Mark’s Most Remarkable Films of 2016: Zootopia, Arrival & Sausage Party

Mark’s Most Remarkable Films of 2016: Zootopia, Arrival & Sausage Party

It’s time to look back through the movies of 2016 and, awards-show style, pick the most remarkable films in a variety of categories.   A couple rules: only films I’ve reviewed are qualified and only one film can be nominated for each category, for… reasons.  I’ll present you the nominations first, then the winners after, with a runner-up in every category.  See if you can guess. Read more

The Legend of Tarzan: A Surprisingly Rich & Deft Story of Tarzan’s Return to The Jungle [Review]

The Legend of Tarzan: A Surprisingly Rich & Deft Story of Tarzan’s Return to The Jungle [Review]

I think I’d been expecting this to be the retelling of the Tarzan story, following in the path of The Jungle Book and Maleficent to be a live-action version of the other Tarzan movies.   I was expecting it to be a Tarzan Reboot.   It was not.  The first time we see Tarzan in this The Legend of Tarzan, he’s dressed in a suit in his manor.  This is not the story of Tarzan growing up in the jungle, it’s the story of Tarzan returning to the jungle and what happens when he does.  That’s a much better story and Tarzan a much more complex character.  That was unexpected – I’d gone just to see Alexander Skarsgard’s abs and I’d gotten so much more.   Read more