Kiki’s Delivery Service- 30th anniversary

July 29th, 1989 was when this Studio Ghibli masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki came out. Based on the novel by Eiko Kadono, this tells about a beautiful witch unlike any other.

From her country home to a coastal city, 13 year old Kiki with her black cat Jiji, rode on a broomstick in the air, and began hitch a ride on a cattle car train. By arriving at the coastal city, they befriended a boy who looks like Waldo named Tombo, and a pregnant baker woman named Osono. There was a room for rent, as it became Kiki and Jiji’s own apartment.

And within a few days by settling down, she opened up her own business. A delivery service. By riding her broomstick with Jiji in the air, from town to town, they’ve been making remarkable progress. And promised her mom and dad to write to them, on how grand that this beautiful witch has.

They also have grand cast, thanks to GKIDS. With the voice talents of Kristen Dunst, Phil Hartman, Debbie Reynolds, Matthew Lawrence, and Janeane Garofalo.

30 years later in 2019, now comes the 30th anniversary of “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. And as a part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, they had this back in Cineplex theatres in honour of its anniversary. I’ve seen lots of fans at Cineplex that went to go see that Studio Ghibli masterpiece, in honour of its anniversary.

And I can tell you this. Ever since Debbie Reynolds was the voice of that nice old lady who made that cake for Kristen Dunst as Kiki, she and Gene Kelly from “Singin’ in the Rain” would be very proud of her today.

So here’s to the happiest anniversary to Kiki, Jiji, Tombo, Jiji’s kitty girlfriend, Osono, and her outstanding delivery service. And I thank Kiki and anime director Hayao Miyazaki very much, for how they really made me entertained. Gave me a smile so jozu-des (which means great in Japanese), that I love this Studio Ghibli masterpiece a lot.

The Train (1964)

Since Kirk Douglas was in “Paths of Glory” during the First World War, his friend Burt Lancaster was a real hero to the French Resistance by stopping a steam train during the Second World War.

Way before “The Monuments Men” on how artists became soldiers to rescue artwork, Burt Lancaster was the very first. In August of 1944, after Operation: Neptune in which was D-Day (the Allied invasion of Normandy), the Nazi’s were stealing art and had them on a long freight train in crates. A ruthless German colonel wanted them in all in Berlin, Germany. Only a handful of French Resistance fighters were to stop that long freight train and save the artwork. Before the Allies took back Paris, France and ended the German occupation.

I can’t tell you on how he did it, but he sure stopped it and got that lousy colonel. He was as worse as Alan Rickman.

For a success, 8/10 stars is what I give.

50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

That’s one small step for man……one…giant leap for mankind.

-Neil Armstrong

July 20th, 1969, four days after the Apollo 11 was launched, the astronauts finally made it. Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the Moon, along with Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins had to stay behind while orbiting the moon, but they finally did it.

For what happened was all OMG. Neil Armstrong, stepping down on the ladder, as he was at one of the foots of the lunar module, while the camera was filming everything. By the time he was on the surface of the moon, everything was really real to him.

During his time on the moon, he did it for the astronauts that he knew but didn’t make it. And gave the moon a bracelet in honour of its baby daughter Karen who has dreamed it, but had died of a brain tumour. It was thanks to the number 1# movie that made cinema history by winning a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar award. “First Man” with Ryan Goshling as Neil Armstrong.

After that, they were safely returned to Earth on July 24th, as they were kept in quarantine for a while. It was best for them cause they didn’t want to bring any germs from outer space or so that could kill them.

Like “First Man”, other movies and cartoons that depicted before and after the Apollo 11 moon landing did deserve Oscar awards as more became critically acclaimed. Such as “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” from Studio Ghibli, “Destination Moon”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “A Trip to the Moon”, “From the Earth to the Moon”, “Hardevil Hare” with Bugs Bunny, “A Grand Day Out” with Wallace and Gromit, “Woodpecker in the Moon” with Woody Woodpecker, “First Men IN the Moon” from H.G. Wells, “Apollo 13”, and maybe “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” when he was fighting against Nuclear Man.

Micheal Bay on “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”? Pretty okay, but only for sci-fi fans who love those transforming alien robots.

With more merchandise on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11, there have been some coins with the moon footprint from the Royal Canadian Mint, special Rolexes, two Lego sets, and model figures. As they go with the rest that I’ve mentioned on my previous blog post.

In the United States of America on some special ceremonies, some people would check out the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA on the splashdown, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. However on something else…a special dinner with Fred Haise, Walt Cunningham, Rusty Schweickart, and Charlie Duke as the last remaining astronauts. Neil Armstrong however unfortunately died at the age of 82 in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 25th, 2012. Nearly three weeks later, he was then cremated and had his ashes scattered in the Atlantic Ocean on the USS Philippine Sea (CG-58). A funeral was held for him, as flags were flown at half staff.

There may not be any life on the surface or beneath the moon, like that H.G. Wells novel. However in my opinion, I’d say we were once not alone in the universe. Cause when I heard about the Japanese folklore tale of Princess Kaguya, born on the moon, taken down to Earth and back to her home again, I believed we almost answered that major question. But its best that we are better off alone in the universe. Cause aliens such as those transforming robots, celestial moon people, bug people and more that seen in those movies, cartoons and TV shows shall never set foot on this Earth. And that moon is NOT made out of cheese. In conclusion, I’ll never forget for what Neil did.

So here’s to 50 years of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon.

Kyōto Animation fire in July of 2019

Just before we got to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, I was all shocked and appalled cause for what happened in Kyoto, Japan on July 18th, 2019.

At 10:30 am, at Kyoto Animation, the anime studio that did “A Silent Voice”, Shinji Aoba, a 41 year old madman poured gasoline in the offices and on workers, shouting ‘Die!’, as he set the studio on fire. He was arrested for good by the police, but will face execution like the mad bombers that attacked a bullet train a long time ago. I sure hope that he’s not working for the support of the dark side of movies and tv shows that we fear on the most. I don’t why he did it for revenge, but he will pay for what he did. And he does have mental health problems.

33 people were killed, as 36 were injured and taken to the hospital. The fire was put out at 3:19 pm, but did leave a mess that I’m not impressed. All computers and materials were destroyed in studio 1 in the arson attack. And I sure hope that Kyōto Animation will be repaired very soon and be back in business.

With the rumours that have spread all over the globe, as how anime fans in Japan are dropping off flowers at the studio, prime ministers Justin Trudeau (Canada) & Shinzō Abe (Japan) with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen, Apple CEO Tim Cook, with the French, Chinese and Philippine embassies in Japan provided words of condolence.

Numerous people related to the industry expressed concern, such as animator and filmmaker Makoto Shinkai. However, as he is working on a new anime masterpiece that won’t be finished until this November of 2019, Animate, a Japanese animation studio in Japan on its anime, manga and video games, has been taking donations at all of their stores to support the victims. So like for what you see in commercials on dropping off toys at the children in the hospital for Christmas, same thing. But need a ton of hope once and for all.

Most of all, I sure hope that their manga & animation work are not destroyed. Such as “Clannad”, “Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions”, “Lucky Star”, “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”, “A Silent Voice”, and the rest that they did. It would be as worse since paintings were burnt to a crisp from flamethrowers by the Nazi’s in “The Monuments Men”. Anime in Japan must live on FOREVER!! Anime FOREVER!! From any anime studio that wants to show the world on what they’re made of. And we do need an anime masterpiece to MUST WIN a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar award top for Best Animated Feature Film since “Spirited Away”.

In conclusion, I sure hope that Kyoto Animation with their work will be a-okay. I’ll write another blog post to see if all goes well.

30th anniversary of Akira (The groundbreaking anime blockbuster)

July 16th, 1988 was the release of the groundbreaking anime blockbuster from Katsuhiro Otomo. Set on that date to an explosion that wiped out all of Tokyo, Japan and became Neo-Tokyo, it’s a dystopian 2019 like “Blade Runner” that we couldn’t believe our own eyes on. During the Third World War that we feared on, as it can remind you of “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade”.

A hot head of a Bōsōzoku group, would roam the streets against biking clowns until one of his friends was kidnapped by some scientists on a military experiment. A ruthless Japan Self-Defence Forces colonel was responsible for the whole operation, as they made the craziest mistake that they ever did. It blew away my mind as this I believe, inspired the people who did “The Hunger Games”, “The Maze Runner”, and maybe “Stranger Things”.

Experimenting on kids and giving them psychic powers is no work for an experiment.

All this was lead to disastrous results. However, the hot head with a female, and one more friend were able to finish this whole crisis. But that colonel for what he did should face execution. Death by firing squad.

30 years have passed since this was the very first to bring anime to movie theatres in North America. As we are in the summer of 2019, by celebrating anniversaries from 1988 and 1969 mostly, no dystopian future. Just some trouble with U.S. President D. Trump, SNL, crappy TV shows and movies, how we need to save our animals by not becoming an endangered species, and put an end to global warming once and for all.

By celebrating its 30th anniversary, they re-released this movie in a DVD bundle. And it was a good thing I watched this, just before the date. And I can tell you this. Joshua Seth is in this. The same voice actor who played Tai from “Digimon”.

Film critic Roger Ebert was glad to give this a thumbs up. R-rated, not suitable for young viewers, but so bloody, that this has much of the ultra violence than for what Stanley Kubrick did on “A Clockwork Orange”.

Joshua Seth may have been in his 50 years of age and Katsuhiro Otomo in his mid-60 years of age by 2020, but just between me and him, this was worth of how this had inspired the people in western culture.

And as for creators in Hollywood like the Duffer Brothers, or Wes Ball, or Gary Ross, or Francis Lawrence, we can be inspired by this. But we must never show something too gruesome like this to ever happen again at all.

So here’s to 30 years of this groundbreaking blockbuster. For Roger Ebert.

Akira (1988 anime masterpiece)

Thumbs up!

-Roger Ebert

I would guarantee for what Roger Ebert said after seeing this. From anime film director Katsuhiro Otomo, it’s the 1988 blockbuster as it changed the way anime can be presented in movie theatres forever.

July 16th, 1988 in Tokyo, Japan, a massive sonic boom wiped out the entire city. Black all over, very deadly. 31 years after World War III, 2019 AD. No question about it.

Set in a dystopian 2019, in the streets of Neo-Tokyo, biker dudes encountered a military operation that conducts experiments. By making people to have psychic abilities. In which can be a very bad idea. A ruthless colonel was very responsible for that. Way before Matthew Modine, Patricia Clarkson and Donald Sutherland were next. So after one of their dudes was kidnapped, they had to put an end to this devious operation when their friend went haywire.

I do not know who were the voice talents in that famous sci-fi anime flick, but it Joshua Seth was in it. The same voice actor who played Tai Kamiya in the first two adventures of “Digimon: Digital Monsters”, and those movies too. His companion was Agumon while Lara Jill Miller was the voice of Kari Kamiya, his little sister as she had Gatomon as her companion. Oh, and he was Shobu Kirifuda from “Duel Masters” also.

So for a success, 8/10 stars. And we do not want to see something like this to happen again. Cause I think this is how the twin TV directors, the Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross got their idea for that Netflix TV show, “Stranger Things”. The first two seasons weren’t great, but the third season was worth it.

50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch to the Moon

July 16th, 1969 was the day that the Apollo 11 rocket mission was launched from the Earth to the Moon. It took 8 and a half days to get there and back again. Until they finally did it.

During the space race, most of the astronauts have tried to beat the Russians towards space, but keep getting into serious accidents. Most of them were killed, including the three on the Apollo 1 when a fire bursted out. Thanks to “First Man” and the opening scene of “Apollo 13”. From Apollo rockets 4, 6, 8, 9, & 10, number 11 was the lucky one.

Some people thought that the astronauts weren’t going to make it, so they devised a fake moon landing. They tried to locate filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, but they never did. So their plan was aborted, but were surprised that they did it. It was thanks to two movies that depicted during that time in July of 1969. “Operation: Avalanche” that I’ve heard about, and “Moonwalkers” with Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint that I saw.

By celebrating its 50th anniversary, they did some special merchandise. Such as mailing stamps with the lunar module and command module in Canada, some t-shirts, books, models of the Saturn V Apollo 11 rocket, maybe a few DVDs but not actual movies, and badge patches.

For what those three did, they had accomplished on a voyage where no human had ever been. And in the words of U.S. President John F. Kennedy…. (look below on quote)

I believed in every word of what he said in his famous speech. And Neil Armstrong was the first man to accomplish something that he had ever did, that took him out of this world. So here’s to 50 years of the Apollo 11 mission from the Earth to the Moon.

Check out my next blog post. 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Midway (1976)

June 4th-7th, 1942 was when they had the Battle of Midway. A dogfighting battle in the air during the Second World War. Far out in the Pacific Ocean over shark infested waters. And I’m telling you. It was a real ‘highway to the danger zone’ when I saw this movie on TV during Memorial Day.

At the time when Japan was at war in the Pacific against the United States, it wasn’t really fair for the Americans and Canadians to mess around some Japanese civilians who are friends with some people. In Hawaii, and in North America mostly in which they were in camps. But it can mean something when an American, or a Canadian, is in love with a Japanese girl. No matter on how different she is. Which was why I saw everything.

With Charlton Heston, Peter Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Tom Selleck, and Pat Mortia before he was in the original “Karate Kid” movie in 1984, they portrayed some famous generals and commanders, as they take their colossal dogfighting battle to the skies.

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

Orcas need to be saved immediately!!!!

There has been weird weather since that green Christmas for the people in Ottawa, Ontario in 2015. From hail at the Calgary stampede, a twister in China, almost a few hurricanes in Louisiana & Parris Island, South Carolina, USA and warm water perhaps up north in Alaska at the Arctic Circle, global warming can be a worse case scenario. And we definitely need to save our animals that are becoming endangered species.

As the polar bears are #2 endangered species to be saved, the orcas are 1#. There hasn’t been a lot of killer whales ever since. Right now, off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, in west of Canada, only 74 remain. But there has to be more in this world. And as of this moment, since those reports on the Weather Network, orcas need to be saved immediately right now. BIG TIME. So that killer whales can never go extinct as they must live on.

Cause if this keeps up, they’ll be nothing left in which can be really bad. The same thing to the polar bears, penguins, pandas, red pandas, sea lions, tigers, leopards, lions, ferrets, and more.

With no wildlife, no magnificent animals to see and believe in. We are glad that a few circuses got shut down like the Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey, so that their animals can be free. However soon, zoo’s are next. Especially at places like Marine Land.

Since I saw those “Free Willy” movies, orcas need to live on for sure. Not be used as food for what we see in stores. So as of July 2019, orcas need to be saved immediately. BIG TIME.

So what can we do to help and save these killer whales? Two things.

  1. Limit the amount of sports fishing.
  2. Limit the amount of noise caused by motorboats in areas that the orcas feed on like the boating harbour in Vancouver, British Columbia. San Francisco, USA too mostly.

I was all done with fishing in Charleston Lake near Brockville in the late 2010’s, but we do need to cut down on motorboats and fishing out at sea for sure.

So orcas need to be saved immediately. BIG TIME. And life on these killer whales, must go on and never be extinct. Right now as of this very moment.

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

The most spectacular film ever made!

Sunday morning at 8 am, on December 7th, 1941 was the day that the Empire of Japan did the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. On those battleships and armies from the United States of America. Which was why days later, the U.S. declared war against Japan in the Pacific as a part of the Second World War.

Tora (虎) means tiger in Japanese. That was the signal that gave out the Japanese airplanes to commence the attack. And I’m telling you, this had to be the number 1# war movie that depicted the surprise attack in late 1941. In fact, this was nominated for five Oscar awards, as it only won one Oscar award for Best Special Effects.

So while “Patton” with George C. Scott deserved those seven Oscar awards in 1971 to make cinema history, so did this. With Martin Balsam, Sō Yamamura, James Whitmore, Takahiro Tamura, Eijirō Tōno, Shōgo Shimada, Koreya Senda, Richard Anderson, Kieth Andes, Susumu Fujita, Bill Zuckert, Meredith Weatherby, Harlan Warde, George Tobias, G.D. Spradlin, Randall Duk Kim, Bill Edwards, Dick Fair, Toru Abe, Ron Masak, Walter Brooke, and George Macready since he was the French general from “Paths of Glory”.

Before the attack, the Japanese had to play it by ear out at sea. And kept it a secret. The U.S. were aware of what could happen. Which was why their radar wasn’t good enough when the attack was commenced. Until after sunrise at dawn, they did it.

And once you see that Pearl Harbor attack in this 1970 movie that made cinema history, it’ll be colossal and ferocious in front of your own eyes than being attacked by a Howaitotaigā (ホワイトタイガー). Which means ‘white tiger’.

So for a success, 10/10 stars is what I give. A straight ‘A’.