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On Aliens, UFOs & Proximity with Eric Demusey

9 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Arrives on VOD
May 15, 2020

DVD Release
July 7, 2020

Eric Demusey is a Los Angeles based filmmaker making his directorial debut with a young adult sci-fi drama Proximity. As part of the creative team who made the fantastic intro title sequences you see on Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Tron Legacy, his experience showed he was ready for the next step. Plus, his passion is not limited to special effects work which gave him his start. Nearly everyone working in this industry has a story to tell.

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Instead of focusing on getting people to believe in UFOs, this movie explores the lasting effects of those who have been abducted and experimented upon for unknown reasons–hence the title. In this tale set in today’s trying times, this creator does not rewrite Fire in the Sky.

I was reminded of this story because of the introduction–where loggers in Alaska are whisked away by a UFO and the trauma we witness is far worse. Fast forward a few years later and change the setting from the boonies to a metropolis, Issac (Ryan Masson) gets his moment with an alien encounter, and tries to figure out what this all means. What he deals with has less to do with horror and more with trauma management.

When considering this movie was made on a budget, Demusey has to be creative in how to make those special effects shots work without overspending. For fans of FX films and UFOs, this movie has a lot of detail to love, and I spoke to him courtesy of Shout! Factory.

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Finding the Half Truth After Kickstarter

3 May

by Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Game Designer Richard Garfield (pictured right) and Jeopardy Master Ken Jennings (left) have a party game to make you feel smart! These two pioneers created Half Truth, a party game to help those family’s self-quarantine time fly by and learn something new at the same time! This game gained steam as a Kickstarter product, and now it’s available for the general market for all to enjoy.

I find this game is at its best with six people playing than two or three. In large gatherings, teams can be formed where each group can decide amongst themselves (Family Feud-style) which are the better answers. There’s strategy to be found in this board game, as points need to be earned to race up the track.

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There’s Gold with CMON’s Gods of Egypt

25 Apr

Ankh: Gods of Egypt by CMON — KickstarterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

It’s not Ankh-expected that CMON’s Gods of Egypt is exceeding expectations amongst board gamers to be a Kickstarter success. That said, just what miniatures enthusiasts and wargamers can expect is finally revealed. This crowdfunding campaign began a week ago and hit six times the amount (at the time of writing) required to get this game into production! They are very close to unlocking all the stretch goals, and this is particularly exciting for me, it’s cheaper to buy this game than to collect the giant-sized knock-offs from a local Arabian shop to display. The difference between those touristy items and the product here is that I can play with them!

Here, the story is simple: Play an Egyptian god or goddess hoping to stay strong–worshipped by the devout as they provide the only means for survival as monotheism crawls closer. Only can survive whilst the others will fall.

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The Best All Time Longest Running Cartoons to Self-Isolate With

23 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The Simpsons and South Park notwithstanding, it’s tough to top either as both have been on air for 30+ years now! With most parts of the world in its fifth or sixth week of self-isolating, eventually just I want to do is wish next year is here already! But seriously, if I’m going to be a couch potato, I thankfully have a huge library of television shows–animated and 80’s era shows–to tide my time with. Yes, we can go out for walks around the neighbourhood for a breath of fresh air, but for those people serious in not wanting to be exposed to the virus, it’s better to learn a new hobby to keep the mind and body sharp!

As an animation enthusiast, I’ve seen a lot of cartoon franchises evolve. As new teams gets involved, something is bound to change. I’ll rage about Thundercats Roar later; I’m still trying to decide if I like it.  As new producers try to make something new for today’s viewing audiences, it’s hard to say if they are in touch with kids of today. Perhaps the better question is to ask, are they wanting to remind us of once was then reinvent the premise? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the best example of how these heroes in a half shell has changed. Well, that’s mostly in how April O’Neil looks than the turtles. These teens will never grow up!

My criteria are series lasting for more than but not equal to five seasons. There’s plenty to choose from and instead of a top ten, I’m opting for a top five.

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