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Nostalgia or Mission Impossible with Magnum P.I.? A Review

19 Oct

Image result for magnum pi 2018By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Even after weeks of watching the reboot of Magnum P.I, I still think Tom Selleck is the definitive version. He has an adorable charm the new star does not have and it’s not about being another macho man.

When Donald P. Bellisario and Glen A. Larson created this crime drama, the first goal was to emphasize the camaraderie between this title character, his irksome landlord (Major Domo), and the soldiers in arms who helped each other out thick and thin. Okay, the series got two out of the three right.

As the original series progressed, parts of Thomas past were shown. He had a wife. During his last tour of duty, they were together, but a raid tore them apart. She was believed to have died. However, other agencies were at work; the later seasons revealed her fate. This story arc was important it came back to taunt him as nightmares. I was sad when the series ended. The tease at the end suggested that should it come back, the story can continue with his daughter following in her father’s footsteps. She might even join the Navy. This continuation would have been perfect since it allows room for Selleck to return.

Instead, a reboot was ordered. Peter M. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim developed this new series. Just because the former won an award for the re-imagined Hawaii 5-0 and the latter is showrunning, it does not mean they should handle a beloved classic. This take tries hard to capture the flavor of the original, but does it too much where I kept on asking myself, “Didn’t I see this scene before?”

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Lady Bloodfight Spars Into Theaters May 5th!

3 May

Lady Bloodfight Poster

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Lady Bloodfight is finally getting an American release and fans of Bloodsport, its spiritual predecessor, can finally see what the fuss is about. This film is due out in select outlets in North America beginning May 5th and the R rating is earned for the bloodshed found in this movie moreso than the obligatory locker room scowls and hisses. They easily could have been left out without disrupting the film, but this detail is expected when you have men producing the film. While the fights do not hit the same tones as Van Damme’s voraciousness on the mat, the narrative tone is similar to what World Wrestling Entertainment pumps out on a weekly basis. There’s plenty of secondary plots, backstabbing and bets going on.

Fans of martial arts fighting video games will find a bit of familiarity in the screenplay by writers Bey Logan and Judd Bloch. This movie has the feel of DOA: Dead or Alive than Street Fighter including the obligatory Russian  and although the locales are never exotic, the rooftop battles and fights by the seaside suggests that if only this movie had a bigger budget, the producers would love to go all out and travel part of Polynesia.

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All Revved Up for the Fate of the Furious

27 Apr

furiousposter_0By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The ride is not over for the gang in The Fate of the Furious (F8). This franchise is still going strong since its beginnings in 2001 and even though it hit bumps along the way, I was thrown off and did not want to necessarily continue following until word of mouth coaxed me back.

Director F. Gary Gray keeps the visual action moving at a steady pace. There was never a dull moment and I had to whoop at the introduction fondly recalling how this film franchise started — all about racing — before dealing with heist scenarios and counter-espionage. While some knowledge of all the films is helpful before going to see this latest entry, at least I still remembered the basics:

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Animation Voice Over Facility, Go Studios, Ransacked by Thieves

7 Aug

VoiceStudioRanscakedBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

A Vancouver studio has been ransacked with more than $100,000 in production equipment taken from the premises. It seemed like an almost perfect job but what the thieves didn’t realize is their profiles were caught on camera on two different occasions. The break-in happened at Go Studios‘ East 3rd Avenue location on Thursday morning, August 4th between the hours of 6 and 7am. The two male suspects were clever with the cameras they did see but were still caught unawares by the cameras they didn’t. The cameras monitored the suspects as they went from room to room of the facility that houses casting and voice over studios. At one point one of the suspects used a 42-inch TV as a battering ram to try to gain access to other rooms that were locked. Among the items the suspects made off with were six televisions, fours computers, and hard drives.

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