Ronald DeFeo Jr, mass murderer and inspiration for Amityville Horror, dies at age 69. And good riddance!!

Everyone can have trouble with their families, as it can really be a total drag. Especially when your dad is a very bad jokester, as you wouldn’t find his jokes funny. Or if your mom acts like Gollum who is after you, as she thinks you’re her precious. Or probably both if they treat you like a baby as they would make you eat things, that you dislike, as well as that can happen also, while going on an annual trip to the beach.

But murdering your family in cold blood, is beyond worse than you can ever imagine. Which was why this lunatic did it, until his death at age 69 on March 12th, 2021. And was as dead as Whitey Bulger. So good riddance.

Since the Clutter family murders by two ex-convicts on November 15th, 1959, and Sharon Tate and her Hollywood friends killed by hippie weirdos lead by Charles Manson on August 8th-9th, 1969, and mass murderer Ed Gein, so did this guy.

In Amityville, Long Island, New York, on 112 Ocean Avenue, on Wednesday, November 13th, 1974 at around 6:30 pm or around 3 am, the DeFeo’s lived there until 23 year old Ronald Joseph ‘Butch’ DeFeo Jr, heard demonic voices in the house telling him to murder his family. So he took a .35 Marlin rifle, and shot them in bed several times. His father Ronald DeFeo Sr. (age 43), his mom Louise DeFeo (age 43), his two younger sisters Dawn (age 18), Allison (age 13), and his two younger brothers Marc (age 13) and John Matthew (age 9).

So he was in big trouble indeed, as they took him away. It had shocked the eastern coast of America. On his first day of trial, his lawyer declared that he was absolutely insane. They also found out that Ronald DeFeo Jr. was a user of heroin and LSD, while having ASPD. So the judge sentenced him to 25 years in life. At the Sullivan Correctional Facility. And through the remaining years of his life, his requests at the parole board had been denied. 47 years later, when he was tranfsered to the Albany Medical Center, he was found dead at age 69 on March 12th, 2021.

From the moment that he was sent to jail in the mid 1970’s, author Jay Anson who had heard about the murders, and was inspired by it, wrote the most popular horror story as he had it published on September 13th, 1977. “The Amityville Horror”.

In his story, from the moment that Ronald DeFeo Jr. did the murders, and was sent to prison, the people in Amityville around 112 Ocean Avenue were aware of why he did. Cause like what he said, he heard demonic voices in the house. A year later, in December of 1975, the Lutz family moved in. 28 days later, the Lutzes fled the house and never reclaimed it because of its paranormal phenomena while living there. So it’s a haunted house, as it drove them crazy on the Lutz family before they left.

By 1979, filmmaker Stuart Rosenberg did a movie adaption based on that book, as James Brolin and Margot Kidder portrayed the parents in that movie. It made horror film history, as they would show this on TV every October when it’s the Halloween season. Actor/filmmaker Eli Roth who loves it, mentioned about it in season two, episode one of his tv show, “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” when it comes to houses of hell.

I did enjoy that, but believe it or not Eli Roth (as my message to him), when you were little, famous film critics from Chicago, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel who saw that movie, found it too terrifying and too gruesome. Not their cups of coffee, as they gave it a thumbs down in this movie review. The movie adaption however, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score at the 52nd Academy Awards, but lost due to “A Little Romance”.

To wrap this up, there is a difference between the book, and the movie on the ending scene. In the book, from the moment after the Lutz family had fled, a mover came to reclaim their belongings, but didn’t find paranormal phenomena while inside the house. In the movie ending, after abandoning the home and their belongings, there was this notice….

George and Kathleen Lutz and their family never reclaimed their house or their personal belongings. Today they live in another state”.

Do not, repeat NOT move into that house for where it happened. And those other movies on this ‘Amityville Horror’? I wouldn’t watch them if I were you. Cause they’re too gruesome and terrifying. So stick to the original 1979 movie to watch over Halloween.

It’s good riddance on that mass murderer since Charles Manson and Whitey Bulger met their ends in prison. However in Amityville, the house on 112 Ocean Avenue still remains there. And I don’t think anyone, not even a mover would want to set foot in that hell house ever again. If I were you, it’s these words….

“For Gods Sake, Get Out!”

-“The Amityville Horror” 1979 movie poster.

NOTE: No reviews from osmovies on for a while, until July 2021.

The New World (2005)

Film critic Roger Ebert awarded this 4/4 stars, and so did his friend Richard Roeper. An historical epic romance. And it was all thanks to the director who did Oscar nominated film “The Thin Red Line”, Terrence Malick. In fact, this was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, but lost due to “Memoirs of a Geisha”.

I remember back when the Blockbuster video store was alive, my mom and dad would watch this movie a lot. They in fact, would look at behind the scenes, some bloopers, where this movie was film and shot, and lastly, some scenes that were cut out from the original version. I wasn’t ready for an epic historical romance like this one as a youngster. But when I got older, I began to realize everything. In fact, this 2005 live action adaption totally beats that lousy 1995 animated musical from the dark side on what they did.

October 12th, 1492 was the day that Christopher Columbus lead the Santa María, the Niña, and the Pinta across the ocean, and discovered the New World which is America. After that, years later in 1519, Spanish conquistadors like Hernán Cortés conquered the rest of the New World, for colonization and mostly in the search of El Dorado. An entire lost city of gold. Deep in the jungles. But they never did. England was next. 14 years before the Mayflower voyagers came to the New World, and did the first Thanksgiving feast in Plymouth colony in November of 1621.

In late April in the year 1607, the London Company on three ships had set sail for the New World, and landed there in early May. Therefore, Jamestown, Virginia was established. Two captains were the leaders of the expedition. Christopher Newport and John Smith. Joining them is John Rolfe, who was a settler, as he brought tobacco there. And in the very beginning of the American frontier, they ran into the Native-Americans of the Powhatan tribe. Chief Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas, began a love affair with John Smith and was the first to meet the settlers.

Chief Powhatan however, who did not believe in the promises of the London company, exiled his own daughter and did vengeful attacks on them. Later on, after twists and turns, and a brutal civil war, Pocahontas married John Rolfe, had a son before arriving in England, meeting King James VI & I, Queen Anne too, and renaming herself Rebecca Rolfe. Just before returning to Virginia, Rebecca Rolfe unfortunately died of pneumonia in March of 1617 at age 20-21. Rolfe with his son still returned to Virginia with a kind friend, as she was buried in Gravesend cemetery in England. Rebecca Rolfe/Pocahontas was never forgotten. In both Europe and America.

The cast was unbelievable. Colin Farrell as John Smith, Christopher Plummer as Christopher Newport, Jonathan Pryce as King James VI & I, John Savage as Thomas Savage, Ben Mendelsohn as Ben, Christian Bale as John Rolfe, Noah Taylor as Selway, Wes Studi as one of the Native-Americans, and introducing Q’orianka Kilcher as Pocahontas/Rebecca Rolfe.

So for a success, 8.7 out of 10 stars is what I give.

Christopher Plummer on ‘The Tin Soldier’ cartoon adaption in 1986

When Canadian actor Christopher Plummer died at age 91 on February 5th, 2021, I had a feeling that it was already his time to go. All of Canada mourned him, as his death was immediately brought up on CTV News.

His very last movie of his entire career, like American actor Peter Fonda was when he was with him, in “The Last Full Measure”. So while Peter Fonda portrayed a Vietnam veteran, he portrayed the father of William H. Pistenbarger, as after his son died in Vietnam, he and his wife received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his son years later.

What really surprised me, was that by looking at his filmography, it turns out that while he took some time off from Hollywood, he was in this that I saw a long time ago.

From Atkinson-Film Arts in 1986, Christopher Plummer was the narrator of the Hans Christian Anderson story, ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’. And I saw this on kids tv channel Teletoon twice!! They really had this on that kids tv channel in Canada during the Christmastime. Same thing to YTV when they did the 1992 live action version, as they showed it twice during the Christmastime.

Christopher Plummer narrated, that in the story, it takes place in a small town in the countryside. And in that small town, is a toy shop closed for the weekend. A music box dancer, who goes around and around in circles, was being watched by two mice named Fred and Sam who really care for her. Then they realized that the way she is unhappy, was that she had been lonely for a long, long time in the toy shop. The kids who watch her dance on the music box, decided not to buy her cause for how unhappy she was.

So Fred and Sam found the one friend for her. The steadfast tin soldier. A brother of 25 toy soldiers, made out of melted tin spoons, as he had only one leg. Cause he was the last to be casted, and there wasn’t enough tin to have him whole. However, he stands perfectly on one leg, while the others stand on their two.

They together, made the dancer happy when she is with the tin soldier.

The big trouble began to occur so suddenly, was that a beastly looking cat came in and scared the living daylights out of Fred and Sam, the two brave mice. That beastly looking cat even threw the tin soldier right out the toy shop widow. A little boy found it, made a paper boat for him, and went downstream.

From the streets to the sewers below, Fred and Sam, the two mice had to rescue the one legged tin soldier from the rats who are looking for treasures than anyone’s passport. They were also gamblers as they love to bet on card games. Luckily for Fred and Sam, they got the tin soldier out just in time. The way they did it, was ‘Mission Impossible’ style.

After homecoming to the toy shoppe, that beastly looking cat again was waiting for them. By breaking the dancers music box and chasing the two mice again, that beastly looking cat pushed the one legged tin soldier right in the fireplace! While Fred and Sam were trapped by that beastly looking cat, the dancer was horrified for how the tin soldier was starting to melt in the fireplace close by. With their bonds together however, they began to glow while it was consuming them. And therefore, all the toys, cuckoo clocks, and everything came to life.

It had scared the beastly looking cat as it ran away, never to be seen again, while the two mice at last, were set free. Then Fred and Sam with the toys had found for what was left of the dancer and the tin soldier.

A tin heart and a gold star. There was more to it before it had ended.

But the mice knew, that like the sun, and the wind, like the moon, and the evening star, the ballerina and her tin soldier would at last be together…. forever”.

-Christopher Plummer as the narrator, 1986.

So the mice had realized that they were at last together. As this definitely followed the story we all know. No matter if they had melted together in the fireplace, or if they didn’t in other adaptions, they really were to be at last together forever.

For what Hans Christian Andersen wrote, and Christopher Plummer narrated here, is a real ‘toy story’ to remember. So IYF Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen, Josh Cooley, Lee Unkrich, Dana Murray, Kori Rae, Pete Docter, Dan Scanlon, and that John ‘Lardass’ Lasseter too who work for the dark side. This is the real deal. Not, I repeat NOT any of the animated bullshit that they create today. Not, I again repeat NOT even that god awful teddy bear that always gets attacked by bees in bad animation, and that freaky Pinocchio too. Those are still god awful, even today as they are still both evil and bullshit. Both that lousy company, and their bullshit that they can create. Especially when they can scare and freak out little kids with their bullshit stuff.

Christopher Plummer may have forgotten for what he did here, long before his death in early 2021, but this is real animation entertainment. Which is why for what he did here, I totally give a thumbs up on. 10/10 stars on this half hour animated short. Especially when this was shown on tv channel Teletoon in Canada twice in Christmastime of 2003 or 2004 in the glory days. Now today, there has to be animation really great and remarkable rather than for what the dark side can create. And like “The Tin Soldier” 1992 live action version, “Tales of the Tooth Fairies”, “The Little Engine That Could” in the mid 90’s, or any other of those lost animated/live action movies on VHS, this has to be installed on DVD right away. No delay.

I do thank Christopher Plummer for this. In conclusion, this and that “Babes in Toyland” 1997 version from MGM, were the very first that I ever recognized him in. Way before I got to know him more often after watching that “9” movie from Shane Acker. Along with Martin Landau, Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connolly, and Crispin Glover. And this is my last message to him…

“Thanks a lot for what you did here, on these two animated adventures that involves remarkable toy soldiers. Say hi to Martin Landau, and Peter Fonda for me will you?”

The King’s Speech (2010)

Film critic Roger Ebert, after he had his lower jaw removed, awarded this 4/4 stars, commenting that “what we have here is a superior historical drama and a powerful personal one”.

By winning four Oscar awards including Best Picture, Colin Firth did a superb job as King George VI. Joining Colin Firth are Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall, and Michael Gambon.

From October of 1925 to September 3rd, 1939, the day that the Second World War was declared, King George VI stutters or stammers too much. Like Billy Bibbit, Brad Dourif’s character in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975. So by finding Dr. Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist, they need to make sure he speaks regularly.

Cause while he talks in his speeches, not only he can stutter, but can be really nervous while an heir to the Royal Family in Britain. Especially when he had a terrible past. So he needed some tongue twisting, getting rid of his stuttering or stammering, speaking more frequently, learning about bowls, and then be normal like us when we speak regularly. Also some singing too like “Camptown Races”.

Here’s an example on tongue twisting….. (They did a song on this in “Singin in the Rain”)

Moses supposes his toeses are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously. For Moses he knowses his toeses aren’t roses as Moses supposes his toeses to be.

And how can we forget the famous quote from “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, before the two movies about the beginning of the Second World War in Warsaw, Poland?

To be or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles…etc.

After his big speech at Buckingham Palace, King George VI and Lionel Logue remained friends until their deaths in 1952 and 1953.

So for a success, 8.4 out of 10 stars is what I give.

Since then, some artists have been inspired by this. I don’t like for how MAD magazines did an issue, as they did a mashup of this, and one of the lousiest animated movies from the dark side as a parody/reference.

But the worst one besides that, came from Matt Groening, the creator of the Simpsons. Cause when he did an ‘Itchy & Scratchy’ cartoon that Bart, Lisa and Maggie watch, that was a reference to that movie, Scratchy the cat was King George VI stuttering in his speeches on the radio in a quiet room. And Itchy, the blue mouse who was with him, violently shoved hot marbles down his throat, and they killed him while they bursted out of his stomach. Itchy didn’t really care, as he let a tiny Adolf Hitler controlling a steam roller, squashing him while doing the salute. Bart, Lisa and Maggie found it funny, but it really wasn’t funny at all. It was terrible. Kids will find it terrifying. Maggie Simpson in fact, did the Hitler salute that she saw on TV as Lisa wouldn’t want Maggie to do that again. So those two parodies, are real thumbs down indeed. And this is why “The Simpsons” TV show needs to be cancelled immediately. No more seasons, no more bad holiday specials, no more. No more Simpsons. Nothing more, nothing else.

And as for Colin Firth, I was pleased to see him again as a short appearance in “1917”. He was the First World War British general who gave the lance corporals to deliver a message, to call off the next mornings attack.

So to wrap this up, I didn’t like “Parasite” from Bong Joon-Ho, cause it was too violent and dramatic. I was surprised it won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original Screenplay, but I’m afraid it’s not my cup of coffee. However, this sure is. And this historical dramatic film does deserve those four Oscar awards including Best Picture.

Chaplin (1992)

Nominated for 3 Golden Globe awards & 3 Oscars, Robert Downey Jr. is Charlie Chaplin in this biographical comedy drama. Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave this 2/4 stars and he wrote….

a disappointing, misguided movie that has all of the parts in place to be a much better one”.

He was impressed with the production values and Downey’s performance. Thanks to Richard Attenborough who did this. The director of “A Bridge Too Far”, and “Ghandi”.

In the early days of filmmaking, way, way before the Three Stooges, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, and just before Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, as well as Buster Keaton, there was Charlie Chaplin. Flexible and humorous, he went from Britain to America to do some comedic work and get in the film industry. Since childhood, his mom Hannah Chaplin was suffering from psychosis until her death in the mid summer of 1928.

He never returned to Britain until the early 1920’s after the First World War came to an end. He preferred to be in America cause for how too poor Britain was. Especially when they had a lot of tramps as how filthy the streets were.

In this movie are more historical characters, that Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin had met. Kevin Dunn as J. Edgar Hoover, Dan Aykroyd as Matt Sennett, Kevin Kline as Douglas Fairbanks, Matthew Cottle as Stan Laurel, James Woods as Joseph Scott, and Anthony Hopkins as George Hayden, his biography editor.

The movie switches to how old he was in 1960’s Switzerland when he is in a retirement home before his autobiography is published, as he became what he was meant to be. It’s like “Amadeus” where while someone old is at a retirement home or a hospital, he remembers to how he was in the past. as his whole life story to someone who wants to understand him.

He did “The Immigrant”, “The Kid”, “Modern Times”, “The Gold Rush”, “Limelight”, and “The Great Dictator” as a actor/director. On April 10th, 1972, after his autobiography was finally published, he was invited to the 44th Academy Awards. And there, while “A Clockwork Orange” lost the Oscar awards cause for how “The French Connection” was winning all five including Best Picture, he won an Honorary Award that made him smile and cry.

So for a success, an ‘A-‘ is what I give.

Field of Dreams (1989)

If you build it, he will come

Ease his pain

Go the distance

-Ray Liotta as baseball player Joseph Jefferson Jackson. Or “Shoeless Joe” for what they call him.

December 5th, 1951 was the day that Jospeh Jefferson Jackson, or “Shoeless Joe” died at age 64 when he had a heart attack. A famous baseball player who played for the Chicago White Sox. He was as famous as Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Jackie Robinson. Since the Black Sox Scandal and then he passed away, they did paid for what they owed.

What surprised me in this, is that they came back, as ghosts that only a farmer, his wife and little daughter can only see. The rest, cannot. When they asked Kevin Costner as a 36 year old farmer to build a baseball field, they came back to play baseball. Then they realize, that one more can hear the voices of deceased baseball players. His brother came along to believe in everything, after the farmers daughter almost died.

Joining Kevin Costner, are James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, Burt Lancaster as Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, and Ray Liotta as “Shoeless Joe” Jackson.

Based on a book by Canadian author W.P. Kinsella, and nominated for three Oscar awards including Best Picture, (this lost those Oscar awards because “Driving Miss Daisy” deserved four including Best Picture), Roger Ebert was very pleased with this as how he reviewed movies in 1989. He wrote this:

This is the kind of movie Frank Capra might have directed, and James Stewart might have starred in—a movie about dreams”.

I didn’t liked “Harvey” with James Stewart, because of his imaginary friend that he can only see, but we cannot see on what his friend looks like throughout the movie. However, he was astonishingly great as that Wylie dog in “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West”. And when it comes to the deceased baseball players as ghosts and voices, this can be like that movie “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. In fact, this is the last Burt Lancaster movie that he was in before his death on October 20th, 1994 at age 80. I also didn’t liked “Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends” very much, but this does kick their butts. In fact, those lousy imaginary cartoon characters should be in a mental hospital instead of a foster home.

So for a success, 8.4 out of 10 stars is what I give. And I’m not much of a Ray Liotta fan, but he was superb as a famous baseball player. Not as a cartoon fishy punk leader in a tv episode of “BobPants SpongeSquare” where that sponge kid suffers amnesia. Besides, they’re not even full on ‘Greased Lightning’ mode. And that’s not all, cartoon directors Blair Peters & Chris Bartleman were so inspired by this, they did the cartoon tv show, as shown on YTV & CTV, “D’Myna Leagues”. With the voice talents of Matt Hill, Tabitha St. Germain, Jim Byrnes, Teryl Rothery, Kathleen Barr, David Kaye, Ian James Corlett, Michael Dobson, Scott McNeill, and Terry Klassen. Didn’t watch it very much, but my favourite was season 1, episode 5: “The Joke’s On You”. One of the players went too far when it comes to pulling pranks and doing jokes. I was inspired by that TV episode when it did. I can imagine if that doggy agent cartoon character from “T.U.F.F. Puppy” got totally fired big time by that kitty boss…..

Yasuo Ōtsuka (1931-2021)

On the day that the nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards have been announced, another animator in Japan passed away as how Isao Takahata did. He worked for Toei Animation, Studio Ghibli, and TMS Entertainment.

Yasuo Ōtsuka was born on July 11th, 1931 in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. At age 10, he saw a steam locomotive go by for the first time. He began to take interest in steam trains, mostly locomotives, and their operations as he began sketching them.

In 1945, after the Second World War came to an end for Japan, his family moved to Yamaguchi Prefecture where there was a military base. Ōtsuka began to draw military vehicles, in different styles, as well as cutting comic strips out into a scrapbook and wanted to learn more about the drawing styles.

By the time he was an adult, he saw an advertisement in Yomiuri Shinbun where Toei Animation was looking for animators. So he got the job and became an animator. After “Tale of the White Serpent”, “Magic Boy”, and more, he became excellent.

Hayao Miyazaki (left), Daikichirou Kusube (middle) and Yasuo Ōtsuka (right).

That was when years later, he met Isao Takahata and his best friend Hayao Miyazaki. After he did “The Wonderful World of Puss N Boots”, he began to work for them on their early masterpieces.

By working with them, he animated characters for their work such as “Panda! Go Panda” on both adventures, “3000 Leagues in Search of Mother”, “Future Boy Conan”, “Sherlock Hound”, “The Castle of Cagliostro” and “Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland”.

Yasuo Ōtsuka had written several books about the anime industry. And in July of 2002, an exhibition of his work and personal was held in Ginza. From 2003 until his death in 2021 at age 89, he was Toshio Suzuki’s mentor as he thanked him, in the early morning. And wrote this: “The person who has helped me get here the most is Yasuo Otsuka-san, who passed away this morning, which, for me, made today deeply meaningful. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to him. May he rests in peace”.

R.I.P. Yasuo Ōtsuka. Thanks very much for what you did on your remarkable animation. And tell Isao Takahata I said ‘Konnichiwa’.

Cardcaptors- Ordinary Girl

They had this in the hit anime tv show on tv channel Teletoon. Popular as how the rest of the songs did, like Froggy Mix who did “No Nagging Anymore” and “Razzmatazz”. The theme song and the rest too.

Whenever Sakura Avalon (portrayed by Carly McKillip) is trying to recapture the cards with the help of her friends at school, including that Kero and take on the forces of evil by Eli, she is really an ordinary girl. As she keeps her business a complete secret.

Running on Empty (1988)

This has nothing to do with that 1970 song we know. Thank Sidney Lumet for this. This is the only movie River Phoenix was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar award for Best Supporting Actor. This drama story however, won a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay- Motion Picture. Roger Ebert gave this 4/4 stars and called it, “one of the best films of the year” in 1988.

When it comes to following your dreams, and living on your own, you will need help from someone you rely on. In addition, when you have trouble with your family, and what secrets do they have, they must tell you the truth right away than later. But when it comes to lying, you don’t want to be like Pinocchio.

In this story that explains everything, if your family are criminals or fugitives, then that is really a problem. Which was why this story explains everything. And was based in history on what happened on August 24th, 1970. The Sterling Hall bombing.

In 1971, while America was at war with Vietnam, the U.S. government were also at war against hippie weirdos, the Black Panther party, and anti-war protestors. Especially when it comes to the ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’. After some protestors did some bombing at a napalm factory, the incident accidentally blinded and paralyzed a janitor who wasn’t supposed to be there. So the protestors went in their separate ways after being seen. And they were wanted by the FBI ever since.

Two of the protestors, a married couple were with them as they’ve been on the run since that incident. Their son Danny was two years old when they did it. Years later, with Danny as a teenager, as how they have another son, they were relocating, going from town to town, and assume new identities. Especially when they need to change their hairs.

Later on in the whole story, Danny was in love with his music teacher’s teenage daughter. After revealing secrets, how they did it, as how they’ve been lying a bit, the movie ended with an update that one of the protestor friends was shot and killed while running from the authorities of the FBI. So they decided to move on to the next town, by bringing their youngest son with them, as Danny was left behind to move on.

Joining River Phoenix are Judd Hirsch as the father, and David Margulies as a dentist. To me like Roger Ebert, it is one of the best films of 1988. Which is why I give this a thumbs up indeed. A straight ‘A’ is what I give.

It would’ve been great if River Phoenix did won those awards. But if it weren’t for the voters, then they are to blame big time. And I do feel sorry for the Phoenix family when River died of those drugs that he was addicted on. However, I am glad and surprised that his brother Joaquin Phoenix, after he married to Rooney Mara, they had a newborn son together and named him after his brother For they have River Phoenix Jr. So I congratulate them both.

In conclusion while they’re watching over their son, one condition to them and their son too. NO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL!!!!

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, and Lon Chaney Jr, are the only stars I know of in this Oscar winning movie. Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Drama, and two Oscars which are Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay, it’s all thanks to Stanley Kramer. Way before he did the wild goose chase story, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”.

Two convicts who are chained together, one African-American and one regular American, escaped when their transport truck went off the road and tumbled over. A search was already conducted for them. They had bloodhounds right on their trail.

They tried to break the chain that they’re hitched together, but it was hard to do it while they were on the run. Chains ⛓ are very, very hard to break. When they got caught in town, you should’ve seen Lon Chaney Jr as the town’s doctor. He should’ve deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor instead of Theodore Bikel. After all, he deserved to be the Wolf Man. In addition to Lon Chaney Jr as the Wolf Man, that since there was him and Benicio del Toro, I sure hope Ryan Goshling will do great as the new Wolf Man in a reboot.

The convicts, after almost three days, filled with anger and hate against each other, they finally broke the chain and cuffs with a hammer and chisel. Throughout the movie on their journey, it almost an hour and 7 minutes.

Both free convicts by pushing their way through a swamp tried to take the 1pm freight train, but were exhausted from all that walking and running. Besides, the regular American got shot in the shoulder and was dying soon. The African-American convict got recaptured again by the sheriff who was after them, while the regular American died of his gunshot wound.

So for a success, 8/10 stars is what I give. I sure hope that someday, in future, when a film director does a remake of this, it would be great if Daniel Kaluuya and Dane DeHaan were in it as those two chained convicts. And only in the ending this time, the African-American convict escapes to freedom, while the regular American gets shot in the head to save his friend. He will miss his hatred foe turned convict friend, but will never turn himself in. Besides, black lives do matter.