Tag Archives: Comedy

Could there be a trilogy with the new Jumanji? A Late Movie Review & Thoughts

19 Jan

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

More eyes were on Star Wars: The Last Jedi last month than Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. After all, it’s tough to beat the Robin Williams classic. When compared to movies of today, the effects are dated and a lot of blue screening was done to get animals to overlay with the human actors. The 1995 film had elements which played around with the themes of taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Flash forward to the 2017 film. The premise skirts around a few of the original themes, but instead simply have fun with it. The world is expanded upon and it feels like Temple Run, the mobile and online game. If anyone plans on taking the treasure, they better be darn sure they can escape! Instead of a board game, the product transforms into a video game and sucks new people into its world, like the 1982 film TRON.

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7 Guilty Pleasures for Christmas Time Viewing

12 Dec
Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

When looking at the television schedules during the Yuletide season, the shows offered is very predictable. There will always be the same set of movies or holiday specials to watch to get into the spirit. For some people, it is an eye roller and for others, it’s just tradition. Even I am just as guilty to tuning in to watch.

Try as I might to resist, there’s no denying these programs, be it made for the big screen or small, are a must. Presented in no particular order are:

Home Alone 2

If I had to choose between which one of the two films is the best, I feel the sequel is just a lot more fun and enduring. Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is in a big city, and he does an amazing job of fending for himself.

The deeper feeling of isolation, a common theme in this series, feels more powerful. His mom loves this kid despite all his flaws. He befriends a homeless lady during this time, and just what they teach each other earns more sniffles than the previous, where that arc with Old Man Marley is nicely resolved.

Plus, how can anyone not like what Hector the Concierge (Tim Curry) had to endure? Even after successive watches, to see him deal with all the madness that ensues is still priceless.

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It’s the Attack of the Killer … er, Inhumanwich! A Review

10 Oct

unnamedBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Now available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Coming to DVD soon!

Plenty of humour and camp can be found in writer/director David Cornelius indie film Inhumanwich. This crowdfunded film leaves me hungry for more and thankfully I have in my video collection The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and its sequel to watch next. This niche genre pays tribute to the B-movies from the 50s in a myria of hilarious ways and this latest entry offers plenty to enjoy despite being “bare.” I prefer my meals with added dressings and a salad on the side.

In what the titular focal character is, I have a firm belief a bit of Lovecraft inspired monster making is involved. Technically, what astronaut Joe Neumann (Jacque Ransom) mutates into (by cosmic radiation ala The Fly) when a sloppy joe sandwich is in the spaceship makes me ask, where did the bread go? That did not become part of his final makeup. He looks like something between a Shoggoth and an uncooked meatloaf. He’s kind of like Pizza the Hutt, but with no eyes and maybe a mouth hiding somewhere in that hideous mass.

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2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Interstellar Elder, A Review

12 Sep

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright St
Vancouver, BC

Wed, Sept 13 — 5:00pm
Thu, Sept 14 — 10:30pm
Fri, Sept 15 — 6:40pm
Sat, Sept 16 — 12:30pm
Sun, Sept 17 — 5:15pm

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is in full swing and one show I heartily recommend is SNAFU Dance Theatre‘s Interstellar Elder. This physical performance comedy has been touring the Canadian Fringe scene and I have hopes for it to continue touring in the States next. The joy needs to spread, much like how anyone can trace the International Space Station across the night sky from anywhere around the world. This presentation brings moments from PIXAR’s Wall*E to life and the pathos from the movie Passengers into a live show. Kitt (Ingrid Hansen) is the spaceship’s “sleep custodian” and she is a geriatric which adds to the irony of who is taking care of whom. Is it the spaceship or her? She did not wake up by accident.

Somebody has to maintain the systems of this cryogenic spaceship waiting for the Earth to become habitable again. Sort of like the computer animated film, humanity made a mess of things; centuries will have to pass before the planet can be repopulated. At least thirty human generations will have to pass and to see how Kitt deals with this fact drives this show. At the same time, she also carries on as best she can and weighs in on the consequences of waking up a fellow passenger to take the loneliness away.

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