Thoughts on the Incredibles 2 Teaser Trailer

18 Nov

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The Incredibles 2 teaser trailer which premiered this morning does not offer a lot of detail, but it is whetting appetites for what may come. If the first frames are any indication, baby Jack Jack is going to be a handful and papa is not sure if he should be proud or afraid.

Although more than a decade has passed since the first movie, no time has passed for the Parr family. No plot details have been revealed for this film by director Brad Bird. Most of the vocal talents from the first movie are coming back. Confirmed story elements include a greater focus on Holly Hunter’s character, Helen. As for exactly what that means require waiting for new trailers or just waiting for June 15, 2018 to arrive.

For this fan, I would like to see an adventure that sees a new villain interested in the kid. Since he is an elemental polymorph, to exploit the various abilities he has can lead to all kinds of nastiness. While I can see Helen Parr possibly returning to the workforce, I think this will be more of a subplot to the ongoing adventures with the team. All the familial problems will still plague the Parrs. As to how bad it’s going to depend on how well they can integrate with society since that they do not have to hide out.

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Reflections on Fan Expo Vancouver 2017

16 Nov

215d2-fanexpovancouverBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The variety of nerdy interests represented at Fan Expo Vancouver every year will differ. They have certainly become the crossroads of where all kinds of pop culture can converge, hence the X in their #FXV hashtag. While previous shows may feel more jam-packed than recent, this year’s event only affirms what I suspected from 2016 — this local event is getting connected with various television productions which film around the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. This event is settling into a groove most will approve and I can only imagine it will get better. Although years away, I’m sure the organizers will have something grand planned when year ten hits. But that’s four years away.

This festival moved from April to November two years ago, making the expense of staying at hotels a touch better during the offseason and offering to both exhibitors and fans a chance to rest before setting up for the next show. Epic Photo Ops deserves special mention for effectively managing the lineups for those seeking a memento with their favourite group of (or with a particular) performer.

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Grant Gustin does not appear at many conventions so those hoping to meet him will have to do so at this show. As The Flash in The CW‘s flagship show, I can imagine he’s not easy to meet. To see both him and the entire STAR labs team (minus Jesse L. Martin) on stage is usually a San Diego Comic Con Hall H scale event, and fans of the show got it at Fan Expo in Vancouver, BC Canada! This panel was packed, and anyone there saw the sweet chemistry he has with Candice Patton in real life too. The star of this panel, however, was Zoe Patton, a cute canine which no doubt won many hearts. Viewers who saw this week’s episode, “When Harry met Harry,” got to understand what the Council of Wells was about, and Tom Cavanagh talked about how this segment was pieced together.

When considering the number of television and film productions going on in this corner of the world, folks hoping for a celebrity sighting will find attending this event better than to wait during a film/television shoot. A chance to interact with a star is never guaranteed when the set is a workplace. From the massive list of CW comic book based shows (Riverdale, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and iZombie) to movies like Deadpool 2 — which ended production the month before — just who will attend are decided months before. Attendees will have to hope there are no sudden changes the week before due to work (or family, like Stephen Amell had) obligations coming up last-minute. I’m sure there were attendees hoping to spot Ryan Reynolds or Kevin Smith (who did appear in 2016).

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In This Corner of the World Arrives This Week to Home Video

14 Nov

corner-of-world-posterSunao Katabuchi’s In This Corner of the World  (この世界の片隅に) is arriving this week, on November 14th, onto home video. Anime enthusiasts will most likely have picked up this title by now, and for those who have not, this title is worth putting into the collection for the poetic journey Suzu (the protagonist) has to face. She has no knowledge of the grander picture. She knows the wartime situation in Japan is dire, and she adjusts by staying completely naive to the whole drama. In what she does have to face, her strength and perseverance shine.

Pre and post, while audiences know that the inevitable bombing of Hiroshima is near, no one else does in this story. Audiences will get glued to every moment as the film shows the date and we wonder how Suzu’s family and the one she married into will fare.

This release includes a few extras to help viewers understand more about this animated product. Included are: “A Look at Post-Screening Q&As with director Sunao Katabuchi and producer Taro Maki” and a 16-page preview of the graphic novel by Fumiyo Kouno that inspired the film. The original theatrical trailer rounds out this collection. More about this content will be looked at in-depth when our order arrives in the mailbox.

For a full review of the film, please look at Ed Sum’s review here. While not everyone had the chance to see this movie theatrically, the opportunity to watch it at home should not be missed. This release comes courtesy of Shout! Factory.

[On Vacation] We are going to Fan Expo Vancouver!

11 Nov

This entry is posted to mention Otaku no Culture will be at Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend. Pictures and live coverage can be found by following Ed Sum on his Twitter account @edohotep as he will be officially representing for all three days. James Shaw is somewhere and may emerge from under the rock to maybe offer some notes for the day he’s attending at @windupgeeks and sadly, Shawn Trommeshauser is not attending.

Real-life ™ keeps two-thirds of the crew away from this site and not frequently contributing. More people are needed. If there are readers who like to cover other parts of the Pacific Northwest scene in this e-zine blog, please do not hesitate to contact us!