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Tarzan:Legend of the digital jungle.



Release date:July 1, 2016

Studio:Warner Bros. Pictures

Director:David Yates

MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue)

Screenwriters:Stephen Sommers, Stuart Beattie

Starring:Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou

Genre:Action, Adventure


There’s much to be said for the fast-paced action of this movie, Practical environment is not one of them. There’s a lot of this movie that is done digitally, which for me, proved to be a bit of a distraction even though it was well done.

This film starts out with a prologue that sets up the history of the story. It explains how the world, at a conference in Berlin, made the decision to carve up Africa for her resources, which sets up the motivation for our main antagonist, Leon Rom.

King Leon, of Denmark, lays claim to the Congo hoping that the diamonds and assorted other minerals located there will deliver his country out of the hands of bankruptcy.

Leon Rom (played amazingly well by Christophe Waltz), along with a small contingency of military personel are shown to arrive at the gateway of the chief (who is the possessor of said diamonds) so as to speak with him. The soldiers are, however, met with an attack. This attack, however,  is thwarted as the villagers are met with a barrage of automatic gunfire. Afterward, and with a false sense of security, the end up at the meeting place of the king, played by Djimon Hounsou and it is here that the favor is returned upon them, with the exception of Leon who holds his own in a brutal yet elegant style. A deal with the chief is struck and the hunt begins.

Leon shows himself early on to be a force to be reckoned with. He is diplomatic, clever, as well as fierce, cunning, and calculated. In addition to that, he is not easily flustered as is shown several times during the film.

Leon is centrally focused on his goal, that is to deliver the diamonds to Denmark and be welcomed as a hero.

When it comes Tarzan, however, we are given little snippets of his history in the jungle, peeks behind the curtain, if you will. We are also shown how he has assimilated into British Society. In fact it is at a meeting with the politicians where he learns that he is needed to return to his native Africa which does not go over well. It is at this meeting where we are introduced to George Washington Williams, a character brought to life masterfully by Samuel L. Jackson. This it’s a character who is both formidable and hilarious. He is a crack shot, but very uncomfortable in the wilds of Africa, which makes for some very funny moments. It is Mr. Williams who actually convinces Lord Clayton/Tarzan to embark on this endeavor.

Now, of course, this wouldn’t be a Tarzan movie without the obligatory vignette about his parents and their demise. This, however, was a bit more gritty than previous showings. We are not only witnesses to the mother’s Demise by way of illness, but also to the father’s brutal murder at the hands of the Gorillas.

Tarzan is shown to be adopted by one of the female gorillas much to the Chagrin of the head silverback. Tarzan is accepted by some but definitely not by all. His assimilation into the gorilla society brings up an interesting element of the film which I have not seen in previous renditions; the fact that Tarzan would indeed be naked, filthy, and his hair completely dreaded. I really appreciated this attention to detail.

While we’re on the subject of detail, I will have to say that while the graphics were pretty good, I found that they were so prevalent that, for me, they proved to be a bit of a distraction. I would liked to have a little more use of practical effects, although I understand the limitations with such a thing as that.

Throughout the film we see Tarzan’s struggle with the man he once was and a man he is now. We are also included into the dynamic of how these events affect his wife, Jane (played exquisitely by Margot Robbie). We are given audience to this very private element of their relationship. There it’s strength, submission, compromise, passion, as atl a tenderness. We get to see that they are both strong as individuals and for each other. We are privy to how they better each other, how they have become a unit.

Another element about this that I did like was that Jane was not the typical “damsel in so-called distress”. She is one tough cookie! She is resilient, brave, strong, cunning, and resourceful (attributes I very much appreciated). I think I especially appreciated this because it made absolute sense. She grew up exploring with her father and lived with Tarzan in the wild.

Now there is plenty of high flying action (gunfights, swinging through the trees, hand to hand and [as we’ve seen in the previews]) stampedes).

Now, of course, things work out for cars and in the end but not without some definite struggles. There’s even a nice little twist at the end of the film. Overall I would say that this was a pretty good movie with enough action for the fellas and enough romance and Girl Power for the ladies.


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Apple TV+ announces season two for delightful kids and family series “Camp Snoopy



Today, Apple TV+ announced a season two for acclaimed kids and family series “Camp Snoopy,” based on the classic Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). The complete  first season of “Camp Snoopy” is now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

After discovering their troop is in danger of disbanding, Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts set off to immerse themselves in nature and the Great Outdoors, with the Beagle Scout Manual as their guide. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and friends enjoy their summer at Camp Spring Lake, crossing paths with Snoopy as they experience hiking, swimming, sitting around campfires and everything summer camp and the outdoors have to offer. 

Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, “Camp Snoopy” is based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and is directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). Executive producers are Craig Schulz, Paige Braddock, Boutilier, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts and Logan McPherson.

“Camp Snoopy” joined an exciting slate of new offerings for kids and families on Apple TV+ this summer featuring the second season of beloved animated series “Frog and Toad,” based on the Caldecott and Newbery Honor-winning books; animated adventure trilogy “WondLa,” based on the New York Times bestselling book series “The Search for WondLa” by Tony DiTerlizzi; highly anticipated kids and family series “Yo Gabba GabbaLand!,” inspired by the hit, Emmy Award-nominated cultural phenomenon “Yo Gabba Gabba!”; “Me,” an elevated cinematic coming-of-age story from Barry L. Levy; and, the first-ever television adaptation of the cult classic film, “Time Bandits,” starring Lisa Kudrow.

Award-winning all-age offerings now streaming globally on Apple TV+ include celebrated live action animated hybrid special, “The Velveteen Rabbit”; the Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning animated short film “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”; Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning animated film “Wolfwalkers”; the BAFTA Award and Humanitas Prize-winning “El Deafo,” BAFTA Award-winning “Lovely Little Farm,” “Duck & Goose,” “Get Rolling With Otis,” Spin Master Entertainment’s “Sago Mini Friends,” GLAAD Media Award-nominated “Pinecone & Pony,” “Frog and Toad,” The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy Award-winning “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Slumberkins,” Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment’s “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory,” Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero’s Emmy Award-nominated “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show,” Peanuts and WildBrain’s Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” “The Snoopy Show,” Scholastic’s “Eva the Owlet” and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series “Stillwater.” Live-action offerings include Bonnie Hunt’s DGA and WGA Award-nominated “Amber Brown,” DGA Award-winning “Best Foot Forward,” “Surfside Girls,” WGA Award-winning “Life By Ella,” Sesame Workshop and Sinking Ship’s Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter,” Emmy Award and Environmental Media Association Award winning “Jane,” and Scholastic’s “Puppy Place.”

Also included are “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” the Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times bestselling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers, and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School,” Humanitas and Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love,” “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” Emmy Award-winning “Snoopy Presents: Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” and “Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all of a user’s favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 499 wins and 2,262 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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