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.

Although “Wallace and Gromit” in their ‘Grand Day Out’ was grand on how the moon was made of cheese, but 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 that 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.

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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.

Kirin Kiri (1943-2018)

This actress not only was in live action movies, mostly filmed in Japan. But was the Japanese voice actress of…

…her! Haru. The maid who tried to find the borrowers. In Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Studio Ghibli masterpiece, “The Secret World of Arrietty”. Before the English version from GKIDS, rather than that shitty film company that I hate on the most.

Born on January 15th, 1943 in the Kanda area of Tokyo, Japan, she began her career in acting in the 1960’s. Right after graduating from high school. She was in two live action TV shows, 27 live action movies, and one anime movie which was this that I’ve mentioned.

After winning a few awards and a few prizes, she was diagnosed with a detached retina in 2003, and breast cancer in 2005. She did had her eye fixed and lived on for a few more years. That was when she died of mostly breast cancer on September 15th, 2018 at age 75. Four months before her 76th birthday. And nine days after Burt Reynolds died of a heart attack in September of 2018 for good riddance. As dead as his friend Edward Bunker from “The Longest Yard” with him, ever since he was in Quentin Tarantino’s gangster flick “Reservoir Dogs”.

R.I.P. Kirin Kiki. Say hi to Isao Takahata for me, will you? Studio Ghibli and anime forever! Not for the shit on movies and TV shows going on in North America today.

Capote (2005)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor, as he was Truman Capote. The author of his latest novel, “In Cold Blood”.

Filmed in Manitoba, Canada mostly, Truman Capote began to investigate in Kansas, USA in 1959. Days after the Clutter family massacre on a small farm. Until by January of 1960, they found out on who the murderers were.

Two men in their late 30’s. Richard Eugene ‘Dick’ Hickock and Perry Edward Smith.

He had interviewed those two men several times, as he began to write his novel. And became a bestseller before Stephen Hawking’s novel, “A Brief History of Time” was next, several years later. That was after the judge and 12 men of the jury had declared their sentence. For those two convicts were to be dropped and hanged by the neck, until death.

By looking at those two men, on the night of their execution on April 14th, 1965, they were ready to pay the price. Cause when they were chained all around, and covered with a black handkerchief than a hood as a blindfold, that were covering their faces than their hair, their hearts were pounding until they were executed. Their hearts were slowing down as their necks snapped. And with no more heartbeat, they never made a sound.

Way better than the Charles Manson family murders in August of 1969, and that ‘true story’ between Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, this tells a true story that we totally believe in.

Although I have to see that 1967 movie of the same name, based on his novel, with Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, but this was nice and splendid.

He did deserve that Oscar award for Best Actor anyway. On Phillip Seymour Hoffman before I recognized him in “Twister” and those “Hunger Games” movies.

So for his splendid acting, and the true story of Truman Capote, with Perry Smith & Richard Hickock, I give this 8/10 stars.

20th anniversary of Pokémon (In North America)

On April 1st, 1997 in Japan, from the video game to the TV screen, the TV show “Pokémon” was born. Starting off with the first debut episode, ‘Pokémon: I Choose You’.

All thanks to the creators including Satoshi Tajiri. The creator to all on Pokémon.

Almost 2 years later, the anime TV show was brought to North America to have it in English, and changed the names also.

September 8th, 1998 was when the English version of “Pokemon” was born, as they showed the first episode, from season 1, ‘Pokémon: I Choose You’. All over North America, every anime fan were very pleased. From the TV show, to those collectable toys, games, trading cards, books, videotapes and DVDs later, it was phenomenal to Pokémon.

20 years later, now comes the 20th anniversary of “Pokémon”, here in North America today. Cause it has been those 20 years since ‘Pokémon: I Choose You’ was released and started the anime TV show.

Ash Ketchum, living in a Pokémon world, in a small village called Pallet Town had made a vow on that day. A vow so hard, that he really means it. Ash vowed to be a Pokémon master, and be the greatest master of them all.

His dreams however, made him late to start his journey as he had no choice but to choose Pikachu as his partner. They did get off into a bad start and were being chased by a flock of angry Pokémon birds.

Luckily for Ash, Pikachu saved him, and they became friends ever since.

They also spotted Ho-Oh. The first Legendary Pokémon bird to be seen by them. Ash continued his journey, and never gave up.

20 years have passed, as the TV show changed and evolved. Ash Ketchum didn’t got older, and he was slowly, getting dumber than we’ve ever imagined. From a multiplicity of Pokémon, especially new ones to the movies, new adventures, friends, allies, and more, us anime fans have wondered…

“When is this going to end?”.

The only answer… “Who knows?”, as most of us have sighed.

But only the creators including Satoshi Tajiri, are the source. Cause when they began their work, they started off with a blank piece of paper. And Satoshi Tajiri, came with his idea that after the video games, they began to animate the whole series for a Pokémon world, that they would ever imagine. Only they can control the future to all on Pokémon.

From that moment in Japan and North America, we definitely want Ash Ketchum to become a Pokémon master and end this whole journey. Especially when Team Rocket need to be behind bars in jail. Meowth too.

And I can say this. I’ll never forget those days that they showed me everything, on those videotapes. I was very young when I did see the whole adventure. And how some of us had played the video games too before those Pokémon movies came out on VHS and DVD.

What about on TV? They were premiered on that TV channel YTV, back in those glory days. The last Pokémon movie that they did, a few years later was on a female Mewtwo, and then that anime TV show was transferred to Teletoon.

So here’s to 20 years, and we definitely want Ash’s journey to end for sure.

Patema Inverted (an anime masterpiece)

From the anime director who did “Time of Eve”, and was the designer of “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Redo”, Yasuhiro Yoshiura, he had the help of GKIDS to make this anime movie. On what happens when we’re upside down all of a sudden, and do not want to get sucked into the sky.

In 2067 AD, years after a cataclysmic event had struck, by sucking things into the sky, half of the people have been living in subterranean cities normally, as the other half had been living upside down in a delta city.

This is a map on what happened after that cataclysmic event. The Underground City is where normal are, as the Star City is where some of the people are, upside down.

Because of the gravity that was out of control, the only rule is to never let go. No matter how hard you grab on.

Our heroes, together, from the moment that they first met to falling in love together….

…they went from the underground cities…

…to the surface on what was left of the Earth.

Besides, I love that Patema girl. She’s very trustworthy, unique, and beautiful by her character appearance.

So for a success, 10/10 stars and an ‘A++’. Very remarkable on this anime masterpiece.

Who says that anime is the best such as this here?

Top 8 points on what I like on Isao Takahata

An anime director, Hayao Miyazaki’s very best friend, and the co-founder of Studio Ghibli. For he was one of my favourites like Hayao Miyazaki.

Isao Takahata. I really love this anime director, as a big fan of Studio Ghibli. And his masterpieces, from “Panda! Go Panda” to “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, they were remarkable. In this list, these are the top 8 points on what I like on Isao Takahata.

Warning: I was gonna do a ‘top 10’ list, but due to less info that I found out, in which are true or false, it lead me no choice but to create a ‘top 8’ list.

8. A Remarkable Artist. From his early days at the University of Tokyo to his massive career in Japanese animation, most of his work were hand drawn in any direction. For only two of them were like in a Japanese painting for how ‘Kaguya’ and ‘My Neighbors The Yamadas’ were. The rest that he did, before and after he got himself into Studio Ghibli, were beautiful. Especially when he had the help of Hayao Miyazaki, his kind friend.

7. Story Approach. Nearly for how Stanley Kubrick was, some of his work were nearly based on famous novels. For he did “Anne of the Green Gables”, “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”, “Grave of the Fireflies”, and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”. He had to read about them first, before making them into anime masterpieces. “Pom Poko” however, was only based on Japanese folklore. Not based on a novel. I didn’t mind that, but Isao Takahata was really clever.

6. Meeting With Miyazaki. Isao Takahata met Hayao Miyazaki for the first time, when they were both animator employees at Toei Animation in the late 1960’s. Until they left together in 1971. Yōichi Kotabe too as he helped them out, several years before working on those Pokémon movies. By working on Japanese animated movies, and TV shows as their early work, they would have a number of storyboards in their offices. Painted ones too before getting to work.

5. The Birth of Studio Ghibli. After they worked on “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” together in 1984, Isao Takahata with Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki, have co-founded Studio Ghibli in June of 1985. Most of their work that they did, year by year, have impressed the fans, especially when their masterpieces have came to North America. American film critic Roger Ebert however, was very impressed on one of his masterpieces. He wrote amazing reviews on him.

4. His Interesting Themes. Isao Takahata has always looked on the bright side of life mostly, and how he does his work remarkably. Set the countryside and cities in the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s, several years in the future, and how Ancient Japan was long ago. He only was on the dark side of life a bit, when he only did “Grave of the Fireflies” that took place in the final days of the Second World War against Japan. Dark, sad, and heartbreaking, his masterpiece no wonder became critically acclaimed like how “Princess Mononoke” did.

3. Keeping It Old School. Isao Takahata had never ever used a computer to create CGI animation in Japan. He prefers to do his animated work by hand, back for what he did in the glory old days. Cause he thinks that they are lousy at some point. He did had a few computers to help finish his work, back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. But he preferred to do his work by keeping it old school. And I guarantee to be old school like him. Especially if I need to do my drawing characters by hand.

2. The English Cast Members. From GKIDS that has been helping him on his Studio Ghibli movies, the English cast members have talked about him. On how remarkable he was, and how they loved the roles that they did. Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel that portrayed Taeko and Toshio in “Only Yesterday”, J.K. Simmons and Clancy Brown as two of the talking raccoons in “Pom Poko”, and James Caan with Mary Steenburgen who were the bamboo cutter and his wife in “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”. Whoever knew that they had such talent, rather than the shitty and dark side of movies and TV shows?

1. Oscar Awards. Isao Takahata was very proud of Hayao Miyazaki, that his masterpiece “Spirited Away”, had won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. By the time that he was retiring in the early 2010’s, his farewell and final masterpiece, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, became his only Japanese animated film to make it into the Oscar awards. Thanks to Studio Ghibli and GKIDS. Never got into the Golden Globe Awards. His very final masterpiece had tried to win that Oscar award, for Best Animated Feature Film. Unfortunately was left out Oscar nominated, if it weren’t for the voters of the Academy. And I do feel very sorry for him really. Especially on what happened on the day that he died. Every anime fan mourned him.

Do you agree with my list? Cause for a favourite film director, I will not let one to go down in history, left out Oscar nominated since him and Stanley Kubrick.

Top 10 points on what I like on Stanley Kubrick

Years before Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi were my three favourite anime directors, I had admired this very famous film director since I saw his movies, went to an exhibition in Toronto, and how his work definitely made film history. (Except for ‘Lolita’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ in which they were the lousiest movies ever).

Stanley Kubrick. The director of “Fear and Desire”, “Killer’s Kiss”, “The Killing”, “Paths of Glory”, “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb”, “Spartacus”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “A Clockwork Orange”, “Barry Lyndon”, “The Shining” and “Full Metal Jacket”.

Film directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron were fond of him, as Spielberg was his kindest friend when Stanley Kubrick was alive. In this list, these are the top 10 points on what I like on Stanley Kubrick.

10. An Actual Genius. They say Stanley Kubrick didn’t do well in school. Both in middle school and in high school. But as he got himself into photography and filmmaking, right after college without any trouble bothering him, especially by his mom and dad, Kubrick was brilliant enough to look at how something can be outstanding, and what people will admire on.

9. Novel Approach. Most of his film work were based on novels that he read first. And then by making a film adaption second, he takes then to the big screen. His first few, “Fear and Desire”, and “Killer’s Kiss”, were not based on novels. From Arthur C. Clarke to Stephen King, they had impressed the fans and critics, all over. “Lolita” and “Eyes Wide Shut” were the lousiest, that you do not want to watch.

8. His Iconic Look. By having that famous beard and black hair, he had it unique for him, during the making of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. He decided to have it longer, while working on “The Shining” and “Full Metal Jacket”. In fact, like her daughter Vivian, Stanley Kubrick was a cat lover. He in fact had 16 felines, roaming around his house. And after coming home from doing long shoots, he would let them lay around in his editing room, to make up until the timing was gone.

7. Keeping It Old School. By making his movies, he had usually did it, by doing the old school way. Such as stereo sounds, and how he had used them in “A Clockwork Orange”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and “Spartacus”. Also, as far as writing went for him, rather than typing on an old fashioned typewriter, he usually likes to write with a pen or a pencil with paper.

6. Vivian and Christiane In Short Appearances. After he had hired only Christiane Harlan for “Paths of Glory”, they began a relationship in 1957 during the production, and were married later in 1958. They had three daughters, born in the early 1960’s. Vivian, like her mother, was the lucky one to make a few appearances in her father’s movies that no one knew. In “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Barry Lyndon”, “The Shining”, and “Full Metal Jacket”.

5. The Stars That Worked With Kubrick. Some of these stars not only got special treatment with Kubrick, but some did had trouble with him. Such as Kirk Douglas by thinking that he can be a bastard sometimes, as how Shelley Duvall was losing her hair, piece by piece. But as for Matthew Modine, Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers, Malcolm McDowell, Ryan O’Neal and more, they enjoyed working with him. And love to talk about him years later as old men.

4. His Favourite Themes. By working on his movies, that made film history, he had always looked on the dark side of human nature. Especially in those wars that are set in. Such as the First World War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, a revolution against the Roman Empire, and a dystopian future. The actual future of 2001, 17th century U.K, and Colorado, USA in 1980? He wouldn’t really mind. Just as long as he was doing the right thing.

3. Christiane’s Paintings & Modine’s Diary. Since the Kubrick family had moved to a nice house in the English countryside, his wife loved it up there cause of the peace and quiet that she needed. And as a painter, she did some remarkable paintings. Some of her paintings were seen in her husbands movies that made film history. Until after her husband died of a heart attack, she continued to paint as an artist. Matthew Modine however, wrote a diary about how he worked with Stanley Kubrick, and how he really appreciated on working with him. This made his wife very pleased after it was published in bookstores.

2. Camera Techniques and Film Locations. Stanley Kubrick was really great with the camera work, on whatever which one to use. A super 8 film camera, an old fashioned film camera, a photography camera, or a big one while he was in film production. By having the lens, right angle, picture format, and no brightness, no interruptions and no shakiness, he always gets the right thing. That way, they wouldn’t start all over. And he wasn’t very much on travelling. Most of his work were filmed in the UK, Ireland, deep into Europe, and bits of the USA including Colorado while working on “The Shining”.

1. Oscar Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Out of his movies that made film history, most of them were left out nominated which wasn’t fair. But the lucky ones were “Spartacus”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and “Barry Lyndon” that deserved Oscar awards. Out of the people he worked with, they thanked him for having them hired, as deserved one for Best Sound Effects. Although he would’ve deserved a few more for Best Director, Best Picture, and etc, but his film director friend Steven Spielberg, did find him very unique, and a brilliant film director of all time. He was glad to be his friend before Stanley Kubrick he died of a heart attack on March 7th, 1999.

Do you agree with my list? What are your top points on your favourite film director?