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Full Moon Musings on Puppet Master: Axis Termination, Legacy & Laserblast

18 Oct

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Hardcore fans are most likely hoping Charles Band’s latest film, Puppet Master: Axis Termination is not spelling out the end of his franchise. This subset of movies brings the pulp-era adventures to completion, perhaps leading into the first movie of the series. There can be more made, as there’s an approximate gap of 40 something years before Puppet Master (it takes place 1989 while the Axis films are during WWII), as the little ones need to find their way home to Bodega Bay Inn. Only time will tell if this producer/director will feel inclined to make more, or is cutting them loose for other filmmakers tell their tale.

With this film, Blade and gang are trading masters yet again. Danny and his girlfriend are not at the helm. Instead, the nefarious Dr. Ivan (George Appleby) gets to be in charge. He needs the boys to help thwart the plans of Gerde Ernst (Tonya Kay) and Krabke (Kevin Scott Allen). These Nazi antagonists have a foothold in Southern California and the war this group of Allies and Nazis are waging is an occult one. Their mission is to discover the key to reanimation. To create a new tiny sized army is the goal, but can either do it?

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It’s the Attack of the Killer … er, Inhumanwich! A Review

10 Oct

unnamedBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Now available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Coming to DVD soon!

Plenty of humour and camp can be found in writer/director David Cornelius indie film Inhumanwich. This crowdfunded film leaves me hungry for more and thankfully I have in my video collection The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and its sequel to watch next. This niche genre pays tribute to the B-movies from the 50s in a myria of hilarious ways and this latest entry offers plenty to enjoy despite being “bare.” I prefer my meals with added dressings and a salad on the side.

In what the titular focal character is, I have a firm belief a bit of Lovecraft inspired monster making is involved. Technically, what astronaut Joe Neumann (Jacque Ransom) mutates into (by cosmic radiation ala The Fly) when a sloppy joe sandwich is in the spaceship makes me ask, where did the bread go? That did not become part of his final makeup. He looks like something between a Shoggoth and an uncooked meatloaf. He’s kind of like Pizza the Hutt, but with no eyes and maybe a mouth hiding somewhere in that hideous mass.

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My Little Pony: The Movie Delights and is All-Star

4 Oct

My_Little_Pony_The_Movie_Poster_2.jpgBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The toy company Hasbro will most likely have a hit with their theatrical relaunch of the My Little Pony franchise. The simply named film My Little Pony the Movie debuts October 6th and it will have enough humour to appeal to young fans and old. Newcomers might be at a loss to understand what the hubbub is about; all anyone needs to know is that these talking animals are an embodiment of the best virtues of knighthood. But this club is not exclusive. The ponies do their best to teach to the world (and each other) how to be a better person. In this film, we meet Capper, a cat who can easily challenge Puss in Boots (DreamWorks) for the title of which animated feline to love and a team of parrot pirates who embody the true romance of sailing the seven seas. Well, in their case, it’s the skies over Equestria.

The story sees Princess Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) and her friends prepare for a festival. Moments before any fun can take place, a very familiar if not generically evil Storm King (Liev Schreiber) — I was reminded of how alike he is to The Emporer in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures — and his assistant Tempest Shadow (Emily Blunt) raid the kingdom. Sparkle’s sisters are captured and she barely escapes. and attempt to capture her too. This unicorn gone bad and the wolf-like conquerer teamed up because Shadow believed the king can restore her broken horn. Between all the various types of horses believed to roam this world, I think more unicorns types exist because they are inherently more magical than ponies and pegasi. This stems from their mythical origins. While the toy company may have never considered making this connection since the introduction of this product line in 1981, some newer and older fans may well wonder.

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The Lego Ninjago Movie vs Masters of Spinjitzu

26 Sep

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

LEGO’s Chima and Ninjago series on network television set the bar for quality entertainment which is not only funny but also engaging. These protagonists often dealt with inadequacies and skeletons in the closet. To resolve these issues took several episodes and for them to unlock their hidden potential meant achieving balance with the Force. In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Sensei Wu achieved this harmony many years ago and this new movie does little to align inner peace (the virtues of patience and spirituality) inside an action comedy.

After watching the LEGO Ninjago Movie, I’m wondering what in blue blazes happened? Comparisons by people who know the small screen counterpart will no doubt be made. These viewers (especially me) who kept up with this version for the past seven years will be picking favourites. Even though I knew the film would not be a continuation by any means after watching the trailer, I had hoped it can still be good. Like LEGO, new builds can be cobbled together from various kits, but this one is unbalanced. The only nod to the show is in the music the lead protagonist, Lloyd Garmadon (voiced by Dave Franco), has as a ringtone.

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