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Go No Power Rangers or Go See It? A Movie Review

23 Mar

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
* Minor spoiler alert

The Power Rangers movie has the potential to be better than its “original” product — a hodge-podge of American shot storyline mixed in with fighting footage from Toei’s Super Sentai series. Thankfully, as a product from a single producer with a think tank of creative minds, it’s not as much of a mixed product, but a well to do update of series still beloved by those who love tokusatsu (entertainment emphasizing special effects more than character drama).

This film offers all the right tones in the opening act which no doubt showed the producers are aware of Power/Rangers, the fan film. Praised for its darker story and lamented because it was not for kids (it is gory violent), I wondered how deep the back story would get. I enjoyed the opening moments since it hinted towards this bloodier direction. As a PG-13 rated film (there’s some bad words said and a LBGT character), I was a little dismayed but did wonder how long this movie will take to get past all the origins and team-building exercises to get to the big fight which marks the last act of every television episode.

But is this movie better than the dubbed parody Dynamen which premiered on Night Flight? While this other show introduced me to this world with its hilarious send-up and mix of 80’s music, hopefully the series I truly adored does not jade what I have to say. While I care little for this decade’s modern music, this movie released by Lionsgate is wildly entertaining. It is set to look at problems some youths face today. Mind you, I will not be drowning my sorrows at a Krispy Kreme, since none exists in my hometown and I ignored this laughingly blatant product placement.

When you get used to seeing a lot of Michael Bay style films over the years to which this film obviously draws its style from, there comes a time where switching the brain off during these type of movies is a must. You watch it for the eye candy and I must admit, those Zords (the mechs the Rangers pilot) look cool! The look of the bad guys is another story, which I’ll get into later.

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Desconstructing the Purpose of the LEGO Movie, A Review

20 Feb

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The_Lego_Movie_poster*Spoiler Alert

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) certainly know their LEGO product; they philosophically understand what playing with these bricks is all about. But when it comes to cobbling together a well-meaning tale, the time wasted to get to the point is long. People watching The LEGO Movie may need a reality check later. They may wonder what goes on with their toys when no one is around.

If this movie is beginning to sound like Toy Story then maybe that’s this movie’s greatest secret let out. There is another potential reference, but do audiences really need another never-ending story? At least this product is a decent watch. Just where this film succeeds is with the final act when all the pieces of the puzzle start fitting together. However, the rest is a different entity altogether.

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The Lego Movie Trailer!

18 Jun

By James Robert Shaw

The newest Lego Movie trailer is here from Warner Brothers and if one may say it’s looking good for 2014. One doesn’t have to be a builder of Lego to appreciate a good stop motion animated movie or a collector of it’s blocks and special sets.

From the trailer it appears many characters from the Lego universe will be in the film in either supporting roles or cameos.

 

In the film an ordinary Lego minifigure mistaken for a MasterBuilder is recruited to help stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together.

The Lego Movie not only has a great cast in such names as Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson but they have experienced directors at the helm. Attached to the Lego Movie are the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) with Chris McKay (TVs Robot Chicken and Moral Orel) co-directing.