Friday, April 29, 2016

'Approaching the Unknown' Trailer: A Trip to Mars...


It looks like Mark Strong is heading back to the Red Planet in this upcoming thriller as astronaut William Stanaforth, the first man being sent to Mars. But if this trailer is an indication it seems to be slowly driving him mad, making the film appear more along the lines of Duncan Jones' Moon rather than The Martian or John Carter. Take a peek and leave your thoughts below.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

'Labyrinth' Gets 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray


OK now I feel really old. Sony has announced a new 30th anniversary Blu-Ray release of Jim Henson's fantasy cult classic starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie as the Goblin King. The new disc will carry over the previous bonus features along with a new featurette with Connelly and Henson's family about the puppets of the film, an anniversary Q&A and a tribute to Bowie. The film will also be heading back to theaters this September courtesy of Fathom Events so head over to http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/04/25/labyrinth-30th-anniversary-release-exclusive/83486674/ for more news.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Comic Review: Wonder Woman #51


It's too the Tartarus Pit for this review as Diana faces her past, her present and her possible future.

Entering in the pit (a sort of Dante's Inferno type place) Wonder Woman finds herself facing her fears-loss, doubt and even rejection of motherhood-while trying to survive. Ultimately it leads her to accept what she's done and a potential heartbreak as a result of her actions.

If all of this sounds vague, well it is. Unless you have been following the series up this point a lot of this will go over your head as it did mine. That said writer Meredith Finch weaves an interesting internal look at the mighty Amazon and her motivations to save those she love while trying to avoid the perils that come with those decisions.

Helping is some dynamite artwork by Miguel Mendonca that captures the characters and environment well. Wonder Woman herself looks strong yet feminine while the Tartarus Pit looks like Hell itself, along with flames, demons and the things that come out to play. There is some that looks off (a quick appearance by Superman if only because he appears almost too boyish) but otherwise this is visually strong issue.

I'll admit that I haven't read Wonder Woman for a while and even though DC's upcoming "Rebirth" event is supposed to start this all over again I might just stick around to see how this series ends. Until next time faithful readers, be safe.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #3


Hey a comic book review! This time Dejah leads her team into danger when Warhoons attack! Plus more court intrigue, scheming and John Carter standing around!

After proving her mettle in the last issue Dejah, under her alias Larka, is given her own team, "the Elite Squadron of the People's Army" of Barsoom, They include your standard types-the loud mouth blowhard, the quiet one and a Thark named Tulon who is an expert with a rifle. Heading into the hills of M'Rkassa to discover her true heritage, Dejah and company soon find an abandoned Warhoon camp, one survivior and a trap. Meanwhile in Helium Valoris continues his search for Dejah and his scheme for the throne while John Carter is basically under house arrest (really?) Before too long he also plans to leave while Dejah discovers that the one survivor of the Warhoon massacre maybe isn't what she appears to be either (really?).

I know that sounds snarky but so far I haven't been that blown away with this series. Part of it maybe the worn out cliches trotted out-evil schemers plan to ursurp throne, heroine in quest of true identity, the oddball team that here basically resembles The A-Team (with Tulon as BA and Dejah as Hannibal). Even the last cliffhanger "reveal" seems thin. I know this is all trying to setup drama but it just isn't clicking here. Also the bizarre use of John Carter in this story. He's the Warlord of Barsoom yet he's under house arrest and allowing Valoris to do whatever he wants? Did Carter suddenly lose his mojo here?

On the plus side the art work by Francesco Manna keeps things moving, capturing the characters and the action sequences fine. If nothing else the art draws you in, even if there is some things I question (like making Tulon resemble one of the movie Tharks and Dejah's war gear. Seriously she looks like she shopped at Asgardians R Us).

Hopefully things will turn around next issue. Next time another female hero on a quest. Until then, KAOR!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

'The Legend of Tarzan' Sequel in Works



It looks like we might see Tarzan and Jane again if the filmmakers of The Legend of Tarzan have their way. At a screening of 20 minutes of footage, both director David Yates and producer David Barron confirmed an outline for a second film has been done, depending on how it does. And if the reaction from Hey U Guys is any indication we might have a hit on our hands as they describe the footage as being "epic" and that if "you’re a fan of the Tarzan story, we really think this will be one you’ll be excited to see and is a different take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs tale that we all know and love." For more, including quotes from Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie about their approaches to the characters and the story head over to http://www.heyuguys.com/legend-tarzan-footage-margot-robbie-alexander-skarsgard/ for more.

Friday, April 15, 2016

'Aladdin Sane' Retrospective and 'Let's Dance!'


With his recent passing I've been going back and rediscovering David Bowie, so every once and a while I'll be posting some cool Bowie-related articles and videos. In this case Rolling Stone has had two articles this week showing different aspects of Bowie. The first is "How America Inspired David Bowie to Kill Ziggy Stardust with 'Aladdin Sane''  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-america-inspired-david-bowie-to-kill-ziggy-stardust-with-aladdin-sane-20160413, a look at the making of Bowie's 1973 album and how it inspired him to lay Ziggy to rest. The second one is "How David Bowie, Nile Rodgers Made 'Let's Dance' a Hit http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/how-david-bowie-nile-rodgers-made-lets-dance-a-hit-20160414, looking at the collaboration between the two and how the hit single pushed Bowie onto the pop mainstream. Check those two out and also watch the videos for "The Jean Genie" from Aladdin Sane and "Let's Dance" below.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

'Legend of Tarzan' Skarsgard on Unique Approach


This week the studios are out in force at CinemaCon (a big event for theater owners) and Warner Bros. unleashed previews and stars for several of the big films, including the cast and new footage from The Legend of Tarzan. One of those there was Collider, who scored a brief interview with Alexander Skarsgard, where he talked about the approach to this new version of the story, working with CGI and memorable moments filming. You can see that interview below and stay tuned for any further news.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

'Doctor Strange' First Trailer Brings the Magic



The Sorcerer Supreme is coming as Marvel has released the first teaser for the upcoming film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and a strong supporting cast. Take a peek and let us know what you think.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

'Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle' Coming to DVD


Here's the short version: Warner Bros. will be releasing the first season (16 episodes) of Filmation's classic animated Tarzan series on DVD as a two-disc set on June 14. No word on any extras but http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Tarzan-Lord-Jungle-Season-1-Press-Release/22166 does list the episodes included so head over and prepare your jungle yell.

Friday, April 8, 2016

'Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes!'


No really. In what has to be the most offbeat-or wackiest-comic book crossover this year Tarzan will be rubbing elbows with those damn dirty apes thanks to Dark Horse Comics, Boom Comics and the creative team of writers Tim Seeley and David F. Walker and artist Fernando Dagnino. The comic is slated for release this September so head over to http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/eccc-exclusive-walker-seeley-dagnino-swing-into-tarzan-on-the-planet-of-the-apes for some comments from Seeley and Walker about how this series came to be.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Trailer Online!



It's WAR this time as we get our first glimpse of the Star Wars spin-off that shows the Rebel Alliance's mission to steal the Death Star plans. The trailer looks great, promising a grittier approach to a Galaxy Far Far Away and some rousing battle scenes so take a look below and let us know what you think.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

'The Lost City of Z' First Trailer


With two jungle-set adventure tales coming soon, here's one that is more on the serious side. Adapted from the nonfiction bestseller, director James Gray's film centers on an explorer (Charlie Hunnam) and his quest to find a fabled city of gold in the Amazon and a "sales" trailer has shown up online. The film looks stunning and the story is a fascinating one so take a peek and leave your comments afterwards. UPDATE: Since the trailer keeps getting removed by order of the Powers That Be, I'm substituting it with this video of author David Grann discussing his book that helped inspired the upcoming movie. Enjoy.