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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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There’s a Traveling Wilbury in PIXAR’s Inside Out, A Movie Review & Analysis

23 Jun

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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When I have a buddy whose first impression of what PIXAR’s Inside Out is about is that of copying the comedy from Herman’s Head, I had the desire to knock some sense into his brain. The analogies are completely different and how can one not love any movie made by this studio? Did he not know that this story was directed by Pete Docter, the same person who created the much-loved Up!? When considering I did not think highly of Monsters University or Cars 2, there might be a reason to not enjoy this film since this studio’s track record has not always surpassed previous products. In between these two films, I found more to love about Brave with its Celtic supernatural themes.

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