Tag Archives: Character Drama

You’re Not Gonna Trip the Light, Captain Fantastic

30 Jul

captain_fantastic_ver3By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

People who have followed the Canadian Court case of David and Collet Stephans, an Alberta couple accused of not giving their 19 month-old son the necessary medical treatment before his death as a result of bacterial meningitis, will know The couple believed in alternative medicine. Viewers may find an eerie semblance to what the story Captain Fantastic offers.

The real life case made the news early this year when the sentence was finally passed and fortunately, the fictional take travels down a different route. Ben (excellently played by Viggo Mortensen) and Leslie Cash (Trin Miller) are believers of a different social norm. They want their children to know how to work with the natural world like the First Nations people (or Druids in Europe) than be slaves to an order. Whether that be by nationality or spiritual point of view, the narrative is thought-provoking.

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Looking into Danny Collins Tangled Music Career, A Movie Review

14 Apr

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Danny Collins is one of those films that looks at how tough life is for some musicians who are groomed by commercial success and who seek to escape from its trappings. Before they got their big break, some might have had an idea in what direction they wanted to go with for expressing themselves, but when they broke into the industry, the producers see something else. Just like Begin Again, just what some musicians can become, namely in what Dave Kohl (Gretta’s musician boyfriend) became, may well be their own beasts of burden.

Dan Fogelman (Cars, Tangled) wrote a very thoughtful screenplay that certainly explores the difficulties in starting anew. Danny Collins (nicely played by Al Pacino) finally receives a letter from John Lennon decades later as a gift by his long-time manager Frank, (excellently played by Christopher Plummer), and if he read it sooner than later, maybe his career would have gone to different places. He is a commercial success, but was that what he really wanted?

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Looking at the Pieces that Make up CHAPPiE, a Review

9 Mar

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


The difficulties that many audiences may have with Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie is quite simply that nobody knows what kind of story he’s intending to tell. Is it a story about a dysfunctional family coming together or is it a movie about a troubled world besieged by gangsters? The trailers suggest one idea but the movie reveals another. The mix of Robocop with Transcendence does not quite make for an understandable universe and to have the subplots running independently is most likely the issue here. Somehow, it all has to come together.

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[Victoria Film Festival ’14] Just Who is Alan Partridge? A Movie Review

7 Feb

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Alan Partridge Alpha Papa poster
Continues at the Odeon Theatre #2 – 6:45pm Feb 14

Directed by Declan Lowney
Screenplay by Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham

Not everyone on this side of the pond will know who British presenter Alan Partridge is. But after seeing the movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (the UK title of this film) his fame in North America will no doubt rise. Who knows, maybe he might get his own TV show in the States — heaven forbid. This fictional character is a media personality who has declined in fame over the years, and to see him claw his way back to the top is sad but funny.

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