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SyFy/Netflix’s Ghost Wars: Explained. An Interview with Dennis Heaton

19 Jul

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dennis Heaton is a screenwriter who won recognition not only in the Canadian animated front with works like Yvon of the Yukon and Being Ian, but also has produced many a fond tale of terror—the most notable being Fido. This story was developed while he was still in film school; when he met Andrew Currie (the director). Together, they fine-tuned the screenplay into a wonderfully unique film. Interestingly, this writer sees the two genres, comedy and horror, two sides of the same coin.

“You’re essentially trying to craft the same unexpected outcome,” noted this filmmaker. “When the opportunity to craft what I loved came along, I jumped at it!”

In terms of recent works, Heaton is one of the executive producers and writers of Ghost Wars. This series is available on Netflix Canada and is best viewed like drinking fine wine. It should be enjoyed in carefully measured sips so every detail can be taken careful note of. SyFy got first dibs in airing this program in the States, and I had to wait. Binge-watching is not advised.

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Will There Be More Sailor Moon Musicals after Le Mouvement Final in North America?

9 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

North American or Japanese, musicals must be seen live. When it is not possible to attend either due to location or cost, sometimes the next best thing is to see it at the movies. Whether that’s with a remote broadcast or adaptation, these shows rarely disappoint. When paired with a pop culture phenomenon, especially Sailor Moon, visions of New York Radio City’s The Rockettes style performances come to mind. Just do not tell the Sailor Senshi. They may go on a tirade. This particular series is retelling the manga by Naoko Takeuchi and they been playing in Japan for over two decades. The story arcs are expanded upon and even goes into bold new directions. Not every Japanese pop culture enthusiast may know this subgenre. To keep track of everything from Japan means having both ears to the ground. Officially, only the soundtracks exist and bootleg videos are a grey area. The first overseas performance was in 2015 in Shanghai, and the North American premiere of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical—Le Mouvement Final, presented as a pre-recorded performance, started late last month. Screening made its way to Cineplex Theatres Canada last week.

I am very thankful CineLife Entertainment for overseeing an international distribution; more screenings are being added, and I suspect this video tour is still rolling out.

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The Vintage Tempest’s SPARK Animation Vancouver 2017 Preview

24 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Vancouver, BC is just one of a few hubs for aficionados of the animation industry to congregate to celebrate this medium. The Spark Animation Conference and Film Festival (Oct 26-29, 2017) lets enthusiasts, creators and innovators get together to appreciate this medium. This year’s event looks exceptional, especially with it closing with two highly anticipated Asian films that will eventually get a proper theatrical release in North America. But there’s more to this event than these two movies.

Comedy is the spotlight with Big Bad Fox by French filmmaker, animator and cartoonist Benjamin Renner. This laugh-out-loud collection of stories about Rabbit, Duck and Pig are by no means variations of Warner Brothers famous trio. There’s a different personality to them and this film is worth checking out Saturday night, the 28th of October. If people do not see it at this festival, I’m sure it will make its rounds elsewhere as GKIDs is handling distribution.

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Major Japanese Retailer Expands to Canadian City of Vancouver

23 Jan

muji-storefrontBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MUJI, a major Japanese retailer and brand, will be expanding to Vancouver, British Columbia with the opening of two locations. MUJI Canada announced earlier today that they will be opening a storefront location on Robson and another in Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. Both locations are to be approximately 10,000 square feet and will open sometime in late 2017.

MUJI sells minimalist products ranging from small appliances and stationary to clothing and cosmetics. The company has currently over 400 store locations within their home country of Japan and another 400 stores across Asia, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States. Three of those locations in Canada are in the greater Toronto area.

Until the store locations open, shoppers can visit MUJI’s pop up shop within the JAPANESE UNLAYERED exhibition at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver. To avoid long line ups for customers at the pop-up store, MUJI asks that shoppers register online with their company. The shop will be open from 11am to 7pm from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, then Monday to Friday through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Another Japanese retailer, UNIQLO, is expected to announce their first Metro Vancouver location later this year.

Source(s): MUJI Canada, Kenneth Chan, Chuck Chiang, Vancouver Sun, and Daily Hive.

Photo Source(s): MUJI Canada.