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PIXAR’s Onward and Upwards Ho!

16 Mar

Image result for onward posterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Spoiler Alert

Fans of TSR’s Dungeons and Dragons will certainly get a kick out of Disney*PIXAR’S Onward. Not only are all the references straight out of the monster manual, I acknowledge the acquisition from Wizards of the Coast–but they are not the true creators of this role playing game system. After saving this property from TSR’s failing infrastructure, they simply fixed it up. That being said, the world building and revolution that creators Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley and Keith Bunin crafted up is one I’d love to revisit!

Once upon a time, in a world far, far away was a world of magic. Sadly, it disappeared in favour of technological progress. Apparently it took place faster than anyone can realize–perhaps the only failing of this film–and pretty soon fairies, dwarves, elves, centaurs and many more had to embrace change. If they don’t stay progressive, any species I have not mentioned will be left behind. Onward is hardly subtle in this theme of forgetting the fast, and it establishes how this realm has become much like human society, dependent on technology to get by.

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Laying it On The Line with The LEGO Movie 2

19 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler Alert

Everything is not quite awesome in Bricksburg in The LEGO Movie Part Two. Now dubbed Apocalypseburg, the Mad Max theme plays throughout as the citizens attempt to thwart an invading species of bricks. The set up is simple: In the real world, events continue after younger sister Bianca is allowed to the basement where this “world” lives and she can bring her Duplo. And sometimes, certain characters are not who they are. This sense of accepting who they inside define what makes this sequel special.

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Thoughts on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

30 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Major Spoiler Alert

In preparation for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a rewatch of the first film (and original trilogy) was needed. To see how it all ties together is mildly explored. This latest entry takes place three years after and yes, some advancements in cloning technology happened to allow for the unthinkable.

Dr Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) is continuing his hybrid experiments. I hoped more detail would emerge about who his new masters are, but nothing is revealed. Without him, there would be no ongoing series. Another film is planned.

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When Love is Fleeting in “Passengers,” A Movie Review

10 Jan

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Although James Shaw was a “Passenger” with me to see the film starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, our opinions in this film are different. While he’s willing to tell me his thoughts, I keep on saying, you have to tell our readers here that. He needs to express himself to the world more than to me, and just like J.Law’s character wanting to ignore Pratt at a certain point in the film, it can’t be done. Eventually, some kind of peace has to be made. Maybe one day, my buddy will get the mojo needed to express his opinions out loud than to mutter it to me.

For this one-sided review, my Roger Ebert to his Gene Siskel (who is, like in the later series, was often missing due to illness), there’s not much to this film to enjoy. I thought the set design is terrific to look at and the real world physics of space travel plausible. This movie got me wondering about the world being left behind. Is the Earth overpopulated and only the rich can afford to leave? The starship Avalon is a luxury cruise ship that Jim (Pratt) finds himself in. Little does he know is that it is slowly malfunctioning — the reason behind his sudden awakening from hibernation — and had he investigated, he might have repaired the vehicle sooner than later.

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