Roger McGuinn- Auld Lang Syne (A New Years Eve song)

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I listen to this after midnight on New Years Eve, before I go to bed. The series finale of ‘Downton Abbey’ brought me to this song, ever since the tv show was brought to a successful conclusion. Before the movie came out a few years later as one last adventure. And yes, they did sang this in “The Poseidon Adventure” before the ship was capsized.

When I listen to this, I think about how the previous years were. 2020 was chaotic because of COVID-19, 1999 was a year of hope for the future with no Y2K problems, 2000 was massive as nothing bad occurred, 2001 was all cool before 9/11, 1984 was for how people were to dream about what may happen in future, nothing went wrong in 1995, but 1988 was when they loved the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta a lot. 2020 however was too chaotic because of COVID-19 and racism. And whenever you’re in those years, people can look back to what happened 20-50 years ago or so, as they can have anniversaries in future.

So as we need to be careful of what may happen in the future, we do not want something chaotic to ever happen again. And we definitely need hope for the future on something remarkable, as how we need to look out for each other; and other living creatures than becoming an endangered species. Like the penguins, orcas, cheetahs, pandas, lions, tigers, and etc. Last but not least, do not cause too much global warming that is a threat to this planet.

Remember, we want hope for the future and nothing else. Especially after New Years.

Top 8 Movies Where The World Actually Ends

Ever since I heard listened to the song of “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” from R.E.M. in 4th grade, to those movies, I had always were to imagine if the world was to come to an end. Even if it’s on New Years Eve before midnight, as I would like to call ‘New Year’s Eve Doomsday’. Cause once the clock strikes midnight, all life on Earth….terminated. Wiped out in a flash as the Earth explodes and shatters to pieces.

“Burn the planet to a cinder. How’s that for you’re ultimate weapon?”

-Charlton Heston as Astronaut Taylor, “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” in 1970.

In this list, we look at the top 8 movies where the world actually ends.

Note: “Titan A.E.” & “I Am Legend” NOT included.

8. Battle: Los Angeles (2011). Don’t get carried away if there is alien life ‘out of this world’. When a meteor shower struck the Earth off the coast of California, in it are extraterrestrials as they began to invade and wipe out many humans in Los Angeles, USA. A U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) leads his last platoon, joined by other stranded military personnel, into the ruined streets of Los Angeles in a real alien hunt during the invasion. By the looks of this, the end is totally here as no one can face the wrath of these extraterrestrials.

7. Dawn of the Dead (2004). Related to COVID-19, a virus struck the entire world, as it can infect many lives to make them become undead. At the dawn of a zombie apocalypse, strangers took shelter at an abandoned shopping mall as they realize on how they are being outnumbered. As they have to trust each other, and have a chance of escaping to avoid getting infected by the undead. The scary part? A pregnant lady that became infected while giving birth, and its undead baby. Her husband an African-American didn’t care.

6. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012). If a spaceship mission had failed to stop an 70 mile wide asteroid named ‘Matilda’ from impacting Earth, and the end of the world was upon us, we can do a lot worse than Keira Knightley, Steve Carrell, and a little doggy too by our side. In the final three weeks, Dodge (Steve Carrell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) befriend each other, as they make their final weeks happier, before ‘Matilda’ arrives. They didn’t go out alone when it came to the end scene before everything fades to white.

5. Interstellar (2014). Thanks to film director Christopher Nolan, the Earth in this science fiction story is doomed by crop blights and dust storms, as the future of humanity is at stake. Only a handful of NASA astronauts, aboard a futuristic spaceship travel amongst the stars, beyond Saturn in the search of a new inhabitable planet. The shadow of death looms large in every scene, as they lost a few astronauts one by one, but there is a sign of hope that they accomplish their mission, to save humanity. Epic once you see it.

4. Knowing (2009). We are better off alone in the universe, unless we have a plan for the future of the human race. Since a time capsule was placed in the ground near an elementary school in 1959 and was released in 2009, things become chaotic when a sheet of paper show the numbers of dates of disasters. An MIT astrophysics professor (Nicholas Cage) and his son unravel a mystery, avoid the disasters, as they realize that extraterrestrial angels are to help them before the Earth went off course out of orbit, & collided into the sun.

3. This is the End (2013). With Hollywood stars as themselves, such as Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Channing Tatum and more as cameos, all hell breaks loose when earthquakes shatter, firestorms scorch all of Hollywood in one night, as demons from hellhole were running loose on Earth later on. All were hilarious in this. Trapped in the home of James Franco, they try to live for two more weeks before their fates show up. Especially Satan himself.

2. When Worlds Collide (1951). The greatest shock of all mankind, as you would want to thank producer George Pal for this. A rogue fiery solar star named Bellus on a collision course to Earth, as a handful of scientists realize that another planet named Zyra is out of our solar system. So high on a mountaintop, they build a space ark to carry its people and animals as survivors to a new life on Zyra as their new Earth within the last eight months. At dawn when Bellus is ready to collide into Earth, the space ark take off scene was epic.

1. Dr. Strangelove: OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). We cannot beat Stanley Kubrick, now wouldn’t we? In this Cold War black comedy, a USAF general has gone insane and ordered his bomber planes, armed with nuclear warheads to wipe out all of Russia. Only the U.S. President, members of the War Room, General Turgidson, the Russian Ambassador, and Dr. Strangelove were to stop this before it’s too late. In the end of this, based on the theme in this list, you can imagine on what goes down. Cold War fears & detonating nukes have never been so hilarious.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite movies where the world actually ends?

Tune into my next blog post on New Year’s Eve, on December 31st, 2020 at 11:57 pm. “Auld Lang Syne”. Sung by Roger McGuinn.

Yojimbo (1961)

Sergio Leone was inspired by this movie, as later on, he did the Spaghetti-Western movie, “A Fistful of Dollars” with Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name. Along with two more sequels which are “For a Few Dollars More”, and “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”.

Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune is the only Japanese actor I know of before he was in “Midway” with Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda in 1976. In Japanese only, with English subtitles.

In the year 1860, during the final years of the Edo period, a rōnin after approaching a town in the Japanese countryside got into a small civil war with gang members. Some had one eyebrow, others were serious as they will mean business. The rest were scared of them, as how the rōnin was able to help out.

Toshiro Mifune’s character as this rōnin was able to cut off arms and hands of his attacking victims, including one who only had one revolver. It was at that time when firearms came to Japan, as the days of the samurai was ending. Long movie and excellent. Recommended for people to understand Japanese when they go to Japan.

I saw this on tv channel Turner Classic Movies during Remembrance Day weekend of 2020, as I found “Sergeant York’ with Gary Cooper not my cup of coffee. Too much drama. But in this one from the Far East, is worth it. And I’m glad Toshiro Mifune got those guys for beating him up in this samurai movie.

So for a success, a ‘B+’ is what I give.

Fireworks (2017 anime masterpiece)

It took me three years to find this movie. I had no choice but to watch it online in late 2020 at home, while everyone was facing the COVID-19 crisis.

When it comes to fireworks that they show every summer in Japan, they can be as magnificent as the ones we have when we celebrate Canada Day (July 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th). For real when they do it, rather than watching it on a virtual video if a display is postponed by a lousy pandemic.

In this anime masterpiece, it’s a real romantic story. We look at two high school students, a boy and a girl as they got themselves in a relationship on the night of the fireworks display.

Nazuna, a female high school student who loves swimming as she was having trouble at home. Her mom was getting remarried to someone after her father disappeared, so she and her mom were moving away soon. And the other one is Norimichi, a male high school student as his mom was messing his life around; for he can be like me when my mom is obsessed on me. Where I come from, I am not her precious, if she acts Gollum from “Lord of the Rings”, while my pops is television obsessed, a shopaholic like Elton John, and cares nothing but drink alcoholic booze.

During this whole story, they found a glass marble from the shoreline as it can rewind time. Like for what happened in “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Groundhog Day”, they get themselves into a few time loops. The next day after that fireworks night to remember, both Norimichi and Nazuna have disappeared together. And were never seen ever again.

So for a success, a straight ‘A’ is what I give. In addition, you should’ve seen the fireworks as how Nazuna was singing. Her imagination scene sequence definitely beats every single “Nutcracker” adaption over Christmastime. And like those guys, everyone can have trouble with their parents.

Office Christmas Party (2016)

“Merry Christmas b****es!!”

-T.J. Miller

I had to watch this twice until I did find this indeed hilarious. And this definitely beats Will Ferrell in that lousy “Elf” movie.

Jennifer Anniston, T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance, Randall Park, Rob Corddry, and Jimmy Butler as himself are the only hilarious comedians in this Christmas comedy movie.

When a nasty sister (who acts like a Scroogie Bootchie) of a company leaves for a business trip, her brother and her workers throw out the biggest office Christmas party that they ever did. A lot of sexuality, nudity, violence and course language, you’ll laugh out loud until you cry. ADULTS ONLY. Your kids will probably prefer “Thomas’ Christmas Party”, “Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree”, or any of those ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’ Christmas adventures. By book or TV episode. Or if they prefer super-dudes, they should try “Shazam” or “Wonder Woman 1984”.

During their office Christmas party, it went so big and chaotic, they had a ton of mayhem, nearly got them busted, and nearly burnt the place to the ground. All were hung over the next morning. And you should’ve seen how psychotic those prostitutes were.

Which is why this is totally my cup of coffee than that lousy “Elf” flick with Will Ferrell. And this is so hilarious, you’ll laugh out loud big time, and never see that “Gremlins” of how they go crazy over Christmas. So for a success, 9 out of 10 stars is what I give.

Jimmy Durante- Make Someone Happy (song)

This blog post is dedicated for all you both Jimmy Durante and “Thomas the Tank Engine” fans who want to ‘Make Someone Happy’. Especially over Christmas.

Hollywood British actor Bill Nighy sang this in the ending epilogue scene of “Arthur Christmas”, before the end credits. And this brought me memories. All the way back when I was both an anime fan and a “Thomas the Tank Engine” fan.

American actor Jimmy Durante, who was the narrator in the “Frosty the Snowman” cartoon, and the man who ‘kicked the bucket’ in “It‘s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, was the number 1# singer who sang this. And this is superb to listen to over the Christmas holidays.

In addition to this, Jimmy Durante’s song has inspired many artists over the years, besides singers like Aretha Franklin, Doris Day, Sammy Davis Jr, Barbara Striesand, and Jeff Goldblum who sang this song. For example, Britt Alcrofft and Dave Mitton who produced and directed that “Thomas the Tank Engine” tv show for the kids. They loved that song so much, did an episode named after that title in the 5th season where American actor Alec Baldwin was the narrator. (Before he became that nasty fat pig Trump on SNL).

I remember having a videotape of this in a steel box case for a rare blue videotape, as I wonder it was ever connected or related to that song until I found out now. And it is related.

So it’s always important to ‘make someone happy’. Just like how this song did along with that “Thomas the Tank Engine” episode, including a few more adventures in this. And here they are.

Thanks to Foolish FireBox on YouTube, it is my great pleasure to show you these episodes from season 5 of “Thomas the Tank Engine. Contains these episodes and a song in order. All were aired in early 1999 before film critic Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune died of a brain tumour and complications of surgery at age 53.

0:37 “Make Someone Happy” (Season 5, episode 22. Aired in early February of 1999

5:38 “A Big Surprise for Percy” (Season 5, episode 21. Aired in early February of 1999).

10:38 “Happy Ever After” (Season 5, episode 19. Aired in early February of 1999)

15:38 “Thomas and the Rumours” (Season 5, episode 17. Aired in early February of 1999).

20:38 “James and the Trouble with Trees” (Season 5, episode 5. Aired in mid-January of 1999).

25:38 “Baa!” (Season 5, episode 8. Aired in late January of 1999).

30:39 “It’s Great to be an Engine” song. (Aired on July 25th, 2000).

And as I would agree with him and Conan O’Brien, one of the train engines happens to be a gay one.

South Park- Kyle’s Mom is a B****

Everyone can have trouble with their parents before they die of very old age. Will Smith faced his as he did his ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ song, as how it was the same to Eminem on how he did ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’. Ben Stiller however never did any of that, but did care for his dad Jerry Stiller, on how great they were in films and TV shows before Jerry Stiller died at age 92 on May 11th, 2020. And like Ben Stiller on Jerry, Canadian actress Nicole Evangeline Lilly was the same on her dad when he died of stage 4 leukaemia.

Like those guys, I can be the same when I had trouble with my folks. My dad obsessed on too much Apple technology, computers, mobile phones, being a guru too much of everything, and mostly television like that TV obsessed kid who shrank in “Willy Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, as my mom thinks that I’m her precious and she is like Gollum from “Lord of the Rings”. Both can forget too much as I sometimes call them “clumsy old crackpots”. Or ‘C.O.C’s’ for short.

I even get nightmares of them when my dad becomes too much of a guru, and my mom (or my dad) coming after me, as I have been making my effort to escape. But end up awake back in bed at their place once more.

One time for example, I was close to getting signed autographs to buy online from Digimon voice actors Joshua Seth and Colleen O’Shaugnessey. Besides EBay or Amazon. I wanted to ask my permission with my parents, to get them. Unfortunately, when they wanted me to watch TV with them, and after too much TV time later, I missed the whole thing, no thanks to them. Now I would have to re-find the Digimon autographs I saw, and start all over again. And I would do anything for those two stars than dealing with two C.O.C’s.

Related to me and this info, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The creators of ‘South Park’ were definitely the same thing on how they had trouble with their parents while growing up. Which was why two characters in ‘South Park’ were named after their folks, as how one of them went to far on doing two things that ended up as disasters. That fat big red haired woman, portrayed by Mona Marshall. The same voice actress that portrayed Izzy from “Digimon” franchise, Sho Yamato’s brother in “Idaten Jump”, Fujin in “Ponyo”, Taeko’s grandmother in “Only Yesterday” and a boy genius in “Chobits” that I did not know about, but was surprised.

One, was cancelling Christmas cause she and her entire family are Jewish, as how she really wouldn’t care. And two, was starting a war against Canada, no thanks to two irresponsible comedians named Terrence and Phillip in the movie, “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut”. One of the boys sang a song about her, twice. In the Christmas special, and in the movie version that were indeed hilarious. In the meantime, that’s what she gets for starting a war against Canada from the United States like what Michael Moore was aware on.

(short version in d minor)

(movie version)

So in these two videos, there are four boys. Stan, Kyle, Cartman & Kenny. Stan and Kenny were a-okay, as they didn’t want their moms to go to far. The woman who has the big red hair and wouldn’t care is the mom of Kyle, as Cartman was the only boy who sang the song. One in d minor, the other big time in the movie.

Calling someone a b**** can be hilarious like what you see here, but not in real life today; UNLESS you really, really mean it. Otherwise, you would get absolutely busted. So busted, it’s way worse than getting fired from a job or getting expelled from school or college. Out in public, that would happen if you do call someone a b****. At home, your dad would throw a big fit a you, as he would go right down your throat. Especially when he would have you grounded for months or a year. Even if he takes away your mobile devices or computers. No matter how pissed he would be. And I know what I’m talking about.

White Christmas- Sisters

The Clooney sisters, Rosemary and Betty sang this song first, and then was used in the 1954 musical film, “White Christmas”. Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen sang this in that movie, but Betty Clooney never joined in. What was interesting was that both Rosemary and Betty had a very close sister act. Before they got into Hollywood movies, as they broke up later on.

What was hilarious in that movie was a reprise, that Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye lip synced this song, as they were dancing to this song. Not dressed as women like for what happened in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Some Like It Hot”.

By looking at the actresses on their outfits, they are like real blue peacocks because of how they were waving that big feathery fan. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye were just hitting each other with them, while doing their reprise.

I can imagine if those two clowns were dressed up like real women, but hey, like what they say, nobody’s perfect. But this is definitely a good song for a sister act like the the McKillip sisters, the Clooney sisters, and of course, the Fanning sisters. Especially over the holidays.

Tune in my next Christmas blog post! All the way from ‘South Park’, the hilarious one. “Kyle’s Mom’s is a B****”.

In Living Colour- Jim Carrey as Fire Marshall Bill

“LET ME SHOW YA SOMETHING!!!!”

At the time when Jim Carrey was becoming famous, this is one of his characters on “In Living Colour” that made him hilarious on. Fire Marshall Bill. A firefighter who teaches people on how they need to be safe and keep away from hazardous stuff.

He does his demonstrations as he goes up in a explosion that makes us laugh out loud until we cry. He did that to people during Christmas, at a Japanese restaurant, during a magic show, Super Bowl Game time, in outer space, at a hospital, in school, on a cruise ship, at a supermarket, and at a honeymoon hotel. No matter how he does it, he is totally hilarious than those stand up comedians like that Rachel Brosnahan who became herself, “Marvellous Mrs. Maisel”.

Last time he portrayed Fire Marshall Bill was a quick cameo appearance in the 1997 comedy movie, “Liar Liar”. It was after Jim Carrey stopped an airplane, as he caused a bit of a mess with the luggage after his vehicle he borrowed, crashed. He was behind people while Jim Carrey as Fletcher Reede was on a stretcher, ready to head to the hospital.

So kids, if you want something hilarious about safety and avoiding dangerous stuff, related to what you learned in school, this is your guy. In conclusion, this and for how he did over Christmas (see my previous blog post), are examples of how he really did it. If he was to end something with a hilarious bang once more, he would completely wipe out all on Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, or Halifax, Nova Scotia in a single explosion since 1917 and 1941; off the face of the Earth.

In Living Colour (Christmas skits)

This made both Jim Carrey & Jamie Foxx famous on. “In Living Colour”. Way before “Dilbert”, better than “Family Guy”, and “Saturday Night Live”, there are these skits that’ll make you laugh until you cry.

In this holiday edition blog post, we’re looking at two hilarious skits that they ever did. One is Homey the Clown as Kris Kringle, the other is Fire Marshall Bill.

Homey will be watching over a few kids, as Fire Marshall Bill will give you a blowout to laugh out loud. Even if he gives Frosty the Snowman a stick of dynamite as his new nose….