Hollywood or Bust (1956)

Out of most of those comedy road trip movies, this is one of them that will give you a good laugh, before watching any of those movies made by Mel Brooks.

With Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Anita Ekberg, two winners won a car in a raffle contest. By making a road trip to Hollywood, California, USA, they get themselves in hilarious situations. Such as not trusting hitchhikers, facing a bull in the way, as how Jerry Lewis had a way of winning cash at a casino in Las Vegas. In fact, you should’ve seen them on their wild goose chase in the studios of Paramount Pictures.

And that dog Jerry Lewis owned was hilarious. In fact, throughout the road trip in this movie, it somehow had inspired both William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Which was why years later, they did that famous cartoon doggy, “Scooby Doo”. On solving mysteries involving criminals disguised as monsters.

Which is why for a success, a thumbs up, I give this 7.6 out of 10 stars.

The Babe (1992)

Note: This is about a famous player in baseball, and no one else.

Film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel weren’t so sure about this, like for how they reviewed on “Reservoir Dogs”, but this was indeed extraordinary. John Goodman was Babe Ruth, the most famous baseball player in all of baseball history. Once a misfit, but then became extraordinary. In fact, this was two years before he and Rick Moranis were in the live action film of “The Flintstones”. Siskel and Ebert weren’t so sure about it also, but they did do an hilarious movie review on it two years later.

Babe Ruth at first didn’t like living at an orphanage after his dad dumped him, but then became spectacular in baseball. He always does his big long shots that give him home runs. He was generous, courageous, and really hilarious. Especially with that finger trick that makes him blow away some gas. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

He did had issues with girlfriends, yes indeed. Until he deserved one that he accepted the most. And while playing baseball, he didn’t had a good luck charm at all. He would shoot the balls very far, all by himself. IYF Adam Sandler as Happy Gilmore!! And btw, he can be so strong and tough, he punch & break the noses of that fox and cat from “Pinocchio”. I mean big time.

By the time he got older, he became famous in his time. Same thing to Lou Gehrig. He did everything to make baseball famous on until his death on August 16th, 1948. He was 53 years old when he died in his sleep at 8:01 pm in the hospital on his deathbed.

Besides John Goodman, there was James Cromwell as a priest, Michael McGrady as Lou Gehrig, Kelly McGillis as one of his wives, and Bernie Gigliotti as famous gangster Al Capone. (Before Capone suffered on syphilis). So for a success, 8.1 out of 10 stars is what I give.

Since Babe Ruth lived to play baseball, his legacy and much on baseball had inspired many people. Two examples.

One would be, that during the time of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra on their dancing musicals such as “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”, two hilarious comedians, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello together, love baseball. The whole thing. So they did the ‘Who’s on First?’ routine as Jerry Seinfeld loved that skit a lot. He mentioned about it in a documentary, as he loved it a lot in his entire life as a comedian. He would always think that ‘who’s on first?’, ‘what’s on second?’, and ‘I don’t know’s on third’ until we get the whole joke that they ever did.

The second example is Christopher Reeve who portrayed Superman in all four movies. He loved baseball so much, he did a long shot in “Superman IV: The Quest For Peace”. In addition to this, years before he died, he did the animated movie “Everyone’s Hero” as it was dedicated in loving memory of him and his wife Dana. In that animated movie are Brian Dennehy as Babe Ruth, Whoopi Goldberg as a talking baseball bat, film director Rob Reiner as a talking baseball, Robin Williams as the bad guy, William H. Macy as his nitwitted counterpart, Dana Reeve as the boy’s mom, Ed Helms as a hobo, Mandy Patinkin as the boy’s father, Robert Wagner as a NY Yankee boss, and Forest Whitaker as an African-American baseball player who supported the hero boy all the way to Chicago, Illinois. Robin Williams as the bad guy was indeed, hilarious. For this was one of his last animated movies before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, as his body was acting funny. Months later, everyone were shockingly depressed when he committed suicide. May he R.I.P like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Gene Siskel, and Roger Ebert. Same thing to Brian Dennehy after he had cardiac arrest in early 2020. (Didn’t committed suicide, thank god. He was 81 when he passed away).

YTV promo- Hamtaro

I’m not a fan of that cartoon Rupert bear, but I sure did remember this YTV promo on “Hamtaro”.

Footage from episode 90, “Hamtaro and the Space Ship”, they did an amazing scene on how Laura, Hamtaro and the rest of the hamsters are in outer space touching the stars as we were all ‘holy Moses!’ when I saw that.

The episode was kind of confusing later as it blow my mind away. For a moment, I would’ve thought if Hamtaro was to be abducted by those red squid aliens until I found out that it was only a hoax. It was suppose to be an April Fools episode, but I say it was definitely a hoax. Way before I learned about Orson Welles and his radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells when I was in my 20 years of age.

The whole thing about spaceships and travel in space did confuse the little hamster as Laura and Kana were fascinated by that stuff, but would both be sad if Hamtaro and his sunflower seed loving pal Oxnard were really abducted by those extraterrestrials.

Really good promo in this. As the alien spaceship in the TV episode was only a hoax. Whenever I sometimes look up towards the stars at night, I would believe that we are better off alone in the universe after all. Besides, Laura loves Hamtaro, and Kana loves Oxnard. They would remain together forever no matter what. And it would be sad if they were really abducted. But here on Earth, this is where they belong.

Hamtaro (right): You said it O-Dog.

Oxnard (left): I’m with you.

Aqua- Roses Are Red

In the 2009 animated comedy movie “Monsters VS Aliens”, High Laurie as Dr. Cockroach was dealing with Amy Poehler as the alien mothership computer, as he did a hilarious ‘Dance, Dance Revolution’ scene with Seth Rogen as B.O.B the blue slime ball, while Will Arnett as the Missing Link and Reese Witherspoon as a giantess were holding off the alien clone army. They had this song while he was dancing to crack the color code. And this definelty beats that ‘Dance, Dance Revolution’ scene from the 2006 children comedy movie, “How To Eat Fried Worms”.

Released on September 24th, 1996, Aqua was the name of the Danish pop group as Lene Nystrøm was the lead vocalist. In their music video, throughout their song, I do believe that they’ve been making references to the Iggy Pop song, “The Passenger”. Whatever that is, not so sure.

So I haven’t heard this song since in ages until I got a rental music CD from my local library; as my dad and I would gave this song a shot while spending the weekend with them from Algonquin College. During my years on Pre-Animation and Illustration, as I had no choice but to deal with Baking and Pastry Arts months later. Because of my mom and dad’s minds falling apart, getting old, as they were being shopaholics like British singer Elton John.

I sometimes would listen to this in my spare time, but not a lot. Still a good song tbh with.

Cardcaptors- Guardian of the Cards

They had this in the “Cardcaptors” TV show, as it really suits Sakura Avalon for sure. By capturing all the cards that have escaped from the mystical book, sealed away by Clow Reed, she didn’t stop until she became a real guardian after the final judgement that took place at the Tokyo Tower. One of Japan’s iconic places.

With the help of her friends and allies, this was way before the tip of the staff had changed from the head of a bird, to the star symbol. After that talking stuffed animal showed his true form as a ferocious lion from the moment the last card was captured.

They did indeed had this in the end credits of “Cardcaptors: The Movie”, and maybe some scenes when they were in Hong Kong, China for the first time. I just enjoyed this like the rest. No Froggy Mix music in the movie unfortunately, but this is very nice like two songs from Froggy Mix I completely trust as how I do with this one.

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

By winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score, it was thanks to Steven Spielberg and his director/producer friend Peter Jackson who did this. Besides, they read the Tintin books by Hergé, as well as watching a bit of the cartoon TV show before I was born. Years later, I came along also, read the books, and saw the cartoon TV show.

In the year 1676, during the reign of King Charles I or II, a massive sailing ship (tripled mastered, 50 guns, with double decks), left Barbados in the West Indies for home, when it was attacked by pirates. Lead by the notorious musketeer pirate in all of the Seven Seas, Red Rackham. Who could not be defeated. During his siege, after he and pirates have killed its crew by feeding them to the sharks, only one of them made it out alive after defeating Red Rackham. And set off gunpowder to explode. His name was Sir Francis Haddock. His ship was lost, but he took a part of its secret cargo. Real treasure. By surviving on a deserted island for two years, he was at last rescued. Before death, he made three model boats of the same ship that he was on, and in it contain a secret that can be revealed.

Nearly 3 centuries later, during the 1930’s, a young world famous reporter named Tintin with his pet dog Snowy were on this treasure hunt. Along with the last son of Sir Francis Haddock, Captain Archibald Haddock, and two twin police detectives. From London, England to Morocco in North Africa, and back again, they were to find three scrolls, one hidden in each model ship, locate buried treasure and defeat the bad guys. The villain of the whole story, was the descendant of Red Rackham himself. And that’s not all, both he and Red Rackham, were portrayed by British actor Daniel Craig! James Bond himself.

I can’t tell you how they defeated him, but it brought James Bond himself behind bars after taking Ian Fleming’s spy character too far. Before more of them came in the mid 2010’s and the early 2020’s.

And by finding its treasure, they deserve to win it.

Joining Daniel Craig are Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Archibald Haddock/Sir Francis Haddock, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as the police detective twins Thompson and Thomson, Toby Jones as a pickpocket, and Cary Elwes as one of the seaplane pilots.

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times gave this a 3.4 out of 4, as he labelled “an ambitious and living caper, miles smarter than your average 3-D family film”. He praised the setting of the film, stating its similarity to the original Tintin comic strips and was also pleased with the 3-D technology of the film, saying that “Spielberg employed it as an enhancement to 2-D instead of an attention-grabbing gimmick”. It was one of his last movie reviews that he ever did before his death on April 4th, 2013. So for a success, like Roger Ebert, 9/10 stars is what I give. A straight ‘A’.

In conclusion, both Hergé and the original cast of the cartoon TV show would be very proud of them indeed. For this movie deserved that Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and an Oscar nominated for Best Original Score too.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (2008)

Neil Patrick Harris was Dr. Horrible as he made me inspired by the look of his supervillain character. A mad scientist as he wanted to join the E.L.O.E. (The Evil League of Evil). An organization of supervillains, ready to face massive global warfare across many worlds including ours. For their domination and payback.

So in his sing along blog, he not only faces an oddball named Jackhammer, but tries to have a relationship with a friendly girlfriend he relies on.

8/10 stars is what I gave, after watching that for the first time in 2008 with my dad. And I can imagine if Dr. Horrible was the number 1# supervillain on Earth, as he and his evil league were to become an empire instead. With legions of imperial troops, as handfuls of battalions than just a Jackhammer person would be the resistance.

50th anniversary of the Apollo 13

Houston, we have a problem.

-Jim Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13.

From April 11th, 1970 to April 17th, 1970 was the disaster of the Apollo 13. But became known as ‘the successful failure’ as all three astronauts made it back to Earth, but never made it to the Moon. A damaged coil, built inside the oxygen tank caused a spark to create an explosion, and crippled their ship. With themselves losing oxygen and power, they were on the edge to getting themselves gone forever in space. But everyone were glad that they made it back.

Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert were the astronauts next in line on going into space since Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11. Years later, thanks to film director Ron Howard, the astronauts were portrayed by Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon in his film, “Apollo 13”. I saw his movie almost 4 times since I was a youngster, as how I saw it a few more times, while I was in high school.

Just years before “First Man” won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, and the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, “Apollo 13” was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, and nine Academy Awards, but won only two Oscar awards for Best Sound and Best Film Editing. And like “First Man”, they did mentioned on what happened with the Apollo 1 when that fire bursted out and killed them.

While flying out in space, like for what happened on the Gemini 8 & Apollo 13, it can be so dangerous, that you do not want to be spinning out of control in your ship. The worst part, that if a ship gets totally damaged, then you’ll be in dead in space. Just as long as you would have enough power to get back to Earth.

The Odyssey, was the command module that had the explosion, as the Aquarius was the lunar module. Both stuck together as one, they had to cut down power at first, and let the moon rotate around its gravitational pull in orbit, before targeting back to Earth. Hours before splashdown, they would resume its power, and then get rid of the Aquarius and the Odyssey’s damaged service module.

No contagion was for the astronauts, as they weren’t in quarantine like for what happened with the Apollo 11 members after homecoming to Earth. Lucky them.

Fred Haise wanted to go to the Moon on the Apollo 18, but his plan was cancelled due to budget cuts. Never flew in space again which is fine. Neither did Jack Swigert. After leaving NASA, he was elected to congressman in Colorado, but died of cancer at age 51 before he can take office. What about Jim Lovell? He had an extraordinary week in space, and never went back ever again. He wrote a novel in the mid 1990’s about the whole voyage, and then came that movie by Ron Howard.

Since the astronauts and members at Mission Control have been long gone dead in their old ages, dead as Neil and his wife Janet Armstrong, we cannot forget for what they did, and how they were. For example, Gene Kranz, the flight director wore a very nice white vest that his wife gave him on the day that Apollo 13 was launched. Since his retirement, they had it placed in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. As a part of the Smithsonian museums. I saw it with my own eyes in the summer of 2011.

Like Jim Lovell, I sometimes look at the moon on a very clear night. No matter if it’s full or not. Since that tale of Princess Kaguya, who was born on the Moon, brought down to Earth in Japan, and taken back to the moon, by the celestial moon people who needed her, when will we solve that unexplained mystery, and who will that be by going back to the Moon?

Spirit in the Sky- Norman Greenbaum

Bill Paxton introduced us this song, and love it, while he, Tom Hanks, and Kevin Bacon were ‘out of this world’ in “Apollo 13”. Not only for this was in that movie, but also in the trailer of “Open Season”, “This Is The End”, “The Longest Yard”, and the end credits of “Life” after Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal were doomed.

Jewish-American singer Norman Greenbaum graduated from Boston University on studied music after two years. By late 1969, some time after Sharon Tate and her friends were murdered by those hippie weirdos by Charles Manson, he in Los Angeles for a bit. And was never like those hippie weirdos. (Besides, they were taking brutal beatings by those platoons of those police officers and early SWAT teams. Starting off with the black people who were hippie weirdos first).

Released in January of 1970, just before the real Apollo 13 mission to the moon and became the ‘successful failure’, his song became the only one that made him famous. He did do other songs, but they weren’t so great. After 1972, no one had saw him in years until his accident.

Guilty of killing a motorcyclist in an accident on March 28th, 2015, a month after American actor Leonard Nimoy died of emphysema, he went to jail for a while until he was set free. He had gone back to performing, but is getting old indeed like Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon.

So in this music video, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13, here it is…. (Moments before they had their ‘Houston, we have a problem’ part).

Apollo 13 (1995)

“Failure is not an option”.

-Flight Director Gene Franz.

I was a month old when this was released in June of 1995. Nominated for nine Oscar awards including Best Picture, but by winning two for Best Sound and Best Film Editing, I was able to watch this just in time before the 50th anniversary of this ‘successful failure’. I remember watching this for the first time on VHS or on TV as a youngster; as my brothers and I would watch it on my mom and dads bed before hitting the sacks. Cause of a school night as we were in elementary school.

Years later in middle school, I watched it again twice as a DVD rental from the Blockbuster video store. (Before they shut it down in late 2011). Suspenseful movie, but historical as it actually occurred during the space race.

Directed by Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Bret Cullen, Clint Howard, Randy Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Chris Ellis are the only cast members I know of, that took only three to be ‘out of this world’. In fact, Ron Howard had some of his family members in this film.

In mid April of 1970, a few months after the success of Apollo 11 & Apollo 12, it was the Apollo 13 mission to the moon. Unfortunately, a few days after launch, something damaged that they never checked on backfired. By losing power and oxygen, there wasn’t enough power to do the mission. They almost lost their lives in space, but had to make it back to Earth. However, they did made it back, but never made it to the Moon.

Although they did mention about what happened when the fire broke out of the Apollo 1 in a flashback, but that wasn’t enough. Thanks to the movie, “First Man” with Ryan Goshling, it was a shockingly moment to remember as it won a few awards.

So for a suspenseful success, 7.7 out of 10 stars is what I give.