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Need your Avatar (James Cameron) Fix? The Next Shadow is Coming…

16 Oct

Dark Horse Comics

Release Date:
January 6, 2021

Journey back to Pandora in an untold story set just after the events of James Cameron’s Avatar with Avatar: The Next Shadow. Written by Jeremy Barlow (AVP: Thicker Than Blood, Star Wars: Darth Maul­—Son of Dathomir) and illustrated by Josh Hood (We Can Never Go Home, JLA: Scary Monsters) with covers by Gui Balbi (Alien: The Original Screenplay), This comic book continues Jake Sully’s story bridging the gap between Avatar and the highly anticipated sequel!

Vanity Fair reported that production has finally wrapped for part two, and as terrific as that news is, the film is not expected to release until 2022. In the meantime, fans of this floral universe will have this tease to keep interest alive.

Here, Jake Sully can fight a war, but can he keep the peace? Days after the destruction of the Na’vi Hometree, Jake finds himself ill-equipped to defuse the internal conflicts threatening to tear the Omatikaya apart—and perilously unprepared for a treacherous plot to remove him from the clan forever!

Avatar: The Next Shadow #1 (of 4) is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

 

LAAPFF 2020 The Chef on Tolerance in Ethnic Places

14 Oct

The Chef / Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2019(SSFF & ASIA 2019)By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County) from Oct 1 at 12pm PT to Oct 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. Click here to watch the film on Eventive.

Hao Zheng‘s short film, The Chef is eerie in the sense that we are already replacing workers with robots. The documentaries I’ve looked at earlier this year show how they can be helpful in various situations. From therapy to companionship, just where is the line drawn? Writers Ithaca Deng and Leqi Vanessa Kong can easily take a page out of Star Trek: Picard (or vice versa, when considering the original release date) if they wanted to expanded on the idea.

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Cyberpunk 2077. Welcome to Life in Night City! Trauma Team #2 Reviewed

24 Sep

Issue #2 Cover

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
October 7, 2020

Dark Horse Comics

Potential Spoiler Alert

Parts of the West Coast of North America may seem clear of the haze from the wildfires in California, but I see the future being presented to me sooner than I realize. All those orange hues in the sky certainly put me in the mood to look at the preview of issue #2, and thankfully we are not headed to that Blade Runner 2049 universe.

Well, not yet. If corporations are truly going to take over and put in measures to that future Cullen Bunn predicts in this comic, then we’re all doomed.

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It’s An Alien Addiction, not Abduction with Shae Sterling!

16 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date:
September 29

Gravitas Ventures

Shae Sterling is a tremendous talent in New Zealand. He’s worked with international talents like Snoop Dogg and is better known for his music video work with local artists. He’s also collaborated with Stan Walker (The X Factor) and the list does not end there! Plus, he’s the director of the documentary sports racing series High Octane. To become a fully fledged filmmaker, however, means making a proper debut with the crazy stoner comedy, Alien Addiction!

Going into making genre films isn’t without its own unique set of challenges–especially concerning special effects–but I feel he’s done a remarkable job. 15 years is more than enough in one industry to develop one’s skills. A different question is whether this film would play with UFO lore from this region. This country is famous for one instance–The Kaikoura Lights–but as for whether this movie would explore this further or stand on its own is a decision this director no doubt had to figure out. His choice to do sit-com is much needed when the there’s been a lot of similar films released this year.

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