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From the director who did “Ocean’s Eleven” with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, and more, comes a new comedy heist movie.

Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katherine Waterston, Brian Gleeson and Seth McFarlane are in this movie. And that’s not all, Seth McFarlane learned a lesson in this heist movie. Cause for what he did a while back….very crappy.

Construction workers, and a few criminals were able to pull off this heist. Their objective was to steal lots of cash. At a NASCAR speedway.

So rather than “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, this really beats the hell out of that crappy movie.

In fact, this was pretty much like “Ocean’s Eleven” in 2001. A successful heist, and they were never caught at all. And that daughter on stage, before the climax, she sang Channing Tatum’s favourite John Denver song. “Take Me Home, Country Roads”.

My dad and I really enjoyed this. So I’m giving his 8 and 1/2 out of 10 stars. And I do ask my dad a favour really. The next time we get into anything related to John Denver and his song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, he’ll try “Whisper of the Heart” from Studio Ghibli.

They did their own version of “Country Roads” in that anime movie, for that was really spectacular on.

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Passchendaele (WW1 movie)

Paul Gross was the director and star of this historic WW1 movie. For Canada’s history and how they were involved in WW1. And I was lucky enough to watch this just in time really, just before they could do their anniversary on this WW1 event.

In 1917, after the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Hill 70, Canadian troops in Europe were fighting very hard. Only one came back home, and was having nightmares about what happened. Not shell shocked.

However, a young man from Calgary, Alberta did wanted to go and fight as a soldier. So on a second tour with those two Canadian soldiers, they went back to Europe to face Passchendale. A land in ruins when it’s all rainy and very muddy.

Many platoons had fought hard against the German army, at the very climax. A Canadian victory finally came to the Battle of Passchendale.

So like how I watched “Paths of Glory” with Kirk Douglas, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, Paul Gross was really good. Although this had too much parts of romance, but I’m giving this war movie 8/10 stars. Really good.

Sekai No Owari- Rain (Mary and the Witch’s Flower)

Just before GKIDS took a long time to get that anime masterpiece in English, this was the band that became famous in the summer of 2017.

Like my previous blog post that I mentioned, this is their real performance. And how they actually support the work of Hiromasa Yonebayashi and his new anime masterpiece, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”. Studio Ponoc’s first debut masterpiece got the attention of anime fans.

No interruptions are in this performance. Just scenes and clips of that anime movie, while they perform.

Vimy Ridge- Canadian WWI exhibit

Not Rock Ridge, or Hacksaw Ridge. Vimy Ridge. A famous battle in WWI.

Just before Canada did their Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and in Chelsea, Gatineau, they had this at the war museum. An exhibition for a few months. And it was all about Vimy Ridge.

At dawn until victory, in April of 1917 many Canadian divisions that were hiding in the trenches, came out with a British division, and took on Vimy Ridge, in north of Vimy, France. 7,004 troops were wounded, while almost 3,600 troops were dead.

 

    

At the Canadian War Museum, from April 2017 until November 2017, they showed everything.

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They did mentioned on King Edward VIII from Great Britain. He was a colonel in the war, before he was awarded with a medal. Years later after the war, came to a shock when he and his wife met Adolf Hitler in 1937. A year after the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. And two years before WWII.


From paintings to the model of this monument that we all know of, Vimy Ridge will never be forgotten.

Japanese Canadians in WWI

Since there were WWI Canadian regiments with African Canadians, and Native Canadians, there were only a few regiments that no one believed on.

  

Japanese Canadians! They fought in the First World War, years before everything changed that lead to the Second World War. This can be very important in Canada’s history really. And make a movie about it also, in the future to make movie history.

And while they fought in the war, a soldier named Pvt. Toshitaka Ishihara was K.I.A. For memorial service, several Japanese Canadians were gathered in Vancouver, British Columbia around 1918 to mourn the death of that kind hearted young man.

The banner above them says, “In memory of Toshitaka Ishihara, who died as a soldier”. Cause that boy demonstrated not only as a soldier, but as a courageous Japanese-Canadian.

Years later, I do feel sorry for the Japanese-Canadians when the Second World War was declared. Rounded up into camps, and lost everything. Until by late of 1945, the war was over in the Pacific as U.S. Army General Douglas McArthur did his famous speech on the day that the Japanese surrendered.

So besides war movies that took place in the Second World War, a war movie would do great to tell about these Japanese Canadians that fought in the First World War. And make movie history also.

The other Canadian regiments too. Since the movie “Glory” made movie history. So to the Japanese Canadians mostly, and other First World War Canadian regiments that fought in WWI, I must confess, that they did a grand job on serving our country really.

100th anniversary of WWI (2017)

Today, happens to be still the 100th anniversary of how Canada fought in WWI. But next year, on November 11th, 2018, at 11 am, it’ll be over. Just as how the First World War came to an end on that day, 100 years ago at 11 am. November 11th, 1918.

And as we celebrate our Canadian soldiers that have fought in WWI, there have been battles that have been famous on. That mostly Canada was involved with.But we’ll never forget them. Especially on Remembrance Day today.

After the Battle of Vimy Ridge, while the British Empire dealt with the Western Front and Africa, Lawrence of Arabia became very famous when the news spread about him. And his band of Arabians that fought in against the Ottoman Empire and German army.

From air raids, and taking over Baghdad by by the British, the U.S., Cuba, Greece, and Panama then declared war on Germany as they were brought into Europe. Liberia also months later.

Then came the Battle of Hill 70. After the Battle of Hill 60 was a German victory, and the 2nd Battle of Ypres was an allied victory, so was this. Allied victory. The Battle of Messines in west of Flanders, Belgium also.

After the Battle of Verdun as a French victory, and three battles as a second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres, then came the 1st Battle of Passchendaele. The result, a German victory. But the 2nd Battle of Passchendale was then later, an Allied victory. That Canada will never forget on. However, a year ago for what happened in the skies, they never forgot the Red Baron too. Before he met his fate thanks to a WWI Canadian pilot who finally got him.

Months later by December 1917, after 14 battles that took place in Africa, during the First World War that Lawrence of Arabia was onto maybe, Panama and the U.S. then declared war on Austria-Hungary. But back in Canada, a disaster struck. The Halifax explosion on December 6th, 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Next year, more WWI events and battles, that we should know on. And on November 11th, everything will be done. And coming up next, is another 100th anniversary. The Halifax explosion in Nova Scotia.

Most honourable medals in the wars

Besides the Bronze Star medal, there have been lots of medals that soldiers get when they fought in battles in a war. Honourable ones, and most famous medals. Since the First World War and the Second World War to the Vietnam War, these are the most honourable medals in wars of all time.


At first, is the Canadian Victoria Cross. Mostly used in the First World War, Canadian soldiers get this for ‘The most conspicuous bravery, daring or pre-eminent acts of valour, self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy’. Meaning that on how hard that they fight, against the enemy, they can deserve this.


Next, is the Purple Heart. The USA uses this medal since the Second World War and the Vietnam War. U.S. soldiers get this medal for “Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces”. It means that when a U.S. soldier gets wounded, and can take the pain, he will win this medal. Just as long as they return nice and safe.


And third but as the very last, the Medal of Honor. For a member of the Army, or the Navy, or the Air Force, they can deserve this. They get this award for “Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty”. It means that no matter how hard one can be, and be in the bloodiest battle in war history, this can you deserve on. This is the number 1# war medal.

Members who had fought in the World Wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, they deserve those war medals. Such as Desmond Doss, Ron Kovic, Billy Bishop, Frederick William Hall, Alan McLeod, John Kerry, Charles Bronson, Samuel Fuller, and the rest of famous war veterans. Except for some veterans that became actors, and went into some movies that I hate on the most.

Veterans today are very old. Especially when they wear their old uniforms and have their medals that they keep. Although I do feel sorry for them, but I just hope they have some smiles on their faces before they die of old age. And those medals such as these here, they really earn them.

So rather than listening to this running cadence…

“If I die in the combat zone. Box me up and ship me home. Pin my medals upon my chest. Tell my mom, I done my best”.

…very old war veterans would rather have an idea on what to do with their medals. In their last will or testament before they die of old age. They would either keep their war medals in their grave, or just pass it on to their grandchildren who believe in them.

So these are the famous war medals, and war veterans deserve them. No matter how old or young they are.

The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)

Michiel Huisman, Ben Kingsley, and Hera Hilmar, are the only guys that were really good in this drama movie that took place during World War I.

A nurse from Philadelphia, USA, travelled nearly close to the Middle East, as she wanted to help out the Turks who need medical aid. So by taking two carts full of medical supplies and her brothers truck, she had the help of a Ottoman lieutenant. Just before the First World War was declared.

She and the lieutenant were really good friends. Before the Russian troops and German soldiers arrived later and traveled to Africa. Months later, Ottoman soldiers travelled to Africa also. And this was before Lawrence of Arabia did his attack after those famous words…

“No prisoners! No prisoners!”

For a successful WWI movie, I give this 9.5 out of 10 stars.