Premium Rush (2012)

RIDE LIKE HELL.

– the movie poster tag line.

I was 10-11 years old when I saw the very, very, very rare anime tv show, “Idaten Jump” on TV channel YTV. When it comes to mountain biking and bicycles, people ride like hell like Shō Yamato who rides his ‘Flame Kaiser’ bike in ‘Idaten Jump’ too fast. As of 2012 and 2020, not very much left of the English version. Only two videos on YouTube, some of its merchandise, and rare photos too on Google Images. And as I agree with the anime fans on the Internet, we definitely want the English dub version on all 52 episodes to be on YouTube instead of the Hindi dub version, and the Japanese version. Especially when that needs to be not only on YouTube big time, but on thewatchcartoononline.tv website, and kissanime.tv. BIG TIME also.

So when it comes to bike riding, you want to make sure you get to your destination before time runs out. And when your dad tells you about time management, that’s how I did when I had to get some work done in high school, do a victory lap for one more year with more work to finish, and then I was off to Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. Since then, I always deal with my time management. Just as long as something wonky doesn’t get in your way.

In this movie, it’s about bicycles and time management together. In fact, this is the first movie I ever saw Joesph Gordon Levitt as the ultimate badass biker in this, while Michael Shannon was the bad guy as a duty cop. Years later, they met again in “The Night Before” with Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie joining them.

A bike messenger on his last shift in the ‘city that never sleeps’, was being chased by a dirty cop who wanted the ticket letter for cash against the Chinese immigrants. But it turns out the message from her Chinese-American college client, is a ticket for her nanny and her son to get on a passenger ship before it leaves for the United States.

They did so the theme song of ‘CSI: NY’ in the end credits of this, as I can tell you this. Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, just before he died, gave this movie 3.5 out of 4 stars, calling it “a breakneck chase movie”. So I agree with him, as I give him 8.9 out of 10 stars.

Another Top 10 Studio Ghibli Movies

Yesterday, I have mentioned by first top 10 Studio Ghibli movies. Now here is another top 10 list, as we look at a few more masterpieces directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and Goro Miyazaki with Toshio Suzuki as the producer.

Like the first top 10, I also give 10/10 stars and an ‘A++’ each on these Studio Ghibli masterpieces.

10. Spirited Away. By winning and deserving that Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film, we do need to be careful in places where we do not want to turn into pigs. While a family were moving to a new home, the father took a turn to a forest and a tunnel at the end of the road, they ended up in the spiritual world. With no way to get back, as how the parents were turned into pigs, the daughter had to trust a dragon boy and a few spirited friends to outsmart the witch, so she can have her parents back, & get back to her own world. (Only the Japanese version was good. Not the English dub version).

9. Ponyo. Since Hans Christian Anderson did “The Little Mermaid” story that we know of, this came in and was much better. After a goldfish escaped from her fishy life, she met a human boy on land and bonded a friendship. Unfortunately, after her scientist dad recaptured her, she transformed herself into a human, escaped again big time, and caused a bit of a messy problem to make the ocean go off balance as her oceanic mom went looking for her. Her scientist dad too. Not only as a goldfish, but as a real human to restore everything before it’s out of hand.

8. Howls Moving Castle. Based on the novel by Dianna Wynne Jones, nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, and like “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”, we do need to find a way to break a curse before it gets out of hand. A shy young woman, who met a wizard was cursed by a nasty witch by becoming a 90 year old woman. By looking for him, she had to help him break his curse for how he became a wizard, as how he will help her break her curse to be young again. And taught that nasty witch a good lesson than being nasty and chubby.

7. Tales from Earthsea. Based on the book by Ursula K. Le Guin, we can feel very guilty of doing something wrong, as long as we have the power to tell people on how we really feel, and why we did it. After a young prince murdered his father, took his sword and ran away, he met an old warrior as they didn’t stop travelling until they met a lady farmer, and her daughter too who contains a power, related to the last of flying dragons that had ever flown across the sea. Which was why a psychopathic warlock was after her, as he had to face his fears and him to rescue her.

6. From Up on Poppy Hill. Anton Yelchin was in the English dub version, as this is the very best of his film career, before his accident that lead to his death in June of 2016. We’re looking at Yokohama, in Japan of 1963. Just before the 1964 Summer Olympics began in Tokyo began. A sixteen year old daughter has been talking full responsibility on watching over the family, as how she loves raising flags. For sailing ships. By facing the world around her, as well as meeting a boy who is very kind, she did all the effort for her school and everything before her mom returned from the USA.

5. The Secret World of Arrietty. Based on the book “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton, like that Dr. Seuss story of “Horton Hears a Who”, ‘a person’s a person, no matter how small’. Which is why we see people like Arrietty, who are the size of two Lego minifigures, as they live under the floorboards, and must never be seen by humans. However after Arrietty was seen by a human boy who means no harm to her at all, they made a friendship together as they protected Arrietty and her family away from anyone else around the house. Not even a grandmother and maid at all.

4. Grave of the Fireflies. Roger Ebert’s favourite that he has ever watched on, that made him impressed. It is a sad story, but it’s true for how Japan surrendered to the Allied powers in the final days of the Second World War in the Pacific. From the firebombing of Kobe, to the day after the surrender, an older brother and his younger sister try to survive the final days after their home was destroyed, and their parents was killed. They didn’t like living with their nasty aunt, so they moved to an underground shelter until they slowly died of starvation at the very end.

3. Porco Rosso. Since fighting in the First World War to becoming a bounty hunter later on, a veteran pilot who was under a spell with the face of a pig, faces his airplane pirate foes including a top ace by going for an award, and the love of a woman singer, since childhood. His big red Italian seaplane got damaged a bit, until he had the help of a fabulous lady mechanic to repair it. After homecoming, he was entered in a big contest. Not just the award, and that lady singer, but that lady mechanic who helped him out. He had his spell broken at last, thanks to her.

2. Only Yesterday. Dev Patel and Daisy Ridley made a great team in the English version of this, as I can imagine if they were to be a fabulous couple as of today like those two. In this story, a 27 year old woman who loves visiting her relatives in the Japanese countryside, takes a trip down memory lane for how she was when she was in 5th grade at age 10. Her days of youth were seen in flashback, as it shifts forward to how she is as an adult during her visit. She realized that with the help of a brother in law’s second cousin, she deals with her own true self in the very end.

1. The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Taking the number 1# spot on the list, is Isao Takahata’s very final masterpiece. And his only one to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. It tried to win, but if it weren’t for the dark side for what they did, Takahata would’ve totally deserved that award. Based on Japanese folklore that really happened, a bamboo cutter and his wife found an infant born in a bamboo plant. After raising them as their child and finding treasures, they moved to the capitol and became rich people. From meeting those seven princes, to loving life and finding out on why she came here, she really was real in folklore after all. Especially when she was forced to return to her home place, by the celestial people. The moon. Centuries later, he came along to set foot on it. Didn’t find the moon kingdom for where she would be, but did it for the entire world as he gave them a gift from his deceased baby daughter that loves the moon, as they accepted it….

Neil Armstrong himself.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite Studio Ghibli movies that you have ever watched? I didn’t watched and reviewed on “My Neighbors, The Yamadas”, directed by Isao Takahata unfortunately, cause I was ‘Hachi to shite isogashī’. (‘Busy as a bee’ in Japanese). Keeping an open mind on some movies that look interesting, as I want to review them like how Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were. I do know that Jim Belushi and Molly Shannon were in that anime film. I just want them to be as remarkable as how they were, as how “First Man” did.

My Top 10 Studio Ghibli Movies

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for, my top 10 Studio Ghibli movies that I had ever watched and reviewed on, as a film critic since Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. In this list, we look at the anime masterpieces by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshifumi Kondō, and Hiroyuki Mortia as Toshio Suzuki is the producer.

Although I do feel sorry these directors, for how their masterpieces were left out nominated for Golden Globe Awards and Oscar awards on going for Best Animated Feature Film. No thanks to the dark side that we know of. However, how only one of the Oscar awards was deserved to Steve Box and Nick Park. There will be another top 10 soon, as I’ll be mentioning them in it. I give them all ‘A++’, and 10/10 stars, as a film critic. Thumbs up for sure.

10. Pom Poko. When we look at raccoon dogs in Japan, they are much different than the ones we know of in North America. By having special powers, and how they had their old home destroyed by bulldozers, as a part of those construction sites, they did their furry vengeance on the humans. Getting them all spooked and scared as how they needed to find a new home before it’s too late. Therefore they fulfilled it, and found a new home. What took my attention, were two of Hollywood’s stars in this. Clancy Brown and J.K. Simmons. They were absolutely splendid.

9. My Neighbor Totoro. With the voice talents of the Fanning sisters at a young age each, Dakota & Elle, and Tim Daly in the English version, who says that seeing is believing when forest god creatures are real? After a family moved into a new house deep in the Japanese countryside, two little sisters met Totoro. A furry and friendly forest god who lives in a big tree not far from their new home, as they can only see him. His friends too including that kitty cat bus that is friendly to those girls. But not the adults or any of the school kids that they first met.

8. Princess Mononoke. Gods, creatures, and unimaginable things can really happen in this adventure. As long as you believe in something, it’ll come to you. After a warrior was cursed with a mark on its arm, he had to find a way to get rid of it before it kills him. Until later, comes into conflict between a forest god, it’s creatures, white wolves too including a girl who is raised by them, against a ruthless woman who is a war lord and her army who want to kill the forest god. So he joined forces on the good side with the white wolves, and the woman who is raised by them.

7. Whisper of the Heart. Connected to number 1# on the list, we see for how one of the characters was in this as a cameo. And his friend too. A 14 year old schoolgirl who loves reading, and is deeply inspired by the song from John Denver and Olivia-Newton John, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, did her own versions in this. Especially when she met that boy who is a violin maker as they did some singing together. From looking at cat statues, writing her own stories, as how she has her true feelings towards that boy, she follows her heart to a bright future.

6. When Marnie Was There. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, and based on the book by Joan G. Robinson, a young girl who witnesses a marsh house becomes interested in it, while she was spending the summer with her aunt and uncle in the countryside, far north of Japan. And there, she meets a blonde girl as they immediately became friends. By going through the roots about themselves to finding out about the truth, they bonded a friendship that they would never forget. One more friend too, who was interested in that blonde girl too.

5. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Time to hit the skies! 1,000 years have passed after global warfare brought the world to nearly to an end, as the survivors avoid two things. The toxic jungles and it’s bugs too. A warrior who is a princess from a windy valley, goes on an adventure to save her home from another kingdom that is planning an ancient weapon to eradicate both the jungles and bugs, as it might affect many kingdoms including her home. From dogfighting, riding her glider, and that scene in the end, she was amazing. Especially with that fox squirrel as her pet.

4. Kiki’s Delivery Service. Based on the book by Eiko Kadono, this is the very first beautiful witch I had ever laid eyes on as a youngster. She only uses her magic on flying her broomstick. By moving to a coastal town near the sea, she and her talking black cat open up a delivery service business. And meets new friends while enjoying her new life independently, including that boy who looks like Waldo. She did lose her powers for a while, until during a zeppelin incident, she came in to save the day after she regained her powers, as she became a hero for the entire city.

3. Castle in the Sky. We take to the skies again, in this epic adventure. In a search for a flying castle that exists, somewhere in the sky behind thick clouds, a mechanic boy and a young orphan girl with a magic gem join forces with a band of friendly sky pirates. And together, they try to beat the military under the command of a ruthless colonel. Both the boy and girl were the first to find it before anyone else had did, as they befriended some friends and allies on this whole journey. Including the robots too that protect that castle and it’s wildlife.

2. The Wind Rises. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, and based on a true historical character in his real life, we look at Jiro Horikoshi. A designer for creating Japanese airplanes, after being inspired by the works of Italian aircraft maker Giovanni Caproni. From his early life as how he survived the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake, to how Japan got into the Second World War, he did a ton of much effort on creating planes for his country. Especially with the help of his love that he married, and his best friend Kiro Honjo. None of them were kamikaze planes. Just Zero’s.

1. The Cat Returns. Taking the number 1# spot on the list, is like a real fairy tale, similar to “The Princess Bride” as well as “La Belle et la Bête”. But more likely ‘The Beast of Beauty’. After a young schoolgirl rescued a talking feline from a magical place, she had to find the help of a cat baron who could help her. Until they were whisked away to that place. What was remarkably beautiful was for how she was a real cat girl and how she wore that magnificent dress of hers. Especially when she was dancing with that baron in the ballroom, as how he protected her no matter what.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite Studio Ghibli movies? Tune in tomorrow at 4 pm for another top 10 Studio Ghibli movie list, as I’ll be mentioning more.

The Derby Stallion (2005)

By the time Bill Cobbs was with Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney as the bad guys in “Night of the Museum”, he and Zac Efron made a great team in this horse racing movie.

A boy who didn’t liked baseball, got into horse racing instead. With an old man who trained him before the tournament, he befriended one of the stallions. To me, the brown stallion looked like if he got out of that movie “Dreamer” with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. But I’m glad it isn’t.

So he followed his dream to be a horse racing champion, as therefore, he finally did it for that old man who trained him. Roger Ebert didn’t do a review on this unfortunately, cause he was having problems of his own besides doing some movie reviews. And since he gave a mediocre review on “Black Beauty” from 1994, I had a feeling that he was gonna do the same for this. But he didn’t.

So as I kept an open mind on horse movies like “The Black Stallion” and “Black Beauty”, I’m giving this 9/10 stars.

Black Beauty (1994)

I remember watching the last scene of this movie when I was in elementary school. Grade 4 in Miss Castle’s class, just before summer vacation. And after seeing this whole movie, it’s a heartwarming story that you’ll never want to forget. Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Andrew Knott, and Ian Kelsey are the only stars I know of in this movie.

Based on the book by Anna Sewell, Black Beauty isn’t the name of a thing. It’s the name of a black stallion. Since the day he was born, to becoming a fabulous horse, he met new people from time to time, and met one of his old masters at the very end. Therefore, when that did happened, Joe Green promised that he would never sell Black Beauty ever again. Therefore, he remained on his farm, and always had his horse friends that he had ever had.

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave this movie a mediocre review, after seeing it, but some of us do love this. So 7.9 out of 10 stars is what I give.

The Black Stallion (1979)

I didn’t like the sequel as I never saw the end of that thank god, I cannot trust the prequel no thanks to the dark side that did it, and I didn’t know that they did a tv show that was seen on YTV, as Mickey Rooney since this and Richard Ian Cox was the boy in that show. However in this film from United Artists, this takes the kick. The whole thing as I saw everything in this.

Thanks to Francis Ford Coppola, he made this that opened our hearts and minds, as true friendships can last forever. Kelly Reno, Hoyt Axton, Terri Garr, and Mickey Rooney are the only stars I know in this movie, for this was nominated for one Golden Globe Award, and two Oscar awards. However, this did won a special Academy Award for sound editing, thanks to Alan Splet.

Based on the book by Walter Farley, a boy and his father were on the steamship, the Drake in 1946 off the coast of Africa. Besides the boy and his father, every passenger were strangers including arabs that were being mean to a wild black stallion that they brought on board. Later at night, the ship broke down, the engine caught fire, had an explosion, as the ship started to sink.

Every passenger on board died when the ship went down. The father and the Arab man who owned the stallion were killed. There were only two survivors. The boy and the black stallion. While being stuck on a deserted island for weeks, they bonded a big friendship. The boy started to love the horse, and the horse started to love the boy.

Some Italian fisherman came to rescue them, as they were brought back home to Flushing, New York. After returning to civilization, the boy and his horse got into horse racing which is a miracle. No one has ever seen anything like that since Alexander the Great bought his own black stallion. Thousands of years ago.

For a remarkable success than any horse movie, 8/10 stars is what I give.

Tales of the Tooth Fairies (1993)

From Crayola Kids, Hallmark Entertainment, & Alliance, I remember having this videotape from 1997, when I was very little. Let’s say, when I was in kindergarten. I always believe that tooth fairies can not only take time off, but let mice a chance to do the work. Instead of giving you cash under your pillow, they leave you a present instead.

With only 13 episodes in one season, this came all the way from Europe in both UK, France and Germany. This has the voice talents of Sally Ann Marsh, Nigel Planer, Mathonwy Reeves, Penelope Kieth, and David Kelly as a cormorant, years before he was Grandpa Joe in the 2005 adaption of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, directed by Tim Burton. Cool.

Two mice as tooth fairies, named Martin and Gisele, with that cormorant named Arthur, travel from their milk tooth kingdom, to a kid who looses a tooth. They do orders from their bossy and snappy Queen Elisa. Both move must retrieve the tooth, and leave the child a fitting gift under their pillow while sleeping.

By avoiding rats, two big cats, farm animals, and owls too, meeting some friends, going across icy canyons, over snowy mountains, raging reservoirs, they always accomplished their missions. No matter if they’re in the country or in a city, they never fail.

Although it would be amazing if there were more adventures to those tooth fairy mice, but I did found out that there were four or five more episodes that they forgot to add in. It’s okay if they forget to do it. Besides, David Kelly was getting old indeed before Tim Burton hired him in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2005. And then lead to his death at age 82 on February 12th, 2012.

So I’ll call this one a success. And I sure hope they do DVD copies of their adventures, instead of the videocassette. Recommended for kids who are in kindergarten and up, they’ll want to watch this again, and again, and again as how I did. For a film critic on films, TV shows and cartoons, 8/10 stars is what I give. Amazing.

Just like the 1991 version of Watty Piper’s….”The Little Engine That Could”. And I sure do hope they do DVD copies of this also instead of VHS.

Mysterious Island (1961)

Since I reviewed on “Around the World in 80 Days” from 1965, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” from 1959, & “From the Earth to the Moon” from 1958, as film adaptions from the works by author Jules Verne, I finally found this. For this is also based on the novel by Jules Verne, as how they made this movie.

1875 was the year that his novel was published. A few years after the ‘War Between the States’ had ended. But not just an adventure story; a direct sequel to one of his greatest novels, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, on what happens when Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus are still alive.

For this has nothing to do, or anything related to the 1954 version by the dark side of movies & TV shows, when the godfather was still alive, as he hired Kirk Douglas and James Mason to the characters in it. Besides, it would scare little kids for sure if they see that god awful 1954 version. So do not, repeat NOT watch that version. I like Kirk Douglas better when famous film director Stanley Kubrick hired him, in famous films such as “Paths of Glory” & “Spartacus”. Didn’t see it thank god, but it would scare little kids if they did see it. And this is definitely not, repeat NOT a sequel to that 1950’s version.

From Columbia Pictures, what’s amazing about this are the monsters. Such as a giant dodo bird, three killer honeybees, an octopus, and a crab. And it was thanks to special effects Ray Harryhausen when he did that stuff.

1857 was the year that Captain Nemo & his submarine, the Nautilus had disappeared, in the end of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. 8 years later in 1865, that was when the whole story took place, as the year that the ‘War Between the States’ was still on. Four Union soldiers as POW’s, & one Confederate escaped from a prison by taking a gas balloon. By having themselves out in the air, and over at sea, the gas balloon caused an air leak, as they were washed up on shore on the mysterious island. Where they found out that Captain Nemo and his submarine ship, the Nautilus were still alive. He was also responsible for how he made the dodo bird, the bumblebees, the octopus, and the crabs to grow bigger than ever before.

Just before they met him, and found his submarine, the band of castaways had the big dodo bird & the giant crab to eat in order to survive. Even if they were to capture & eat a steak-o-saurus. Although it would be crazy if they had killed every creature on that island, and had eaten every creature on that island. Besides those three killer bumblebees and that massive octopus.

By facing those monsters, avoiding a ship of pirates, and rescuing three more washed up people, (one that got killed on entry, the other two were mostly women), they had to find a way to survive, and escape the island before a volcano erupts, as the island will sink. They sure did make it to freedom. Only this time, Captain Nemo was finally killed during the destruction of the mysterious island, trapped in his own submarine, as the Nautilus exploded. And there was nothing left of them both for good. The Nautilus submarine was finally destroyed, and Captain Nemo, TERMINATED.

8/10 stars is what I give. In conclusion, I shall make sure I find the right version of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” that is ever connected or related to this, in the right storyline of Captain Nemo & his submarine, the Nautilus. With a lot of hope that I do find it.

For kids who should watch versions of classic stories from famous authors, there are three videotapes together that from Hallmark Entertainment, it’s Crayola Kids Adventures that depict adventures. “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne, “The Trojan Horse” by Homer, and “Tales of Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift. Starring Adam Wylie, Cody Anders, Molly Orr, RuDee Sade, & Cara DeLizia. All three Crayola Kids Adventures. Very rare on videocassette as how “Tales from the Tooth Fairies” would be, with mice as tooth fairies.

Demolition Man (1993)

Send a maniac to catch a maniac.

-Sylvester Stallone as John Spartan.

I remember watching this in high school, as how I saw this several times on TV. And yet, it remains an action packed science fiction classic. My teachers and friends in high school at that time, loved that movie as how I did. At first they asked us, ‘How old we were in 1996?’. And I told them I was a year old at that time, when I was born in 1995.

So as we looked at flash forward and flash backward, they later asked us on how old would we be when we reach 2032 AD? I would be 37 when we reach that big year. Which is why this movie explains everything.

Los Angeles in 1996, was a total fiery shit-storm. Crime had overran the entire city. At that time, an LAPD officer and his archenemy, caused a massive mess that made them sent to the California Cryo-Penitentiary.

Frozen for almost 40 years, they were later thawed out as how the city had changed to an odd like future. Poor people were living in the sewers, as how the rest on the surface were in a peaceful utopian society. They no longer deal with violence, firearms, cigars, foul language or any of that stuff that they did in the past. Kind of like the cartoon TV show, “The Jetsons”. But when the criminal was released, they had to trust this former LAPD cop to get him, after they thawed him out. They sure did trusted him, except the chief of police, as they sure did epic battles in the future. They never stopped until the criminal had to quit while he was a-head.

Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Denis Leary, Bill Cobbs, Bob Gunton, Jack Black, Rob Schneider, and Jesse Ventura are the only cast members I know in this. So for a success, 8 out of 10 stars is what I give.

Never So Few (1959)

It’s too much on the Second World War when they make war movies that took place in that savage time. So we definitely need to be more focused on the First World War. They mentioned a bit in this, of how one character fought in that time. But not enough.

When I found this, like “Where Eagles Dare”, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” as well as “Von Ryan’s Express”, this is only based on a novel. Not based a true story. And it’s excellent. In fact, they filmed this in India. They made it look like Southeast Asia, but it’s actually India.

Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, George Takei, James Hong, and a cast of others are in this together. Excellent choice for sure. In fact, this is the first time I ever saw actor/singer Frank Sinatra working with Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Before Steve McQueen got into meeting Paul Newman in “The Towering Inferno”.

In 1943, during the Second World War against Japan, the American and British forces taught the Burmese how to fight against the Empire of Japan. In the jungles, by the rivers, as how they set up ambushes for them. They in fact, attacked their secret airfields in Burma at night.

The Japanese did attacked them back on Christmas Eve in 1943. But when it came to the night ambush scene on their secret airfield, this was the first time I ever saw Charles Bronson getting himself shot by the Empire of Japan.

Frank Sinatra did get shot and injured in the surprise attack on Christmas Eve, but was glad he didn’t get killed. Like for how he did in the ending scene “Von Ryan’s Express”. Steve McQueen helped him out by taking him to a hospital. And I couldn’t believe how young George Takei was in this. Before he was Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” tv show.

Recommended for adults and seniors only, this didn’t make it to the 32nd Academy Awards at that time in 1960. Besides, “Ben-Hur” was already deserving those Oscar awards by Easter. So for a success, a ‘B+’ is what I give. Thumbs up for sure.