Tag Archives: Thriller

Discovering Immortality in Eternal Code

15 Jan

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

On Amazon Prime

Eternal Code is a high fidelity thriller with low-fi science fiction ideas as the MacGuffin. In between the exposition is a discussion about the ethics of human experimentation–especially when it concerns being able to move the consciousness of one individual to another. One fact is certain: the recipient of this procedure is better off being brain dead. Another is who deserves this “second chance” more, those who can pay for the procedure or those who truly deserve a second chance at life because of something they did in the past which warrants a complete change of physical identity?

The idea can give hope to Corey (Damien Chinappi, a suicidal military vet) and Stephanie (Kaiti Wallen, a prostitute). It’d be terrible if they got the wrong end of the stick if offered. Instead, by befriending Miranda (Angelina Danielle Cama), they are more like heroes and don’t need any change at all. They can do it all for themselves, which is where this story shines.

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LAAPFF 2020 Basurero is Cabiling’s answer to Sicario!

14 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County) from Oc 1, 2020 at 12pm PT to Oct 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. Click here to watch the film on Eventive.

The Philippine word Basurero translates to ‘Dump,’ and Filipina-American filmmaker Eileen Cabiling‘s short takes this title and explores the meaning in context of the problems that still occur in her native country. Although her work is fiction, the real-world connections are heavy since it’s more than just another short film about feeling trapped. It’s a character study on Bong (Jericho Rosales), a fisherman in Manila struggling to make ends meet. He’s like a cat on a hot tin roof.

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Breaking B, the Beginning Down Before Home Video Busts The Demons Loose!

4 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
Oct 6, 2020

Shout! Factory

Before Netflix acquired the license to air B the Series, the animation made on spec certainly teased at a techno supernatural crime thriller. The pilot was very short, but it was very teasing of what feels like Highlander meets The Incredible Hulk meets X-Files because of a certain berserker wandering around the kingdom of Cremona and secret conspiracies going on.

Kazuto Nakazawa created this universe, and when considering his impressive resume includes creating the animated sequence in Kill Bill Vol 1 and he’s the character designer of El Hazard, I became intrigued. There were moments where I couldn’t help but think of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Well, that’s how I read this anime so far, especially after watching the second disc of the blu-ray release, which contains episodes five to seven and includes an interview with this creator who gives us a better breakdown of what he had in mind for the series. We have an introduction of who Killer B is–an anti-hero.

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Shirley is not Jesting in this Biopic

10 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on VOD
Spoiler Alert

Literary enthusiasts are encouraged to seek out Josephine Decker’s cinematic look into the mirror darkly of Shirley Jackson’s life. This mystery novelist is best known for her horror fiction, namely The Haunting of Hill House. In an amusing twist, this movie is an adaptation of Susan Scarf Merrell‘s novel which examines the life of this author. To have two degrees of separation in this examination of Jackson’s life is reality bending.

In the biopic simply titled Shirley, everything we learn is through the eyes of a fictional couple who stayed with her. Newlyweds Fred (Logan Lerman) and Rose (Odessa Young) witness the turnabout of a happy 50s Americana. They are the perfect foil when comparing them to Jackson and Hyman. By their invitation, they moved in with the author and professor only to witness a teardown of life. As young and glossimer eyed as they are, Fred and Rose want to stay together.

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