Deepwater Horizon

Based on what happened on April 20th, 2010, this Oscar nominated movie was outstanding. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, in the Gulf of Mexico. On how they were looking for black gold, when a massive overload struck. Oil bursted everywhere on that oil rig. Some of the fumes went in the ventilation shafts, as it caused a massive fire.

Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell got f***ed up for life in this enormous disaster. Along with them, is Dylan O’Brien from those ‘Maze Runner’ movies. And you should’ve seen for how they made it out.

Finally for what happened in this, looking for black gold can be very difficult. When you’re on an oil rig as we don’t want too much of that. So I’m giving this 10/10 stars. A straight ‘A’.

Also, John Malkovich was in this, as he saw the horror of an oil rig disaster. This will totally haunt them for life. But being covered in black gold can be a really bad idea. Especially when you’re in a fire on an oil rig. Patricia Clarkson for example, would be f****ed up badly, if she was covered by that, and was on fire. She’d burn to death anyway for an old lady.

The Red Turtle (Studio Ghibli masterpiece)

Like Travis Knight, for his first directional animated debut movie of “Kubo and the Two Strings”, there is Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. For how he did this masterpiece, as his first directional animated debut movie.

The way he did this, it can tell why turtles can become an endangered species. For how big and small they are, they must live forever. And for a part of his life, related to my life, he does hate that company I dislike the most. But he was somehow inspired by comic strips when he was young. To the time when they came out long ago. Such as the Peanuts, Dilbert, Garfield and etc.
And by the time he was doing some animated work, he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2001. “Father and Daughter” was his Oscar winning work.

Years later, Studio Ghibli was then loving his animated artwork. And by the time “The Wind Rises”, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, and “When Marnie Was There” from them were nominated, but lost those Oscar awards for Best Animated Feature, they wanted to work for him. In a masterpiece that they would get credit for it. So Michaël agreed to that, as he always wanted to work for Studio Ghibli.

By the time Goro Miyazaki was working on an CGI anime TV series for the first time, they actually did this. Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, and other European animated studios. As they got full credit for this masterpiece. And it’s not just that, this is a part of Studio Ghibli movie collection. This made Michaël very pleased of this. In fact, Isao Takahata even helped out as an executive producer. Amazing for him to do this.

For what they did here, is majestic that I am proud of. With no dialogue, way better than “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks, and that story of “The Little Mermaid”, this is really majestic.

This masterpiece that they did, tells the story of a castaway man, washed up on a deserted island. By finding himself enough food and water, there was enough bamboo on that island to built him a boat. He tried to leave, but his boats that he built gets attacked by a enormous red turtle.

In anger, he tried to kill it, but something majestic really happened. It turned into a human woman, as they began a relationship. Years later, they had a human son. And by the time the son was old enough to survive, he left to island. For a few more years, that castaway sailor and that woman lived together on that island, until the sailor died of old age under the stars.

And by the time it was all over, that woman was back to becoming a red turtle, and left the island. By thanking him to human life, she’ll never forget him. So I’m giving this Studio Ghibli masterpiece with no dialogue, 10/10 stars and an ‘A+++’.

Thank you Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli for doing this, and Michaël Dudok de Wit for making this majestic masterpiece. I’m really proud of you guys.

The Magnificent Seven (2016 remake)

Ever since the original movie of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was a smash box office hit, that was splendid. Until many years later, came this 2016 remake. In a different part of the wild West, but really cool, this was magnificent also.

With Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Lee Byung-hun and Vincent D’Onofrio, they were the new magnificent seven.

In 1879, a local baron wanted to get rid of that mining town. So by using his humongous band, they ruined everything. Until by hiring a gambler, a warrant officer, a sharpshooter, a mexican, an Indian archer, an East Asian knife thrower, and a mountain man with a funny tone of voice, they trained the townspeople how to fight, and what tricks they showed. That could work.

So in a big conflict, it was massive. Four of the members were killed, while three survived.

So I’m giving this 8 1/2 out of 10 stars. And when I watched this, I was picturing in my head. On a cowboy death battle.

“The Magnificent Seven” VS “The Hateful Eight”.

Who would win?

Kubo and the Two Strings

In August 2016, in that game TV show “Jeopardy”, they mentioned this movie. As they did a category on the studio, Laika. That stop frame animated studio who gave us “Coraline”, “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls”. For how they do their work, and how long it takes to make a stop frame animated movie. 

Four months later on that channel, Turner Classic Movies in December 2016, before putting on “One Million Years BC”, Ben Mankiewicz interviewed the director on that movie. Travis Knight, as he says this is his first directional debut movie. For how he directed it, and how he made that into a masterpiece, as I am proud for what he did. Which is why I’m giving this 8/10 stars. 

This takes place in ancient Japan, as a honourable samurai was very powerful. His name was Hanzo. Like the name of ‘Hattori Hanzo’ from “Kill Bill”.

When three sisters came from the sky by a evil king, they once fought this warrior. However, one of the sisters, fell in love with him. They had a newborn son, but it came into rage when the evil king was pissed off to hear about this. 

So, while that woman and her son fled, Hanzo and his army fought him hard while she escaped. But it all came into a horrifying terror after Hanzo and his army died. That lady hurt her skull badly on shore, as the evil king took out one of the newborn son’s eyeballs. She named her son, Kubo. 

And what was left of Hanzo, was his samurai sword, his helmet and armor. So years later, as an eyepatched kid, Kubo was able to tell stories with power he was given. But when his evil aunts began to hunt him down, he went on a quest. To find the three pieces of Hanzo, and make sure this story gives a happy ending. 

Working with him are a gigantic beetle played by Matthew McConaughey who’s hilarious. And he’s even better than that animated movie, “Sing” that he’s in. And a Japanese snow monkey who wanted Kubo to be safe, played by the same actress who was the one armed woman in “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Charlize Theron. 

Art Parkinson is Kubo, as I appreciate for how he did a good job in this. Along with him besides those two, are Brenda Vaccaro, Ralph Fiennes, and a cast of others. 

It came to a good end as a grandfather of Kubo shall take care of him. The evil king was no more, as the evil aunts were dead. Kubo did lose his mother, the beetle and the monkey during the fighting. But a secret was told throughout the movie. 

Kubo shall remember his parents, for how gratefully they are. And how he should thank them very much. Also, even give them lanterns to honor on how they are, and how they onced lived in Japan on this Earth.

Like what I said, I give this 8/10 stars. And I thank the director who did this, very much for how this shall be a masterpiece in storytelling. 

15th anniversary of Digimon

When the news had spread about “Digimon Adventure tri”, across the internet to the entire planet, the 15th anniversary of Digimon began. Even in Tokyo, Japan.

I realized, it has been 15 years, since that anime TV series became popular. Along with more Digimon in new seasons. From those two adventures, to ‘Digimon Tamers’, then ‘Digimon Frontier’ and ‘Digimon: Data Squad’, they were amazing. When ‘Digimon Fusion’ came years later, it seems that the Digimon have gone into changes really. While we’ve aged very well. Maybe so.

And like Digimon, Pokémon went into changes also. By some ideas of the creators. Satoshi Tajiri himself. But I’m sure Digimon was the best anime TV series when they came to North America first. Before Pokémon and ‘Monster Rancher’ also. At the time when they were on Fox Kids mostly, before YTV hired them all.

I still think of the characters that were amazing. Such as the kids and the Digimon that they had. Sora, Kari, Joe and Mimi from the first series. Then came Yolei also in the second series. And the Digimon that they had were Hawkmon, Palmon, Gatomon, Biyomon, and Gomamon.

Then came Rika and Renamon. Pretty cool as foxy partners. Along with them are Terriermon, Lopmon, Jeri, Kazu, and Guardromon from ‘Digimon Tamers’.

In ‘Digimon Frontier’, the kids have the ability and power to transform into Digimon. That I admire. At first is Zoe. She becomes Kazemon as well as Zephyrmon, in her second form. Then there is Junpei, Koji and Koichi, and Takuya. They were pretty good, as I thanked YTV for putting that on.

For ‘Digimon: Data Squad’, a few more new ones came. Such as Lilamon and Yoshino, they were new. The same for Yuma. As they are still beautiful.

‘Digimon Fusion’? I admire just Cutemon, Dorulumon and Mikey Kudo’s mom. They were spectacular. And from that day on, that was when ‘Digimon Adventure tri’ was be born soon.

Ever since they were spectacular and good, so was ‘Digimon: The Movie’. Anime is still the best. As we’ll love Digimon as always. However, one day soon, Pokémon will come to an end also.

Even for Ash Ketchum to become a complete master, when he and Pikachu, are still alive.

So here’s to a happy 15th anniversary to Digimon: Digital Monsters. 🙂🙂

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

From director Stanley Kramer, this changed movie history. As it showed the biggest and funniest chase of all time. Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Dorothy Provine, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Jimmy Durante, Jim Backus, Peter Falk, Paul Ford, Barrie Chase, William Demarest, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Don Knotts, Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis, the Three Stooges, and a cast of others were in this. For every one of these characters have learned their lessons together, after there were many movies I dislike for how they were, before being hired by Kramer. 

This in fact, won on Oscar award in the Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects. The same for “2001: A Space Odyssey” years later, when Stanley Kubrick deserved full credit on that award. 

It began when an very old criminal man was on the run. He was very, very old, as he couldn’t help himself while he was getting away from the police. However, when he crashed his car off of the highway, some people found the crash site. In his final words, he told them that there is a suitcase of cash. 

$350,000. Buried under four trees in a park, showing a big ‘W’ close to the border of Mexico. And by that, he kicked the bucket and was dead. 

That set off the chase. For the first person to make it there, wins it all. With those victims that witnessed the car crash site, they went by air, land and water to get and catch that $350,000. But when they found it, the police captain had set them all up as they got into a very big accident. They lost the money when the suitcase was opened, as the cash flew in the air.

It turns out to be a quest all for nothing on them when they lost the money. But for me, when they crashed, broke their bones, and were sent in the hospital, they deserved it. Like what I said earlier, before being hired by Kramer, they were in many movies I do not like them in. But this one, that made me, and both of my parents smile, they together  deserved and learned a lesson. 

So I’m giving this 7/10 stars. For this definitely made movie history in 1963. But already, five years from now in 1963, a new movie was gonna be created in 1968. For it can be ‘a madhouse!’ world, than a mad, mad, mad, mad world. Pierre Boulle’s, “Planet of the Apes”. And later, came Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. That made movie history also in 1968, as well as “Planet of the Apes” with Charlton Heston. 

Frank Sinatra- That Old Black Magic

That time of the most unluckiest day. Even if this happens three times in a year. Friday the 13th. However, as in the words of Frank Sinatra, “It’s that old black magic”. Which is why I found this song, that is very interesting. Telling about bad luck, witchcraft and leading to love, this is very nice. Even if you want to listen to this, on Friday the 13th.

So besides those Friday the 13th TV cartoons in North America that they did on YTV a while ago, as well as those horror flick movies on that Camp Crystal Lake killer, I prefer this better.

For Auntie Wanda and Uncle Robbie, who love Frank Sinatra music and classic movies. 

Some Like It Hot

(Not the song by the Power Station rock band, but a 1959 movie)

From director Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Joe E. Brown were all together in this comedy-romantic movie. That I would recommend this is for old timers only. Who love comedy-romantic movies in black and white.

Two musicians, in 1929 Chicago flee from a crime boss. The only way to leave, was to be in disguise as women. By that, they got into a all girls band, that was heading to Miami by train.

When they were in Miami, there were a lot of twists going on. Especially love to be the most. But by the end, those two guys revealed themselves. As what Joe E. Brown said in the end, “Well…nobody’s perfect”. 

This movie won an Oscar award for Best Costume Design in the Academy Awards long ago. But this also won three Golden Globe Awards also. 

And after that, within those months before 1960, everyone were loving this. But already, a new motion picture was coming to the screen. A horror flick that was gonna change motion picture history. From that fat director Alfred Hitchcock…”Psycho”.

So on this comedy-romantic motion picture, I give this 7/10 stars. “Psycho”, I already did give it a good rate long ago. Even if I have to bash the head of Freddie Highmore in that TV show based on that horror flick. With a barbed wire bat and a Ithica stakeout shotgun I could use. When I get all ‘mad dog’ on him. 

The Far Country

This was filmed in Jasper, National Park, Alberta, Canada. Many years ago before the animated movie on wolves, “Alpha and Omega” was created, as well as me doing a park project on that, and a brother of mine worked there. The way they did this, was splendid. James Stewart was there in this Western movie.

During the Klondike gold rush, a rancher and a few partners have been herding cattle. And by taking a herd of cows, passing the border of Canada, they took them to a small mining town deep in the mountains of the Yukon. Like a Crystal Peak town, this one was Dawson City.

While catching gold, he and a friend were to leave from that small city. However, he almost died when gunslingers ambushed him. They killed his partner, but ruined everything. He and the town got the gunslingers in the end, but cowboys should not be so greedy on gold.

I give this 7/10 stars. But I recommend this is for fans of James Stewart only. Especially people who are very old today, and love Western movies.