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Earwig & The Witch is Rocking into America Early Feb!

21 Jan

Earwig and the WitchPlaying at Select Theatres Feb 3rd
Also coming to HBO Max Feb 5th

If Earwig and the Witch is to be rockin’ the free world–as the poster hints–then let’s hope that more theatres can reopen come February 2021! It’ll be better to see this on the big screen than small, even though it will be offered simultaneously on a streaming service.

Hot off the heels of its Late December 2020 debut in Japan, this latest film from Studio Ghibli will get the duo treatment–to play theatrically and online at the same time. Based on the children’s novel by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle), the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first 3DCG animated feature.

Plot Synopsis: Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

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TheNFB at VFF2021 Part Two: Analyzing I, Barnabé

21 Jan

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

National Film Board of Canada
Victoria Film Festival: Animate Me Shorts Program beginning Feb 5th, 2021

Spoiler Alert 

Click here to buy tickets (disclaimer: region locked to BC residents)

Barnabé is a pastor having a crisis of faith. He can’t take it anymore in this ethereal animated short by Jean-François Lévesque

This character wants to end his life. To see him taking to alcohol to numb his senses is only a start to a wild and woolly ride of his past, his present and what may come in a Dickenson type of tale. The gothic tropes are nicely used to showcase his deterioration, but it’s his journey which takes on a different tone.

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Top Five Documentaries About Pop Culture To Get 2021 On!

21 Jan

A glitch in the Matrix (TV Mini-Series 2021– ) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

With 2021 now in full swing, to keep an eye out on what documentaries is worth checking can be tough.

There’s a few gems from the crowdfunding world which gets major attention much later, after its release, and others making a grand entrance through Sundance Film Festival. Most of which will become available regionally or be immediately distributed through streaming services when considering the world is still in pandemic lockdown mode.

The ones I’m particularly excited to see are:

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The Den is Open for Bartender’s Special Edition Release Today

19 Jan

Bartender | World of Yamaguchi HoshikoBARTENDER 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is now available to order from ShoutFactory.com or Amazon USA

Fans of the best-selling Japanese manga Bartender by Araki Joh can now cozy up with the anime, now available in a collectable box set, complete with recipes to make at home!

This anime has a worldwide cult following because of how it manages to help people in their darkest hour. To be a bartender means more than having the dexterity to give a little show to those at the bar. They can be counsellors. They’ve gone through the gambit of the game of life, and why this anime is highly regarded. We can learn from this show and have that smile on the face too after learning that we are not alone with our problems.

This acclaimed series is directed by Masaki Watanabe (Battle Spirits, Bakumatsu, KADO – The Right Answer), written by Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo the Animation) and produced by Palm Studios.

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