Tag Archives: Based On Book

When Lovecraft Country Outdoes Its Competition…

19 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

HBO’s Lovecraft Country beats Netflix’s Stranger Things hands down! Even though the latter program has one more confirmed season, these young actors are growing up fast and are already pursuing other projects. The former shows us a grande design, covering more than just an area, and the latter keeps it all isolated within Hawkins, Indiana. Despite a report from Netflixlife.com saying the Duffer Brothers had time to think of where the series can go next, what they have planned won’t be the same.

Just look at Supernatural. Showrunner Eric Kripke originally planned for five seasons and was marked to have a definitive ending. The CW wanted more and put forth the money to force a rewrite of the ending so it could continue. Afterwards, this series creator was no longer helming the series and it went in ways that left some fans feeling divided. Until we see where The Duffer Brothers take the lads, my hope is that they leave town, attend college elsewhere and encounter new threats!

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In Indonesia, Gundala is the People’s Hero …

28 Jul

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available July 28, 2020
on iTunes, digital, Blu-ray and DVD

In this country, comic book readers love Gundala, a hero with a mythical past and the smarts to thwart his best foes. The comic book Gundala Putra Petir debuted in 1969 and it took nearly 50 years for him to make his cinematic appearance. His equal in America is DC’s Batman and Marvel Entertainment’s Thor.

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Peter Pan’s Wendy is Growing Up

19 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available online on VOD & iTunes

Anyone attempting to reimagine the whimsical nature that defines Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie for cinema is in for a challenge. Writer-Director Benh Zeitlin tries, and with Eliza Zeitlin sharing the credit in their screenplay, the story can’t decide if it should entirely focus on this title character or simply be about motherhood.

The odd part is that Wendy (Devin France) is the youngest of the Darling family and along with her older siblings are wisked off to a fantasy island where they can be care free.

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Cleopatra in Space Needs to Come to Netflix America!

22 Dec

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Currently available on Netflix Asia

I’m not sure which version of Cleopatra should appreciate more–the sci-fi action Cleopatra 2525 or animated Cleopatra in Space. Both involve the titular character getting thrown to the future with a despot wanting to rule the galaxy. Problem is, neither are ready to be involved in an ongoing conflict. The former is campy pulp action style fun in the style of Hercules The Legendary Adventures or Xena Warrior Princess. Jennifer Sky (who played the titular character) continued working in Hollywood after this series, but she never got that breakout role which would take her to the brightest stars.

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