Tuesday, December 27, 2016

RIP Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

This really hurts people, that's all I can say. For those who don't know Carrie Fisher has passed away following a heart attack she had Dec. 24. For me and I'm sure for many she will always be Princess Leia but she also was a clever and funny writer and actress who will be missed. Our prayers go out to her family, friends and fans.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

'John Carter: The End' Preview

With the new series set to come out this February, Dynamite has posted some unlettered pages from the first issue, along with some alternate cover art. The title of the first issue is also revealed, "Twilight of the Red Queen." To take a look head over to http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513025569301011 and stay tuned.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Movie Review: Rogue One

No clever opening, just a review.

If you remember the opening crawl of Star Wars (aka A New Hope) it mentions "rebel spies" who managed to steal the plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon. At this point you've probably read enough reviews to know what the plot is, characters etc. But for those who didn't a brief outline: the Rebel Alliance receives word of a defecting Imperial pilot containing a message concerning a super weapon. They dispatch an officer, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a young woman named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to find the pilot and the message. Before too long they discover it links to Jyn's scientist father, an over-ambitions Imperial officer and a weapon that can bring destruction to the galaxy.

Going into Rogue One, one disadvantage is that we know how this story ends. But director Gareth Edwards and his cast and crew turn that to their strongest asset as they bring a film that, as promised, is a ground look at the struggle that dominated the original trilogy. In fact Rogue One is a war movie, with elements of the "men on a mission" film as Jyn and company have to band together to get the plans. They know their mission is possibly doomed to failure but they try because if they don't no one will,

Like most Star Wars movies, this one brings out the big guns in terms of action and visual effects, especially during the last hour as the team breaks into the Imperial stronghold to get the plans while a fierce ground battle and space battle ensues, matching the finale of Return of the Jedi for scope. The performers-while not giving much to work with character-wise-also manage to keep things moving with special props for Donnie Yen as a warrior-monk who believes in the Force and Alan Tudyk's motion captured droid K-2S0 stealing the show.

Of course I also will mention yes that Darth Vader is here (as the trailers confirmed) and reminds us of what a frightening villain he is. In fact his final scene is the most horrifying of any Star Wars movie ever.

Yes there are nitpicks and some questionable choices (like some CGI used to bring back a familiar character) but even then they are forgiven as the film reaches its climax. In fact I'll state I actually liked this film more than The Force Awakens as a sheer visceral experience and story. Go and see it. Rating: **** out of 4.

Monday, December 5, 2016

'John Carter: The End' Brings the Death of Mars

To paraphrase Jim Morrison, this is the end of Barsoom? Dynamite Entertaiment has announced a new limited series that will present an older John Carter and Dejah Thoris and a world ready to collapse. According to the official summary: "THE DEATH OF MARS! Centuries have passed and time has taken its toll. Conflict burns across the landscape of Barsoom. A war of supremacy and genocide at the hands of a brutal despot has brought the planet to the edge of collapse. A search party has finally located an aged John Carter and Dejah Thoris, living in quiet seclusion on a desert moon, in perpetual mourning for a lost son. How could they be Mars' last hope?
Introducing a John Carter story like you've never seen before, from writers Brian Wood (Star Wars, DMZ, Northlanders) and Alex Cox (Adventure Time), and artist Hayden Sherman (Civil War II: Kingpin)."The new series will hit stores next February and for more info head to http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513025569301011

Sunday, December 4, 2016

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2' Reveals New Trailer

Sorry for the long absence. I'll try to keep updates coming but for now here's the new trailer for the Marvel sequel showing more action, comedy, Baby Groot and 70's rock. Take a look and leave any thoughts below!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

John Carter of Mars: New Comic Series Coming

It looks like we'll be heading back to Barsoom soon. At this year's New York Comic-Con, Dynamite has announced that writer Brian Wood and artist Alex Cox will be tackling the new series and Wood states he's excited to be involved: "Taking on a classic literary icon like John Carter is no small thing, and working with Alex Cox to find a direction that both honors the past and looks into the future has been a great challenge, one that we both are enjoying immensely." For more info check out http://comicsthegathering.com/forums/news/nycc-announcement-brian-wood-writes-upcoming-john-carter-mars and stay tuned.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

'Twin Peaks' New Season 3 Teaser

Sorry for the long absence. In this case my return brings a new teaser for Showtime's upcoming Twin Peaks revival that reminds us that there is always music in the air as we hear and see original composer Angelo Badalamenti playing the haunting Laura Palmer theme so take a peek and let us know what you think.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Why ERB's Birthday is a Big Deal!

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

'The Legend of Tarzan' Blu-Ray Set for Oct 11

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:

  • Tarzan Reborn
  • Battles and Bare Knuckled Brawls 
  • Tarzan and Jane's Unfailing Love
  • Creating the Virtual Jungle 
  • Gabon to the Big Screen
  • Stop Ivory PSA

  • For more info check out http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=19664 and stay tuned.

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    'The Man Who Fell to Earth' Returns to Theaters

    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

    'The Legend of Tarzan' Stands at $347 Million WW

    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

    'Rogue One' Trailer 2 Delivers A War Story

    Despite all the talk of production woes and reshoots this still looks good, so sit back and take a look at the latest trailer for the first Star Wars spinoff film and leave your opinions below.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    'Man of Steel 2' In Development

    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

    Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond

    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.

    Sunday, August 7, 2016

    Movie Review: Suicide Squad

    I'm going to catch up with a few reviews here. The first one up is the latest from DC's Cinematic Universe that shows a bunch of bad guys trying to prevent world destruction. You know, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

    Following the death of Superman (complete with funeral footage from  Batman V Superman) government agent and cold fish Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides there needs to be a response team to handle "meta-humans" just in case the next one isn't as friendly. She puts together "the worst of the worst," a team that includes hitman Deadshot (Will Smith), former psychiatrist turned crazy Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Aussie thief Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), a rope expert named Slipknot, fire controller Diabolo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) to save the world or just rot in jail. But when one of the Squad, Dr. June Moone (Cara Delevingne) unleashes the witch Enchantress that is inhabiting her body and plans to destroy the world well you gonna call?

    In some respects the critics are right about the issues Suicide Squad has. It's cluttered, busy with too many characters to focus on or care about (can anyone tell me anything about the nameless army guys who go in), a battle for tone between director David Ayer's vision and what Warner Bros wants, has a weak villain,an end of the world plot pulled right out of Ghostbusters and underuses Jared Leto's Joker you wonder why they bothered including him except for name recognition. And yet despite these major bumps the film isn't a total loss. In fact of the current three DC movies that make up their new film universe I would say this one is the best, if only because we don't have Zack Snyder's poor man Nolan routine weighing it down.

    Part of what does work is the actors do give it their all, especially Robbie (making a nice 180 turn from Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan), Davis and Hernandez. The action sequences are handled well, even if the fact that the "enemy" is faceless zombie creatures turns makes it seem like outtakes from a Resident Evil movie, and a sense of humor that more often than not works.

    In closing I'm giving Suicide Squad a *** out of 4. It may not be the best movie this summer but it's not the worst either. You're opinion may vary though.

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    'Twin Peaks' Season 3 Air Date Revealed

    More from Comic-Con, in this case news of the return of possibly my favorite TV series. At the panel for Batman: The Killing Joke, actor Ray Wise (who played Leland Palmer in the original series) said that the new series will be airing next summer on Showtime and that Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch will be directing all 18 episodes. Also Wise confirmed he will be returning which is interesting considering his character's original fate. For more head over to http://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/twin-peaks-pegged-for-summer-2017-premiere-david-lynch-reportedly-helmed-all-18-episodes/ and watch the promo video for the new season below.

    'Twin Peaks' Season 3 Air Date Revealed

    More from Comic-Con, in this case news of the return of possibly my favorite TV series. At the panel for Batman: The Killing Joke, actor Ray Wise (who played Leland Palmer in the original series) said that the new series will be airing next summer on Showtime and that Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch will be directing all 18 episodes. Also Wise confirmed he will be returning which is interesting considering his character's original fate. For more head over to http://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/twin-peaks-pegged-for-summer-2017-premiere-david-lynch-reportedly-helmed-all-18-episodes/ and watch the promo video for the new season below.

    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    'Carson of Venus' Movie In the Works

    More news from Comic-Con, in this case what emerged from the annual ERB Inc. panel. In addition to a planned Tarzan/Groo comic book, a new attempt at a Carson of Venus movie is being mounted. According to http://nerdvanamedia.com/events/san-diego-comic-con-2016-friday/113233/ "producers Harry Kloor and Matthew Rhodes announced that the picture is in early development with a treatment complete and plans to begin the script soon. A finished film is at least three years out, but this is exciting news as both filmmakers seemed very passionate about doing the project justice." Some might remember a decade or so back that a movie version was announced but never went anywhere so we'll see how far this one gets. Also there is some brief talk of a Pellucidar movie so click the link about for more and stay tuned.

    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    'Star Trek: Discovery' Title and Test Footage

    More Comic-Con footage, in this case test footage of the title Starship of the new TV series along with the announcement of the official title. Still no news on the cast or when the show is set but as long as it recaptures the feel of the classic Trek then I'm on. Watch the footage below and let us know what you think.

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    'Wonder Woman' UPDATE: New Trailer!

    OK so it's not satin tights but so far so good. Entertainment Weekly has posted some new photos from the upcoming Wonder Woman, showing off star Gal Gadot in costume, with Chris Pine's Steve Trevor and director Patty Jenkins so head over to http://www.ew.com/gallery/wonder-woman-exclusive-images to check them out. UPDATE: Following its premiere at Comic-Con the trailer has arrived and it looks like an action packed film so check out the clip and leave any thoughts below.

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    'Rogue One' New Poster and BTS Video

    While a new trailer screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe has not been released online, Lucasfilm has released both the new poster and a behind the scenes video showing the new characters and planets we'll be seeing so take a look and stay tuned.

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan' Remains No. 2

    While the critics are still scratching their heads, it appears the A Cinemascore that audiences are giving it is helping The Legend of Tarzan. Early estimates predict the film will remain at number two at the North American box office, slightly ahead of Finding Dory. Box Office Mojo also reports it has currently a world wide gross of $137 million, which while there is still the issue of the film's budget to overcome is much stronger than most pundits were predicting. Stay tuned to see how it does next weekend.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016

    Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

    Let's get this out right now. The critics are wrong! OK with that out of the way here's my thoughts on The Legend of Tarzan. Spoilers to follow so if you have not seen it yet approach with caution.

    A brief text piece starts the film that sets up the film's historical background (King Leopold of Belgium and his "Congo Free State") before introducing us to Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), the man in charge of leading Leopold's plans for Africa. Rom leads a safari to the diamond mines of Opar and a deal with its king Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) is struck-diamonds to support Leopold's goals in exchange for one man-Tarzan aka John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgard). Pressured by his majesty's envoys, Clayton agrees to go, taking with him Dr. George Washington Williams (Samuel L, Jackson) and his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie). Before too long though Jane is captured and Tarzan pursues her while coming to terms with his past and the animal within.

    Going into the film I tried to shut out the negative responses, naysayers and those who feel that Tarzan is an antiquated character and I am glad I did. In fact I'll say it right now, The Legend of Tarzan might be the best Tarzan film ever. It is certainly the most faithful to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, from flashbacks to Tarzan's past, making Jane a feisty American and even including references to characters like Mbonga and Muviro from the books. Director David Yates manages to keep things moving at a smooth pace, even when cutting to the past, delivering a surprisingly simple story that makes sense, something to be valued in this day and age of convoluted plot devices and character arcs that make little sense (looking at you Batman, Superman and Captain America).

    Yates also gets good performances out of his leads, with the big winner being Robbie, who brings smarts and charm to Jane Porter. She's also not a clueless damsel, as the character has been portrayed but a woman familiar with the jungle and a deep love for her husband. It also doesn't hurt that she's drop dead gorgeous. For his part Skarsgard is more physical in his performance, even though he handles the dialogue well and brings humanity to the character. Jackson has some great one-liners, even though if there is a nitpick, its that Waltz is somewhat underused as the bad guy. Or maybe it's just his scheme is somewhat familiar (or considering the real life Leon Rom was the reported influence of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, something more sinister or even crazy might have been welcome).

    As a Burroughs fan I guess I could nitpick some of the changes-like the fact that Mbonga's tribe is living in Opar, a reference to losing a child by John and Jane and some of Jane's backstory-but otherwise it's close to the characters and is reminiscent of plot and drive of The Beasts of Tarzan (with Tarzan having to rediscover his wild side). There are references to even past film versions (the best is Jackson doing his own spin on "Me Tarzan, You Jane").

    Sure it has flaws but in the end the movie kept me entertained and that was all I wanted. Burroughs fans and just regular film goers will I think enjoy this. So ignore the negative press and go see it. Rating: **** out of 4.

    Friday, July 1, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan' Is Here (Will It Survive?)

    Well it's here folks. And the bigger question seems to be less will Tarzan save Jane and more can he survive the box office battle and critical savagery. To date the film's critical response is a lackluster 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which the common complaints seeming to be centered around the script and character development. That's not encouraging, even though the film currently does have a 7.3 rating on IMDB, indicating that audiences are ignoring the negative responses (and to be fair there have been some positive notices too).

    The bigger hurdle is the box office and while earlier predictions had it being overshadowed by Steven Spielberg's The BFG, it appears both films-and the cheap horror sequel The Purge: Election Year-will be beaten by the third weekend of Pixar's Finding Dory (somewhere there is a commentary waiting to be written about how once again Andrew Stanton has brought pain to ERB fans ;-)). Some though are giving some edge to Tarzan but we'll have to wait and see how it fares in the end at least here in the US. Overseas maybe another matter as we've seen a number of films fail or fall short Stateside and become huge hits in other countries (Warcraft anyone?).

    The bigger question mark is how will ERB fans react to it? So far it seems to be getting a warm response and that might be the one thing that will make this fan happy. Of course that might change after I see it this weekend since we also know some ERB fans claimed that John Carter was a great tribute to ERB and we saw how that turned out. So be ready for a long July 4th and stay tuned for my review and the final results.

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan-Releasing the Beast'

    Another post for the day! In this case the first featurette for the film has appeared online courtesy of Warner Bros..Thailand? Still we get some nifty behind the scenes footage, additional scenes and interviews with director David Yates, Alexanders Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson so have a look and stay tuned.

    WSJ: How 'Legend of Tarzan' Got "Modernized"

    With one week to go, more articles are showing up on The Legend of Tarzan. In this case the Wall Street Journal has an exclusive interview with director David Yates titled "How 'The Legend of Tarzan' Got Modernized" in which Yates talks about his approach to the character and film. Among the reveals are his thoughts on the original Tarzan films, the approach to nature in the film and how Samuel L. Jackson's George Washington Williams is the true hero of the story. For more head over to http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-legend-of-tarzan-got-modernized-1466712079 for more (and for ERB fans pray that the subtitle about a "conflicted hero and feisty Jane" doesn't bring back painful memories of Mopey Carter and Xena Thoris).

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Alexander Skarsgard Talks 'Tarzan' On GMA

    No snappy opening, just news as Alexanders Skarsgard appeared on Good Morning America to help promote The Legend of Tarzan. During the brief interview he talks about why he wanted to play the role, advice he got from his father, actor Stellan Skarsgard, comparisons to Johnny Weismuller and the infamous "love" scene with Margot Robbie so watch below and leave your thoughts afterwards.

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    'Legend of Tarzan' "Conquer" Trailer and Images

    We're nearing the home stretch and Warner Bros is ramping up the promotion. First up a series of new images that shows off the cast in various locales courtesy of Collider http://collider.com/tarzan-images-margot-robbie-alexander-skarsgard/ and now a final "Conquer" trailer that offers up some new footage of Tarzan and the apes. Have a peek and stay tuned.

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Hozier's 'Better Love' Video Shows More 'Tarzan'

    While the usual naysayers are still lurking about (the latest courtesy of Variety reporting that both The Legend of Tarzan and Steven Spielberg's The BFG are not causing much interest) the theme song from the the movie has hit online and I actually like it. The video also features more footage then we've seen in the trailers or TV spots so watch it and let us know if you like it or miss Phil Collins.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    'Legend of Tarzan' 360 Experience Video

    With a number of sites publishing set visit reports (check out Coming Soon's report at http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/features/695369-cs-takes-a-trip-into-the-jungle-for-the-legend-of-tarzan#/slide/1 for more) Warner Bros has also posted a 360 Tarzan Experience video that allows the viewer to swing through the trees at the click and movement of their mouse or finger so play with it below and let us know what you think.

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    'Tarzan and the Lost City' A Look Back

    With The Legend of Tarzan now three weeks away, I thought I would dive back into Tarzan's book an film past a little bit. So today let's take a look back at Tarzan's last live-action film adventure, 1998's Tarzan and the Lost City.

    The plot for this adventure is standard Tarzan-an evil safari heading for a fabled lost city (in this case a La-less Opar), a kidnapped Jane (Jane March, continuing the standard screen tradition of a British, brunette Jane) and Tarzan (Casper Van Dien) trying to save the day.

    While it did receive a theatrical release, the film itself comes across as little more than a B-Movie, with some rather cheesy CGI effects, bad overacting from the villains and some goofy plot twists (at one point Tarzan gets cocooned by bees only to emerge, sporting his loincloth and all). If the film does have some saving graces its actually a fairly good turn by Van Dien as Tarzan and some nice action set pieces.

    The film sadly failed to capture much at the box office and was soon overshadowed by Disney's Tarzan but if you have a fondness for 1990s B-films and jungle tales this might satisfy you. Take a peek at the film's trailer and leave any comments below and come back for more Tarzan.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    'Legend of Tarzan' 60-Second Spot

    More footage is present in this foreign spot that includes more brief glimpses of Tarzan and Jane's first meeting, running with the animals and dinner between Jane and Christoph Waltz' Captain Rom. Take a look and stay tuned lords of the jungle.

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan' IMAX Preview Trailer

    A "new" trailer promoting the film's IMAX release has appeared online. I say "new" since most of it is just the second trailer with a few new shots sprinkled about, including more of the opening with Kala and baby Tarzan. Take a look and leave your comments below and stay tuned as I prepare for Tarzan month!

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan' Gets an IMAX Poster

    With one month to go, a new poster promoting the film's IMAX release has landed online and it shows off the apes and Tarzan among them. Not much else to say except go apes! Leave your thoughts below and stay tuned.

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    'Legend of Tarzan' New Spot-He Speaks!

    A third TV spot has now shown up, giving us our first scene of Alexander Skarsgard speaking and more Samuel L. Jackson. Thoughts here? Skarsgard sounds a little raspy and maybe too Christian Bale Batman so hopefully that's just the scene and not the entire film. Watch it below and leave your thoughts.

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan' Releases New Poster

    As you can tell the apes have taken over in this new poster that also puts Margot Robbie's Jane in the middle of the action. What do you guys think? Leave your thoughts below and let us know.

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    'Flash Gordon' Gets Funko Pop Treatment!

    Everyone's favorite camp sci-fi spectacle finally gets the POP! treatment from Funko. Among the wave being released will see vinyl figures of Flash, Ming the Merciless, Prince Vultan and Klytus. Head over to http://funko.com/blogs/news/120389123-coming-soon-flash-gordon-pop-and-ghostbusters-mopeez to see the other figures and stay tuned!

    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    Book Review: Starman-David Bowie

    A promised book review as I dive into this biography. That's all I got for an opening.

    Chronicling Bowie's life from his early childhood as David Jones through his pursuit of musical fame that lead to Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke, biographer Paul Trynka traces it all, the high and low points with the eye of an observer trying to piece together what made Bowie so iconic and unique.

    Like most of these books all the rock tropes are there-sex, drugs, scandal, great and less-great music along with those left in its wake, some of who hold Bowie as a great collaborator and man, others who saw him as an opportunist who took what he wanted. Along the way the book breaks down his albums-from his first self-titled album up to (in an expanded post script) 2013's The Next Day, showing the artistic merit Bowie brought and how he overcome, in the early days, more ambition than talent.

    Like most biographies the good stuff comes once we move past the origin story (childhood, parents who don't understand, etc) with particular attention paid towards Bowie's incredible 1970s output and its continuing influence and power. The later chapters take a look more at Bowie's life afterwards and seems a little dry maybe because the wildness of Ziggy departs or because some of those later albums (which Bowie once described as being Phil Collins more than himself) just don't hold much interest.

    The book does have some issues though. Like most biographies Bowie himself was not interviewed, only present via past interviews with other writers, so we get impressions of him from everyone else-from his childhood friends to ex-wife Angie to producer Tony Visconti-but nothing from Bowie himself. Also while it's understandable that most of the book would focus on his music output, Tyrnka overlooks most of Bowie's film work, with only fleeting mentions of movies like The Prestige, dismissal of other films like The Hunger (a failure) and Labyrinth (even though Tyrnka does admit it did introduce Bowie to a new audience) and no mention of his presence in Martin Scorsese's controversial The Last Temptation of Christ. Again I understand that the music is the main focus but the lack of insight into Bowie's other ventures seems lopsided.

    That said the book is a fascinating read for Bowie fans and those interested in the process of how one man can change himself into whatever he wanted. Rating: ***1/2 out of 4.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Comic Review: Black Panther #1

    With the character now in the spotlight thanks to Captain America: Civil War I thought I would dive in and see if the new series would be worth the time. Guess what, it is!

    A brief prologue helps set up the situation: Wakanda is recovering from an attempted coup led by Doctor Doom and an invasion led by Thanos and his minions and the death of Shuri, the sister of T'Challa and the person he left in charge. As this issue opens T'Challa is trying to restore order but finds his people angry and not ready to accept his rule again. Further complicating matters is a new threat rising near the border and questions about T'Challa's ability to rule. To say more would ruin the surprise.

    A strong first issue for any series, this incaration of Black Panther manages to tie in its comic book world with real world questions of political unrest, distrust in government and questioning our leaders without becoming preachy or trying to convince you which side is right. Written by Ta-Nehish Coates (a writer for The Atlantic magazine) the story places T'Challa in a world that mirrors our own while at the same time staying true to the character that has been developed for decades. It's a gripping start and hopefully will continue throughout the series.

    Helping is the striking visuals courtesy of artist Brian Stelfreeze that presents both the real world and the science fiction side by side without making it look odd or out of place. His character designs are strong and while there isn't a lot of action in this issue he manages to capture the settings and brief moments between characters with style that helps compliment the story without overpowering it.

    If you have just been introduced to the character through Civil War or if you have been a long time fan this Black Panther is a strong start and a must buy. Next time some book reviews.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    'John Carter' Special Event Planned?

    With his upcoming sequel Finding Dory coming, director Andrew Stanton has returned to Twitter and fielded some questions, one of them whether or not he will do another John Carter movie. While thankfully he said he wouldn't he did tease a potential "special event" happening this fall. We'll wait and see so head over to http://thejohncarterfiles.com/2016/05/stanton-teases-a-john-carter-special-event-in-the-fall/ to see the original tweets and leave your thoughts about what this "event" could be.

    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan' TV Spots and Images!

    A late night surprise as two TV spots have arrived online along with some new images courtesy of the film's official website http://legendoftarzan.com/. The interesting thing in both spots is the use of Margot Robbie's Jane as narrator and some new shots, including what looks like a young Jane meeting Tarzan for the first time in the jungle. Take a look and let us know what you think below.

    Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #4

    A couple of reviews will be posted this week as we pick up with Dejah/Larka and her fight to discover the truth. SPOILERS AHEAD!

    After being captured by the Warhoons and their "leader" a red woman, Dejah finds herself deep inside a mine digging for rare gems that can control mens' minds and are being shaped into medallions (again with magic medallions!). Eventually she discovers it ties into a cult of Issus known as the Banth and their scheme to overthrow the Jed of Helium and take over. Dejah has to put her willpower to the test as she attempts to overcome her captor, rescue her friends and discover how to save her beloved city and family.

    After a somewhat lacking third issue this one picks up the steam and runs with it. While I wasn't crazy about the whole "medallion" subplot Frank Barbiere and artist Francesco Manna moves the story forward with ease and a feeling of direction that was somewhat lacking in the first few issues. Now with a clear purpose to the story being told it moves quickly, added by Manna's artwork that brings the characters and situation to life.

    There are some hiccups I'll admit. I can't say having our heroine go against another cult is original but it was something Edgar Rice Burroughs himself did quite a bit so I don't have a problem with it. I do have a problem with Manna's version of John Carter though. With his moptop look and design he looks like he should be a teenage singing program, not Warlord of Barsoom. Oh well maybe it will improve.

    If like me you weren't crazy about the last few issues try to give this one a chance. It may not change your mind but you will still come away enjoying. Until next time faithful readers.

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Margot Robbie No Damsel in 'Tarzan'

    With hopefully the marketing soon to start picking up steam, Vogue magazine has posted their cover story interview with Margot Robbie, where she talks about playing Jane in The Legend of Tarzan and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Inside she reveals that she almost passed on playing Jane until she read the script and found an "epic and big and magical" story waiting to be told. In addition there is also a Tarzan and Jane inspired slideshow with co-star Alexander Skarsgard so head over to http://www.vogue.com/13435036/margot-robbie-june-cover-wolf-of-wall-street-jane-legend-of-tarzan/ for more info and stay tuned.

    Sunday, May 8, 2016

    'The Legend of Tarzan' Videos: Fan Spot and Q&A

    For your Sunday viewing here's some videos to keep you busy. First is a fan made TV spot that does a good job promoting the film while the second video is footage from the recent press screening event in London with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and director David Yates (that one you might have to jump forward a few minutes to see the actual Q&A footage but its still good to see it). Watch both and leave your thoughts below.

    Dejah Thoris Sideshow Statue Revealed

    Some Barsoom news from San Diego Comic-Con for you guys. Sideshow Collectibles has released first images of a Dejah Thoris statue for fan...