Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

Move over Nurse Ratched and Wicked Witch!!

Cause she is the new actress in cinema history. Frances McDormand won the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress in this movie.

And if you mess with her, she’ll mess you back so hard, she’ll set you on fire!

This mystery movie made cinema history, as it won two Oscar awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.

An aggressive woman, who lived in a small town called Ebbing in Missouri, USA had became the most serious and very aggressive woman in town, cause her daughter was raped and murdered by rapists. They didn’t find on who the murderer is. So by Easter Sunday, she took the control of three advertising billboards. That no had ever used in a long time.

Written in black paint with red paint, these are the letters that she wrote as a message…

Right near her own home close by, it got the attention of two police officers. One who committed suicide from stage 4 cancer, and the other who got himself fired. After he was sobering drunk, he wasn’t able to buy brandy. Although those billboards got burned by the police officer who got his ass fired, but she did burned down the police station. Right after those billboards got rebuilt again, they’ve found the rapist who was responsible for murdering her daughter. They tried to get a DNA match on him, but the guy lied.

So together on what must be done, was that both the woman and the cop who got his ass fired, got themselves into vigilante business. Just as how Charles Bronson, Bruce Willis and Eli Roth got into the ‘Death Wish’ movies.

Along with Frances McDormand, are Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell as the two cops. Sam Rockwell who was the cop who got his ass fired, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. That Golden Globe Award too.

Which why I give this 7.4 out of 10 stars. Really good.

It does tell me everything really. Sometimes people in the future today face harsh times and what occurs in life. Which was why some people were aggressive in this movie, how they’ve felt very bad for the daughter and the sheriff who got killed, and Frances McDormand as that Mildred Hayes did some payback. Although she did care for those billboards and how she missed her daughter, but I can say this…

She can be a most serious badass for business since Eli Roth in “Inglorious Basterds”…

Canadian Pacific Railway- 150th anniversary

They never told me about this part, during the 150th anniversary of Canada. I was mostly concerned about the fireworks display that they were having in downtown Ottawa. They never made a movie about this, but some directors did get some ideas from the time of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Long ago in 1867, at the time when Canada became a country in North America, they began to build the Canadian Pacific Railway that could stretch across Canada. It took them a very long time to build the railway.

The toughest parts were going across rivers, through the thick forests, and the Rockies Mountains. They went from Nova Scotia or Newfoundland, all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia. It was very hard work. a Pretty much like how “Hell on Wheels” took place.

And as the years have passed, the whole railway system in Canada went from old fashioned, to everything majestic. Cities admired the steam trains and how very big they were. In fact, some famous people came to Canada on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Such as King George VI….

…Queen Elizabeth….

….Sir Winston Churchill during the Second World War, after rescuing soldiers from Dunkirk….

….and President John F. Kennedy with his wife before or after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Railways all over North America including Canada’s were massive. One part that had to be aware of were the stowaways and the hobos.

   

Some of that info got the film directors to make those movies about stowaways on trains. Such as David Carradine in “Bound for Glory”, that disappearing hobo in “The Polar Express”, and the opening credits of “Hobo with a Shotgun” before we were lead to those violent gruesome parts.

The very good train movie that everyone admired on, was “Stand By Me”. Directed by Rob Reiner, based on the book by Stephen King, as it had River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell. And so was “Silver Streak”.

Years have passed when VIA Rail was born. And how Canada was mostly concerned about the diesel engines. The steam engines mostly went to parts of the world, far up north to where they need them. Some in Alaska, while a few are in north of Europe.

In the summer of 2017, only the very last train remains from 100 years ago. The Royal Canadian Pacific. Thanks to a drama TV show, that took place in the west of Canada, “Rocky Mountain Railroad”, the passenger cars were nearly 100 years old, and were still the same. With its gold bars, brown paint, electric power, and its looks on the inside, it never changed one bit.

They had this train to go across Canada for its 150th anniversary. Their target: Ottawa, Ontario. But I never saw it entering there. I was more concerned about the fireworks display. Besides, the first stop that they got themselves into was Revelstoke. It was pretty much like the Silver Streak train from that 1970’s movie when it went from Los Angeles to Chicago.

  

The two locomotives were from the 1950’s as the passenger cars go back to the time when they were born, at the year when the First World War was declared. 1914.

And the surprise guest? Kelly Prescott and the Railroad Ramblers. However, the real guest of honor happens to be the new Canadian prime minister. Justin Trudeau.

“This train is an example of how we bound the two oceans together, and connected people from coast to coast. It’s great to see everyone to continue to celebrate 150 years. All right Canada! Alright BC! Alright Revelstoke! Merci Beaucoup!”

-Justin Trudeau.

The Royal Canadian Pacific was definitely the very last train to show it’s appearance for its 150th anniversary. For both the CPR railway and Canada too. I may have read a book about its early days once, but the real photos show me every piece of CPR history.

And as I’ll never forget CPR history, the best part about Canada’s 150th anniversary, were the fireworks. Besides, I was listening to Katy Perry’s song ‘Firework’ from “The Interview” at that time.

You can see for yourself…

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

I’ve played the video games once, before I saw this movie with my own eyes. I didn’t saw this on TV or in theatres really. It was on DVD that I found once. And it beats every single movie based on video games in this world. Especially when Jean Claude Van Damme was in the live action version to rescue them, and how they made a few cameo appearances in that 1994 movie.

Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li, had to face the forces of M. Bison who was into brainwashing control. Chun-Li almost died, but was recovered quickly when this was all over. Only Ken and Ryu had to deal with M. Bison before his attack could cause annihilation.

For a success, and how the Toei Company worked with Manga Entertainment for this movie, I give this 9/10 stars. Very good.

Jean Claude Van Damme may have admired anime very well, before he was the alligator in “Kung Fu Panda 2”, but this became so inspiring, that in that TV show, ‘South Park’, season 8, episode 1, Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, Craig, Jimmy, Clyde and Token with martial arts weapons, they became like street fighters. Although Butters was the bad guy like M. Bison, but you should’ve seen on how he almost lost his eyeball. Who says that anime is the best as always?

Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994)

Based on the bestselling video game, and from VIZ Video that did the DVDs and videotapes of “Hamtaro”, “Pokémon”, “Ranma 1/2”, and the two movies of “Galaxy Express 999”, came this anime masterpiece.

Legendary armour, worn by Alexander the Great, made him transform into one of the sinister Roman gods. Four warriors defeated him, and broke up his amour to be hidden in well known locations that Alexander the Great once conquered.

Years later, a possessed fighter took control of the armour, and wanted to cause annihilation for some payback. Only his sister, and a couple of fighters were able to stop his destruction. Although there was only one casualty from our band of heroes, but one of them who kept his promise, kept that moment to himself, and never made a sound. With the voice talents of Matt Hill and Myriam Sirois, it was before that those two went in their separate ways.

Myriam Sirois went onto becoming the blue haired girl in Ranma 1/2, Akane Tendo.

Matt Hill however, hired by both Teletoon and YTV those two kids channels, he was in a couple of anime TV shows that you might be interested in.

For a success and how it beats movies based on video games, 10/10 stars. You may find this dramatic, and how it might lead to something sad in the end, but you’ll know on how promises need to be kept.

Battleground (1949)

This was the very first war movie that Ricardo Montalbán had ever saw snow on. In the Battle of the Bulge during the Second World War.

Along with him are James Whitmore, Van Johnson, George Murphy, and a cast of American actors that I’ve never heard of before.

Mid-December, 1944. A platoon of American soldiers went into the snowy forest. Very deep. Some Germans were in disguised as the American army, as they had to figure out on who are German, or if some are American.

In fact, this was nominated for four Oscar awards including Best Picture, as this won only two. For Best Cinematography and Best Writing. But this did won two Golden Globe Awards. For Best Supporting Actor on James Whitmore, and Best Screenplay.

The best part about this, was the climax. Airborne planes dropping parachutes. Packages on food and ammo for the scattered soldiers to survive. With more firepower that they needed, far deep in the forest, and right beside the railroad line, that was when they won that battle and were almost to the path that they never chosen on. And that is the path of surrender.

They did lose a few things such as boots, socks, and bits of stuff for what they needed. Cause when you’re in a forest with snow and ice, like that storm in April of 2018 that occurred Gatineau Park in Quebec for example, right close to Ottawa, Ontario, you have to make sure on how to outsmart the enemy, or end up freezing to death such as the climbers in “Everest”.

A straight ‘A’ is what I give for this very old Oscar winning movie.

By looking at them, amazing. And didn’t ended up by taking the wrong road as how they did.

     

Curly Howard: “DEFROST ME!!!!”

2001: A Space Odyssey- 50th anniversary

On April 3rd of 1968, Arthur C. Clarke’s bestselling novel came to the cinema screen and made film history, thanks to that famous director, Stanley Kubrick. This movie in fact, was nominated for four Oscar awards, won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He definitely deserved that award.

From the naked dawn of man, to the future of 1999 and 2001, on space travel, a black monolith had appeared twice. On the Earth where the apes became aware on, and how it made a loud noise to the astronauts on the surface of the moon.

Months later, the back monolith affected one of the astronauts while on the long voyage to Jupiter. But before that, while his crew were in cryogenics, and how his partner was outside the spacecraft, the computer HAL-9000, malfunctioned. He killed the three members in cryogenics, and his partner while outside the spacecraft.

He had to disconnect HAL-9000. And when he found out about the truth, he knew on what he was going to face on. Which was why by reaching Jupiter, and left to investigate, he got himself into a vortex. And as he grew older and older in a bedroom, he was ready to die when he was transformed all of a sudden. Turned into a space baby in a fetus orb of light. He gazed at the Earth and became something that no astronomer had ever laid eyes on.

Although I do sometimes think on what happens if that orb of light was broken, and all of a sudden, that space baby would start crying…

In this movie, are Kier Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain, and as a cameo, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Vivian as Dr. Heywood Floyd’s daughter.

With special music such as Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss and the Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II, no wonder this made cinema history. In fact, they did a sequel in which that was nominated for five Oscar awards. “2010: The Year We Made Contact” in 1984. Starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, and Bob Balaban.

50 years later, in April of 2018, now comes the 50th anniversary of that Kubrick masterpiece. Although they did do a 40th anniversary screening in 2008, but Vivian Kubrick received an award in honor of her father that year.

By celebrating that movie, filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have been interviewed while Kier Dullea talked about both Arthur C. Clarke and how Stanley Kubrick made his novel come to life.

“In an infinite and eternal universe, the point is, anything is possible”

-Stanley Kubrick

He was really a film genius at that time by making that movie. And his other masterpieces based on novels that were Oscar nominated, as some such as this and “Barry Lyndon” were Oscar winners. Except for “Lolita” and “Eyes Wide Shut” in which Kirk Douglas in his own words, ‘lousiest movies ever’.

But no matter how Kubrick did to his movies, “2001: A Space Odyssey” remains to be the most famous movie in cinema history. So here’s to 50 years, and to Stanley Kubrick’s most famous masterpiece…….

Stargate (1994)

This was the original movie that started that sci-fi TV business on its franchise.

From the director who did “Independence Day” and “Independence Day: Resurgence”, Roland Emmerich, Kurt Russell, James Spader, and Erick Avari were the only guys that I know of in this movie.

A star-gate, is a ringed shaped portal that can take you to a far away distance in outer space. After the U.S. government found one in the deserts of Egypt, they kept it until the activated it. An Egyptologist and a bunch of soldiers were the first to go through, and were warped onto an alien desert planet, that they weren’t sure on. They had to reactivate it again in order to escape back to Earth, or the aliens will grind their bones to bits. Alien gods too if you ask me.

So for a success, I give this 9/10 stars.

‘She and Her Cat’ by Makoto Shinkai

Years before anime director Makoto Shinkai did the movies, “Your Name”, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices”, and “5 Centimetres Per Second”, he started off as a manga author. This is one of them, as it tells about adulthood and how you do not want to be lonely for the rest of your life.

‘She and Her Cat’ tells the story about Miyu, a woman who lives alone in an apartment, as adopted a white cat named Chobi. It was on a rainy spring day as she took her in, and had the only friend that she would care for in this world.

From facing harsh times at work, to how there can be so much in adulthood to deal with, her cat that she adopted came in and helped her. That made her heart to be filled with happiness, as she had began to admire that feline as her only pet to have in this world.

They did made a five minute short, and a very short TV show adaption with only four episodes, that are 8 minutes long. Very well done for sure.

I do thank manga author/anime director Makoto Shinkai for this book that really did. Cause by dealing with adulthood before you go for your careers, you’ll need an apartment and a pet friend to have.

And as for that very short TV show adaption, only in Japanese, that I rate as a film/tv critic, 10/10 stars and an ‘A++’.

In This Corner of the World (2016)

Based on the manga book by Fumiyo Kōno, and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, assistant director to Hayao Miyazaki for “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, this was premiered for a 3-day event at Cineplex, at one movie theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The same movie theatre where “Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry” and only six Studio Ghibli movies were premiered. South Keys.

This masterpiece, is about a young woman named Suzu. Who lived in two places in Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshima City where the bomb was dropped, and Kure, Hiroshima, where they saw the mushroom cloud. Set in the 1930’s to the 1940’s, this tells on how Suzu, became a married woman as she and her relatives, try to survive air raid attacks, and how the bombs were dropping all around.

Then it came to how the Hiroshima bomb was dropped, as they were shocked. The war against Japan cane to an end, as things had to change for them. I can’t tell you for what happened to Suzu, because well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it? Besides, this is one of these anime movies that I’m deeply inspired on. Since I got into Studio Ghibli movies, I was inspired deeply by them. This one right here is really inspiring.

So for a success on this anime movie, 10/10 stars and an ‘A++’.

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

“…a stunning work of speculative fiction, the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence.”

-James Cameron, director of Titanic.

This anime masterpiece made me speechless after watching this. But this definitely beats the live action adaption in 2017. The one with Scarlett Johansson.

Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow, and directed by Mamoru Oshii, Major Mokoto (portrayed by Mimi Woods), happens to be an assault team leader for a futuristic city. She can hack into computers and anything digital. One part that she never did was by hacking herself in another android.

From her invisibility, communicating telepathically, and ability to take on bandits, she was lead to fighting that walking tank. Very powerful with massive guns, that vehicle can wipe out a platoon in 2.7 seconds.

She almost died by sacrificing herself to destroy both the tank, and another android like herself. But with the help of a friend, she made it out and was repaired back to the way she was.

I was shocked for how it ended, but it does turn out that this became one of the greatest anime films of all time. So I’m giving this R-rated anime film 10/10 stars. A straight ‘A’.