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PIXAR’s Latest is Soulful and Heartfelt

5 Jan

Soul Poster.jpegBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on Disney Plus

PIXAR’s got Soul in their latest film about Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a musician by trade and teacher when required. He needs a full-time job to pay the bills, but as most people will say, making the big leagues in the entertainment biz is tough and it demands much more.

Gardner wants to make mama happy. But being an instructor leaves him feeling unfulfilled. His dreams of being a professional musician means having a special type of freedom, which he tries to explain to his students: you become part of a special team, and the music made together–the harmonies–infect you. They bring out your soul (this film’s namesake) and when you are in that zone, the effect is an out-of-body experience to which this movie masterfully and colourfully visualizes.

When one of his students points out there’s an opening to become part of Dorothea Williams’ band, he’s on it faster than a honeybee to a flower. She’s a jazz legend, and he’s all willy-nilly. He gets the job, but on the journey home to get ready, he falls down a manhole and the title credits roll!

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Spider-Man 2 Trailer Rips into Times Square! (and Thoughts)

1 Jan

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Spider-Man 2 Poster

Spider-Man fans may well want to tear into this latest trailer for story clues. Released on New Year’s Eve, this trailer teases at a big fight in Time Square and fortunately, it does not look like it is happening around the same date … or does it? Plenty of people are seen converging upon this famous intersection in New York City and the inter-titles suggests a big party is going on.

In this short, not only does one villain appear, namely Electro, but also there seems to be two more waiting in the wings! Rhino gets a massive upgrade ala the mechanical Green Goblin suit which may borrow an idea from Sam Raimi’s version, and it’s this behemoth that I’ll be looking forward to seeing. I’m sorry, Jamie Foxx, but although you look terrifying as Electro, it’s the mechanical Perissodactyla that is drawing me in to supporting this film.

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