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What Does Warner Bros’ Storks Intend to Deliver?

30 Sep

storks-posterBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Mild Spoiler Alert

Warner Bros. animated film Storks does not quite deliver the goods — not the babies as they used to do in the past — just right. There’s a bit of an in-joke with how Cornerstore (i.e. Amazon) is the one and only place to order all goods and it will be sent to your home on time, every time (and returns are just as fast) which I like, but for the average viewer, the narratives flies in your face and fast. There are two tales in this film, and while they run parallel to come together by the finale, just which story is more important feels muddled.

On one side of the coin is a story that seems more fitting for an Angry Birds movie; Junior (Andy Samberg) is a top delivery bird about to get a promotion, but he has to fire the only human Tulip (Katie Crown) living with this flock who never found her parents because of a mess-up in the past. The device containing the information of her forever home is lost.

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Conner4Reel is an Underdog Needing Brothers in Popstar

6 Jun

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

One of my first reactions to first hearing about the comedy movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is in wondering if the story is going to be anything like Journey’s song, “Don’t Stop Believing?” In some ways, it does but forgoes the dynamics of a small town girl and a boy becoming close. Unlike the film, their success does not mean them breaking up and leading separate lives but instead examines how difficult it is to stay ahead of the game. In what’s presented is downright hilarious. This movie comes close to mirroring the ingenuity of This is Spinal Tap!

Very few musicians are lucky to consistently belong at the top of the music charts. Some struggle, like Conner Friel (Andy Samberg), to maintain their integrity. At the start of his career, he forms a rap trio, The Style Boyz with childhood friends Owen (Jorma Taccone) and Lawrence (Akiva Schaffer). They were set to be true pioneers during a musical award show simply referenced The Poppy’s. But when Lawrence hears Conner not giving credit to where it’s due, a rift forms. He leaves, and Owen almost does too… Unaware of all the hurt feelings going on due to Friel’s ever growing ego, this mockumentary goes places which are undeniably funny.

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