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Giving a School Presentation with What We Did On Our Holiday, A Movie Review

23 Jul

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Two of Scotland‘s favourite sons are paired in a family comedy drama, What We Did On Our Holiday. David Tennant and Billy Connolly headline this film about a dysfunctional family attempting to come to terms before Gordie McLeod’s (Connolly) 75th birthday. This patriarch of the family is about to celebrate a milestone if he does not succumb to his cancer first. But when his grown up boys Doug (Tennant) and (Ben Miller) are constantly bickering with him or their respective spouses, he wants nothing to do with them. In his glory days, he was a well-known soccer player — he’s had his share of experiences from the school of hard knocks.

His grandchildren, however, are still innocent. Their outlook on life is very different and that perspective is very refreshing to see. Gordie has to carefully choose what he has to say around them, and in what he reveals, these youths receive some very important perspective defining lessons before his passing. At the same time, they provide the best laughs and steal the show. Lottie (Emilia Jones), Mickey (Bobby Smalldridge) and Jess (Harriet Turnbull) have a charm that works very well on the screen. When their characters prove themselves wise beyond their years after their little education from Gordie, they certainly show that they understand grandpa better than the two men trying to give their father the best celebration amongst his peers.

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Miss Peregrine Blackpool Location Shots

8 May

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)


Tim Burton is currently on location in Blackpool, England for the filming of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, slated for release in March of next year.

The movie is based upon the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by American author Ransom Riggs. The story follows the exploits of 16-year-old Jacob Portman. After his grandfather is murdered by what Jacob believes was a make-believe creature, the lad travels to Wales to discover his heritage, which happens to lay at the ruins of an orphanage for Peculiar Children. Jacob soon learns that the children in the school were far from peculiar, they were endowed with powers.

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Phillip Rhee’s Underdog Kids Official Trailer

6 May

UnderdogKidsBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Underdog Kids is a family action comedy about the struggles and challenges of a group of inner city kids as they attempt to find themselves through the discipline of martial arts.

The movie was filmed in Los Angeles, California and stars Phillip Rhee, creator, director, writer and actor from the 80’s ultimate fighting action series Best of the Best. In this project Rhee not only has the starring role but serves as both writer and director.

Both young and seasoned actors star in this film including Beau Bridges (The Millers), Ellia English (Good Luck Charlie), Lauren Bowles (True Blood), Tom Arnold (Sin City Saints), Max Gail (Gary Unmarried), Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6), Ted McGinley (Transformers: Robots In Disguise), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), John Kapelos (Republic of Doyle), Cade Sutton (Kirby Buckets), and Adam Irigoyen (Shake It Up!).

Well-known action film stars like Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Richard Norton, Jun Chong, and Benny Urquidez will make cameos.

Underdog Kids will be available on DVD, digital download, and On Demand on July 7th, 2015.

There’s Thunder in the air … and it’s in the House of Magic, a Blu-ray Review

18 Sep


By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

A rumbling can be heard in Boston, Massachusetts where nearly every neighborhood has that spooky estate that nobody wants to visit. When a brave kitty needs to find hope, that abode may well be his only chance at achieving a new life after being abandoned. Aptly named Thunder and The House of Magic, this film shows how this cat finds the love he so deserves. Shout! Factory’s early Halloween treat will arrive on Oct 5th for fans of animation and the supernatural to enjoy.

And watching this film is like observing an episode of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Thunder (voiced by Murray Blue in the English dub) has all the spunk, charm and innocence of everyone’s favourite spirit. All he needs is to make some new friends. But when the world seems to be against him, all he can do is find a life away from the limelight.

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