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[Fantasia 2021] Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story

19 Aug

Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story' trailer dropsFantasia Film Festival 2021
Available to Stream On Demand

Tickets can be purchased here

All Nimfa Dimaano (Angelica Panganiban) needs is love, but it’ll come at a price if the colourful, animated feature film Hayop Ka! is any sign. In English, this Filipino word means, “You Animal!” And it’s not meant to be kind. Here, this feline works as a salesperson and when she sells Iñigo Villanueva (Sam Milby), a wealthy entrepreneur, the wrong perfume. He tracks her down instead of going to the store and the problems that erupt between him, her boyfriend and her defines much of the tale.

Her beau, Roger (Robin Padilla) is jealous. He thinks she’s cheating on him and to make matters worse, he’s willing to go to extremes to win her back. We’re dealing with an anthropomorphic take on Fliipino culture and here, the main protagonist is flirting with two huge canines. Roger is of mongrel descent and Iñigo is a husky. 

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[Fantasia 2021] On A 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died In 8…

17 Aug

The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 (2020) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Streaming online
Fantasia Film Fest 2021

Tickets can be bought here.

When is a kaijū movie not a kaijū movie? It’s when we’ll never get to see those giant monsters. We’re dealing with a new genre of films because a certain pandemic is changing the rules. The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died In 8 is one of many from filmmakers creating something while under lockdown.

In this story’s case, the fictional version of the filmmakers Iwai Shunji (co-director of Shin Godzilla) and Saitō Takumi believe they can make a monster out of capsule toys he bought online.

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Godzilla Singular Point’s Mixed Metaphor

30 Jun

Ver Godzilla Singular Point Temporada 1 Capitulo 2 Online -  EntrePeliculasySeriesBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

On Netflix
Spoiler Alert

Gojira has evolved with the times. Previous treatments during specific decades saw him as either a metaphor of systematic destruction, humanity’s relationship with nature, or simply be a reluctant hero. Ever since his introduction in 1954, the story direction had no definitive bible for future filmmakers to consult or even abide by. That eventually changed circa 1984 with Return of Godzilla (known as the Heisei era) where each film interconnects and again 1999 (Millennium). The ideas being offered per movie didn’t always pan out and the latest, starting with Shin Godzilla (2016) is getting way out there. 

The series Godzilla: Singular Point depicts him as absolutely primordial. He is on an evolutionary path to destruction and rebirth. From a giant sea wurm to a dinosaur, he’s not to be reckoned with. Instead of a relic of a prehistoric age, he’s now a nexus point where all things (not necessarily human life) begin and end. 

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The Highs and Lows of Godzilla vs Kong

5 Apr

Godzilla vs. Kong.pngBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing at select theatres, on HBO Max and Apple TV
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To say Godzilla vs Kong is leaning on the ape winning is obvious in the first few minutes of the movie, and we see him as a giant monkey than fierce beast from Skull Island. He’s been domesticated and I’m not fond of this idea. 

Although fiercely independent, the Monarch Organization can exert a bit of control because this titan has a relationship with a very young mute girl, Jia (played by newcomer Kaylee Hottle). She’s the last of her tribe who once worshipped the furry guy as a god, and Kong chose to save her instead of the entire tribe. Their home got razed by that weather system which surrounds it, and this group felt a sense of duty to do what’s right after the incident decades ago–they helped awaken a lot more monsters than they bargained for.

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Oh No, There Goes Toho’s Integrity. Here Comes WotC’s MtG Godzilla!

3 Apr

EUcjj3sXYAIOLQd.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Just what I thought the teaser I saw on April 1st (tweeted out on March 31) with a huge footstep in rock by Wizards of the Coast was a joke, nope, they were deadly serious with the next set of Magic: The Gathering cards. This Renton, Washington based company got in touch with Toho Studio‘s to offer a tie-in to their Gojira property in the form of alternate art cards! The good: they are legal for game play, with the titular character available in one of the three designs as a buy a box promo. The bad: the remaining 15 cards to finish this set are only available in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Collectors Boosters.

Hard core monster enthusiasts will pay a premium to find and own each of these Godzilla series set of cards. Will I buy and play with them? Maybe, after being triple card sleeve sealed. Continue reading

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