Thursday, March 31, 2016
Apparently this Jane Porter gets physical, even with her man. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Legend of Tarzan director David Yates discusses Margot Robbie's approach to Jane and how the character isn't a damsel but a strong woman. "If you enter the jungle with anybody, you want to go with Margot Robbie," Yates said. “She’s practical, and she’s smart, and she’s resourceful. And she can take care of herself. Those abilities came to play in a love scene with Alexander Skarsgard that left a mark-a bruise after she punched him, the only injury he received. For more with Yates head over to http://www.ew.com/article/2016/03/30/legend-tarzan-margot-robbie-alexander-skarsgard and leave your thoughts below.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
At this point you've either seen Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and have an opinion. So far the response has either been unbridled love (DC or Zack Snyder fanboys), unbridled hate (film critics) or in-between. I'm sort of in the middle here. On the one hand there was a lot wrong with this film* but there was one thing they did get right at least in my mind-Batman.
Yes Ben Affleck delivered.
I know there has been a lot of vitriol aimed at him and production before it came out and even now some are complaining about certain elements but for this Batfan he managed to capture the raw energy of Batman and the playboy side of Bruce Wayne. The two biggest examples is the party sequence where Bruce first meets Clark Kent and lays eyes on Diana Prince. He spars verbally with Kent over the differences of their alter egos, flirts with Diana and plays spy as he hacks into Lex Luthor's database. It shows his charm and ease of being Bruce Wayne, something Christian Bale never did. The second is the big fight near the end where Batman takes on a small army to rescue (SPOILER) Martha Kent. It's the Batman I always wanted to see-a man of action who uses his arsenal and skills to take down the baddies. It looks like someone played the Arkham games and used them as a template and delivered a rousing action piece that tops any of the one on one fights in the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy.
So what does that say? Bring on a solo Batman movie.
*What I did hate? The bloated run time, the convoluted story, Lois Lane's pointless damsel in distress role, the humorless tone, the dream/nightmare sequences, Doomsday and-pardon my language-Jesse Eisenberg's fucking awful Lex Luthor performance, possibly the worst piece of acting in any superhero film since Batman and Robin.
Monday, March 28, 2016
I hope you had a great weekend and survived Batman V Superman so to kick off your week are two new still images from The Legend of Tarzan, both showing Alexander Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson in various locales. The former pic comes from USA Today, which included the film as one of their "13 Must-See Films," the later from an Italian movie site http://www.bestmovie.it/news/esclusiva-sul-set-di-tarzan-il-reboot-con-alexander-skarsgaard-e-samuel-jackson-in-sala-a-luglio/454741/. If you can read Italian head over and leave your thoughts on the latest pics below.
Monday, March 21, 2016
With The Legend of Tarzan coming it's not too surprising that new Tarzan books will be hitting shelves and Amazon is taking pre-orders for two of them. The first is Tarzan: The Beckoning, collecting Thomas Yeates' 1990s miniseries that finds Tarzan and Jane fighting to stop the ivory trade but becoming involved in a supernatural mystery. Head over to http://www.amazon.com/Tarzan-The-Beckoning-Thomas-Yeates/dp/1616559810/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1SGX02N8BKT2TF8B0G54 for more there.
The second one up is Tarzan on Film, a new book by ERB expert Scott Tracy Griffin that looks at the lord of the jungle's film adventures, from the silent days up to Disney (and I would guess the new film). Check out http://www.amazon.com/Tarzan-Film-Scott-Tracy-Griffin/dp/0857685686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458568609&sr=8-1&keywords=tarzan+on+film and stay tuned.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Now that I've had a chance to watch and rewatch the latest trailer, here's my thoughts, questions and what I thought worked. Enjoy!
--The origin story is in the movie? The trailer's first part is the most surprising, especially since many descriptions of the film have hinted that it would bypass the origin and is picking up after Tarzan had accepted his role as Lord Greystoke. Now maybe this is flashbacks or presented in another fashion-the first trailer for example showed what looked like a dime novel/penny dreadful magazine recounting a Tarzan adventure-or someone got concerned that younger audiences would be unfamiliar with Tarzan and his origin that it has been added. We'll see how this plays out.
--What's the story here? A criticism here is that this trailer doesn't lay out much of the film's plot, other than a generic "Jane has been kidnapped" arc and something about thousands of men standing between Tarzan and his goals. Warners might be saving this for a latter trailer or are following the path that The Force Awakens took where the actual story-line wasn't revealed in the marketing but to some it may come across as another empty action spectacle.
--"Like a damsel?" If something did come across it was that Margot Robbie's Jane Porter won't be a brunette with a British accent. And while I'm sure some will moan and groan about her coming across as a "damsel" take a second look. First time we see her here she is setting in a tree, she spits or even possibly head butts Christoph Waltz' character Leon Rom and makes it clear her husband isn't a normal man and that she isn't intimidated.
--Tarzan don't speak? One comment I've noticed is that in neither trailer have we heard Alexander Skarsgard speak. I don't know if they're doing a bunch of looping in post production, are waiting to have him speak later or just playing up Tarzan's strong but silent type. It's similiar to how some noticed we didn't hear Wonder Woman say a word in the early trailers for Batman V Superman so there might be a game plan there.
--Enemies at home. One of the voiceovers-sounding a lot like John Hurt-mentions that Tarzan needs to go home, back to the jungle and possibly there will be enemies. Which enemies does he refer to? Mbonga (played by Djimon Hounsou), Waltz' character or even the jungle itself? Also will there be the rivalry between Kerchak and Tarzan present in Tarzan of the Apes? Again more questions.
--Wildebeest stampede? Looks too CGI. Granted I'm not complaining as many are (not all movies are going to be practical effects) but this one shot does jar.
--Samuel L. Jackson. Not as much of Sam here compared to the first one. We do hear him and see some brief shots but this one seems to be downplaying his part. That might be a smart move so that he doesn't overshadow Skarsgard and Robbie.
There's my thoughts on this. Was it a great trailer? No but it did show enough to give this ERB fan hope that for once Tarzan of the Apes will be shown on screen. If you noticed anything I missed leave your thoughts below.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Again I'm behind but here's my thoughts on issue 2 of the new Dejah Thoris.
Having escaped to prove her innocence and discover the truth about her past, Dejah is now going under the name Larka and trying to blend in. But when an elderly woman approaches her with a possible answer, Dejah discovers she has to go M'Rkassa, a warzone between the red and green men of Barsoom. With little luck hiring someone to take her there, Dejah instead joins the People's Army of Barsoom, a militia looking for new recruits and it will take her skills and wits to survive the initiation...
Following the OK first issue, this one is a rollicking good time, as long as you go with it. Frank Barbiere's script is fast-paced to the point of being a little exhausing as Dejah avoids one deadly peril after another until the last 1/3 when she is fighting not only for her life but acceptance in the army. It gives her a good showcase. The rest is sort of filler, with a brief cutaway back to Helium and John Carter that shows the political machinations and deceit at hand.
Helping immensely is the artwork by Francesco Manna, which brings the story to life with nice character designs and a steady hand in the action sequences. Some might take issue with some choices-for example the uniforms and outfits are way too similar to the dull costumes from the John Carter movie-but otherwise its got a nice vibrant look that fits the tone of the story.
Again your enjoyment will depend greatly on how much you liked issue one and the story being told. Otherwise fans of fierce female heroes will find much to like with this issue. Next time more reviews so stay tuned.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Somehow I missed this but here it is: A new web series called Unbound inspired by Bowie's final album Blackstar has debuted in Instagram's "InstaMiniSeries" and sure enough it has the Bowie touch. The project was planned with Bowie's involvement and will premiere new episodes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Head over to https://www.instagram.com/instaminiseries/ for the first three installments and a trailer below.