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AMC’s The Force Awakens Poster Promotion Week 3 Image, Analysis & Predictions

28 Dec

star-wars-force-awakens-international-poster1By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Collecting movie posters, especially the international Star Wars ones, can be fun. Trying to track down all the variants is a challenge and when there’s the space to show them off, any movie enthusiast can tell what another person’s taste is like. Usually that means living in a two-story house to show them all instead of keeping them all shrink-wrapped with thick cardboard sleeves and stored in a bin.

With The Force Awakens, although AMC holds the reign with its weekly release of 13×9 prints, the hope with me is that by the time all four Sunday releases are out, the group will get consolidated and hopefully offered to other chains to distribute too. The artwork by Dan Mumford is fantastic. An image for week 3 has not been officially announced but I found what looks like what will be the next one (scroll down to view). As much as I’d like to have this set, the sellers on eBay are making a killing by selling them well above the ‘free’ giveaway which they are.

I understand the nature of supply and demand, but when the prices are crazy ridiculous to capitalize on the starving needs of poster nerds like me, there’s no frigging way I’m succumbing to those collectors’ prices — especially when the postage overshadows the real cost. Most of them are priced to ship using the best shipment form possible, but is it really needed?

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Are D-Box Simulators the Future Movie Experience?

23 Dec

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Approximately 70 movie theatres worldwide have D-BOX Simulators, customized seats which attendees can park their rear end to. Some may have more than 40 available chairs and for those people willing to pay the added premium, they will move with the flow of the film; in theory, they will experience the movie on a whole new level. The motion sometimes work and at other times will not. There’s no proper road map for the engineers to follow when they program the chairs’ gears and gyroscopes to respond to the movie.

The technology debuted when The Fast & Furious released on April 3, 2009. Not many theatres offered this thrill ride and patrons had to be living near major metropolitan centres that had a movie multiplex who bought into this format early. In Victoria, British Columbia, Cineplex Entertainment retrofitted their SilverCity Victoria location over the summer and I waited for the right film (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to come out before taking on this experience. To lurch and sway to the motion of the Millennium Falcon made the experience fun! I lifted my feet off the ground so I could allow the chair to fully control my center of gravity than my body.

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A Non-Spoiler Review & Commentary of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

18 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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To witness Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the same fervour as this franchise got exciting in the later parts of the original trilogy, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, is exhilarating. The subtitle says more about the potential of where this latest instalment is going sounds like a return to form — in keeping the mystique that surrounds The Force — and from there I was sold! I wondered what can transpire in a property that is now managed by Disney. Are they doing it because the property is a cash cow or because Lucas is out of ideas? In what the new writing team developed brings a new hope to a franchise that’s now 38 years old.

As the narrative in the trailers have indicated, there’s something in those “eyes” of the old and new heroes who find themselves in this war. In traditional story-telling fashion, they are often regarded as a window to an individual’s soul. Quite often, writers use that angle to show how people can recognize family lines of individuals they have not met. Take, for example, the Harry Potter films where the hero is often told, “You have your mother’s eyes.”

Just who is Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)? They make up the cast in this latest film which is emphasizing the fact that a few of them may be related to one another, or to an individual from the past.
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[Non-spoiler] Wishes for Where the Story Direction for The Force Awakens Should Go

16 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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Based on the trailers and in what’s considered the new canon of the Star Wars legacy, what I hope to see in The Force Awakens (TFA) is a return to the Joseph Campbell ideologies. I feel they were at the core of made the original trilogy great. The mystique of the title suggests that there’s sentience to this energy that binds the universe. Has the balance between all that is good and evil been restored since Return of the Jedi (RotJ)? Thirty years is a long time for some, but for others, that is a mere blink to the lifespan of any galaxy. Part of the story from other chapters of the saga suggests how The Force can be alive, and will that manifest as a character? Probably not right away, but that’s my hope!

I think Luke Skywalker has added demons to confront. He’s worked past some of the problems of becoming a fully realized Jedi but there will be other destinies to face. Is he ready to head a new Jedi Order, as some story theorists have suggested? After the climatic battle in RotJ, The Empire is defeated and what survives of their forces are scattered all over the galaxy. As the trailer indicates, one faction has fought their way up the ranks to be the new galactic threat. But a lot of people, myself included, will want to know what Luke is up to. The only telling moment is when he passes on his lightsaber to another character, presumably Leia (maybe Rey), to deal with establishing a new army of Force sensitive individuals. The Jedi were the peacekeepers of the galaxy once, and Luke cannot handle it alone.

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