Tag Archives: Christoph Waltz

This New Tarzan Aims High In Style But Swings Low

10 Jul

Legend of Tarzan PosterBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Not even Tarzan can save the pulps from getting a new life in cinema in the 21st century. Many movies made in the past 16 years tried to rescue this genre and sadly not many of these action heroes from long ago can withstand the test of time. Just ask The Lone Ranger (he made his first appearance in radio). When compared to the genre movies released around 1990, more of those cinematic heroes proved to be memorable.

While The Legend of Tarzan is a pop cultural icon, not every iteration has been as well received. The last jungle movie I recall enjoying was Chris Lambert in the role before Disney turned it into an animated action comedy. After seeing this film, I felt more inclined to tune in to the animated version since I enjoyed the Disney Afternoon version of this hero constantly saving Jane from threats from the Jungle. This movie lacked a certain oomph to make it a tentpole product for Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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James Bond has a Spectre of a Chance at Being Contemporary, A Movie Review

6 Nov

SpectreBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

If Daniel Craig’s entry into the James Bond universe is supposed to be a reboot of a series which started with Casino Royale back in 2006, then the biggest question I have is in why are there nods to the past films? All of that is unneeded. I noticed hints which include a meteorite crater lair ala You Only Live Twice, and a huge fist fight on a train in From Russia With Love. When the series is supposed to look at a grittier Bond and be contemporary — reflective of modern times — I thought giving fans newer dangers and worries would be first and forefront than paying fan service. That might have helped trim the run time of 148 minutes to a meaner 120.

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