Life (1999)

Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Anthony Anderson, Bernie Mac, Don Harvey and R. Lee Ermy were all together in this prison camp comedy movie since “Cool Hand Luke”. 

In 1935, from New York to Mississippi, two African Americans were accidentally accused of murdering someone as they were sentenced to a full life in a prison camp. 

They tried escaping, but none of those plans worked. Eddie Murphy was funny when he tried escaping on an airplane. However, he had a funny crash landing that gave out a big boom explosion. 

Until by the time they were very old, they faked their deaths and returned home. Back to Harlem, New York. Dramatic and funny, I give this 7.9 out of 10 stars. 

But as for Anthony Anderson, you should’ve seen him hilarious in the first ‘Transformers’ movie when he yelled out….

“SHUT UP GRANDMA!!!! DRINK YOUR PRUNE JUICE!!!!”

Enemy at the Gates (2001)


Before Jude Law was Gigolo Joe in “A.I. Artificial Intellegence”, this was the movie he got into first in 2001. He, Ron Perlman, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, and Joseph Fiennes were in this. 

In the autumn of 1942, during Second World War, the battle of Stalingrad was massive as the actual city was in ruins. The Soviets never gave up when the German forces surrendered. And that was all thanks to a Soviet sharpshooter before Chris Kyle. But before that, he had to face a German sniper who’s an Nazi military officer first. 

Soviet sharpshooters did their best in fighting, as some were killed by the German forces including the Nazi sniper. Most of the ones who were killed by the Nazi sniper officer were his friends. 

But in the end, payback is what he wanted by shooting him in the head. At a local train yard in Stalingrad. And more importantly, Jude Law became the 1# top movie sniper of them all. In your face Bradley Cooper! Jude Law is legendary as that Soviet sharpshooter. 

For a pass, 8/10 stars on this sniper showdown in Stalingrad. 

Studio Ghibli AMV- Country Roads

Studio Ghibli. Best anime studio in the entire world. And thanks to a lucky YouTube subscriber, he/she made this AMV on the hit song we all know of. “Country Roads”. 

Not the John Denver version, but a new version. And as for those Studio Ghibli fans out there, you’ll love this on how Studio Ghibli is, how they deserve many Oscar awards, and how we should really thank them a lot. Anime is the best as I always say. 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Time travel can sometimes be a mysterious power. In those movies we know, they have been invented by scientists. And to the way it is, time travel hasn’t been invented yet. But in a matter of years, it will be.

However, in this anime movie, it can happen to change one persons life. A young teenager in a Tokyo high school, was able to play baseball with her friends as she meets her aunt at the Tokyo National Museum. Who happens to be an art restorer.

By the time she hit her head on an object, that made her containing time power. By going backwards in time to the next day, she would make sure the day is correct as well as how people can end up in the future. Without causing some mayhem and accidents, for that may happen. Like getting run over by a train at a local crossing. Especially when you are having biking brake problems.

It all seemed okay to her, but she had to fix something between herself and the closest friends she had ever had in her life. And when everything was fixed again, she no more time leaping. She made a decision for her own future.

So for a success, better than “Edge of Tomorrow”, “Groundhog Day”, or any one of those time looping and time leaping movies, 10/10 stars here. ‘A++” here.

The Secret Life of Pets

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Ever wonder what your pets do, when you’re gone for the day? When you leave your house or apartment for work or school? Until you return in the late afternoon or evening?

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From Illumination Entertainment that did the Dr. Seuss animated movie, “The Lorax”, comes this. With the voice talents of Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, and Albert Brooks, they are all the pets we know. Dogs, cats, pet birds, a hawk, and a killer cute rabbit that wants payback.

Against alley cats, into the sewers, and through the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, they try to make sure they get back before their owners return in the evening.

So for a pass, 7 and 1/3 out of 10 stars. And I can tell you this. “Every ‘Dog’ has it’s Day”. Which is why this is a success for sure.

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Except for these guys when they were dogs, as they had their day a setup…

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I know, right?

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(“Little Green Bag” plays by George Baker Selection, ever since that was in ‘Sausage Party’)

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes were together famous, in this modern day immortal love tragedy from William Shakespeare. Taken place in Verona Beach in a big city far away, the Montague’s and the Capulet’s have been arch rival families since they first met, and began this feud.

Armed with many handguns, some revolvers, machine guns and shotguns, they do a lot of fighting. This made the Chief of the Police, Captain Prince so angry, he warned them.

However, things took a twist when Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet were in love together. And had the best moments that they could cherish. But when things got out of hand and a lot worse, they had no choice but to commit suicide.

I can’t tell you for how they killed themselves. But I can tell you this: Romeo and Juliet are finally together all to themselves.

And when both are dead, taken away buried, both the parents of the Montague’s and the Capulet’s felt very ashamed, and very miserable to themselves. And Captain Prince; he condemned both families to be punished. This became so splendid, by director Baz Luhrmann, this was nominated for an Oscar award. For Best Art Direction- Set Decoration. But lost when “The English Patient” took it.

It maybe harsh to watch this in high school, when you’re learning William Shakespeare at a young teen age. However at 24 years of age, it’s good to watch this. Recommended for young adults, 7/10 stars on this. Pretty dramatic, but you’ll get used to it.

Except for “Reservoir Dogs”….cause many gunfighters can end up as dead as they were…

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…and as dead as he was!

Spartacus (1960)

From director Stanley Kubrick, this movie that he did with Kirk Douglas won four Academy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe award. Didn’t won Best Picture, as Stanley Kubrick didn’t get full credit. But was mentioned really before getting famous. 

During the Roman Empire, a gladiator slave was able to free other slaves as they made it to freedom. They fought many battles against the Roman Empire, as many Roman Empire soldiers were killed. They were to escape Italy and away from Rome, but got into a pickle when the Roman Empire outsmarted Spartacus and his entire gladiators. Caesar’s general wanted him so bad, he’d be crucified alive. 

So in a final conflict which made motion picture history, was the epic battle one last time. And how many gladiators called out his name. Then they were to be crucified alive. Not the way Jesus Christ died and tortured badly by the Roman Empire, but just tied to a crucifixion pole. 

So for a pass, 7/10 stars. Long movie as it can be 3 1/2 hours. 

Norio Shioyama (1940-2017)

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Ever since Michiyo Yasuda and Makiko Futaki, from Studio Ghibli passed away, so did he unexpectedly. Norio Shioyama. An animator, illustrator, character designer, and animation director. For he did “InuYasha”, “Mobile Suit Victory Gundam” and more.

Born on March 28th, 1940, he survived the final days of WWII in Japan. In 1970, when he began to become a Japanese animator, he was becoming good. At the time when ‘Oh! Production’ was founded. By the time he did “Tiger Mask”, “Armored Trooper Votoms”, and many more on anime I’ve never heard about, but are interesting, he worked on key animation and design work for “InuYasha”. From 2001 to 2004. At the time when that was on YTV Canada in English. In Canada.

He didn’t do “InuYasha: The Final Act”, but he did worked on being a key animator for the three ‘InuYasha’ movies. Except for the ‘Fire on the Mystic Island’ movie. Before that, he worked on his first anime movie, for that was “Mobile Suit Gundam F91”.

And after that, especially writing a few more novels that he wrote, he then remained silent for a while. Until on April 13th, 2017, before Good Friday, a fire occurred at 1 am, destroying his eighth floor apartment. In the 14-floor Misato Danchi apartment complex in Misato, Saitama Prefecture. Both he and his wife were found dead. He was 77 years of age when he died unexpectedly.

He was old, but we, us anime fans were surprised for that has happened to him. But we sure do appreciate his anime artwork. For he did everything on anime, on some artwork that were astonishing. And more importantly, he showed me on how anime all is on “InuYasha”. A spectacular anime TV series, based on the manga books. As it was then made into an anime TV series, including “The Final Act”. It’s four movies too really. As YTV Canada, was the first to deal with before “Toonami”.

Rest in peace my friend. Your artwork was splendid. Especially “InuYasha”.

Mississippi Burning

Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, this won only one Oscar award. For Best Cinematography. 

Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, R. Lee Ermy, Brad Dourif, Kevin Dunn, and Frances McDormand were in this. Filmed in 1988, a year after “Full Metal Jacket” was released in 1987, and a few months after that horrifying movie “Child’s Play” was released also. 

This took place on actual true events. In the state of Mississippi in 1964, three civil rights workers were missing and were found brutally murdered. An African American, a Christian and a Jewish worker. That set off a war between white people and coloured people. 

At day, everything’s okay. But at night, white hooded murderers burn everything and brutally attack African American people. That was when two FBI agents were sent from Washington to Mississippi to investigate. During this massive search, they ordered 150 men from FBI headquarters to search many areas. Rivers, swamps, burnt churches and destroyed farms. 

However, it turns out that many white men were the ones causing this war. I can’t tell you who they were. But I can tell you this: 

“Mississippi, 1964. When America was at war with itself”. 

So for a success than “The Quick and the Dead”, I give this 10/10 stars. 

The Bonnie and Clyde old poem

You’ve read the story of Jesse James of how he lived and died. If you’re still in need; of something to read, here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde.

Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang. I’m sure you all have read. How they rob and steal; and those who squeal, are usually found dying or dead.

There’s lots of untruths to these write-ups; they’re not as ruthless as that. Their nature is raw; they hate all the law, the stool pigeons, spotters and rats.

They call them cold-blooded killers; they say they are heartless and mean. But I say this with pride, that I once knew Clyde, when he was honest and upright and clean.

But the law fooled around; kept taking him down, and locking him up in a cell. Till he said to me; “I’ll never be free, so I’ll meet a few of them in hell”

The road was so dimly lighted, there were no highway signs to guide. But they made up their minds; if all roads were blind, they wouldn’t give up till they died.

The road gets dimmer and dimmer, sometimes you can hardly see. But it’s fight man to man, and do all you can, for they know they can never be free.

From heart-break some people have suffered, from weariness some people have died. But take it all in all; our troubles are small, till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.

If a policeman is killed in Dallas, and they have no clue or guide. If they can’t find a fiend, they just wipe their slate clean and hang it on Bonnie and Clyde.

There’s two crimes committed in America, not accredited to the Barrow mob. They had no hand; in the kidnap demand, nor the Kansas City Depot job.

A newsboy once said to his buddy; “I wish old Clyde would get jumped. In these awfull hard times; we’d make a few dimes, if five or six cops would get bumped”.

The police haven’t got the report yet, but Clyde called me up today. He said, “Don’t start any fights; we aren’t working nights, we’re joining the NRA.”

From Irving to West Dallas viaduct, is known as the Great Divide. Where the women are kin; and the men are men, and they won’t “stool” on Bonnie and Clyde.

If they try to act like citizens, and rent them a nice little flat. About the third night; they’re invited to fight, by a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat.

They don’t think they’re too smart or desperate, they know that the law always wins. They’ve been shot at before; but they do not ignore, that death is the wages of sin.

Some day they’ll go down together, they’ll bury them side by side. To few it’ll be grief, to the law a relief, but it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.

-Bonnie Parker, at age 23 before her death with Clyde Barrow, at age 25.

This is the old 1# Bonnie and Clyde poem that talks about them. Written by Bonnie Parker herself. Mentioned and written in that Oscar winning movie, this is very famous since “Flanders Fields”. This shows how they once were, and how they committed crimes during the Great Depression. By avoiding the police in the states of Oklahoma and Texas, they didn’t stop until that fateful day that they got into. The day when they were shot in sight.

“Bonnie and Clyde” that movie, may have not won Best Picture, but it sure made motion picture history. Which was why that just only won two Oscar awards.