100th anniversary of WWI (2018)

Today, as we all know, is the the 100th anniversary of WWI. But it’s also the 100th anniversary of how the First World War came to an end. That is why we remember that day, from 100 years ago.

Throughout the year of 1918, before November 11th, 1918 at 11 am, more battles were fierce. Especially when the German and Turks faced harsh battles in Africa. The Central Powers were worse, as the Allied Powers fought hard near the deserts. They’ve had a few victories while Lawrence of Arabia and a massive horde of Arabians, wiped out a bunch of Ottoman soldiers in a single fight, as they had ‘No Prisoners!’. He didn’t flinched.

As more victories came for Canada and Britain later on, the Red Baron fatally, was finally shot down. Canada Captain Roy Brown was the man who shot him, as they buried him somewhere in France. And they never forgot for what he really did.

During the time that America was in the First World War, American songwriter and dancer George M. Cohan came to Europe and did his famous song for the troops which was called “Over There”. It was a smash hit for the troops, as more and more American soldiers came to fight in the final days of the First World War. That ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ didn’t fought in the war, but participated as he was glad to do that song for them.

From a few victories for the Ottoman’s, the British, German’s, Canadians and more of the Allied Powers, finally came the Hundred Days Offensive. After the Battle of Amiens, the Allied Powers came together, including Italy and Belgium as they pushed their way against the Germans to the Hindenburg Line.

Back in Africa however, the British, Australians and India together as one, did the same thing as they fought hard. Until the Ottoman’s came to surrender on October 30th, 1918. As for the Hundred Days Offensive, back in Europe, fighting finally ended at 11 am on November 11th, 1918. That is what happened 100 years ago. Armistice of 11 November 1918.

German forces by both land and sea retreated back to Germany, as the Allied Powers celebrated a victory that they’ll remember forever. They did mourn the loss of their beloved ones, but they’ll never forget for what they did to their countries. From the Treaty of Versailles, to ending ‘the war to end all war’s’, going on to the Roaring 20’s, they’ll never forget for what they really did. The First World War shall never be forgotten. The First World War shall be remembered forever. Especially for what Canada did 100 years ago.

So ends the 100th anniversary of how Canada did when they fought in WW1 from 1914 to 1918. From 2014 to 2018, every year on November 11th for four years, I never forgot at all. Not one bit. And we will need a lot more movies that took place in the First World War. And be Oscar winners as how “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was. I’m really sure of it.

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The Fighting 69th (1940)

James Cagney, Dick Foran, Pat O’Brien, and George Brent are the only stars that I know of, as they were in this WWI movie. Thanks to Warner Brothers.

The Fighting 69th in the First World War was an Irish-American regiment as some of them were comedians. Unlike the 54th Massachusetts regiment in the movie “Glory” several years later, they never knew on what war would look like until they faced harsh battles with immense casualties. They had a funny comedian with them, as he was almost like the three French soldiers that were being cowards in “Paths of Glory” nearly 20 years later.

However, he was given a second chance that during a fierce battle, he fired off several mortar shells against the krauts in the battlefield. Through the barbed wire and pillboxes with machine gunners, he didn’t stop until he sacrificed himself to save the rest of the comrades. And I can tell you this…

It was two years before two of our stars went into other movies that grew fond of….

1. Dick Foran as he ran into Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. By working with those two comedians, they together were “In The Navy”, “Ride Em Cowboy” and “Keep Em Flying”. Way before he met Henry Fonda, John Wayne, and was in “The Mummy’s Hand”.

And 2. James Cagney after he was that comedian soldier in that flick, got himself as a massive star in the 1942 famous movie, “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. For he portrayed that historical performer George M. Cohan, in which he didn’t fight in WWI. He participated as he wrote that famous song for the American troops. “Over There”. This made him win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

So for a success, 8/10 stars.

In This Corner of the World (manga book)

Since I saw that anime masterpiece on Netflix, after it was shown at Cineplex, I thought it was really remarkable. And I loved it. Months later, I finally read the manga book by Fumiyo Kouno. With all three volumes in it, told the whole story as how the movie was.

A young woman named Suzu, from December 1934, to January 1946, as an artist and sketcher, became one of the very lucky survivors that faced air raid attacks during the Second World War. Although I felt very sorry for her, that she lost her right arm after a bomb was left off, but wasn’t really fair anyway. But the good part was, she began a new life, with all the help that she can have, from her friends and families that she can rely on, as they adopted a girl that lost her mom after the war was over.

So I read the book, after seeing the movie, as this told the whole story. I thought it was really excellent for manga readers to read on. Although I did give that movie, 10/10 stars. But I’ll give this manga book the same thing. 10/10 stars like how “She And Her Cat” was that I read a while ago.

In conclusion, by reading manga books and watching anime movies like this one for example, you do not want to do two things. One: Don’t judge anime and manga by its artwork. Cause they are remarkably beautiful and deserve something. And two: (this we all know) Don’t judge a book by its cover. Even its a manga book. The same thing for an anime movie as you do not want to judge one by its poster. Especially if it wants to make cinema history.

Anne of Green Gables (anime version by Isao Takahata)

I couldn’t believe that he actually did this before he died of lung cancer, but he really did. Rather than that lousy cartoon version from TVO Kids and PBS Kids, with that stupid opening song, this was remarkable.

Only in Japanese, in 50 episodes with the help of Hayao Miyazaki, he must’ve really loved reading the novel by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery before he died of lung cancer in 2018.

Now, as we get the story than that lousy “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, this tells on how Anne Shirley, in an orphanage was sent to Prince Edward Island in Canada as she began a new life. The couple did learned about Anne’s very sad past, as she gradually becomes an irreplaceable member of the Cuthbert family.

Made through the year of 1979, years before Studio Ghibli was born, this became one of their early works that have really impressed the anime fans.

10/10 stars and a A++ is what I give, as this takes place in Canada, thanks to these Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki.

It’s IN YOUR FACE on the lousy animated version from TVO Kids and PBS Kids. Besides, we do need to be aware of shitty cartoons, lousy movies and lousy TV shows going on today.

Otherwise, we do not want to face the evil of that bullshitty film company that I hate on the most…

Besides, he had warned us about them…

Voice: Can’t you see? Everyone!!

Kevin McCarthy: There here already!! YOU’RE NEXT!!

Kevin McCarthy: You’re next!! You’re next!! You’re next!! You’re next!! (fades)

Like what I said, anime is the best as always. Animated ones in North America that are really shitty, are definitely bullshit.

Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961)

From Toei Company, I couldn’t believe that Sonny Chiba was very young in this sci-fi flick, filmed only in Japan, before he was hired by Quentin Tarantino several years later in “Kill Bill”.

Metallic aliens from Neptune, in this 75 minute film, by wearing those rocket like dome helmets, came to Japan to annihilate life on Earth….

…until Sonny Chiba, who was almost looked like the guy who transforms into Ultraman came in and stopped them. He did so, by taking on every single alien fighter ship, before a nuclear missile that Japan launched, finally destroyed the mothership. And just for working for the support of Japan, than North America, I can imagine if he whooped E.T.’s ass. The same thing for Kang and Kodos from “The Simpsons”, and those other alien dudes from “Futurama”. By doing that….

In your face on Matt Groening and Steven Spielberg!! 😠😠

Sonny Chiba is really grand as a Japanese actor for his home country since that and “Kill Bill”!! 😃😃

So I’ll give this 10/10 stars. Really unique.

The Fly (1958)

Rather than watching those parody spoof horror flicks that are rip offs and shitty, this can be terrifying that no man or woman would ever face. Vincent Price was in it, as he believed in every word of detail.

Based on a short story, thanks to 20th Century Fox, that took place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, right next door to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, a French Canadian scientist had made a teleportation machine that could really work. By the time he used it on himself, the experiment went haywire and was a really massive mistake.

A housefly was caught in the machine with him, as he had his arm and head swapped.

His head and arm was on the body of the fly, and the fly’s head and arm was on his body. It had shocked his wife in horror, as the fly’s instincts took over his mind and brain. The fly smashed the equipment, burned his notes, and destroyed his lab as his wife had no choice, but to smash the fly’s head and arm on a hydraulic press at a local factory close by.

What about the fly with that human head and arm? Vincent Price and a police inspector found it in a spider web, and was being devoured by a hungry spider. Until a rock smashed them both together in death. They thought the wife was crazy, but she was telling the truth for sure.

They did a remake of this in 1986, with Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum. Unfortunately, that remake became so gruesome and so gross, that I do not want to see that version. Not especially one bit.

So for a Vincent Price horror flick, 8 out of 10 stars.

First Man (Apollo 11 mission to the Moon)

Since Japanese folklore told the tale of Princess Kaguya, a girl born on the Moon and was sent to Earth as of punishment, she had became very fond of the Earth, and how Feudal Japan was since she was born in a bamboo plant.

But as the celestial beings wanted to take her back to the City of the Moon, and the Moon Kingdom, she had to return to the Moon. But this time that they won’t believe; since Feudal Japan until July 1969, they’re getting a special surprise.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, on the Apollo 11 mission. First man to step foot on the Moon. Based on a true story and a novel by James R. Hansen. As Ryan Goshling portrays that historical character by going from the Earth to the Moon. By watching that whole movie at Cineplex, this beats every single movie/cartoon/TV show/TV show episode that took place on the moon. Especially novels from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne for example. And I mean all of them. Made in the USA and UK mostly. Except for the good ones such as that Studio Ghibli movie, “Sailor Moon”, and etc on anime and manga.

And it was a good thing that Abbott and Costello didn’t went to the moon, or Mars. By instead, they went to Venus in 1953.

Besides, both Princess Kaguya and Neil Armstrong on the moon wouldn’t want moon cheese, or run into those ugly aliens from “First Men In The Moon”. Not especially if they’re made by Ray Harryhausen, that are born in the center of the Moon. Oh, and those massive alien starships that contain more of the Transformers since ‘Dark of the Moon’ buried on the surface also, with those rock aliens that killed the 3 man crew in “Apollo 18”.

And as this beats “Apollo 13” with Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon, but deserves two Oscar awards, and nine more nominations, this was no wonder the ‘most dangerous mission to the Moon’. Cause when most people believe that they weren’t going to make it, they try to locate filmmaker Stanley Kubrick by doing a fake moon landing, but they didn’t. Especially if you need to see “Moonwalkers” with Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint that talked about that event.

So in conclusion, I can imagine if Ryan Goshling as Neil Armstrong had found Kaguya, and take her from the Moon back to Earth. Cause of anime director Isao Takahata dead in April 2018 and have a good time to say goodbye to him. She would be happy to have an anime father/creator who created her, from Studio Ghibli, based on that folklore story.

And as this tells the whole story and it’s event that occurred in July 1969, in which the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon became a success, 9/10 stars is what I give. I only didn’t like two parts in which one, for how his kids were, and two, was the sound of alarming on the Gemini 8 shuttle pod, as they went out of control and almost died. Luckily for Neil Armstrong, he made it back on Earth, and didn’t threw up at all in space.

12 Strong (2018)

It isn’t the heart that makes a soldier strong. It’s the heart of a warrior that makes him strong. Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Peña, are the only stars I know in this new war movie. Based on a true story, and was written in a book after that, they foretold on horse soldiers. (Almost like the ones from that 1959 Civil War movie with John Wayne but different)

Moments after 9/11 occurred, the United States and other allied countries including Russia and Canada have declared war on Afghanistan. Because of the loss of the World Trade Center. Twelve badass men of the U.S. Army were deployed into Afghanistan to terminate those terrorists.

Fighting for almost 3 weeks, they ran into a resistance as they began to ride horses together. They became horse soldiers, as all twelve strong were way better than those guys in “The Dirty Dozen”. Although it maybe Matthew Modine’s favourite, but I was flabbergasted that William Fichtner from “Independence Day: Resurgence” and “The Perfect Storm” in this movie, was as bald as Dr. Evil from those movies on “Austin Powers”.

Out of those men that made it, and just in time for Christmas for their families as promised, one got injured and made it through, as the rest came alive in one piece.

So for this war movie to avenge the loss of the World Trade Center, Phillips Petit’s most favourite place in the world, ever since he walked on a high wire between those two towers in NYC, I give this 8/10 stars. Although Afghanistan never surrendered on fighting in a war, but I can imagine if we were to drop nuclear bombs all over that country, and their allies in the Middle East too. Wiping them all out, off of the face of the Earth, it would have to be an only option to finish that war, since those two nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. As it became the beginning of nuclear arsenal.

Remember. The only good middle eastern terrorist, is a dead one. And I mean all of them, until every Afghani are wiped out off the face of the Earth.

My Neighbor Totoro- 30th anniversary

In 1988 Tokyo, Japan, Studio Ghibli was becoming more and more famous. Such as Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces that he was working on. Right after he did “The Castle of Cagliostro”, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, and “Castle in the Sky”, he worked on this that became Studio Ghibli’s very top icon. Totoro in “My Neighbor Totoro”.

An anime masterpiece that tells about two sisters, that moved to a new home. Right next door, are forest spirits that the girls can only see. Such as the large, furry Totoro, his two pals, and the Catbus that he and the girls can ride on. The best part, was how they got to ride on him, and the Catbus next.

With the voice talents of Dakota and Elle Fanning as sisters together with Tim Daly and more, they did really great. And was the very first movie that Dakota and Elle, did a sister act for the support of Studio Ghibli.

30 years later, now comes the 30th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece since 1988. Congratulations for Hayao Miyazaki’s work, and Totoro too.

So thanks to GKIDS and Fathom Events, after they premiered only six Studio Ghibli movies in select cinemas, they had premiered this too in honour of “My Neighbor Totoro”, for it’s 30th anniversary event. For only 3 days, they finally did it.

And the Fanning sisters; they did really great as a sister act, and supported the work of Studio Ghibli, and GKIDS too.

So to Totoro, that furry forest god, I wish him a happy anniversary. And how he became Studio Ghibli’s icon, for their masterpieces.

Yasuyuki Kunitomo (1953-2018)

A few days after Kirin Kiri died of breast cancer, this manga writer died of a heart failure. Born on January 1st, 1953 as a New Year’s Eve baby in Japan, he then later became a manga writer and a manga artist for his work that he did.

As an original creator, he created “Junk Boy”. In 18 volumes, this tells about a 23 year old boy with a sex drive. By catching the eye of a beautiful senior editor, he madly falls in love with her. Journalism will never be the same thing again for him.

Manga Entertainment did an anime adaption of that and was released in 1996. But was mostly on VHS which are videotapes before DVDs were born, as this came out mostly in Japan. No anime fan would know if they ever made an English version of that and his manga books, by making it all the way to North America.

He lived on for a few more years until his retirement, and then he died of a heart failure on September 20th, 2018, at the age of 65. By looking at manga artists, they can be really wise as how he did. And I may want to look at his manga work for sure in the future. Especially if they made it to North America or not.

And as for Yasuyuki, he deserves to write and illustrate about something that us anime fans can be really interested on.