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King Arthur Never Met Transformers: The Last Knight

23 Jun

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
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Only morbid curiousity motivates me to continue watching the live-action version of Transformers. The fifth film, subtitled The Last Knight, offers opportunities to explore the world in new ways. To watch vehicles morph into bipedal form gets the kid in me giddy in delight. But as anyone who love the original animated material and toy lines will tell you, they will not be seeing this film because it’s not their Transformers anymore. I know folks vehement in their disdain of this cinematic (i.e. Michael Bay) treatment. Despite my longing to simply loathe it because of the people involved or how terrible the ideas get executed, I have to observe how far gone this universe is.

At the same time, as an enthusiast of King Arthur‘s literary and historical legacy, I wanted to see if this film has any redeeming factors. Pairing the Transformers with this legend has been done before (“A Decepticon in King Arthur’s Court”), and I hoped part of this movie will see this warrior’s messianic return to save the day. Instead of mighty robots, a human (or ancestor of) can certainly turn the tide.

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Yamato 2022 Lands With a 12-min Preview

17 Jun

2202-part-1-main-visualBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Yamato (the old series or remake) will always have a special place in my heart. While the redo may seem to some fans as unneeded, I will watch it. The crisp new designs, expanded universe and the music … it gets me excited every time! Today marks a release of the first 12 minutes of Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2202 愛の戦士たち), the second film of the series, a week ahead of the theatrical screening in Japan.

Based on the visuals and what I can understand in the piece, planets are being marked. As returning characters celebrate a peace of sorts (from the last movie), Kodai is in conference to hear about yet another threat that’s coming. Gatlantis is sweeping over the universe and approaching Earth.

The bumper on the top right exists to let viewers know about the upcoming theatrical release on Jun 24, 2017 and on the official Bandai Youtube page, pre-sales for a special limited edition blu-ray will also begin simultaneously as this volume will be released July 28th.

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3rd Trailer for Koi to Uso’s Animated Series Released!

14 Jun

By James Robert Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

Koi no Uso‘s official TV anime website released June 13th (Japan time) the third promotional trailer for the series based off the manga by Tsumugi Musawo. The story follows 15 year-old Yukari Nejima who can’t seem to get ahead in life athletically or academically. He lives in a near future Japan where lies and love are forbidden. At 16 years of age the Japanese Government chooses your life partner for better or worse but what happens when Nejima falls in love all on his own. Can he defy his own country’s laws?

The series first appeared as a manga on August 10, 2014 and is simultaneously published in Japanese, English, and Chinese on Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine’s DeNA Manga Box app. The series is also licensed in North America as Love and Lies through Kodansha Comics USA.

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Reopening “Code 8” to Crowdfunding & Expanding it to Release 2019

8 Jun

maxresdefaultBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

When not busy with CW’s Arrow, Stephen Amell and cousin Robbie (in other projects) are having fun in the independent movie scene. Fans do not see them working together often, and I for one am curious in how the 2016 crowdfunded sci-fi thriller, Code 8, will expand from a short (available on Youtube, or continue reading to view here) into a full-blown movie set to release in 2019. Principal photography has begun in Toronto.

The original product offers fantastic social commentary worth examining. The feature-length version will no doubt add to it, but kicked up a notch with some top notch special effects work.

People interested in helping further the budget can contribute on Indiegogo.  The original campaign reopened (so folks can own the DVD/Bluray of the original short or obtain a few of the perks like t-shirts, hoodies or autographed scripts) as production continues until mid-July, 2017, with a release (handled by Elevation Pictures in Canada) in 2019. with XYZ Films handling foreign sales.

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