie Foster, “In Love and War” with Chris O’Donnell and Sandra Bullock, “Shoulder Arms” with Charlie Chaplin, “A Farewell To Arms” with Gary Cooper, “The African Queen” with Humphrey Bogart on the war in Africa, “Sergeant York” with Gary Cooper and John Huston, a bit of battle scenes from “Downtown Abby”, “The Dawn Patrol” with Errol Flynn, “The Fighting 69th”, “Lawrence of Arabia” taking place in the war in Africa, a WWI animated movie I mentioned that was on Teletoon once when I was little, some episodes of the “Young Indiana Jones” TV series, “The Man who saved Christmas”, and finally” 5 Children and It” with Freddie Highmore.

There are more out there on media to WWI I gotta find. Some episodes of a TV series maybe. And movies also. There may have been word of the 100th anniversary to Vimy Ridge that i might find out. So this 100th anniversary of WWI that Canada was involved, will go on until November 18th, 2018. There will be the 100th anniversary of the Lusitania in 2015 and the Britannic in 1916. Those are historic event also. That also was a part of WWI.

Although you can pray on Remembrance Day at 11am, but just remember, WWI was Canada’s important moment in Canadian history.

Dr. Strangelove (or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb)

In this comedy movie by Stanley Kubrick, this was a threat that could start World War III if USAF bombers bomb all of the world and Russia! Not only this was their idea, but a USAF general took things too far as later in the movie, he committed suicide by shooting a handgun in his head in the bathroom.

Peter Sellers played three roles in this movie. The President of USA, an R.A.F. Captain, and Dr. Strangelove. A German doctor who knew the truth of nuclear weapons as he couldn’t move his body at all. He had trouble with that.

All went to normal as some USAF planes returned, three were shot down as the crew were rescued excepted one that was damaged. It went onto Russia in a base called Laputa. No Russian people were there, but in this movie, the Russian ambassador and the leader were upset at this. It was their idea by the U.S. to start this, but that USAF general.

In the greatest scenes that I saw in film history, that bomber dropped a nuclear bomb with a pilot named Major Kong. He had to fix the doors by sitting on the warhead and activating it to open them up. When it did, it dropped the bomb with him! Major Kong rode the bomb in the air like a cowboy riding a bull as he went along with the bomb, as it exploded!

The movie ended when the war room and the ambassador of Russia learned a lesson. The doc got out of his wheelchair as he started walking again. It was freaky of him the way he had disabilities of that, but he’s still Peter Sellers.

Besides Peter Sellers were Sterling Hayden as the insane general, James Earl Jones as a pilot lieutenant, George C. Scott as a U.S. Army general, Slim Pickens as Major Kong, Peter Bull as the Soviet ambassador, and Tracy Reed as a sexy wife.

This a straight “A” movie. 10 out of 10 stars.

Godzilla (movies filmed in Japan)

Since “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” was a hit in the 50’s along with Raymond Burr (Rear Window) and also “Godzilla 1985”, there was more of those about that monster than besides the 90’s version and the 2014 version.

At first was “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” that I saw on TCM, but then came more!

“Godzilla Raids Again”
“King Kong VS Godzilla” (seen it)
“Mothra VS Godzilla”
“Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster” (seen it)
“Invasion of Astro Monster”
“Godzilla VS the Sea Monster”
“Son of Godzilla”
“Destroy All Monsters”
“All Monsters Attack
“Godzilla VS Hedorah
“Godzilla VS Gigan”
“Godzilla VS Megalon”
“Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla”
“Terror of Mechagodzilla”
“Godzilla 1985”
“Godzilla VS Biollante”
“Godzilla VS King Ghidorah”
“Godzilla VS Mothra”
“Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla II”
“Godzilla VS Space Godzilla”
“Godzilla VS Destoroyah”
“Godzilla 2000”
“Godzilla VS Megaguirus”
“Giant Monsters, All Out Attack”
“Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” (seen it with my friends)
“Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (seen it a bit in Grade 7)
“Godzilla: Final Wars”

In “Godzilla: Final Wars”, the American version made it’s appearance. That was before the 2014 version. Kaiju’s as these monsters are way like the ones in “Pacific Rim”. To fight monsters, they build one of their own to make Mechagodzilla. That was when the director had the idea to make “Pacific Rim”. Some of these movies I’ve seen, but not all of them. Who knows what Japan has it’s secrets? The problem can be in these movies, is that the people of Japan speak Japanese. No English. Just speaking Japanese.

DVD Release Date: The Wind Rises

November 18th, 2014, a week after Remembrance Day, is the day the movie of Hayao Miyazaki’s final masterpiece comes to DVD of all time, never than before on those other movies coming to DVD. “The Wind Rises”.

About a man named Jiro Horikoshi (that’s his true last name), who becomes like Caproni as he’s a designer in making Japanese airplanes. And how he survived the Great Kanto Earthquake, and how Japan was plunged into WWII. He finds that and the true meaning of love in his life forever as he meets Nahoko. She in the movie later on, she does get a bad disease of tuberculosis. What matters is more is saving her, making her well again and saving Miyazaki’s masterpiece. Even though he made a lot of manga characters in his movies like this one, it’s about me saving Miyazaki’s anime movies, and how we care and protect them. Mostly them and all of Studio Ghibli. Saving that also too.

Not even one bit on Disney. Even though this movie made to the Oscars and got a few awards which was fine, but you would know why we hate Disney. That in the Oscars was Exhibit A on the “Frozen” movie, and Exhibit B, is how Mickey doesn’t get what he deserves in that South Park episode, “The Ring”. He tells the truth and the people now hate him. And all of Disney that we hate.

This movie, “Wolf Children” and “Rear Window” are going on my Christmas list this year. My top three. Maybe a bit of others like Lego, or Minimates or something like that for this year. What matters is saving Studio Ghibli, Nahoko from that disease to majestic her better than ever, and Miyazaki’s final masterpiece.

“Let the wind carry these wings to you”.