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Disseminating The Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh, DVD Movie Review

5 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

One unique gem for fans of the classic ghost story formula to watch is The Last Will and Testament of Rosaland Leigh. This movie originally released back in 2012 and it is one I frequently watch because it is very poetic, very lucid. It’s produced, written and directed by Rodrigo Gudiño, the founder of Rue Morgue Magazine. To liken it to any other films might give too much of this movie way and ruin the beauty of this film.

When Leon (Aaron Poole) has to settle the affairs of his deceased mother’s home, the horrors he experiences are not his own making. He’s just one of the few main actors who have to carefully navigate through unfortunate memories. As for what they represent, that’s left up to the viewer to decide.

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The Croods Go Crazy!

18 Jun

The Croods

Writer/Creator Chris Sanders shows that he rarely strays far from what he knows is a good tale. In what he crafted for The Croods is more than a Flintstone Family conundrum, and it explores the problems siblings face with their parents. But this movie is one tough rock to crack. It doesn’t have the same appeal as Sander’s breakout directorial hit, Lilo & Stitch, or his phenomenal adaptation of Cassandra Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. When the story has to deal with five characters attempting to share equal screen time, the problems of managing a cohesive family drama versus sit-com ala The Munsters is evident.

The father versus daughter plot is a good one. When Eep (Emma Stone) desires to expand her horizons by leaving the cave to discover fire and wonder what’s on the other side of the world, Charles Darwin and Christopher Columbus must be applauding. Evolution is happy. She may well be the direct ancestor to the homo sapien species. But when she meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a CroMagnon, mankind’s evolutionary path is set.

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