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One Member of WARPs UP is now INTO1 SANTA with a New Single

26 Nov

into1santaFollowing Uno Santa (宇野賛多)’s soaring popularity on the mega-hit Chinese show ‘CHUANG2021’, where he formed the boyband INTO1, this Japanese artist has rebranded himself as with the anglicised INTO1 SANTA just in time for the upcoming holiday. He’s also  released new single ‘I’m from…’ on November 25.

This young man personally selected the concept for the song, which features autobiographical lyrics that tell a personal story where he tells how he managed to achieve his dreams. The video shows gratitude to the family, friends and fans who have supported him along the way. He said, “This song tells my story. As the title ‘I’m from…’ suggests, it is based on my past experiences. These experiences could only have been achieved with the support of my family, friends and all of you, and they have allowed me to become who I am today – and to love myself.

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Love Ryan Reynolds? You’ll Be “Spirited” Away With This Holiday Movie.

26 Nov

Spirited Movie PosterApple TV Plus’ Spirited lives up to its name as a musical, and it’s a holiday movie which delivers a finale that I didn’t expect! The central idea behind this work is to believe anyone can change for the better. And as a film adds to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol mythos, I loved the world that’s presented which expands upon why people of a certain nature gets haunted.

Even though I think it’s too early to have these types of films out, I was curious, and delayed posting after the American Thanksgiving weekend. That way, I can at least say this movie is worth watching to get into the coming Holiday spirit. The fact there haven’t been many adaptations of Dickens’ tale to the musical format, this was one movie I had to watch.

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Merry Christmas Godzilla Style!

25 Dec

Noh-Noh-NohWe at Otaku no Culture wish everyone Merry Christmas. We will be taking a break to re-energize and will return in the New Year with looks at series that’ve debuted in December. This will include Dragons: The Nine Realms and Star Trek: Prodigy before new episodes air.

Also included will be Ed’s top picks in what to see in 2022 at the movies (and streaming) as we continue to ride through the pandemic with shifted schedules and what not.

Be well and let’s ring in next year with a bang!

It’s A DreamWorks Christmas Watch List!

23 Dec

The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (Short 2005) - IMDbI have to admit, every Holiday season, I’ll have a DreamWorks Animation Holiday Marathon. As I’m updating this list to include The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus (released 2022), I must say I’m glad this studio is remaining festive with some property every year. It’d be a shame should they ever decide to skip a year.

They don’t often update their catalogue of seasonal delights every year, and hopefully soon we can find a home video release of everything produced to date.

The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005)

There’s actually two episodes featuring these penguins–Private, Rico, Skipper and Kowalski–attempting to spread holiday cheer. 

With Caper, Private goes on a search in New York to find a present for Ted, a polar bear. But he gets found by a human and the rest of the team has to rescue him. It’s a fairly fun episode, but my preference is with the season two episode “The All Nighter Before Christmas.”

As the zoo prepares for Kidsmas, things go awry when King Julien interferes and Skipper has trouble being Santa. Typical for the series, things get chaotic and it’s up to someone to fix things up.

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Ghost Stories for the Holiday Season (Part One)

15 Dec
Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past fly over the town.

Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past fly over the town.

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

In a 2017 article on Smithsonianmag.com, the plea was made to bring back the ghost story for the Christmas season. Colin Dickey wrote, “Telling ghost stories during winter is a hallowed tradition, a folk custom stretches back centuries, when families would wile away the winter nights with tales of spooks and monsters.”

Another character said, “A sad tale’s best for winter,” Mamilius proclaims in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. He added, “I have one. Of sprites and goblins.”

And the titular Jew of Malta in Christopher Marlowe’s play at one point mused, “Now I remember those old women’s words, Who in my wealth would tell me winter’s tales, And speak of spirits and ghosts by night.”

It’s a tradition I’m honouring cinematically. It’s too easy to always include Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and instead of this titular classic, I’m choosing which of the many adaptations I consider worth revisiting. This list is divided into two parts. One which mentions the holiday in the film and perhaps takes place during. The other is broader, using Winter as a metaphor. The movie has to be good. No rotten tomatoes are going to be mentioned here. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is mentioned far too many times and I’m going for the lesser known works.

The Curse of the Cat People - Wikipedia

Thanks go to Bloody Disgusting for the original list, to which I pruned. I tightened the criteria because a ghost has to be crucial to the tale:

The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

This tale set during the holidays is a sequel to the original, and it’s described by Bleeding Cool as a feel-good tale rather than of pure horror. It’s a sweet coming of age tale which stars Anne Carter as Amy Reed, who befriends the ghost of her father’s first wife whom she’s never been told about.

This work is more fantasy than anything else, but it still contains the essential elements that define a ghost story.

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