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Disney’s Encanto Can Only Last So Long…

27 Nov

Encanto poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Walt Disney Animation Studios continuing plan to explore other cultures through their films has always been enlightening even though they aren’t always educational. Their latest, Encanto, is a mixed bag of wonder created by a committee.

Byron Howard, Jared Bush and Charise Castro Smith introduce us to a latino world where mysticism is still practised. The backstory reveals how the Madrigal family became the town’s founders and protectors. A magical hacienda (called a Casita in the film) emerged out of the candle and it’s been protecting this clan for generations, so long as it keeps burning. It’s easy to ignore one factual problem of living in the middle of nowhere and nothing has been said further about those pesky conquistadores. 

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A New Team is Coming with DC League of Super-Pets

25 Nov

DC League of Super-Pets (2022) - IMDbComing to Theatres
May 20, 2022

Next year, the DC Animated universe will look at a side of superhero life not often explored. It’s about time we get to meet Krypto, the Super-Dog who has sporadically been by Superboy’s side in the comics (rather than the man) and not so much in the live-action front. The recently released trailer has a slight Secret Life of Pets vibe to it and it can work well to draw in new viewers.

Dwayne Johnson stars as the voice this canine in Warner Bros. Pictures’ animated action adventure feature film DC League of Super-Pets.

In this movie, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

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The Parapod Isn’t Just A Very British Ghost Hunt, But Also Is An Exercise on Patience

25 Nov

The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt (2020) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

It’s hard to believe two comedians can embark on The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt based on their interest in proving and disproving the paranormal. They are not expert ghost hunters because they don’t have established protocols for each place they visit. Well, one of them tries to set some rules down….

The team of Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth (who also directs) are better known for their individual work at comedy clubs and the local (fringe) theatre circuit before starting their podcast in 2015. They are a double act. Three years in the making, this mockumentary follows their exploits at trying to outwit instead of convincing the other about the existence of the supernatural. Their success is less about the fun they had together, and more thought-provoking when they look back at all that’s they’ve uncovered.

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Afterthoughts on Ghostbusters: Afterlife

21 Nov

GB2footsc02By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Heavy Spoiler Alert

Not everyone from the original films returned to appear in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Two characters we didn’t get to see Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) and the other is the titular Slimer. The former is understandable as the actor retired a long time ago, to take care of his kids when his wife sadly passed. Though they’re older now, and Moranis has done a few voice-over roles, to convince him to appear on screen requires more than being friends with Ryan Reynolds or what Sony / Columbia Pictures can offer. 

Regarding why he declined to appear in the 2016 film, “I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?” he said to The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. His reasoning can apply to this 2020/21 film (delayed due to the pandemic).

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It’s A Bold New Ghostbusters: Afterlife

21 Nov

Lightning cracks from dark green clouds. People get out of a battered 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Sentinel below and look on.

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Spoiler Alert

The first Ghostbusters film is a beloved introduction to a ragtag group of scientists kicked out of university for their questionable belief in ghosts. They gathered enough spectral data to realize its possible to contain these spirits, and turn their idea into a business since they are considered ‘pests.’ Their first client, the lovely Dana Barrett hired this team to figure out why her apartment is spook central, and the god they prevented from appearing closed off the movie. Paranormal activity still took place throughout New York State, but it wouldn’t really pick up again until five years have passed.

It wasn’t until Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore had to deal with the spirit of a mad despot trapped in a painting when things truly quieted down. Spengler wasn’t ready to rest and even after this case, he knew there was a grande scheme happening while his teammates believed it was over. Flash forward to Ghostbusters: Afterlife, not everyone remembers the events from decades ago and we see him out on his own, dealing with a huge supernatural threat.

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