Top 8 Movie Suicides

When it comes to the moments where you face ‘checkmate’, or what you have done wrong, or if you’re not ready for something to face, or if you have nothing left, then it can be dreadful when you face suicide. Cause when you do it, you’ll head straight to hell. In this list, we look at the top 8 suicides in movies.

Note: No seppuku moments in this blog post. And NO celebrity suicides too.

8. Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer (Thelma & Louise). Kicking off the start on the list, two female best friends, and are not bisexual, were ready for a fishing trip when they took a wrong turn. After Thelma was being sexually harassed by someone, Louise shot that male dickhead with a revolver as they try to get away from the police and FBI. They became anti-heroes as while surrounded by the law at the climax in their blue car, between a rock and a hard place, these two women decided to keep on going. By driving their car off a cliff!

7. Chief Willoughby (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and couldn’t find the murderer behind Mildred Hayes’ daughter seven months ago, this police chief of Ebbing, Missouri doesn’t like being mentioned on that message with those three billboards. Unfortunately when his pancreatic cancer was getting worse, he had no choice but to cover his head with a bag and put a bullet to his skull. Every cop mourned him tearfully including one of his buddy officers, Jason Dixon as he went berserk to tear that billboard business office apart.

6. Young Joe (Looper). A 25 year old tough hombre assassin for a Kansas City crime syndicate, got himself in a pickle when his older self travelled back in time to seek revenge on a crime boss and his criminal pals when they were just kids. By killing them in cold blood, to avenge his murdered future wife. At the very end, when he saw for what was going to happen, as how his heart was beating, he had no choice but to shoot his heart out with his blunderbuss. Erasing his older self from existence swiftly, for good riddance.

5. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet (William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet). Two star crossed lovers in fair Verona Beach as they do not know each other very much in this 1996 adaptation. After Mercutio and Tybalt were killed, Romeo became an outlaw as Juliet was given a potion by Father Lawrence. By faking her death, breaking Romero’s heart, he went on a rampage through the city to see her Juliet. Romeo took a vial of poison, and made it to Juliet’s funeral. Suicidally, by drinking the vial, he made it too soon as Juliet woke up. Heat-broken, Juliet committed suicide as how he did.

4. William Murdoch (Titanic). First officer on the RMS Titanic, he was in charge of controlling the helm of the ship. Especially when it came to that iceberg crash scene, as it tore a hole in the ship. And when it comes to the sinking, as well as for passengers to abandon ship, he went timid when he shot two innocent passengers with his Webley Mk. 1 revolver. Realizing on what he had done wrong, he horrified saluted his comrades as a farewell, and committed suicide by putting a bullet to his head. He never forgave himself after that.

3. Ellen Ripley (Alien 3). After encountering the Xenomorphs and crash landing on a prison planet, she thought she was safe until two alien facehugger parasites came along in the crash, that were still alive. One that impregnated a dog, as a dog alien was born and went loose, and the other impregnated her. A baby alien queen ready to be born and lay eggs. So at the climax, realizing that she cannot trust the Weyland-Yutani team, she committed suicide by falling backwards into the furnace, carrying the baby alien queen with her.

2. Brooks Hatlen (The Shawshank Redemption). Portrayed by the elder James Whitmore, we take a look on him rather than that nasty warden. After had been at the Shawshank Penitentiary for nearly 50 years, he was paroled in 1954 as he gave out his final farewell to his friends and Jake the raven too. And while looking all around, everything became advanced to him as he wasn’t really prepared. He committed suicide by hanging himself in a bedroom with a final message. Red found that out, as he wrote something also to it.

1. Nicky (The Deer Hunter). Taking the number 1# spot on the list, this is how Christopher Walken won the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor in this five time Oscar winning Vietnam War movie. After rescued from a P.O.W camp from the jungles in Vietnam, he and two of his friends got separated. And by going AWOL, he joined a Vietnamese gambling club where people win money by surviving Russian roulette. There he won big cash, until the fall of Saigon as one of his friends came to get him home. Unfortunately, he forgot so much, he didn’t recognized him. And that was when it came to the climax where he takes ‘one shot’, ending the game.

Do you agree with my picks? Which movie suicide did I skip by chance?

If I ever end up dead too soon, I would never ever do like how they did. Cause I can go to hell if I do like how they did. Not even alcohol intoxication. If it’s by terminal illness like cancer, or killed in an accident or getting murdered, like for what happened to Anton Yelchin, Sharon Tate and Chadwick Boseman, that I would face. Then both my parents would have my entire life savings on my bank account. Cause they love money a lot more than anything on Earth, nothing else. If I was never been born, or if I end up dead too soon, they would still have all of it. And not care about today at all.

Chinatown (1974)

They mentioned this movie on ‘The Nature of Things’ with David Suzuki. In a tv episode of their tv show where they show about how dry Los Angeles is. As how no rain has fallen. If the scorching heat would keep up, the California coast would be toast. 

Turner Classic Movies host Eddie Muller, who saw this a long time ago, became a better person. And therefore, he became a film expert only on film noir movies like this one and “Killers Kiss”. In addition, it’s all thanks to filmmaker Roman Polanski. The same filmmaker who was married to 26 year old American actress Sharon Tate, until his pregnant wife was murdered by those hippie weirdos in early August of 1969. Terrible event.

This here, is the very first Roman Polanski movie I had ever reviewed. Set during the Great Depression in the summer of 1937, all of California needed lots of water. Even if they wanted lots of rain. So while everyone needed lots of water, and were against the government, a private investigator was hired to go after a cheating husband. Unfortunately, the man was killed as he did a little detective work on his wife. If her cheating husband was ever involved in this ‘water wars’ that they faced during the Great Depression.

The best scene in this was that in the beginning of the movie, during the courtroom scene, a farmer came in as he brought in a flock of sheep in. He told the people in court how much he and his stock needed lots of water. 

Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Burt Young, and John Huston (before he was the Lawgiver in “Battle for the Planet of the Apes”) are the only stars I know of in this. But wait a tic. While you watch this, keep an eye on a guy with the knife who cuts the detectives nose. That was Roman Polanski himself.

After this, film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times added this movie to his “Great Movies” list, saying that Nicholson’s performance was “key in keeping Chinatown from becoming just a genre crime picture”, along with the screenplay as he believed that this “seems to settle easily beside the original noirs”. 

The effort on this made this win four Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture- Drama. At the Oscars, it was nominated for 11 awards, but won Best Original Screenplay. The rest were given to “The Towering Inferno”, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, “Earthquake”, “The Great Gatsby”, and “The Godfather: Part II”.

So for a success, 7.3/10 stars is what I give. ADULTS ONLY. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TEENAGERS UNTIL AFTER THEY TURN 18. Same thing to the ‘Godfather’ movies by Francis Ford Coppola. 

In conclusion, two more things. One mostly is that as of 2021, Los Angeles, California could use a lot of water for their state. Even if they faced a rainy season for 40 days and 40 nights. Nothing more, nothing less. For their valleys and farms to be hydrated as we thank David Suzuki for telling us about this. And two, believe it or not, on the night that Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate was murdered, the unborn child was posthumously named Paul Richard Polanski. A baby boy. An unborn baby boy stabbed in the stomach womb of Sharon, no thanks to those hippie weirdos lead by Charles Manson who was described ‘Mad as a hatter’. 

Another Top 10 Celebrities That Died Too Soon

Since I did two blog posts on ‘celebrities that died too soon’, I have mentioned guys like Kirby Morrow, Sharon Tate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Anton Yelchin, Judy Garland, Chris Penn, Bruce Lee and more. Right now, here is another top 10 list on more celebrities that passed away too soon.

10. Houston Tumlin (1992-2021). Kicking off the start on the list, we look at a child actor. Notable for portraying the oldest son of that NASCAR racer in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” with Will Ferrell, he seemed fine alright. Although he did do a good job in that, as well as military service. After winning four medals in the 101st Airborne Division, he began to suffer from PTSD and depression. When he couldn’t take it, what was shocking was that he committed suicide by gunshot. He was 28 years old when he did it.

9. Jessi Combs (1980-2019). A professional racer, and a co-host for “Mythbusters”, she appeared in 12 episodes in season 7 of that hit tv show while Karl Byron was on maternity leave. She loved working with Grant Imahara & Tori Belleci. After Kari Byron returned, she left and appeared in less tv shows like “Overhaulin’” & “Jay Leno’s Garage”. In late 2019, she wasn’t car obsessed like Paul Walker, but while testing a jet powered car, there was a failure in the front. Blunt force trauma killed her when she was 39 years old after the crash.

8. Grant Imahara (1970-2020). Not only Grant worked behind the scenes on science fiction movies, but was amazing in the hit tv show “Mythbusters”. With Kari Byron and Tori Belleci while Adam and Jamie do their big ones. Jessi Combs too in season seven, while Kari was on maternity leave. And after the entire tv show came to an end in early 2016, he went on to do a little bit of work behind the scenes on sci-if movies and TV shows too maybe. Then came his fate so suddenly when he died of brain aneurysm. He was 49 years old.

7. Kelly Preston (1962-2020). Married to American actor John Travolta, she had been in good movies like “The Cat in the Hat”, “Jerry Maguire”, “Death Sentence” and maybe “Jack Frost”. Although it was terrible for what happened to her son Jett Travolta, when her child died of Kawasaki disease in 2009. Nine years later in 2018, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. And they didn’t mentioned this to the public. She battled her cancer for two whole years until her death in mid 2020. She didn’t die of COVID-19. She was 57 years old.

6. Denis Akiyama (1952-2018). He was 66 years old, nearly close to Roger Ebert’ age, when he passed away due to a ‘very rare and aggressive cancer’. A Japanese-Canadian voice actor who had appeared in mostly anime tv shows like “Power Stone”, “Medabots” “Sailor Moon”, and the original “Beyblade” tv show. He did appear in some movies like “My Baby’s Daddy”, but how can we forget for what he did in “Pixels”? He was Professor Iwatani who confronted Pac Man, as he had his arm bitten off. Hilarious moment as he ran off.

5. Kevin Clark (1988-2021). A child actor who didn’t appear much, but became a real best friend to American actor Jack Black, when he appeared as school student/drummer player Freddy Jones in “The School of Rock”. After that, he didn’t appear very much in the media, but became fabulous later on throughout his life. Then came that terrible bike accident in Chicago, Illinois that killed him on May 26th, 2021. He was 32 years old. The cast mourned him while the police took the driver that killed him behind bars.

4. Patrick Swayze (1952-2009). One of Hollywood’s best popular actors of all time. And therefore, he was amazing in movies like “Red Dawn”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Road House”, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar”, “Point Break”, “The Outsiders”, and “Ghost” too. Although he was a smoker for 40 years too much. Which was why in early 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer. He was 57 years old, when he passed away in late 2009. After cremation, his ashes was spread on his ranch in New Mexico.

3. John Denver (1943-1997). Both and actor and singer, he was remarkable when he did his songs, “Country Roads”, “Rocky Mountain High” and more. In fact, he hosted the Grammys, went on a big tour in Japan, as well as how he was in “Oh, God!” with George Burns. Then in mid October of 1997, everyone became really emotional when he was killed in that glider accident. He was 53 years old when he had multiple blunt force trauma. At his funeral, he was cremated as his ashes were scattered in the Rocky Mountains.

2. Yoshifumi Kondō (1950-1998). An animator for Studio Ghibli, and in the early works of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, he was amazing in the anime business. After inspired by John Denver’s hit song we know of, he did his directional debut, “Whisper of the Heart”, based on the manga book by Aoi Hiiragi. He was planning to do more later on. Unfortunately, in early 1998, he suddenly died of an aortic dissection at the Tachikawa City Hospital in Tokyo. Doctors say that aneurysm has been brought by overwork. He was 47 years old.

1. Jay Sebring (1933-1969) Taking the number 1# spot on the list, we look at a hairstylist, and a second boyfriend to American actress Sharon Tate. After military service in the Korean War, he moved to Los Angles in the early 1950’s. He got into hairstyling mostly for celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, Sammy Davis Jr, Bruce Lee, Paul Newman and more. Years later, after meeting Sharon Tate, he began a relationship with her until she married Roman Polanski. Then came that dreadful night of August 8th-9th, 1969. By joining Sharon Tate’s baby shower, he was 35 years old when he was stabbed and killed by those hippie weirdos, lead by Charles Manson. Since his tragic death along with Sharon Tate, there have been some males who looked liked him. Until then came American actor Emile Hirsch who was a perfect match. And thanks to his portrayal as him, in Quentin Tarantino’s comedy/drama movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, we look at an alternate timeline in 1969. Instead of Jay, Sharon and their friends getting murdered, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s characters prevented that from happening. As they beat the living hell out of those hippie weirdos to their deaths. Dog bitten, crunched, bashed, stabbed, and torched. All three as dead as the Viet Cong.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite celebrities that passed away too soon?

The Sound of Music (1965)

At the 38th Academy Awards, on April 18th, 1966, two movies each won five Oscar awards. “Doctor Zhivago” won the first five, but never won Best Director and Best Picture. It also won five Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture- Drama at the 23rd Golden Globe Awards ceremony on February 28th, 1966.

This one however won the other five including Best Picture and Best Director. Plus two Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy and Best Actress.

And Baz Luhrmann? When you did “Moulin Rouge”, did you asked 20th Century Fox’s permission to feature the opening song in your musical? Cause when I saw the first 10 minutes, I was all ‘what the-?!’ when Ewan McGregor was singing it. Only Julie Andrew is the best singer in this famous musical.

From Rodgers and Hammerstein, this totally deserved to make cinema history. In fact, this is based on a tree story. Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, and Kym Karath are the only stars that I know of in this.

Set in Salzburg, Austria in 1938, a free spirited young Austrian woman named Maria was asked to babysit and look after the seven children of Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp. A retired naval captain who fought in the Boxer Rebellion in Peking, China for 55 days, and the First World War in Europe. Throughout the movie, she had really cared for the Von Trapp children. She especially taught them how to sing. So Maria married Georg Ludwig von Trapp in a glorious wedding and a honeymoon as they made it back for the Salzburg Festival.

Then things start to change differently when the Third Reich was established. German troops were in Austria, no shots fired. Captain Von Trapp (portrayed by Christopher Plummer) was the first person to ever tear a Nazi flag in half for good. So the Second World War was about to break out by September 1st, 1939, as German troops were massed at the border of Poland. The entire Von Trapp family did their last performance at a big coliseum theatre. After that, they didn’t had enough time to win the grand prize. Instead, they hurried to get out of Austria as they made it to Switzerland in very end of the movie. In epilogue, they made it out of Europe just in time. All the way to Vermont, USA.

Some people have also told that when the Trapp family made it to Vermont, USA near the border of Canada, they opened up a lodge business. Somewhere near Smugglers Notch Ski Resort and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory. (I’ve been there, but didn’t see the lodge. I was recovering from a skating accident while I was in grade 3, as I didn’t ski. Had a cast on my left leg, as my dad took me to Ben & Jerry’s first, and then a spa where I had my first back massage).

What about Maria and Georg? Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp lived until he was 67 years old. Died of lung cancer on May 30th, 1947. Maria however, took great care of the entire Von Trapp family clan until she died of a heart failure at age 82 on March 28th, 1987. Their children lived on after the passing of those two. Before they really passed away, they must’ve thanked the people in Hollywood for making this movie, based on the early days of their lives, as well as for Rodgers & Hammerstein too for the musical.

So for a success, 9.5/10 stars is what I give. A straight ‘A’.

In conclusion, I look at the opening scene for where the story takes place, a country like Austria really is a land of peace and plenty. A land of harmony and hope. Where there is wipe open space, as you can see the mountains and lakes. All that instead of serious warfare like for what happened throughout our history. Not even the ones in fictional books that can be made into film adaptions like George Orwell’s “1984”.

And folks? The next time you plan on travelling, like going on vacation, you should probably check out the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, USA; somewhere near Smugglers Notch Ski Resort and that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory. You have kids that love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, do you?

Black Panthers (1968 half hour documentary)

Note: This has absolutely nothing to do with that lousy Marvel super freak movie with Chadwick Boseman as that black panther monster. Before his death of colon cancer in late 2020. This is an historical half hour documentary that took place in real events.

“The panther was chosen as their symbol. It is a beautiful animal which never attacks, but defends itself ferociously”.

-Female narrator.

This half hour short film showed real footage on the Black Panther Party. Filmed in August of 1968, sometime after Dr. Martin Luther Kings assassination, Huey P. Newton was arrested and taken to jail. He remained there for seven months. Long before he was assassinated on August 27th, 1989. In fact, he was the actual leader of the Black Panther party as it was founded in 1966. Fred Hampton, long before he was killed in early December of 1969, was only the chairman of one of the Black Panther protest parties in Chicago.

This entire documentary was lost for years until this was restored in the 2010’s. TV channel Turner Classic Movies showed this on TV on May 25th, 2021. From 12:30 pm up 1pm.

Throughout the documentary, the Black Panther party in Oakland, California began to protest against the police for arresting Huey P. Newton. In front of the courthouse. Kathleen Cleaver was with all African American people who were members of the protest party. Regular Americans, and Mexican-Americans joined in too. Including Bill Brett, Captain of the Black Panther Party, located in Oakland, California.

Other Black Panther party members were mentioned such as Bobby Seale, Bobby Hutton, Warren Wells, and Eldridge Cleaver. Some of them have died too young as a revolutionary, while getting shot by the police.

They have mentioned the Korean War, as well as the Vietnam War that America was facing, but no footage was shown.

Ever since then, as how the Black Panther party was dissolved in 1982, I think that black lives DO matter, no matter what the cost. Besides, I still care for that animal as I know it’s an endangered species.

So for a success, 9.5 out of 10 stars is what I give. A straight ‘A’ on this half hour documentary. Thumbs up indeed.

Top 10 Worst Aliens in Movies

Note: NO PICTURES THIS TIME ON THIS TOP 10 REVIEW.

Is there a movie alien that you totally dislike on? And does that extraterrestrial still terrify you as of how you are now? Well, there can be some that are ridiculous as well as they can still freak you out. In this list, these are the top 10 worst aliens in movies. Some of them are lame, as what Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel have reviewed. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

10. The Blue Blooded Robots (The World’s End). Kicking off the start on the list, we look at an A.I. race that are like the pod people from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, only moronic and creepy. Created by the Network, with strong strength and blue paint as their blood, they killed many lives in a small town in the British countryside. And were after a 40 year old alcoholic slacker named Gary King and his four friends while doing a pub crawl. The way that light up their mouths and eyes, you might want to get out of that town AFAP.

9. The Coneheads (Coneheads). From those Saturday Night Live skits to their very own movie, these human like aliens who have their pointy heads, come from a screwball alien home-world as they do a lot of stupid things on Earth. Especially when their daughter was in love with a Chris Farley character, as well as how they revealed themselves to the public a lot. Eating toilet paper, dirt from a vacuum cleaner, as well as Windex which is disgusting, showing their ugly teeth, and screaming at eggplants which is really annoying.

8. The Zirkonian Freaks (Aliens in the Attic). No matter how big or small aliens are, or what else to they have like four arms, these ones are what I’m talking about. By searching for a device that they lost, that they can use for their invasion, underneath a very old house, their goal was to possess the minds of humans, as well as how they can be 30 stories tall, while conquering Earth and our universe. The way that they appear, are ridiculous. 61 cm high, butt ugly, as the female can be such a b**** with those long sharp fingernails.

7. The Guild Navigator (Dune). This is one of the reasons on why that 1984 sci-fi movie didn’t turn out so well, as how “Firestarter” with Drew Barrymore did. Trapped in a water tank, it can talk, yes. But it’s face and head can be bloody disgusting. Like a giant mutated newt or worm, two times the size of a Beluga. By making a deal with the humans and other aliens, this fleshy headed navigator of the spice production, wanted the son of Duke Leto, dead because of becoming a messiah. So hold onto your cookies once you see it.

6. The Talking Duck (Howard the Duck). This is before that new one, came along in that god awful Marvel Cinematic Universe. By looking a talking animated bird, it’s fine if it’s Toucan Sam or whatever is your favourite one. This one however, live action, is as idiotic as that other duck from the dark side. It can talk, but he is really irresponsible. By having himself zapped from his alien world to Earth in Cleveland, USA, for whatever reason, everyone became terrified of it. And never went back home. So get out your guns. And kill this one.

5. The Zorgons (Zathura). We shall never play board games from Chris Van Allsburg like ‘Jumanji’ and this one where these show up. While two boys, their older sister, are still stuck in their house while flying in outer space, the most terrifying alien species, besides a weird, cranky defective robot, are these Zorgons. Reptilian humanoids that hunt and eat mostly humans, while hunching over. And wouldn’t stop until the whole Zathura game is finished. The hissing can really hurt your ears, as long as you remain silent.

4. The Venusian Freak (20 Million Miles to Earth). Loud and annoying, there has to be a different type of alien from the planet Venus than this one. Created by Ray Harryhausen, it escaped from a small tube after crash landing on Earth on the coast of Italy. No thanks to a fisherman boy. After it rapidly grew bigger, it went on a rampage across Europe. Destroying many monuments, farmhouses, innocent elephants from a circus as well as the Coliseum in Rome. The screeching can hurt anyone’s ears. So do avoid this one kids.

3. The Sinister Children (Village of the Damned). From an wavy force to being themselves, do beware the children. Born with hypnotic powers, intensive mind power, and are too intelligent than gifted, they can easily hypnotize you than a 3D hypno ring. Worse than Hitler’s youth, their goal was to build their own odyssey on Earth. The military, the townspeople, the national guard, the police, Mark Hamill as a reverend, and every armed man have tried to kill them all, but can easily be hypnotized once they look into their creepy eyes.

2. Calvin (Life). We are totally better off alone in the universe than this one from Mars. And it’s definitely not Marvin the Martian’s cousin. Found in a soil sample from the red planet in our solar system, it grew rapidly inside the International Space Station. And after it got bigger, it grew tentacles, got black eyes, a small razor mouth, as well as having intense strength. This one can break the glass of a cryotube in a sleeping chamber. And loves doing one thing only. Killing astronauts no matter how outrageous this is.

1. Venom and Carnage (Marvel Comic Movies). Taking the number 1# spot on the list, are the worst ones, of the very worst. They are messy, obtuse as well as being so terrifying that they can frighten little kids very much than the boogeyman. As alien slime parasites called ‘symbiotes’, they can easily possess a human inside no matter what. Venom in 2007, possessed the first spider monkey portrayed by Tobey Maguire in NYC, until he was passed on to a failed photographer who wanted revenge on him. Both got terminated by a pumpkin bomb. These two are more terrifying than ever before, after they escaped from facilities as they caused havoc in the streets of San Francisco. By possessing a reporter (Tom Hardy) and a serial killer (Woody Harrelson), Tom Holland as that spider monkey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be torn in half by both of them for good riddance, before Samuel L. Jackson as that freaky one eyed man would know. And still, like T. Holland and S.L Jackson’s character, they are the worst of the worst.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are the worst aliens you totally dislike on?

Sonny Chiba (1939-2021)

He was Quentin Tarantino’s favourite Japanese actor, as well as how he was my favourite too. Star of “Invasion of the Neptune Men”, those very original “Street Fighter” movies, and of course, “Kill Bill: Volume 1” as retired legendary swordsmith, Hattori Hanzō.

Born in Fukuoka, Japan, he was the third of five children. His father was a pilot for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, as his mother was in track and field. When he was 4 years old, his father was transferred to Kisarazu, Chiba. So they moved to Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture. While he was in junior high, he learned to do baseball, volleyball, artistic gymnastics, and track and field sports. He enjoyed some western movies such as “Shane” and “High Noon”.

While he was a teenager, he tried to joking the Japanese Olympic team until he was sidelined by a back injury. He never got in. So he got into karate instead. His master was Mas Oyama. And was as grand in karate since Bruce Lee.

Sometime around 1960, he got a job working for Toei and started his career as an actor. His very first was “Invasion of the Neptune Men”.

After a few more movies that came out only in the Far East, what really made him famous was his character, Takuma Tsurugi in those very original ‘Street Fighter’ movies. “The Street Fighter”, “Return of the Street Fighter”, and “The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge”. Only Quentin Tarantino found them interesting as they were shown a bit in “True Romance” in 1993, directed by Tony Scott.

He also appeared in “The Bullet Train“, “Aces: Iron Eagle III”, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, and other movies I haven’t heard about from Japan.

During his career, he was married twice, until those terrible divorces came. Fortunately, he had three children. One of his children, Mackenyu was Cadet Ryoichi in “Pacific Rim: Uprising” in 2018, along with Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott as Ranger Lambert.

Then in 2003, he really became famous in a supporting role, thanks to Quentin Tarantino. “Kill Bill: Volume 1”. He was retired swordsmith Hattori Hanzō. After he had Bill as his first student, he swore a blood oath to never make anymore swords again. So he became a sushi chef in Okinawa, Japan for nearly 30 years. When Beatrix Kiddo (portrayed by Uma Thurman) came, and told him that she was after the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad including her boss Bill who betrayed her, he broke his blood oath. And did only one katana for her. The finest one that he had ever created. She used it mostly at the ‘Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves’.

Hattori Hanzō mentioned in “Kill Bill: Volume 2” when released in 2004, but was never shown. So throughout his entire career, he had been in more than 125 films for Toei Studios and has won several numerous awards in Japan for his acting, and martial arts. He didn’t say anything after his divorced wives passed away due to cancer problems. Not even during the COVID-19 pandemic. But was glad that his children are following in his footsteps to become famous in acting. Even in Hollywood, despite that COVID-19 pandemic.

Until came that sad day in mid 2021. A month and a half after 67 year old American voice actress Philece Sampler died of a heart attack on Canada Day, as anime fans mourned her (for she was Mimi from the “Digimon” franchise), he was next. Unfortunately, like Roy Horn from Siegfried and Roy, he was diagnosed with that god awful corona virus that broke out of China. In early August, as he was hospitalized for days until he had pneumonia.

He was 82 years old when he passed away on Thursday, August 21st, 2021. Due to complications of that god awful corona virus. It was at dusk after 6:03 pm. All fans began to mourn him across the internet. 😢😢😢😢😔😔😔😔 According yo a publicist, he wasn’t vaccinated. Japan really had problems while dealing with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Avoiding hotspots, protestors, and of course, getting rid of that god awful corona virus.

I must feel very for Mackenyu now that his dad, Sonny Chiba passed away. But like how he is as well as Quentin Tarantino, I will miss him for sure. For what happened to him was a total shame. No thanks to China that started that god awful corona virus, and those spiteful large bats too.

All I know is that he was remarkable in “Kill Bill”, as well as those other movies that he became famous on. R.I.P. Sonny Chiba-san. When you get to heaven, say ‘Konnichiwa’ to Philece Sampler for me, will ya?

The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1974)

By winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1975 at the Oscars, that this totally deserved, this almost made me fall asleep. Fortunately, I still stood up.

Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who previously portrayed the HAL-9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey” was the narrator of this. 10 years before he reprised the HAL-9000 computer again in “2010: The Year We Make Contact”. And the only star of this? The man who was the very first to ski down Mt. Everest himself, Yūchirō Miura. A Japanese skier and alpinist.

Throughout the journey in this documentary that took place in 1970, there were no interviews. Just the long journey in Tibet throughout the mountains, to the most dangerous place on Earth. The Tibetans carried a ton of backpacks as they walked in bare feet all the way. By the time they got higher, then they put some shoes on. 

Flashbacks show of how Yūchirō Miura got into skiing in Italy and in his home country, as he got a few injuries, but didn’t break his bones like Evel Knievel. During the production, six or eight people were killed by a cave in by the icy glaciers. While Yūchirō Miura practised, he needed four flares, and almost two parachutes. Parachutes help him slow down, cause it’s dangerous when they go down without one. Otherwise, someone would ski right off a slippery slope on Mt. Everest, and face it’s fate right away.

Then came the most iconic moment. Right near the summit, he dive-bombed downward, with a parachute on, as he avoided the icy slopes. And he didn’t get a single injury. 

My television obsessed father almost spoiled the entire ending. Even when he is looking at his phone too much on winnebagos that I’m not so sure on. So while I was getting ready for dinner, he and my grandma fiddled the TV controls. They watched the last half and saw the ending. My mom and I had to catch up after supper. And fans, he is totally like that Mike Teavee kid from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Or that former fencing athlete guy in “Stay Tuned”. Especially when he is a Tampa Bay Lightning lover too much than the Montreal Canadiens, being addicted to Apple technology too much, as well as laptops, IPads, and his IPhone too, as how he changes his mojo a lot. Oh, he can also be a bad jokester and can call you a ‘god awful bus driver’ if you were in front of him on a golf cart on a golf course.

So for a success on this real footage documentary, 10/10 stars is what I give.

In conclusion, since this came out, Yūchirō Miura years later in 2003, at age 70, he was the oldest person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. 10 years later in 2013, he did it again. Reaching the summit of Everest at age 80. His achievement was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

F.R. Crawley who was the director of this, and deserved that Oscar award for Best Documentary Feature, lived until he was 75 years old on May 13th, 1987. One of his children Jennifer married a entrepreneur named Jerry Quipp, as they had a daughter named Rosemary Quipp. As of 2021, if you want to know anything more about F.R. Crawley, I think should deal with Jerry Quipp and his daughter Rosemary in Chelsea, Gatineau, Quebec. They have a chicken coop for where they live. 100 Kingsmere Rd, Chelsea QC J9B 1G8, Canada.

What about Douglas Rain? After this, as well as being hired by Stanley Kubrick and Peter Hyams as the voice of that HAL-9000 computer, he didn’t get into anymore movies and tv shows by the late 1980’s. He went into retirement, and lived until he was 90 years old on November 11th, 2018. Remembrance Day. So on that day when Marvel comic book writer Stan Lee died of pneumonia, so did he, as he picked him up. They immediately went to heaven together, while Stan Lee’s fans mourned him back on Earth. 

Thus, people do wish to achieve something if they can do it. And yet, Mt. Everest does remain the most dangerous place on Earth. Because of thin air, avalanches, glaciers of ice, as well as crossing them by going over a steel ladder bridge, rocky terrain, strong fierce blizzards, frostbite, cave in’s, and slippery slopes too. Otherwise, despite for how they’re aware of the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman), you do not, repeat NOT want to end up like Rob Hall, Scott Fischer, Doug Hansen, Andy Harris, Yasuko Namba, and the rest who perished in the Mt. Everest disaster of May 10th-11th, 1996. You need to be very lucky to face Tibet as how Yūchirō Miura did, as well as Heinrich Harrier who met and befriended the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso while spending seven years in Tibet. Wrote a book too of the same name. True story.

Tune in tomorrow next time at 6:03 pm, for a review of a tragic loss, that we will miss on. For he was my favourite Japanese actor/martial artist, as well as Quentin Tarantino’s since “Kill Bill: Volume 1”. In addition, blame China big time for whole goddamn virus pandemic.

Godzilla VS Kong (2021)

Note: I had no choice but to watch this online, when there was an 8 pm curfew, as well as another lockdown happening while facing the COVID-19/corona virus/China virus pandemic. I wanted to see it in theatres after Easter weekend of 2021, but movies playing at theatres wouldn’t last long enough. And besides, my parents at home didn’t feel like driving. They wanted to remain in their home, and they wanted die up in their home while rotting their minds out like Tom Hardy in “Capone”.

Throughout movie history, we looked at famous rivalry’s. “Alien VS Predator”, “Batman VS Superman”, “Cyborg 009 VS Devilman”, “Earth VS The Flying Saucers”, “Freddy VS Jason”, “Monsters VS Aliens”, and more, they have been historical. Now comes the biggest battle of all time, that we have all been waiting for. It’s the king of the monsters vs the eighth wonder of the world!

Since “Godzilla” in 2014, “Kong: Skull Island” in 2017, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in 2019, we looked at a movie universe called MonsterVerse. In which since those old fashioned Godzilla movies came out from Japan, we looked at how kaiju’s can be ferocious. Such as Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Megalon, Gigan, Hedorah, Megaguirus, Kong, and more.

In 1962, when “King Kong VS Godzilla” came out in the Far East, they had their first battle together as it was a withdraw. But they knew that they would have their battle again in future, and that is when it finally came in 2021.

So in this one, five years after Godzilla destroyed King Ghidorah in the events of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in 2019, and was hailed as king, the organization who are after them, Monarch has been keeping an eye on them, ever since they lost Dr. Ishirō Serizawa. However, they realized on two things.

One was that Dr. Ishirō Serizawa has a son, Ren Serizawa as he joined the company as a tech engineer. And two, with the natives on Skull Island all dead, only one remains alive. A little girl named Jia who is deaf and communicates Kong via sign language. She was then later adopted by a Monarch scientist. In addition, like John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, they do communicate by sign language. However for that Asian-Native girl, for the way she wakes Kong up and is like Ann Darrow, who holds a strong bond for it, she will have a death wish if she was strangled by thin wires around her neck.

Later on in the movie, came the most shocking part. In order to fight monsters such as those Titans, Monarch created a monster of their own.

Mechagodzilla!!

That was why in the movie, while Godzilla was against Kong, he was mad against Apex Cybernetics that were trying to build Mechagodzilla, as how they had those skull-crawler eggs. He did a vengeful attack, but didn’t annihilated the facility. The humans however, found out the truth on where do the Titans come from. Since author Jules Verne wrote that famous story we know, the Titans such as Godzilla, Kong, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, those MUTO’s, Skull-crawlers, prehistoric mammoths and more come from the centre of the Earth! Their own entire world beneath our feet.

From the coast of Antarctica to the city of Hong Kong, they had their battles until Mechagodzilla malfunctioned. The A.I computer killed Ren Serizawa as it went on a rampage until both Godzilla and Kong destroyed it.

Reprising their roles are Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler who portray Dr. Russell and her daughter Madison from “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”. The only stars that I know of that joined in, are Shun Oguri as Ren Serizawa, Demián Bichir as the man who built Mechagodzilla, and Rebecca Hall as the Monarch scientist who adopted Jia. No one had seen or heard Rebecca Hall’s voice in a while. Last seen in 2018, when she was in the anime masterpiece, “Mirai”.

So for a success, 7.7 out of 10 stars is what I give. The only parts I didn’t like was that mute girl who loves Kong like Ann Darrow.

Winner of the entire fight, beneath and above the Earth? The king of the monsters himself. Always wins a fight. Always be king.

What about Kong? He found the right home for where he belongs than Skull Island. And as for that actress who portrays Jia, Kaylee Hottle? Pretty soon one day, she will get for what she f***ing deserves. A death wish.

John Denver- Country Roads (LIVE in Japan of 1981)

Ever since I have reviewed his hit famous song, and the only feature film John Denver was ever in, this is where he does his song again…LIVE this time. In his tour in the Far East, he was in Japan of 1981, where he performed 17 of his songs there in Tokyo, Nagano, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagasaki maybe, and probably Kobe. I don’t think he and his band went to Hokkaido as well as Okinawa. Cause that’s too far.

For what he did in this video scene here, this is probably where Aoi Hiiragi and Yoshifumi Kondō got the inspiration for “Whisper of the Heart”. Aoi Hiiragi did the manga book first, and then Yoshifumi Kondō did the anime masterpiece from Studio Ghibli, based on Aoi Hiiragi’s book. With the help of Toshio Suzuki as the producer and Hayao Miyazaki on the screenplay. After all, who totally agrees with me, that anime is the best as always?