Saturday, September 3, 2016

FYI

I just wanted to post this message for the folks who have come here via a link from a podcast where I have done interviews on my nonfiction works. Some podcasts have erroneously posted this link to the interview page when it should be empireofthewheel.blogspot.com for the nonfiction stuff.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan



I'll keep this short.

The problem with another mishandling of Tarzan is the repeated attempt to turn the material into epic drama or take itself too seriously. Burroughs' creation is truly great pulp. In that sense, it is classic American literature -- but not in the 'great literary' sense. And that is Tarzan's appeal.

This new film is uneven. The scenery and locations are perfect and satisfying. I want to see those places. The costuming and props are also perfect, the visual experience of the film fitting of the genre. However, the writing is not satisfying. It's simply not well written and I question the writers' grasp of the true appeal of the original material. The story flows good then 'blah'. The villain isn't up to Christoph Waltz' talents. Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan is reduced to the two-dimensional image that epic-dramatizing is supposed to give further dimension. The casting is actually pretty good but wasted. I enjoyed Ben Chaplin's small bit early in the film. However, in a movie about Tarzan, I'm not supposed to come away more interested in a film about Samuel L. Jackson's character. And I did come away from Legend of Tarzan more interested in seeing a film about Jackson's character.

I think it's about time we saw a Tarzan film not just based on the Burroughs material but actually adapted from what Edgar Rice Burroughs successfully envisioned. Legend of Tarzan ain't it.

Still, for us die-hard classic adventure fans, I give it an 'OK' and recommend you see it at least once.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Superman Cartoons Collection

Here are all the classic Max Fleischer 'Superman' shorts:

SUPERMAN Collection

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Drums of Africa (1941)

Today's cheese...

DRUMS OF AFRICA


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Monday, March 7, 2016

Update On LCL Publishing

Hey Lost Continent Library patrons!

Even though the decision was made to not go ahead with the magazine as such, that doesn't mean nothing more will happen with LCL publishing. Presently, I'm expanding the product line with a special imprint in order to present a new young author's exciting original fantasy series. It's a contemporary tale featuring classic lore familiar to vintage adventure fans. Look for the first of these books this summer!

And that's not all. There will be a new edition of my time travel novel I Will See You In Time as well as a new pulp (maybe two?) this year. Keep watching for updates and release news.

Thanks to everyone who sticks around or comes here for the first time! I appreciate the support and interest. These past few years I've focused on my nonfiction but with the three pulps I did in 2014 and the new editions and the upcoming new series, you can see I'm not giving up on LCL -- not by a long shot.

Keep stopping by for adventure cinema postings and other announcements!

Walter