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Oh’s Not ‘Home’ Alone, A Movie Review

31 Mar

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest) and James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Home_(2015_film)_posterE: Home is truly where the heart is, and in my case, that’s with living in the Pacific Northwest. In DreamWork‘s case, that message gets gently delivered when Oh (Jim Parsons) just does not know how to belong.

He’s an outcast in his own community. When the Boov aliens are always on the run from a menacing alien Gorg race (Brian Stepanek), there’s never any time for them to settle in and be neighbourly. These simpletons are led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin) who is even worse. And when they decide to claim Earth as their own and relocate the entire human population elsewhere, I’m left wondering if the billions of people can even live on one single continent? Well, tossing logic aside, I can accept a few questionable moments in this film’s story direction. Overall, it’s an enjoyable family film which delivers strong messages.

J: The story of Home is a double-edged sword. On one side it delivers a positive message about friendship. No matter what you look like or what background you’re from home is where your friends and family are.
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Celebrating 5 Family Friendly Funny Father’s Day Films

15 Jun

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Happy Father’s Day to all, and to some, it’s time to sit back and relax. That includes looking at what films are a fun watch for everyone after a long day. My criteria is to consider films that can do for the good of the family, with father (or a father figure) as part of the plot or not. Or in how easy or uneasy it is for dad to manage the family unit.

Finding Nemo (2003) – There is a lot of charm in this father-son tale where Marlin, a clownfish, realizes there has to be a time where he has to learn to let go, and let his little boy grow up. Pops is devoted to what’s left of his family, and how he feels may well be a good life learning lesson for any real life family dealing with heartbreak after the loss of someone near or dear at any stage of that bonding process.

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Dates for Captain Smek finding Himself “Home” with a Movie (and Book Sequel News)

12 Mar

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Audiences who went to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman on the big screen were treated to an animated short, Almost Home, which will lead into DreamWorks Animation’s next animated adventure, simply titled Home. It is scheduled to be released on November 26 in North America and December 5 in the United Kingdom.

The story is based on Adam Rex’s bookir?t=wiupgeatthmo 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0786849010, “The True Meaning of Smekday,” which will be getting a sequel, “Smek for Presidentir?t=wiupgeatthmo 20&l=ur2&o=1,” set to be released October 14th. In both the book and film, the focus may be on Tip, a eleven-year-old girl, who must learn how to survive on her own when her mother gets abducted.

The film may be different since the short introduces Captain Smek (Steve Martin), the bearded leader of the Boov race, as the main protagonist. This gentle loving species is looking for someplace safe from all their enemies, but when the entire universe seems to be against them, is anyplace safe? After many landings in hostile worlds with not-so-friendly native populations nipping at them, this guardian of the peace (if he can be called that) finally finds a planet which looks safe. But for everyone on the planet Earth and a teenage girl named Tip (Rihanna) who will meet Smek, just what will happen between the two sounds like an action-adventure comedy in the making.

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