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Bullied: You Are Not Alone on VOD. A Documentary Review

10 Feb

Available On Demand on Select Streaming Platforms

Coming to Tubi on Feb 12, 2021

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Bullying in any form is socially unacceptable, and the nerd/geek community is often the target because we continue to love stuff that other people have outgrown. Filmmaker Thomas Keith‘s documentary Bullied: You Are Not Alone examines the nature of the beast, and I feel it’s a must for every high school curriculum to show in Social Studies. It’s important for teachers to also encourage discussion so everyone can have an easier time in school instead of doing something they may regret later, like dropping out of society (and life). This subject really should be relabelled History, but I digress.

This work brilliantly shows us how bullying behaviour developed over time, and the range is from the cave man days to where we’re at in the 21st Century with cyber-bullying (on any social media platform). When looking at the statistics revealed about Americans, the numbers concerning those being harmed are terrible! Correcting this universal problem is not easy and in what makes this work special is that it shows us possible solutions to change this troubling aspect of society.

The stories we see here aren’t about those facing a challenging social life in school. There’s also workplace bullying and how people treat others when one may have a disability or other characteristic (like race) the other doesn’t like.

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The Nail in the Coffin is not Firm on the Fall and Rise of Vampiro, a Wrestling Legend

6 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available through: Rogers, Telus, Shaw, Bell, Cineplex and also on iTunes Apple TV

According to Vampiro (aka Ian Richard Hodgkinson), pro wrestling originated in Mexico. A few talents from the WWE got their start there. Lucha Libre, as it’s known, is its own unique world and Nail In The Coffin: The Fall And Rise Of Vampiro is a very deep, insightful and tear-jerker of a documentary about this wrestler as a family man. It’s less about the world he’s still involved in, but more about how much he loves Dasha, his daughter.

In his better years, this wrestler flew back and forth from Ontario and Mexico City, from his home life to work, just to earn a living so to help his family out. It’s not just with his daughter, but also his mom. This piece doesn’t dwell too much on all the reasons on why he left the nest, but instead focuses on those lessons he learned as he navigated the harsh realities of life so that he can prepare his own little bird for the eventuality. He won’t be around forever, especially with the way he’s abused his body as this film unfolds.

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Mail Order Monster Delivers Love & Hope, a Movie Review

6 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Mail Order Monster is set to arrive in the inboxes of many VOD services come November 6th, and this work written by Paulina Lagudi and Marc Prey will certainly tug at the heartstrings. It’s a very family friendly film worth talking about and thematically, it wants to be like The Iron Giant.

When Sam Pepper (Emma Rayne Lyle) has no friends and she is still not over the loss of her mom, she has no one to turn to. Not even her dad is being helpful. He’s ready to move on, and this young girl wants to hold on to her past. With no one to turn to, she only has her books. When she finds an ad for a mail order monster in a comic to help, she breaks open the piggy bank.

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My Pet Dinosaur Now on VOD, A Movie Review

11 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The Australian film My Pet Dinosaur is finally getting American side distribution. It’s now on VOD platforms like iTunes and Google Play. For those who remember either the plush toy made by American Greetings or the animated series made by Nelvana, some people, like myself, may wonder if filmmaker Matt Drummond drew from this product as inspiration.

Although the pup dino looks very blue, this connection is hardly enough to say he did. When Jake Emory (Jordan Dulieu) creates a dinosaur out of mixing up random chemicals with contaminated water, the critter that emerges is cute as buttons. Eventually, an attachment forms. This lad and his brother Mike (Harrison Saunders), lost their father, and are taking it out on mom. This particular subplot does not feel as developed. Enough can be understood to realize they are not over the loss of their father, and they feel the need to act out.

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