Skip to main content

Twisted O.Z.

Ever since the summer I've been waiting for Tin Man to premiere on the Sci-Fi channel. It was the only thing that kept me attached to the channel until December. We ended up taping it and unfortunately I didn't get the last segment. Gah! Thankfully they're re-airing it Wednesday night so I can catch the conclusion.

Today my family sat down and we all watched it in its entirety. After the shock of seeing so many expected characters changed around a little, I have to say I liked how the story unfolded. It would have been cool if Dorothy (or DG, in this case) wore her waitress outfit (reminiscent of Dot's blue/white farm girl apron) throughout the adventure with the ruby slippers that was shown only in one scene. But it all worked out well. The adapters appeared to have taken each character, tossed them into a mixture and shook things around while adding their own little touches to the mix. Each character had a little something new added on to it: the scarecrow became a royal advisor who's brain was taken because of his connection to an important machine that controlled the two suns, the tin man is still called a tin man but has transformed into a police officer that became a part of the rebellion to protect the mystic man who, in turn, is the wizard behind the curtain who "knows things", the cowardly lion is still a lion creature but also a viewer or psychic now who "sees things with his heart rather than the mind", while the little dog Toto is a shapeshifting Tutor.


The world of the O.Z. (aka the Outer Zone) is also twisty turny. We travel from a sleek, mechanic-like city reminiscent of the 40s complete with a nightclub, fedoras and 30s-40s cars (which I LOVE) all the way to an underground forgotten dark, dank and dirty city with vast forests in between the worlds. One thing is for sure, the O.Z. of the new millennium is beautifully shot with much breathtaking visuals. The entire production was part adventure, part dark fantasy, a little splash of science fiction and future. As they say nothing is ever new in storytelling and so goes the same with moviemaking that has been around since the beginning of the previous century. Tin Man had elements of the Dune miniseries, Dark City, a little bit of Star Wars and some Metropolis thrown in for good measure.

It was great to see Zooey Deschanel in a lead role as I always thought she was just too adorable as an actress and she was completely awesome in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Alan Cumming is, as always, brilliant in his roles (and always varied), yay Blu Mankuma (wish we could see more of him because he's an awesome actor), Raoul Trujillo brought a quiet strength to his role as the lion (I'm also reallyjazzed to see a Native actor in a major production) and I'm looking up more of his roles to see what I may have missed him in (and whoa he's a babe!), and anytime I can get more of Neal McDonough it's a good time.



All in all it was a great time and I really enjoyed the journey as Dot's memories were uncovered and it was an interesting twist that unraveled her main part in how the world ended up the way it was under her sis's evil hold. I got my dark fantasy/sci-fi fix for the day!

Happily waiting for this one to come to dvd. :-)


Popular posts from this blog

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop 2017 @ A Writer's Dream

It's that time again for the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! And what better way to bring on the winter than with books and hot, cozy drink!

Since I'm up to my ears in seasonal tv romcoms, I thought I'd share the love and give away your choice of the book version of the movies. So if you've been eager to read 'em sign up below!

Prize: Your choice of a Hallmark winter romance book: Journey Back to Christmas, Love You Like Christmas, Christmas in Homestead, A Heavenly Christmas

A $10 Starbucks Gift Card!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by and happy entering!

Giveaway Ends 12/31/17 and open to all who can legally enter.
Must be over 18 or have your parents permission to enter.
Winner will be announced within 48 hours at the end of the giveaway and also notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is organized by Bookhounds and sponsored by the BookHounds.
Void where prohibited.
Not Responsible for lost, sto…

Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen ~ Giveaway + Book Blast + Kindle Scout Nom

I'm so excited about this! Annette K Larsen hooked me when I first read her YA Fantasy Romance Missing Lily and I'm jazzed to say she has a new release out! Annette's book is also on Kindle Scout. A link is included below to check out the book and nominate her book! Enjoy! ~R

Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen
He's noble. She's common. It's complicated. Kinley is content with her common life until a chance meeting with an old friend—a noble—brings the possibility of love. Though Rylan pursues her with a charming carelessness, she doesn’t dare hope that their relationship will be accepted. When Kinley’s livelihood is threatened, she is thrust into his world as a servant, but the Rylan she encounters there isn’t the quirky friend she thought she knew. Can she trust him, or will she be forced to accept that her dreams are only that—dreams?

~Excerpt~ My breath caught as soon as he said the name and my eyes searched his features, looking for the little boy I had known…

It's August!

Hey folks!

Can you guys believe it's August already?

Lots of stuff going on in the world of Rae at the moment both personally and professionally. The newsletter will be going out soon and I'm diligently trying to get out a new release ASAHP that was held back a bit due to me not being happy with the end results. Stay tuned because I feel the end is nigh!

I took a breather from book reviewing and reading to deal with my current rental situation, but I miss it! I love the feeling of coming across that epic book you want to shout from the rooftops and losing myself in epic worlds. Sooooo....I'm diving back in. :-D I'm going through the list of books I had waiting in the wings and will try to play catch up. As I'm only one person with a busy schedule, I may not be able to get all the books reviewed right away and some I may sadly have to put aside if they don't grab me enough. Argh! I want to read and review everything but I can see now why so many bloggers have t…