Category Archives: 2015 reviews

#HerFirstBlackGuy – A Tango’s Thoughts quick-review

Ever been on a blind date? The awkwardness that comes with it is already unbearable but when a guy meets a woman and there’s skin color involved, things might just be a little more awkward than usual. Here are some thoughts on Christopher T. Wood’s latest short, directed by Sam Auster, Her First Black Guy.

Her First Black Guy posterKevin (Wood) reluctantly goes on a blind date with a woman, Claire (Caroline Fogarty),which he calls a Never-woman (never left the state, never finished college, never dated a black guy etc.) and when she arrives, sure enough, the awkwardness is what’s expected, but it doesn’t take long until black guy after black guy comes along, making it all the more awkward for poor Kevin and his perfectly toned skin.

There’s not really that much to say about this film that wouldn’t spoil it for you so I’ll keep this short and sweet. It was great seeing Wood interact with other people on screen. And the rest of the cast brings just the perfect kind of awkwardness to the scene that really makes Wood shine and Auster directs Wood and the rest of the cast with brilliance. From Claire’s superhype to the darkness of Special Agent Sams, everyone involved delivers their lines great and on point. The settings of a dimly lit bar is somehow ominous but relatable. To make this even shorter and sweeter, everything is where it’s supposed to and the performances throughout is on point and Mr. Wood can count this his 2nd short to receive the ‘Tango’s Stamp of Approval’. Hey, Chris, time to write a feature length so you can get thePlatinum-stamp, ’cause your writing is too good for shorts…. in my honest opinion!

I highly suggest that, if you get a chance to see it, Take it! If you’re around (or like to travel), they are one of the opening shorts for Austin Film Festival, on Thursday, October 29th at 7:10pm in the Rollins Theater!!

There you go, a short for a short! Next up on my agenda is something a little bit bigger, as I finally got to see The Rock’s San Andreas, but more on that tonight!


#StarWars – A written tribute to the Greatest Saga ever told!

By Mario Eduardo for Tango’s Thoughts

 Episode I

To begin this post with the iconic words ”a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away” would be almost too cheesy but in a way they’re the most true words that this guest writing series could begin with.

A long time ago, in a little suburban house a young boy was introduced by his father to a saga that would forever shape his life and every decision he’s ever made.

So who am I, who is this guest writer who gets the privilege to write for Mr. Tango himself?

Well, I’am as you might guessed a huge Star Wars fan or nerd or whatever you might call it! My name is Mario Eduardo. My age, just under thirty and my passion for Star Wars began at age four when my father showed me a VHS recording of Star Wars Episode VII – A New Hope on a bulky-ass 90’s television set. It was my first moment of love at first sight.

Star Wars PosterWe watched it, I didn’t understand the English language at the time but I understood the saga. I understood the mythology and the concept of good and evil. I understood heroes, villains, companions and friendship. I learned what sacrifice is, I didn’t understand at the time exactly what a sacrifice is, but I learned it and what it meant.  After watching Epsiode IV multiple times it didn’t take long until my father showed me and my then newborn little brother the continuation in The Empire Strikes Back and the finale that is Return Of The Jedi. The more we watched the Star Wars saga, the more I understood. Not yet the language but the story, the saga, and the concept of life. Because that is what Star Wars is to me, a part of my life.  As I said, or rather wrote in the beginning of this post I can break down every decision in my life to Star Wars. The reason why I love and have more than a passion for both movies and music all can be back tracked to Star Wars!

Darth Death StarWell, that’s just a little snippet out of how much the saga means to me, now maybe we should focus on why I’m here, writing this post and why you’re reading it. Since you’ve find your way to this site you know very well what Hank Tango is about – movies. Reviewing and breaking down movies and the cinematic art, but for this series he has given me the privilege and honor to write a guest series as a lead up to the next chapter in the Star Wars saga – Episode VII: The Force Awakens! So this series will be a mixture of reviewing and random thoughts about what has been, and speculations about what to come in the Star Wars universe! This will be done in an eight part series during the now 96 days left until The Force Awakens premiers here in Sweden.

Saga Hexalogy posterBefore we get to the reviewing part of this series I have to say that this series of posts will follow the saga in the RIGHT way! Lot’s of people, both fans, nerds and people completely new to Star Wars are always in some kind of conflict of how you should watch the saga, in witch order you should see the episodes that form the greatest saga ever told. In chronological order or in the release order, also known as the RIGHT order. And for some special people in a special group in the world there is the “machete order”. When I say the right order, I mean that you watch the movies in order they where made and cinematically released. When you’re introducing someone new to the Star Wars saga you have to start them off in the right way, so you begin with the original trilogy opening and starting with Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope, continuing with Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and end with the finale Star Wars Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi. If you want to introduce someone new and none educated to the Star Wars saga, that’s how you start, period! Give the person a couple of weeks and let it magic sink in before you invite for a marathon of the prequel trilogy, beginning with Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace, continuing with Star Wars Episode II – Attack Of The Clones and ending it all with the closing chapter in Star Wars Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith.

That’s how you easily introduce someone to the Star Wars-saga. The faster way to do it is of course banging out a marathon Episode IV, V and VI and Episode I, II and III back to back in the RIGHT order, as I previously mentioned, also known as the cinematic release order, or if you’re up to it you can always do a marathon in chronological order and go full on Episode I through VI back to back! I guess the point being that you can do it both ways, but if you’re introducing someone for the first time, you start them of right!

And if you want to mess everything up completely you can do a marathon in machete order, witch basically is just watching the movies in what ever the hell order you think is best for your own selfish needs. Because that what’s the machete order is, its SELFISH, and shouldn’t be done!

Watching the Star Wars saga should be done at least twice a year in two sets of marathons. This is my opinion and my recommendation to everyone, fan of the saga and no-fan alike. In the summer you watch the saga in the right order, done in slow marathon style, one film per week. And in the winter you always make time for one back-to-back marathon, watching all six movies back to back in chronologic order. Every time you watch any Star Wars movie during the year is of course a special and sacred moment but as I said, at least two marathons a year should be witnessed by everyone, every human being on our planet. Get some friends and your family together, snack up and enjoy every minute of it!

As I read this post back to myself I realize that this was more an introduction to myself and my own relationship with the saga and not so much a review. But I guess that is my subconscious who wanted it to be this way since I just put the digital pen to paper and wrote what first came to my mind and heart about Star Wars, and by the way, as I said this would be an eight part series so I can say that in my next post we’ll dive more into the first movie, Episode IV – A New Hope! 

So until next time, thank you for taking your time and I’ll hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the series!

May the force be with you!

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#TerminatorGenisys – A Tango’s Thoughts review

So a few days ago, I finally got to see what all the hubbub was about.Did the spoiler-filler trailer actually spoil anything? Let’s see what I thought about Arnie’s latest, Terminator Genisys.

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First off, let me get that whole spoler in the trailer out of the way. Did it suck that they showed John Connor being a machine in the trailer? Yes, it sucked a big gulp of donkey diarrheaBut did it ruin the movie in any way? Sure, I would’ve rather got that twist when I actually saw the movie but I don’t think it effected my Terminator-experience in any negative way, other than just that, I would’ve preferred to have seen it when I saw the film. There, done. Next!

Some thoughts on the casting, then, shall we….
Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor? It worked pretty damn well! She portrayed the character with the perfect blend of Linda Hamilton’s naive Sarah from the first and the battle hardened Sarah from the second, which made her new character fit really well into the new story. Brilliant casting, I have to say! Also, she’s not at all ugly, no, she’s damn gorgeous!
Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese? That’s a little harder to comprehend. On the one hand, I Really don’t like him as an actor. There is just nothing he have previously done that tickles my fancy even a little bit. He’s annoying and bland in everything I have ever seen him in, so when I heard that particular casting news, I was distraught. Ruin Michael Biehn’s legacy like that? Hogwash! But, here’s the thing….. for the first time ever, he didn’t actually suck. Sure, he was still as annoying as ever (in my honest opinion), but he still managed to not destroy what I love about Biehn’s Reese too much. It actually kind of worked. Weird, huh?
Now, for the main event, or so to speak, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the franchise. Having gotten old and all, the first question (for me) was; Could he physically do it? Short answer; Yes!
Being a physical specimen of the absolute highest quality, Arnold rose the bar even higher than before for every musclebound action hero out there. Dude’s jacked! But did he do a good job as the T-800 model 101? Yes, he did. As good a job as he did in T2, I think. Arnold managed to convey a certain humanity to this T-800 that we haven’t seen before. Sure, John taught him a few things in T2, but this version is one that has been around for a lot longer so he has picked up a lot of new things. Things that really worked well with the character. Great job by a great actor!

As a conclusion for this review, I thought I’d give you a few notes on how the 5 films now stands as a whole, starting with the first. The Terminator, released in 1984, was the kickstarter for what is now one of the world’s most renowned franchises. The one that started it all. As a movie on its own, it’s not really that great. Sure, it was innovative and original at the time and it set the standards for many a discussions about time travel and accompanying paradoxes, but in my honest opinion, I don’t think it was as great as everyone says, but as the first installment of a franchise, it is magnificent. It sets the stage for a vast imaginational adventures. This is where T2: Judgement Day comes in. Released in 1991, it still stands as one of the greatest sequels of all time, if not THE greatest. It gave us one of the creepiest villains ever in the T1000 and a fantastic end to it all…. but then came the third and ruined it all. T3: Rise of The Machines. What a load of craptastic misfortune that was. It even failed to give us the ultimate Terminator-quote (Come with me if you want to live!), which in my book sucks ass! Franchise – ruined! But hey, at least we got ..Salvation in ’09, right? Hah! Sure, I don’t hate that movie as much as the rest of the internet, but as a Terminator-film? No, it’s bad! As an action film, it’s really not that bad. It had great effects, not too shabby acting (yeah, I loved Bale’s performance in it, what of it?!) and a lot of great action sequences, but it just … fucked up the continuity and the mythology of the Terminator-franchise completely! Which leads me to ..Genisys….

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People talk about Genisys being a reboot, revamp, reimagining, whatever, but if you look at what Salvation did for the mythology, I think the route Genisys took was the only one to take. With its legacy having been torn to shreds, the only way to salvage it was to rewrite it for real, which is what Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier did. They took the platform they had with Terminator and flipped it, turned it inside out and flushed it out as a fresh start. Brilliant writing, really!
The new take on it all brings the “original” Kyle Reese back to a past that’s changed, leaving him confused. Sarah Connor is already a badass and we even get to see old(ish) Arnie fight young Arnie. Awesome!
As a franchise, I would say that Terminator is a very successful one, with a few abolishments here and there of course, with T2 standing tallest and Genisys as a close 2nd, as it stands a proud receiver of the Tango’s ‘Platinum Stamp of Approval’!

And there you have it, my review on Terminator Genisys. I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did, but I’m gonna go watch a sobby drama now. Okay, bye.