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A Night at the Museum? The Secret of the Tomb Explained

21 Dec


Fans of the Night at the Museum films will finally learn about the kind of magic instilled into Akhmenrah’s tablet. This Ancient Egyptian artifact brings exhibits to life and opens doorways to mysterious worlds. It also nicely plays into all three films in different ways. The first showed that living history is important, the second explored with how legacies are created and the third revelled in how change must happen. Secret of the Tomb revealed to Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) that now is the time to let his son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) make important decisions in his life. That’s tough to do when he catches him throwing a party when he comes home early after a tough evening at work.

When a gala event unveiling new exhibits goes awry, Daley is at a loss when he witnesses chaotic behaviour from Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and the various displays. When one of them includes the star constellations coming to life and attacking people, perhaps nobody read their horoscope for that day. The only person who realizes what’s going on is Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) himself, when he sees the tablet is turning green. He believes the magic that brings them to life is fading and he looks to Daley for help.

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The Night at the Museum 3 Gets a Trailer and Title!

30 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


The third Night at the Museum movie is definitely going to explain the origins of the golden tablet that animates the exhibits and wrap up this series at the same time. Titled Secrets of the Tomb, this film might include some Indiana Jones moments too.

The fun is in reuniting the ol’ gang and taking them to London to find the means of re-energizing the said item so life everlasting will not stop. The trailer is an amusing watch, and for Egyptian enthusiasts like me, this is the movie I’ve been waiting for! It seems a part of what I’ve conjectured may well come true if the cast listing for this film and the trailer is any indication.

As for how much of the ancient world will prevail throughout the movie, perhaps only 15-20 minutes will be spent revealing what the tablet is meant for and how it came into possession of Ahkmenrah.

But as for how much of the humour is being rehashed, yes a few jokes are looking like it can run thin with Dexter the monkey up to his usual tricks and a new dinosaur chasing the team around needing to be tamed. That will not stop fans of this movie trilogy from going to see this film come Christmas week, when this film is set to screen Dec 19.

What’s Next for Night at the Museum?

14 Mar

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


The Night at the Museum is an enjoyable family fun comedy that is getting a third film due to arrive in theatres December 19. Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Robin Williams will be returning to play their respective roles as Larry, Doctor McPhee and President Theordore Roosevelt. Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan also return to reprise their hilarious straight-man funny-man routine as Jedediah Smith and Octavius and there will be a newcomer waiting in the wings. Comedienne Rebel Wilson will also play a security guard who works at the British Museum.

This little casting note suggests more hijinks will take place at the largest establishment to house Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo, and if this film marks the end of a series, then it may go with a bang. In the first film, the Golden Tablet of Pharaoh Akhmenrah is the MacGuffin that drove that film to its happy end, and in the second film, it’s stolen by Dexter. This monkey never did get punished for the chaos that erupted when the gang clashed with another Egyptian exhibit at the Smithsonian.

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Examining Walter Mitty, A Daydream Believer or Beautiful Dreamer?

4 Jan

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

2013 Walter Mitty Poster

Some people are hard up in their opinion if a change in their life is needed. No matter what’s said or dreamt of, the same folks may fantasize at the possibilities of how their life can be better but will do nothing to realize their true potential. That also includes many film producers opinions on whether the plot from James Thurber’s short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, can truly be translated to film, stage-play or radio.

In all three versions, there will be liberties made to make its presentation work. No amount of goading or convincing can happen to convince fans of one version that another could potentially be better. In my case, to convince my buddy and co-writer of Otaku no Culture, James Shaw to see Ben Stiller’s version was met with utmost resistance. He refused to go and said to see any other interpretation will blemish his fondness for the classic Danny Kaye version.

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Weighing in on Dreamwork’s Madagascar series. Is it the end?

14 Aug

By Ed Sum


“I Like to Move It, Move It,” may very well be Dreamworks’s mantra for pushing the product line that’s associated with the movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. The adventure will be in locating the merchandise, since not every toy store or food franchise operation will have the items that die-hard fans are looking for. As for the video releases, hopefully a box set is in the works. This series can benefit assuming the series is finally done and over with.
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