Who portrays better as Sherlock Holmes?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The author of the greatest detective of all time. Sherlock Holmes. With himself and his dear friend Dr. Watson, they’ve been solving crimes and mysteries such as my favourite, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Mostly in the UK.

A ton of film actors portrayed that detective. His friend also. However, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were way worse as a train wreck when they portrayed that duo. And out of many celebrities, there is one that I know of that portrays Sherlock better than any actor on Earth.

Definitely not Robert Downey Jr. with Jude Law….

No way on Benedict Cumberbatch with his pal Martin Freeman….

It’s move over Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee…

Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley? Not really.

Ian McKellen with Colin Starkey? Very kind, but both are very old. (However, he does know how to handle beekeeping a 90 year old retired man)

Douglas Wilmer and Thorley Walters? Wrong answer.

But they did had Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman as backup….

Michael York and John Rhys-Davies are only for the kids when they’re with Tom and Jerry.

Close enough on Peter Cushing and André Morell…

It’s my neighbor, Matt Frewer with Kenneth Walsh!! They are the better duo as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. From my favourite to a vampire case, they’ve been absolutely terrific. In just four cases solved. I do feel sorry for those two Canadian actors that they didn’t get into more Sherlock Holmes mysteries. But you could say that they were into monster cases. Such as a vampire and a killer hound. A grand detective such as how Matt Frewer did with Kenneth Walsh, would definitely be much better than Albert Finney and Kenneth Branagh did in “Murder on the Orient Express”.

The same thing to Sherlock Hound from anime also. He was grand as how Matt Frewer did as Sherlock Holmes than Hercule Poirot. In conclusion, like Matt Frewer as Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Hound, wait until you see Ryan Reynolds as a detective like those two….

I can’t tell you, cause well, that would be telling now, wouldn’t it? But we will deal with steam engine passenger trains like those two soon enough. And it works for me than those weirdos from the Orient Express. Weirdos such as Anthony Perkins, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Sergei Polunin, Judi Dench, Marwan Kenzari, Michelle Pfeiffer, Derek Jacobi, Johnny Depp, and Ingrid Bergman. Not Lauren Bacall, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe. Cause I like them better when they worked for Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata from Studio Ghibli.

Those weirdos that I’ve mentioned were as worse as Tim Roth from that god awful Tim Burton movie version of “Planet of the Apes”

“I don’t have the slightest..frickin idea..what you’re talking about!”.

A Brief History of the YTV channel

30 years have passed since YTV had been released. From the golden age of it, to its final days in the silver age, everyone in Canada had love it including me until they made a deal with the dark side in the mid 2010’s. I never forgave the people who did it, including for what they did to Teletoon too. Teletoon did the same thing as how YTV did. Ending up making a deal with the dark side in the mid 2010’s.

Cartoons such as “The Fairly OddParents” and “Spongebob” were not my cups of coffee, along with a few more, as I was into mostly anime, and some live action TV shows such as “Smallville” with Tom Welling, and “Malcolm in the Middle” with Frankie Muniz.

The years have passed, as “Sailor Moon”, “Digimon”, “Power Stone”, “Beyblade”, “Hamtaro”, “Mew Mew Power”, “Pandalian”, and the rest were brought to a successful conclusion as how “Cardcaptors”, “Spider Riders” and “Bakugan: Battle Brawlers” did on Teletoon. However…

April 10th, 2010 was when “Dinosaur King” came to an end…

….as “Pretty Cure” was brought to an end also on July 31st, 2010. Both were the last two anime TV shows that YTV ever had, as “Pokémon” kept ongoing until they transferred it to Teletoon in early 2014. They did it when they started the XY series, as Teletoon had finished it before things got worse.

Way before those two had ended, “Smallville” and “Malcolm in the Middle” were transferred to other TV channels besides Teletoon, as those two ended in the early 2010’s.

One of them however called “One Piece”, had to start all over again ever since 4Kids Entertainment did the edited English version. So with Funimation, they doing for what the manga books follow. Like “Pokémon”, “One Piece” will definitely need to have it brought to a successful conclusion when Monkey D. Luffy and his friends find the massive treasure called the ‘One Piece’.

The same thing to “Case Closed”. Didn’t start all over, but needs to have the successful conclusion in English dubbed. For how Jimmy Kudo/Conan Edogawa needs to have the cure in him to become an adult once more, as the Black Organization will need to be brought to justice.

Just as how “Samurai Jack” did in early 2017. I was glad that Jack finally travelled back to his own time, and killed Aku once and for all.

I’m not impressed on how the entertainment is today. Especially on those two TV channels. But I was a fan of both of them in its glory days.

Blood on the Sun (1945)

By winning the Academy Award for Best Art Direction, James Cagney was in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1929. At the time when Emperor Hirohito was new on the throne, he was a god to the people as they were aware of foreigners. Which was why this was 12 years before they went to war against the United States in the Pacific.

Based on the Tanaka Memorial, it was war documents. Of how Japan’s first idea’s on going to war. However for James Cagney was a reporter, he was solving a case on that. He nearly got killed, but he didn’t. And like the ending scene of “Casablanca”, he was able to let a female escape back to North America.

However, way before Marlon Brando was wearing special makeup and a facial mask in “The Teahouse of the August Moon”, John Emery and Robert Armstrong were the very first. They looked like real Japanese people, but those were Americans in disguise as two famous Japanese generals. John Emery as Gen. Tanaka Giichi, and Robert Armstrong as Col. Hideki Tojo. General Tanaka did seppuku in 1929 as Col. Tojo, after the Second World War came to an end, he was executed by hanging. For the crimes that he did in the Pacific.

To those that do not know Robert Armstrong; he was in the 1933 monster movie classic, “King Kong”. He was Carl Denham. The filmmaker. A professional with the film camera as they faced African natives, dinosaurs, monsters and the 8th wonder of the world itself on skull island. From that, Kong’s capture, his rampage in New York, to the climax, he said those famous words.

It wasn’t the airplanes. T’was beauty killed the beast.

Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham, end of King Kong. 1933.

So I was glad that this was remarkable. Which why I give this, 9/10 stars. And you should’ve seen his fight with a Japanese police officer. It’s way before karate legend Bruce Lee was born.

Battle of Britain- 79th anniversary

This blog post is dedicated to the Canadians that were in that dogfighting battle for England.

29 years before that 1969 movie Michael Caine, Patrick Wymark, Susannah York, Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Laurence Olivier, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, and a cast of others, July 10th to October 31st in 1940 was the ‘air battle for England’. A dogfighting battle in the sky as Canadians were involved in it also.

More than 100 Canadians were in it, as they only lost 23 lives. After the Battle of France, the evacuation of Dunkirk as the Germans have occupied all of France, they fought for 3 months and 3 weeks before Halloween in 1940. Against air raids of German bombers that plan to annihilate London, and more German fighter planes since Dunkirk, they didn’t stop.

All was lead to victory as Prime Minister Winston Churchill was very pleased. And those dogfighting battles were intense and amazing like for what you saw in that movie. High above the clouds, as you would see a few planes exploding, and mostly the rest crashing in the sea.

September 15th, 1969 was when that movie that depicted that battle, as September 15th, 2019 now marks two anniversaries. Both the real battle after 79 years, and the movie from film director Guy Hamilton after 50 years.

In honour of its 79th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Air Force at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum at 10:20 am on September 15th, 2019 have did a special event. Maybe an air show or a party for the pilots and veterans. Unfortunately, I was busy as a bee as I couldn’t make it. But I sure know that its for VIP’s. Not film experts. I’m not sure of what Britain has plans on, but I’m sure that they’re doing something since they had the anniversary of Vimy Ridge since 1917.

However, since I haven’t seen that 1969 movie a lot lately after buying a DVD copy from a garage sale, I gave it a shot on watching it once more. Besides, it’s for both anniversaries after 79 & 50 years.

I did hear that Ewan McGregor did a BBC documentary or some sort, but I didn’t want to hear it. Besides, some that are too long make me fall asleep.

So for the RCAF, here’s to 79 years after that real dogfighting battle that you did for England.

9 movie- 10th anniversary

9/9/09 was the release of Shane Acker’s computer animated science fiction film. And later was on DVD in stores everywhere on December 29th, 2009 before New Years Eve. Didn’t make it to the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film, but a short did before that. But was left out nominated. A few years later luckily, was on tv channel YTV a couple of times late at nights until everything changed. And Shane Acker’s movie remains as amazing as ever.

Set in an alternate world, in one of the far away countries, a chancellor was in the ‘age of the machine’ as he had a machine that builds an army of war machines of peace. That were mostly used to terminate the chancellor’s enemies, when he and his robot/human army declared war on them. After that, they decided to exterminate all humans on Earth. The chancellor and his army were killed by the reprogrammed machines. The last humans in their city made their final effort on one fateful night until the last behemoths released toxic gas that wiped out every human, plant, and animal life on Earth. The final war came to an end, as the behemoths were destroyed. Slowly, the world became silent.

During that final night, a scientist created nine robotic rag dolls. By using alchemy, he gave him parts of his soul by using a talisman to bring them to life. After the very last human on Earth was as dead as the rest, those 9 rag dolls were the only living creations left alive on Earth. Their mission began to protect the future. In doing so, by destroying the big one. They don’t have any names. Just the numbers that they were written on their backs. From 1 to 9. Out of those robotic rag dolls, only 9, 7, 3, & 4 made it. While 2, 8, 5, 6, & 1 had their souls taken but were rescued by 9. He set their souls free to heaven, as green glowing bacteria in the raindrops was to bring back life to this world. Imagine on bringing back life to the forests, the animals, humans and the rest. That was something that I saw at the very end.

10 years later until 2019, now comes the 10th anniversary of how this movie took our hearts and souls as this became critically acclaimed. With the voice talents of Elijah Wood as 9, John C. Reilly as 5, Jennifer Connolly as 7, Crispin Glover as 6, Martin Landau as 2, and Christopher Plummer as 1.

I did see that movie 9-10 times. And I do wish this movie a grand anniversary to remember.

Hitchcock (2012)

September 8th, 1960 was when the master of suspense showed his famous horror movie, that shocked the audience on that shower scene. “Psycho”. Nominated on four Oscar awards, but made it won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Anthony Hopkins was Alfred Hitchcock as he struggled on two things. One was to make sure that his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) wasn’t having a love affair with someone else. And two, was that both Hitchcock and his wife together, were to make sure that “Psycho” deserved to make cinema history.

So while Bernard Herrmann was making the music on that horror movie, you should’ve seen the cast that portrayed the celebrities. Scarlet Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, Ralph Macchio as scriptwriter Joesph Stefano, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

Within those months in 1960, “Psycho” became a success. But already for Alfred Hitchcock, a new movie became the beginning for him, when this whole true story ended. “The Birds”. It was thanks to a raven that landed on him.

8/10 stars is what I give. And never again, we shall see the world of that god awful woman….Norma Louise Bates.

Michael Lindsay (1963-2019)

He may remind you of Brian Cox and Brendan Gleeson, those two European actors, but this one was an American voice actor like Mark Hamill. And he was Joe Kido from the “Digimon” first two adventures, and its movie also.

Most of his anime movies & anime tv shows were on YTV that I saw with my own eyes. He retired from voice acting in 2012, until all of a sudden, dead at age 56 on August 30th, 2019.

His voice acting for as far as I recall, terrifically remarkable. And here’s an example of how he did as Joe Kido…

In “Digimon”, season 1, episode 11, ‘The Dancing Digimon’, as the Digidestined were in their separate ways, he and Gomamon were rescued by Sora and Biyomon as they were on an uncharted island. What spooked them and us, was Bakemon. And a whole bunch of them. Ghost-type Digimon. It can be something to watch on Halloween if you love ghosts.

Joe and Sora were tied up as hostages, getting condiments on them as their Digimon came to the rescue. And in order to defeat the big one, he did a special prayer to lose one’s power. Therefore he did, as they blew it to smithereens with the help of Sora, Ikkakumon and Birdramon. After that, they went to the next island in hopes of finding their friends.

He was cowardly at first to be leader, but demonstrated for what he learned about back home before heading off to summer camp. Not only as a Digidestined member, but as a wise human boy.

Whatever that was that killed him, I sure hope that the rest of the English cast members don’t get it and end up dead as how he unfortunately did.

R.I.P. my man. Us anime fans such as Digimon on YTV will never forget you.

The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Directed by John Huston and based on the novel by Stephen Crane that I read, this happens to an amazing film adaption that takes place during the ‘War Between the States’. In fact, this was exactly like that “Wishbone” TV episode on PBS Kids, ‘A Terrified Terrier’. Season 1, episode 31.

In September of 1862, an Union army regiment were ready to eat Confederate guts, and ask for seconds. Rather than the French regiment that became fraidy cats in “Paths of Glory”, this regiment were ready for them. Except Pvt. Henry Fleming portrayed by Audie Murphy. He felt being left out, and was frightened at first, but was hit in the head during a retreat after a battle. Rather than a white bandage to cover his hurting head like the one in the novel, he wore a bandana.

Then he became like the regiment who was ready for them, and was like the little engine that could. Therefore, he did it until the very end. His head became much better after two battles. 8/10 stars is what I give.