Thursday, March 9, 2017

After 84 Years Kong is Still King

I first watched "King Kong" on the family's black and white Zenith TV when I was about 6 years old. It was mesmerizing. I remember feeling sorry for the Kong as stood at the top of the Empire State Building holding Fay Wray in one hand and fighting off bi-wing planes with the other.

It was then I fell in love with 'monster films.'

The original King Kong was released by RKO in 1933. There have been other 'Kong' film since then like "Son of Kong," "King Kong vs Godzilla," "King  Kong Escapes," a 1976 version with Jeff Bridges and the one in 2005 Peter Jackson directed starring Naomi Watts and Jack Black.

There even was a 1966 cartoon series called "King Kong: The Animated Series."

Now comes the latest version "Kong: Skull Island."

A diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers unites to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful.

Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature, as their mission of discovery becomes one of survival.

“Kong: Skull Island” is, at its heart, a pure monster movie. The film offers up an intensity, without being forced, as the small band of explorers try to make it safely out of danger. At the core you have a decorated war hero, played by Samuel L. Jackson, determined to seek revenge on Kong for killing his men, regardless of who struck the first blow.

Then Tom Hiddleston's ex-military turned mercenary tracker who's “there's more to this than meets the eye,” argument is discarded and ignored. Brie Larson is in the mix as a war-weary photojournalist and included is John Goodman as the man who puts the expedition together.

There's not much to think about as the plot is pretty straightforward as Kong's peaceful island is invaded and all hell breaks loose in a fury of impressive CGI effects that will keep you glued to your theater seat.

“Kong: Skull Island” is violent and pushes the PG-13 envelope a bit, but the violence is offset by the film's humor, provided mostly by John C. Reilly, as a downed World War II pilot who has been living on the island since he was shot down.

All in all “Kong: Skull Island” is a popcorn muncher and fulfills it's promise to entertain.
It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

And if you'd like to catch the other "Kong" movies log onto to check out some favorites like the 1933, 1976 and 2005 versions of "King King," "King Kong vs Godzilla" and yes, even the animated series, all available on Netflix DVD.

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Chatting with Dana Delany

One of the nicest actresses and people around is Dana Delany.

I remember her seeing her for the first time in the TV series "China Beach." Her smoldering good looks combined with her acting to create the deep and rich character of "Colleen Murphy," a hospital nurse during the Vietnam War circa 1967.

Dana's wide range of talent opened opportunities in voice acting, comedies and as a guest on many TV series.

The actress starred in "Body of Proof," a TV series about an insightful medical examiner who proves herself a forensic savant.

Delany is now appearing in the Amazon Prime TV series "Hand of God," co-starring Ron Perlman (Hell Boy, Sons of Anarchy). And I had a chance to chat with her about the series, now hitting it's second season and her career.

You can check out Dana Delany's films and TV series including "China Beach," "Housesitter," "Fly Away Home" and "Body of Proof" at

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