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The Little Prince, A Tiny Review

18 Mar

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Two stories are woven together in director Mark Osborne‘s modern movie adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s The Little Prince. One serves to act as a launching off point to the 1942 tale of a pilot meeting a mysterious boy from an asteroid. As one story is visually and eloquently rendered in smooth CGI, the other has an archaic papier-mâché, stop motion, quality which works very well in contrast to the two worlds being presented.

In the main story, a girl (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) is on summer break and her mother (Rachel McAdams) has a regimen for her daughter to follow to pass the entrance exam to the prestigious Werth Academy in France. Although this adult is only worried about her child’s future, very little about the present is worth considering, including knowing how to take pleasure in the moment to enjoy life. When mom leaves for work, this young girl’s natural curiousity of the elderly neighbour (Jeff Bridges at his finest) almost follows in the tradition set by PIXAR‘s Up. This old codger was once an air force pilot and he takes an immediate liking to the young lass. He regales her with stories from his younger life, where Saint-Exupéry’s timeless story enters the picture.

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Discovering the Arts in The Giver, A Movie Review

14 Aug

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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* Spoiler Alert

Some audiences may well wonder if they are flipping through a century’s worth of National Geographic magazines when they are halfway through watching the movie, The Giver. The diverse collection of videos and images being used in this film gives this product a uniqueness not usually found for a science fiction film. That’s typically reserved for a documentary about sociology about the evolution of the human condition.

In this future, a utopian society has developed to take away all pain, emotions and memories of the past. Everything that defines a human culture, from its Hunter-Gatherer days to Industrialization (including war mongering and revolution) is lost as it becomes Aquarian. The new world order is strict, controlled and flat. Each person has a defined purpose in this new society and they are not allowed to deviate from it. That is, until Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) finds he’s alone in the Ceremony of Twelve (a rite of passage to help teens transition to adulthood) and is last to be assigned a role. He is identified as someone unique so he has a particular task to fulfill.

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[Pacific Northwest] The Last Unicorn Arrives with Special Theatrical Screenings!

6 Nov

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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For the month of November, The Last Unicorn is touring the Pacific Northwest. According to Locus magazine. the book by Peter S. Beagle is ranked number 5 in the list of all-time best fantasy novels, and the animated feature was produced by the same team who created The Hobbit back in 78′. Rankin Bass Productions is a highly respected animation house who have produced many a great holiday special, ranging from stop motion to cel, and to see this classic remastered and playing on the big screen as a 2K Digital Cinema Print will no doubt be a delight to many enthusiasts, young and old.

This story is about self discovery and overcoming insurmountable odds. When the mythic quest is to find out if this unicorn is truly the last of her kind, the plot goes into territory which can be scary. A Picasso-esque style influence is what makes this animated version enduring, and the story is wholly magical in its own unique way. Mia Farrow provides the voice for the title character. To name more than a few, other talents include Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee and René Auberjonois.

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There will be a pre-show at this film’s many stops. Author Peter S. Beagle will be in attendance and according to the tour website, an hour will be dedicated for him for Q&A and perhaps to sign autographs.

Dates are as follows:

November 15, The Garland Theater in Spokane, WA
November 16, The Seattle Cinerama in Seattle, WA
November 17, The Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA
November 19, The Colossus Langley Cinemas in Langley, BC
November 20, The Silvercity Riverport Cinemas in Richmond, BC
November 21, The Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene, OR
November 23, The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR
November 25, The Varsity Theatre in Ashland, OR
November 26, The Tower Theatre in Sacramento, CA

Tickets can be bought in advance at The Last Unicorn’s Screen Tour website.

Breaking Down the R.I.P.D.

16 Aug

By Ed Sum

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When good cops die, they do not necessarily go to Heaven. They have the option to join the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) instead. For this film that is now out of the box office and heading to second tier theatres for a resurrection, the price of going to see this flick is not too bad.

Audiences can see how Boston cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) gets betrayed by his partner, Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon), over a bit of criminal activity that they think they can get away with, going to Hell is the last thing either of them have to worry about.

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