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Is LEGO Jurassic World Finished? Legend of Isla Nublar and Double Trouble

23 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar is a superb non canonical prequel to the film. The plotting is right up there with Star Wars: The Freemakers and I liked the salutary lessons included in how to respect the animal kingdom. Also, this series makes the reptiles more intelligent than we take them for (when compared to the live-action). The Raptors understand Owen; it’s nice to see how his handling of them progressed from this show to the live action.

Knowing the prior special, The Secret Exhibit, is a must. Owen thought what he was employed for was a one-off job, but the attraction is with the girl instead of the island paradise. We see how he found his motorcycle, and it’s these nods that I truly appreciated.

Both series are currently available on Netflix. As for what’s next, the series is jumping ship to other networks to say dinosaurs are not dead. They’re just confused.

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A Look at Digimon: Last Evolution–Kizuna

6 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Shout! Factory

It’s hard to believe Digimon ended. In retrospect, the game created in 1997 spawned more than just an anime series. It followed Tai and Agumon’s relationship, and their journey to become heroes.

Movies soon followed and Digimon: Last Evolution – Kizuna (デジモンアドベンチャー 絆) wraps up the original Digimon Adventure story. This film was set for Japanese theatrical release February 21, 2020 with the dub to follow in North America on March 25, but a pandemic shut that plan down. The fanfare this saga deserves for its finale needs to be bigger.

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On X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Tales of Future Past

9 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Writer-Director Simon Kinberg redeemed himself from his involvement in the lamented X-Men: The Last Stand, the third chapter of the saga about mutants just looking for a place to belong in modern human society. This subtext has been running throughout the films and it’s been explored in the past films to varying degrees of success.

His film, The Dark Phoenix, gets a treatment that is not too out there and it works without having to resort to sending the mutants to the moon.

When I have seen all the movies to date and followed the saga of the Phoenix up till the mid-90s (Excalibur, Series one), I had specific expectations in mind. While Kinberg’s work lightly touches upon a few things coming full circle, I suspect The New Mutants will have to provide some answers about the human and mutant relationship before Marvel Entertainment rewrites the mutant chapter for Phase Five of their narrative plan.

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