Isn’t that Neal Adams’ Tarzan painting above beautiful? The painting above is just one of ten Neal Adams’ Tarzan paintings that you can see here.
Source: Brian Michael Bendis.
The Pitch: ”Hey, let’s do a movie adaptation of one of Lee Child’s best selling Jack Reacher novels and get Tom Cruise to star.”
“But Jack Reacher is described in the novels as being 6′ 5″ — a modern day giant. Tom Cruise is pretty short and fans of the novels will hate the casting.”
“Tom Cruise is in so who cares about the miscasting. What do you say?”
“Let’s do it!”
The Tagline: “The law has limits. He does not.”
The Overview: James Barr, a former military sniper, kills five random people. He’s quickly caught in what appears to be an open-and-shut case. The evidence is overwhelming. Barr claims he didn’t do it and tells his defense attorney to get Jack Reacher.
Reacher shows up on his own. Reacher is a former Army Criminal Investigator who is now living off the grid. Reacher is there to prove that Barr committed the crime since Reacher knows Barr got away with a similar killing when deployed overseas.
Reacher looks at the evidence and fairly quickly determines that Barr was used as a patsy and didn’t kill those murdered. As he digs into the case, Reacher becomes the target of those behind the killings and a bigger conspiracy.
*** Beware – minor spoilers are found below ***
- Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher as if he knows he is not only the smartest but also the baddest man in the room. Reacher doesn’t flaunt either ability, but he won’t back down from showing either ability when pressed.
- Because Cruise isn’t a 6’5″ hulk, it is even more impressive when Reacher refuses to back down. You can see Reacher enjoys the chance to show how smart he is or whoop some butt if those who are pressing him refuse to stop.
- The story is a good one. It is fun seeing Cruise unravel the mystery and put together the killings so that they make better sense than the sequence of events that the prosecutors laid out.
- The car chase is one of the best in years.
- Cruise has a number of great lines.
- Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney and Alexia Fast are impressive in their roles. It’s always nice to see Robert Duvall show up.
- Lee Child fans who refused to see Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.
- The scene where two thugs attempt to beat up Reacher in a bathroom. The first part of the scene almost plays like The Three Stooges, but then takes a turn and the second half of the fight scene works much better.
- It would have been nice had Werner Herzog been given more to do.
- Telling someone you didn’t see them so they won’t have to kill you and getting the response, “It doesn’t matter.”
- Being given the choice to break or chew off a finger or take a bullet to the head.
Rating: 4 out of 5
We have some news, some big news, for fans of Frank Miller’s Sin City.
On July 8, 2014, Dark Horse will release Frank Miller’s Big Damn Sin City. This baby will come as a hardcover edition and clock in with over 1300 pages — and contain every one of Miller’s seven Sin City yarns!
On July 8, 2014, fans will also be able to pick up Frank Miller: The Art of Sin City which will appear for the first time in a trade paperback edition. I have a copy of the hardback edition, and give Frank Miller: The Art of Sin City my highest recommendation.
To round out the trifecta, on July 8, 2014, Dark Horse will re-release in hardcover, Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
These books will be a great lead-in for the movie adaptation of A Dame to Kill For which will be released on August 22, 2014.
Reading this review at Classic Noir makes me want to watch Farewell, My Lovely again.
I’m sure you’re aware this version of Raymond Chandler’s classic Farewell, My Lovely has an all-star cast that includes Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles, Anthony Zerbe, Harry Dean Stanton. Jack O’Halloran, Joe Spinell, Sylvester Stallone… but did you know that pulp writer Jim Thompson in his first and last acting role!
The art above is a just a small taste of the preview art by Darwyn Cooke for his adaptation of Donald Westlake’s [writing as Richard Stark] Slayground.
You can see much more at Comic Alliance’s: DARWYN COOKE ADAPTS A MASTERPIECE IN ‘RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: SLAYGROUND..
These are just two of the nice pen and ink illos by Superman co-creater Joe Shuster that appeared in 1942 hardcover edition of The Adventures of Superman. You can see all of them as well as some paintings by Shuster that also appeared in the book thanks to J. J. Sedelmaier’s post at Printmag.com.
Thanks for the tip to Ron Salas.
Those are just a few of the “best” James Bond covers that have been published over the years. You can see more as well as each Bond novel’s opening line at Shortlist.com.