Undercover Brother (2002)

Spike Lee’s cousin Malcom D. Lee, directed this movie as it made me and my brothers entertained. With Eddie Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Kattan, Denise Richards, Billy Dee Williams, Gary Anthony Williams, Chi McBride, and Dave Chappelle since “Robin Hood: Men In Tights”.

An African-American spy by working for a secret organization that no one knows of, was on the case as a sinister supervillain (like Giovanni from “Pokémon”), was hatching a plan for world domination. Especially with the help of his nitwitted counterpart. With himself and his allies, they were to rescue a general that they kidnapped, stop that madman, and bring peace to the world before it gets worse.

There is one scene I enjoyed that made me laugh a lot. And that’s when three guards after calling Neil Patrick Harris a ‘sissy’, he went mad as he ripped out some guts, and took on the big guy by squashing his head as brain juice came rushing out. If he were to do that again, like for what did, he would have an Ithaca shotgun, make Mark Hamill go ‘Eat this!’, and boom! His one of his arms would be shot off.

So for a hilarious comedy movie, 9.7 out of 10 stars is what I give.

Top 8 tragic deaths in “The Walking Dead” TV Show

I’m not much of a fan of “The Walking Dead” tv show, but I know it’s something that your kids won’t like. After zombie movies like “Zombieland”, “Shaun of the Dead”, and so forth occurred that we grew up watching, it was why Robert Kirkman did the comic books first, and then the TV show after its premiere on October 31st, 2010.

In this list, these are the top 8 tragic deaths that occurred in this TV, as they were slowly perished by the infected, while the rest had no choice. No matter if they’re human or whatever….

8. Lori Grimes. From season one to season three, she had been with Rick’s side as her wife, as well as her son, Carl. Since the zombie apocalypse began as how they tried to survive, she had killed a few infected. Until she found out that she was pregnant as she gave birth to Judith in episode 23, ‘Killer Within’. Died of childbirth by blood loss, as they cut her open to save the newborn baby, as Carl shot her in the head before she could be reanimated.

7. Hershel Greene. From season two to season four, this old man had been very proud of her daughter Maggie since they left the farm to the abandoned prison. He has killed a few infected, indeed. And was like a kind father to Rick Grimes. By the time he met the Governor of Woodbury and his militia, he was decapitated by him with a katana in episode 43, ‘Too Far Gone’. After reanimation, he was put down by Michonne. By the look of his death, an actual mess.

6. Tyreese Williams. From season three to season five, he was the older brother of Sasha, and a kind friend to Noah. For he was against the Governor as he helped out Rick and his friends to find Alexandria after the prison was destroyed. While going through the forest and old homes, he got bitten twice by an infected on his left arm. Michonne had no choice but to amputate it with her katana. Just before reanimation, he died of blood loss was buried alive by Rick, Daryl and Sasha.

5. Glenn Rhee. From season one to season seven, he had been Rick’s best friend since the apocalypse began. Married to Maggie Greene in which her father Hershel agreed at the prison, he cared for Maggie a lot. No matter what. Even when he kills a ton of zombies. At the start of season seven after Abraham was executed by Negan with his barbed wire bat, he was the second to be executed also. And you should’ve seen his look while dying. One of his eyeballs nearly popped out.

4. Sasha Williams. From season three to the end of season seven, she’s the younger sister of Tyreese. Since she lost her brother, Abraham cared for her a lot. She was indeed, a marksman. After losing her boyfriend, she began to fight against Negan until she was captured by him. Her fate really shocked us. Locked in a coffin, listening to music, as she committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide tablet. After becoming a zombie, she almost killed him, but was later executed by Maggie.

3. Noah. His was very brave indeed, but his death was really gruesome in all season five. Since he lost his family, as well as his brother zombified, he was an alley to the Greene’s, the Williams, and the rest as they were making their way to Alexandria. Glenn was horrified for what happened, as he never forgave himself. While escaping from a zombie infested store, Noah sacrificed himself to save Glenn and Nicholas. The walkers ripped him apart, and ate him to pieces.

2. Carl Grimes. From season one to season eight, he’s been the only child of Rick and Lori Grimes. He never had a haircut since the zombie apocalypse began. When he was a teenager in the middle of season six, during a zombie infestation, he lost one of his eyeballs in which was disgusting. He survived somehow, but during season eight while rescuing a un-infected survivor, he got bitten. After his last night, he put a gun to his last remaining eye and blew his brains out.

1. Shiva. From season seven to season eight, this is something you don’t see in every zombie apocalyptic stories. Owned by King Ezekiel of his kingdom, she’s been a loyal pet to him. As it really smiled Carol a lot. By the looks of her, really ferocious. What was very sad and tragic was that in season eight while Ezekiel, Carol and Jerry were getting away from the infected, she sacrificed herself and was devoured by the damn zombie walkers. She was a total icon to the whole TV show.

They were tragic indeed on those characters, that were lead to their fates. No matter if it costs an eyeball or so. As this whole tv show was no wonder dedicated to George A. Romero. Since those seasons that we were unaware of, to the disappearance of Rick Grimes, and then those disguising zombie psychopaths called the Whisperers in season nine and ten, this TV show definitely needs to be brought to a successful conclusion. And the sooner that this wraps it up….

…never again we shall see anymore of the undead like these for example. Such as a one eyed female mummy that is like the walkers, and these two fleshy headed albino mutants.

Sergio Fantoni (1930-2020)

After we lost Hollywood stars Danny Goldman, Brian Dennehy, Paul Haddad, Shirley Douglas, Richard Herd, Geno Silva, James Drury, Max Von Sydow, Little Richard, Jerry Stiller, and Carlo Leva, he was next. (And none of these including him didn’t die of COVID-19).

Italian American Sergio Fantoni was born and raised in Rome Italy since August 7th, 1930 as his dad was an Italian actor on most movies that took place in Italy. He starred in some movies that took place in his home country, until he got into Hollywood, and starred in big ones.

Notable for portraying for a villain in “Esther and the King”, and Eteocles in “Hercules Unchained”, he also got into the only movie with someone famous that he ever had a friend, as their movie was left out Oscar nominated for Best Sound Editing when “The Great Race” deserved it.

Sergio Fantoni (right), Trevor Howard (middle), and Frank Sinatra (left).

He was Captain Oirani in the 1965 adventure film, “Von Ryan’s Express”. During the savage time which is the Second World War in Europe, his character was like Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg as he was wearing an eyepatch on his right eye. By working with a British officer and a USAF pilot, they together hijacked a long freight train, as they were to bring Allied P.O.W’s to freedom. All the way into allied territory.

Film critic Roger Ebert didn’t do a movie review about that, cause in 1965, he would’ve been about 25 years of age. His friend Gene Siskel too when he was in his 20 years of age. On rogerbert.com, since they passed away, no review about this. Not one bit. Besides, they didn’t know very much about Italian American actors like this one, but I do. As I gave his performance and that movie a success.

Several years since then, he did get into a few other roles that weren’t so popular near the time when I was born. And his roles in such those film did inspire a few people. Two examples mostly from “Von Ryan’s Express”. One, Tom Cruise was like him as German officer Col. Stauffenberg in “Valkyrie” as he and a few more tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler, but never accomplished on ‘Operation: Valkyrie’. All were executed by firing squad. And second, was that in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character did a fictional movie once called ‘The 14 Fists of McCluskey’. Filmed in Italy of the 1960’s, they showed a few scenes of him wearing an eyepatch like Sergio Fantoni’s character in “Von Ryan’s Express”. One of them is that final blow on giving a fiery death wish on German officers by using a M2 flamethrower. He did the same thing to an Asian member of those hippie weirdos lead by Charles Manson in the climax. The first two were beaten to death for good by Brad Pitt, as he took on the last one to be….as dead as the Viet Cong. I can imagine if I was Sergio Fantoni and that guy, I’d be looking for payback on Liu Yifei. So anyway, Marvin Schwarz (portrayed by Al Pacino) loved that movie, “The 14 Fists of McCluskey”, as I knew that is something inspirational from his character in “Von Ryan’s Express”.

Sergio Fantoni lived until he was 89 years old by April 17th, 2020 in his hometown. He stayed away from COVID19 when his hometown was shut down completely, as Rome, Italy remained a ghost town like the rest while facing the corona virus. (No thanks to the China men that started it).

He shall R.I.P. like his father and the rest that I have mentioned that passed away recently in early 2020.

Isle of Dogs (2018)

I’m not much of a fan of Wes Anderson, but he sure does get interested in any culture. Which is why he did this, as it was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and two Oscar awards, for both Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature Film. In fact, this occurs to be one of the last animated movies that Fox Searchlight Pictures had ever did before the acquisition occurred on March 20th, 2019. About a year later, they renamed their studios no thanks to the dark side.

This is right up my alley after all, as I love Japanese culture.

Set in Japan, 20 years in the future let’s say, 2038 AD, an outbreak of canine influenza was spreading throughout one of its futuristic cities. By agreeing with the mayor, Kenji Kobayashi, all dogs were to be banished to Trash Island. So that they’ll never spread contamination.

6 months later, after thousands of dogs were sent there, some became cannibals, others grew sick and died of their contamination illness, while the rest scout and battle for food. One of these dogs, who became lost on the far side of the island, was the mayors own bodyguard dog. The nephew of Mayor Kobayashi, Atari was filled with grief when they took him away. For he loved his bodyguard dog so much, he felt alone when he was lost to him. So after those six months of loneliness, he escaped from his Kobayashi household and hijacked a small plane. By traveling to the isle of dogs, he was to search for his long lost canine. His odyssey made him become a target as five more canines joined him.

By risking his life to save all canines, and putting an end to the influenza, it cost him one of his kidneys as well as a doggies eyeball at the climax. But things worked out great. One part I was aware about was for how one of the student protesters was, who wanted all dogs to return to their owners. By putting an end to that dog flu that they were causing, and bring that mayor and his trusted allies behind bars. Besides, she had a crush on him.

My brother Wyatt and I saw this at Cineplex on our birthday in May 2018. About a year later, both this or ‘Mirai’ would’ve won that Golden Globe Award and Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film. Unfortunately, if it weren’t for that spider monkey movie, dedicated to Stan Lee after he died, none of this would’ve happened in the first place.

Besides, you should’ve seen the all star voice cast in this stop motion animated movie. Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Fisher Stevens, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance, Anjelica Huston, Kara Hayward, and last but not least, Roman Coppola. Francis Ford Coppola’s only son.

So for a success, 9.5/10 stars is what I give. Excellent, as there can be scenes with Japanese words and what they mean in English. Besides, this definitely beats Tim Burton’s films. (Except for the ‘Batman’ movies, ‘Mars Attacks’, and ‘Sleepy Hollow’).

The Greatest Showman (2017)

May 21st, 2017 was when the Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus got shut down after a very long campaign which lasted almost 150 long years. Besides, with the rumours of how animals are becoming endangered, as well as climate change and global warming getting worse, they had to shut down for sure. Just as how video stores like Blockbuster were, while entering the 2010’s.

However, after hearing this, Australian film director Michael Gracey has wondered on how ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ began. So in his directional debut as a musical, that made this won a Golden Globe Award, it’s the whole origin story of how P.T. Barnum became for what he was meant to be, as he created this whole circus business.

Hugh Jackman was P.T. Barnum. Joining him would be Zac Efron, while the rest like Sam Humphrey were new to Hollywood.

In the 19th century, from a wax museum to owning a show, he had given some odd people a home. Such as a bearded lady, siamese Asian twins, two acrobats, a dog boy, and more. They did lose a building when they decided to become a travelling show instead. By seeking fame, redemption and more, they became what they call ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’.

This movie deserved that Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for sure. And this is one of the very last musical movies that they ever did, before the acquisition occurred on March 21st, 2019. Two years later. Just as they said it would happen that things would get worse.

So for a success, after seeing this as my first musical in Cineplex theatres, during the Golden Globe Award and Oscar award season, 9/10 stars is what I give.

Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave (1995)

By winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (again), thanks to stop motion animation director Nick Park, it’s all about saving sheep no matter what.

Wallace, the cheese living inventor, and Gromit, his doggy companion run a window washing cleaning service. By having a sheep named Shaun to enter their house, they together get themselves to stop sheep rustlers as a big dog named Preston was taking control. For his big business on turning them into dog food.

Gromit was framed by Preston, so Wallace and Shaun with hungry sheep had to help him escape, tell the truth, and put an end to Preston’s business. The shockingly part of this, was that the dog was real on the outside, but on the inside, Preston was actually a robot. He was meant to be for good, but Preston malfunctioned and became pure evil. (It was way, way before we found out about Terminators. Cyborgs in disguise as humans).

But Preston got what he deserved when he was crushed by a mincing machine. Sheep were set free including Shaun, Preston was remodelled again to be a remote controlled dog, thanks to Wallace, as Gromit was finally exonerated.

So a success, 9.5 out of 10 stars is what I give. In conclusion, throughout the whole movie, Wallace was love with a wool shopkeeper named Wendolene Ramsbottom (portrayed by Anne Reid). Unfortunately, she was allergic to cheese as it gives her a rash. I didn’t knew about that until years later. While some people can be allergic to cheese and other dairy products that causes their allergic symptoms to ignite, I’ve known a few that can gives them diarrhea. Just like the toilet scene from “White Chicks”.

Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993)

By winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, Nick Park totally deserved it. For his new Wallace and Gromit adventure shows all about trusting someone you care for, and no one else. Just as long as you don’t get into trouble.

Wallace the cheese loving inventor, was facing with debts to pay and so forth while Gromit, his doggy companion was aware of what he built. Techno trousers. Ex-NASA. Able to walk by itself, as it can take you to walk up on the ceiling.

After a penguin decided to stay with them, because of an extra room for rent, it caused Gromit much grief so he decided to run away from home. But what they didn’t know, that the penguin named Feathers McGraw can not only disguise himself as a chicken, but is a wanted criminal. The penguin hijacked the techno trousers, and used Wallace to steal a big diamond from a museum in central London.

Gromit came to save the day. And you should’ve seen the climax. The model train scene was what my brothers and I as infants loved on, as it made us smile. Feathers McGraw became stuck in a milk bottle, had the diamond safe at last, as both Wallace and Gromit brought the diamond back to the police, and Feathers McGraw behind bars at a zoo.

The reward money definitely paid off their debts as they do not want to trust anymore lodgers. So for a success, 9.5 out of 10 stars is what I give.

What about the techno trousers that the penguin hijacked? After having it in the trash, it slipped out and walked away in the sunset by itself while no one was looking.

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1989)

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, this was how I began to love Wallace and Gromit. My brothers and I were infants when we saw this movie on VHS. Thanks to stop motion animation director Nick Park.

A cheese loving inventor named Wallace and his doggy companion named Gromit were planning on where to travel. By having themselves tea and crackers with cheese as a snack, they found out that they were out of cheese. So instead of going someplace where there is cheese, they went to one place that is ‘out of this world’. And they say that place is made out of cheese.

The same place where Princess Kaguya was, before being sent to Japan on Earth, and then back home again. Centuries later, the Apollo 11 landing. THE MOON.

After building an orange rocket ship, and a flight all the way to the moon, the cheese that they had on the moon was tremendous. Wallace loved it, but Gromit wasn’t so sure. There was air on the surface of the Moon btw; but as of today since the Apollo 11 moon landing, no air. And without oxygen, you’d drop dead in seconds.

During their stay, they found a coin operated robot who wanted to return to Earth, and give it a shot in skiing. It did steal bits of their stuff, as how it damaged their rocket, but it did found the things that thing need as it decided to stay on the moon, and do skiing itself.

So for a success, 9.5 out of 10 stars is what I give.

The three major things that are threatening to orcas/killer whales

1. Containments.

2. Prey.

3. Ocean noise.

After I watched a video in an article on the Weather Network, those are the three major things that are threatening to killer whales, or orcas for short.

For ocean noise, many ships and vessels in the waters of British Columbia should never approach an orca within 400 meters, and will need to decrease their speed limit to 7 knots within 1000 meters to a killer whale.

Second on containment’s, we would never litter our ocean waters with plastic, garbage, canisters, and many other dirty things that are a part of this threat to the killer whales. Not even glass. No way.

Last but not least, prey. Last year, was their worst year indeed for these orcas, no thanks to us people. Months before COVID-19 struck in early 2020. Fishermen should decrease their catching on fish such as salmon, near the Gulf Islands. By law and order of the Canadian government.

Canada’s main goal indeed, is to make sure that the sustainability of the resources and the expansion of that resource, will be for the benefit of future generations. If that resource declines, the cost of future generations for these whales would be tragic indeed. And we do not want to let that happen.

By 2025 AD, Canada will protect 25% of their ocean waters for these orcas, as they must live on forever. Throughout these generations.

Remember, endangered species such as orcas, honeybees, Tasmanian devils, penguins, lions, tigers and more must be saved, and have a chance to grow their population. So that the life of these animals can live on forever.

Related to this, there is this old saying. ‘All of nature is connected by an invisible thread. Once you break it, things can fall apart’. And I believe in those words for sure. If we humans would do that, it would be awful for the world between man and nature on its wildlife. And I would never break that invisible thread.

All orcas/killer whales must grow their population, and live on forever for our future generations.

The Final Countdown (1980 movie)

Note: This has nothing to do with the hit rock and roll song from the band Europe. Besides, I was listening to that song on the night that Kirk Douglas died at age 103.

This was one of the final film roles of Kirk Douglas, before he retired in the early 2000’s, and then his death on February 5th, 2020 at age 103. (Before the COVID19 pandemic struck). I had to watch this online on dailymotion.com while my family and I were ordered to be kept indoors while the COVID19 virus was affecting people’s lives.

With Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Charles Durning, and Katherine Ross, this is like the hit 1970’s tv show from Sid & Marty Krofft, “Land of the Lost” where you have to be aware of time warps, as well as time travel. (Five years before the “Back to the Future” trilogy).

In August of 1980, the U.S. Navy super-carrier U.S.S. Nimitz, encountered a storm like vortex, as it send them back in time to December of 1941, where the Japanese were planning the attack on Pearl Harbour. With super sonic jets against 1940’s Japanese airplanes, I sure hope they didn’t take down the ones that Jiro Horikoshi designed and built on.

During their final countdown, they only caught one Japanese pilot as their P.O.W. Soon-Tek Oh as IJN pilot Shimura. They shot him a lot for good riddance. As he was as dead as Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, the Sundance Kid, Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and John Dillinger. (Before his death in 2018, that crazy Korean-American actor was working for the dark side on two of their lousy animated movies when they got worse, two years before COVID-19 struck. In which he will never be forgiven for as long as he shall be forgotten in this world).

By nearly alternating that event in history, and returning to their own time, nothing bad occurred when they changed the future. Although it would’ve been amazing if they prevented that attack. But on the other hand, it was Kirk Douglas’ finest hour as it was his first sci-fi story.

Film critic Roger Ebert and his friend Gene Siskel weren’t so sure about this, until they selected this as one of their ‘dogs of the year’ in 1980. Very bad movies, but I like it really. So for a success, 7.5/10 stars is what I give. Superb. As Martin Sheen kept a border collie like Lassie in the very end.