Tag Archives: Character Drama

Deconstructing Who Is and The Life “After Yang”

9 Mar

A poster featuring an interracial family.Release Date:
March 11, 2022
Locations in Toronto, Vancouver, Hamilton and Kingston

Please check local listings for showtimes.

Trying to continue living without that special other by your side can be hard and life After Yang shows just how difficult it is for Jake’s (Colin Farrell) multicultural family to move on. This film is very meditative in examining who Yang (Justin H. Min) was prior to being acquired. He’s a techno sapien (an android). They were made to be assistants, butlers or maids for this future society.

This ‘bot was acquired to be Mika’s (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja) babysitter. She’s adopted and doesn’t know her Chinese heritage. Yang helps her, and their bond is heartwarming. But when he “deactivates,” Mika is confused. She doesn’t understand what death is. Her parents are having trouble explaining and this is a subplot in itself. What we see here is how Jake tries to get this robot operational again.

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Finch’s Hope for the Future

15 Nov

Finch (2021) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)


Available on Apple TV Plus
Spoiler Alert

Finch (Tom Hanks) may well be the last man on Earth. After a solar flare razed the Earth, the planet is devastated. He has Goodyear, his pet dog, to be his companion, but it’s not enough to give him hope. At first, he built a simple droid to assist in his day to day living, but he knew he needed another companion. The bot he builds combines traits and a look between Number 5, Wall*E and C3P0. But its programming could not be uploaded fast enough as the old man and his ensemble have to flee. There’s an approaching electrical storm.

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Meditating on “Nine Days,” Because It Must Lead to Something…

1 Nov

Nine Days (2020) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Sony Pictures Entertainment
Coming to VOD and Available to pre-order on Amazon USA

Will (Winston Duke) may well be figuratively dead inside in Nine Days. This character study by Japanese Brazilian director Edson Oda is his feature film debut, and he offers a look at how certain “individuals” are given second chances at life. It’s not just about whom this arbiter selects. He’s never seen the writing on the wall himself, and the mystery is in why he’s the judge, jury and executor driving part of this movie. He only has those number ot days to make the call if the ‘new souls’ are deemed worthy of life.

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Many Myths Are Abound in Saint Narcisse

16 Sep

Saint-Narcisse (2020) Canadian movie posterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Vancity Theatre beginning Sept 17, 2021 (please click link for showtimes)
1181 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC

Knowing who Bruce LaBruce is as a maverick storyteller can prepare those new to his world on what to expect. This avant-garde filmmaker is known for his very explicit sexually charged style and his movies are often about gays rather than the blending of pop culture genres. Not everyone will want to watch his take on zombies and vampires. His latest, Saint-Narcisse, is his spin on a well known Grecian myth with a dash of horror and delight added on top.

This film is an amusing expansion on the story of Narcissus. Dominic (Félix-Antoine Duval) is obsessed with his looks. He had enough sexual encounters with both genders, but after meeting a female Cyclops of sorts, he can’t help but feel something dreadful is coming. He doesn’t know who the phantom face he sees is. He’s haunted by it. Eventually, he’ll visit the sleepy town of Saint-Narcisse de-Beaurivage in Quebec to get answers.

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The Shadow in the Water, a Different Kind of Shark Tale

8 Sep

shadowVictoria Fringe Festival

Showtimes:
Sep 8, 2021 – Sep 12, 2021

Metro Studio Theatre
111 Quadra St.
Victoria, BC

Tickets can be bought in advance here.

Anyone who knows Peter Schilling’s music video of his hit single, “Major Tom,” may well get the shivers when learning about Mary’s life in David Elendune’s The Shadow in the Water. She’s coming home alright, but not in a way I would immediately suspect.

This story billed as a tale of love, loss and sharks is a deceptive tease. I’m thinking it’s about sailing into the mystic, Van Morrison style. This octogenarian is recounting moments about her life to Sharon. I assume this younger character is a caretaker sent to check in on this senior–who is listening to the broadcast of the Apollo 11 landing at the start of the play. Bits of this landmark moment in human history plays out throughout the show, and it’s highly suggestive that eventually, Mary’s time will come to “go home.” 

Instead, Mary is lost in her own memories. She wants someone to know everything she’s done since before the night fades away.

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