Thursday, September 1, 2016
In honor of his birth, Nervana has a great article posted looking at the influence Edgar Rice Burroughs has had on popular culture and how his work still resonates today. Head over to http://nerdvanamedia.com/books/happy-b-day-erb-why-edgar-rice-burroughs-birthday-is-a-big-deal/115024/ and leave your thoughts below as we celebrate the big day.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Get ready to bring the Legend home. Warner Bros. has announced The Legend of Tarzan will be coming October 11 on Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD. The disc will include six featurettes that break down as follows:
For more info check out http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=19664 and stay tuned.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
With David Bowie's passing still on our minds, it makes sense that his first film would be returning. Studio Canal will be releasing a new 4K restoration of Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi masterpiece starring Bowie this Septembet at least in Great Britian and then a Blu-Ray release shortly afterwards. No word yet on if the restoration will be released here in the states (or if Criterion will ever rerelease their excellent DVD/Blu-Ray from years ago) but here's the trailer anyway so take a look and stay tuned.
Monday, August 15, 2016
With the summer winding down it looks we're also winding down on The Legend of Tarzan's run at the box office. As of right now Box Office Mojo has the film at a worldwide gross of $347 million, with the US box office steady at $124 million http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=tarzan2016.htm . On the one hand that's much better than most of the earlier predictions, where the film was a certain failure opposite stiff competition such as The BFG and Independence Day: Resurgence and certainly higher than such mega-bombs like Warcraft and Alice Through the Looking Glass. On the other hand it seems to be in a group of films (like Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond and recently Jason Bourne) that failed to make a profit for its studio. Indeed if we go by the old rules of a film having to make twice its budget, Tarzan is short by $13 million, which if that was it is not a bad figure. But thrown in marketing and print costs and it is still short. So where does it go from here? Depending on how the film does on home video it could ultimately make a profit but probably not enough to convince Warner Bros. to continue with a sequel unless it does really good in the ancillary market (DVD, digital download, streaming, etc). I guess the one victory here is for ERB fans who for once got a Tarzan movie that brought the characters that Burroughs wrote to life without sacrificing what made them stand out. For fans that is the victory so embrace it.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Well maybe this time they'll get it right. With their planned DC Cinematic Universe hitting some speed bumps, Warner Bros. is now according to reports have put a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel in development. Of course there is no word when this film will come out or who may direct (please not Zack Snyder again) so we'll see if this goes forward. For more head over to http://collider.com/man-of-steel-2-update-warner-bros/ and leave your thoughts on where this could go.
Monday, August 8, 2016
Still catching up with those reviews, so here's my belated thoughts on the latest adventure of the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
Following some needed R&R at the starbase Yorktown, Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew seem ready for their five year mission to end. But when a discovered pod filled with survivors is picked up, the Enterprise is dispatched the area the pod's one survivor claims they were attacked, only to find (in the words of a certain admiral) "it's a trap!" Soon the Enterprise is destroyed, Spock (Zachary Quinto) is injured and depending on McCoy (Karl Urban) to keep him alive, Kirk discovers the survivor is a traitor, Scotty (Simon Pegg) finds an unlikely ally in the form of Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) and the rest of the crew is captured by Krall (Idris Elba) an alien who needs human essence to stay alive (you know space vampires!). Eventually to save the universe it's going to take getting the team rescued, salvaging an ancient starship and the Beastie Boys to stop Krall.
Yes the Beastie Boys save the universe. Who knew?
Approaching Star Trek Beyond will depend on what side of the fence you sit on. A lot of people have enjoyed the new reboot series with its comedy, action and light approach the Final Frontier (except maybe Into Darkness). Classic Trekkies though have found little to appeal to them with the fast and loose treatment of the series and the characters. Looking at that I can see both sides in that Beyond is a fast-paced light entertainment with some welcome comedy (especially from Urban and Pegg), some rousing action scenes and forward momentum compared to the last film. Yet it still fails to equal the best of the original series-like The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home-due to overkill in some cases and a rather bland villain, despite the best efforts of Elba (who to be fair is much better than Cumberbatch's Khan).
If the film does one thing right it is that it at least gives the cast enough breathing space without losing their charms or characters. Of the new ones I did like Boutella and her chemistry with Pegg provided the highlight of the film. Also delving in the past of the Federation is an intriguing concept that didn't get much play in previous attempts. And the tributes to late cast member Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy were touching and moving.
I guess as with Suicide Squad it's going to depend on what side of the aisle you sit on. As a fan of Shatner/Nimoy I'm giving Star Trek Beyond **1/2. As a guy who just likes a good time at the movies I'm giving it a ***/12 so it balances it out to a final three stars.