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It’s Not Easy to Stay In Hotel Transylvania 2, A Movie Review

28 Sep

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Adam Sandler does a better job at being a second banana than a helmer in Hotel Transylvania 2. He does share some co-writing credit with Robert Smigel and is an executive producer, and thankfully it ends there. Fans of this franchise can be thankful he’s not exercising huge control over this movie like the vampire he’s playing. In a story that is basically about learning how to compromise, the other talents are the ones who get to shine on like a pretty diamond.

When Genndy Tartakovsky is directing this film, maybe he exerted more control towards maintaining a consistent vision where Dracula is not in every frame. This movie is far more enjoyable than the first. When Sandler is providing a voice, he has a lot to concentrate on to maintain consistency in his performance instead of influencing what’s being rendered on-screen. In this CGI film, it’s easy to snap out of a master vampire’s mesmerizing gaze.

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Deconstructing Pixels Bit by Bit, A Movie Review

26 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


When considering Pixels was originally an animated short by Patrick Jean and the movie of the same name was re-conceived by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, the only person to blame for this travesty on the big screen is simply in the fact that Adam Sandler‘s production company is involved, he’s one of the many producers calling the shots, and he is starring in it. Couldn’t someone else star as the hero?

Sandler’s trademark lowbrow sense of humour is not popular anymore. When you tune him out, and mentally filter out his scenes, there’s a germ of a good idea that director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone) is trying to bring forth. That’s not necessarily with conjuring forth feelings of nostalgia for the 80’s, the decade when arcade games was popular.

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