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.

Top 10 Tough Hombre Drill Sergeants

When you are in boot camp, for the Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force, you’d better be tough enough. Cause drill sergeants are the tough hombre’s to train you. As you better listen up and listen good. Some can be psychotic. Just like these here from many movies that I saw in my life. These top 10 drill sergeants in movies, that can be tough hombres.

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10. Master Sgt. Ernest G. Bilko (Sgt. Bilko). Portrayed by Steve Martin, he can be serious on training you, but really funny when you’re in the army. Especially when he wakes up in the morning, wearing funny clothes. And gets woken up disturbed. But he always forgets on marrying a girlfriend that he promised many times. And he always leaves her at the chapel crying in tears. In the army, his job was to train recruits and mobilize new weapons that they would built. But in his spare time, for he and his recruits, like Robert Duvall in “Apocalypse Now”, they just try to have some fun before a colonel could come in, and catch them.


9. Sgt. Collins (Buck Privates and Buck Privates Come Home). Portrayed by Nat Pendleton, his job was to keep his entire regiments under control without any monkey business. Especially against some tie selling salesman, without having a license. And those were Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. He in fact, caught them taking a French orphan who has no home, no family and no friends. But what he was proud on before that, were Lee Bowman and Alan Curtis. As two friends fighting in the war together. Expert marksmen. All three were awarded as heroes including him. Except for Abbott and Costello. He was better in training recruits in boot camp, than being a cop against those two tie-selling salesman. Especially when they were uncles on adopting a young girl from France.


8. Sgt. 1st Class Merwin J. Toomey (Biloxi Blues). Portrayed by Christopher Walken, his job was to train many recruits in boot camp for the Second World War. Against Japan I believe. Matthew Broderick was one of them before he was in “Glory” in 1989. He was wacky, naive, and gave good humor really. Especially when he accidentally let a recruit fire a rifle at someones jeep’s tire. And that I believe, was his jeep.

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7. Sgt. Kilgore (Delta Farce). Portrayed by Kieth David, stronger, serious and smarter than any instructor there is, he can be stronger than Biff and Griff from the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy. During the war against Afghanistan, he had to train three misfits in boot camp before leaving. By making sure they shoot well, as well as handling a bazooka…. very carefully. However, stuff didn’t go as planned when they were dropped into Mexico by accident. Himself and the misfits. So in a new path, in a new war, he and those guys took on a Mexican criminal there. Portrayed by Danny Trejo.


6. Sgt. First Class Hulka (Stripes). Portrayed by Warren Oates, he was serious about training recruits as long as they aren’t very much like clowns. Cause Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy and Judge Reinhold were the ones doing jokes really. But he was humorous throughout training and into the mission that they were onto. And during training, he almost died when a mortar almost killed him. But he was pretty good on strangling John Candy. He was old, but you should’ve seen his face on doing it.


5. Sgt. Major Mulcahy (Glory). Portrayed by John Finn as an Irish-American drill sergeant, his job was to train African-Americans to become real soldiers of the Union Army, during the American Civil War. By being too harsh and too serious, he was ordered by Col. Robert Shaw on not to mess them badly by his brutality. So by training them on using rifles and bayonets, he tried not to mess them around since they were free from slavery. And by another order from Col. Robert Shaw, he did no more cruel tutelage to them when they were off to battle.


4. Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley (An Officer and a Gentleman). Portrayed by Louis Gossett Jr., he is close to number 1# on the list as he can be so serious, he’ll ask you if you are a queer or a steer. And the way his training is, you’d better face it and face it hard. Cause members like Richard Gere, Tony Plana, and Lisa Eilbacher faced his training if they ever want to become members of the U.S. Navy. And they did when they were strong enough. In his obstacle courses, martial art fighting, as well as getting out of their seats when they are in the water. Louis Gossett Jr. was so good and so splendid, he won an Golden Globe award as well as an Oscar award.


3. Career Sgt. Zim (Starship Troopers). Portrayed by Clancy Brown, his job in the Mobile Infantry was to train recruits for the war against killer bugs. Across the stars in the galaxy, as Klendathu, must be terminated. He taught them knife throwing, learning how to use rifles before using the ones with live ammo, as he had the ability to break a guys arm, and almost choke someone to death. He was definitely such a hard ass. When he was in the war, he was back to being a private when he did something worse. But every trooper were proud of him, when they caught the smart bug. The one that can suck out your brains like a bendy straw.


2. Sgt. Howell (Hacksaw Ridge). Portrayed by Vince Vaughn, his job was to train U.S. Army recruits during the Second World War against Japan. He didn’t appreciate a bare naked man, or someone releasing a knife into somebody’s foot by accident, as well as insulting an Indian-American who joined the army. The way that some recruits are doing some monkey business really. But what he was more fond about, was that Desmond Doss would fight in the war without shooting a single gun at all as a combat medic. And during the Battle of Okinawa, Japan, he was luckily saved by him in Hacksaw Ridge. And how he made it back alive, thanks to Desmond.


1. Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (Full Metal Jacket). Portrayed by Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Marine drill sergeant R. Lee Ermy, that’s our 1# on the list. His job was to train U.S. Marine recruits into natural born killers. So that they can take on the Viet Cong in Húe City, in the Tet Offensive in 1968. The only problem that he had in his Platoon 3092, was not just Pvt. Joker, Pvt. Cowboy, Pvt. Toe Jam and Pvt. Snowball, but Pvt. Gomer Pyle. A fat overweight recruit who had no reason being there. He in fact, caught him stealing a jelly doughnut he hid in his foot locker. From the mess hall without finishing it. And in training, he didn’t appreciate for how Gomer Pyle was not following along. In his obstacle courses, not climbing and lifting himself well, and especially not running well. That was why Pvt. Joker had to drag him along when he was not doing very good. Hartman had to carry his rifle as he was yelling at his left ear.

Some of these drill sergeants can be psychotic. But they aren’t. They are hard as recruits may not like them. But the more that they might hate on, the more that they will learn in a corps.

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And ever since these men and women fought hard in the military and boot camp first, we will be like them. As long as we have a drill instructor that we follow along to face.


And never end up like that fat ass from Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war, Oscar nominated masterpiece. Cause when he snapped, he killed Hartman and himself before he could be taken into military court martials.

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 great and so good, 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 20 years of age, it’s good to watch this. Recommended for young adults, 7/10 stars on this.

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.