Every year at this time I read list after list of top tens from different critics and every one boils down to the same sentiment. "Even though I hate the very idea of a top ten list, the public demands it so I guess I'm forced to do it.
With the Christmas holidays in full-swing, I, like most people, had some amount of free time in the last week. As a freelance designer, I tend to work when my clients need me, and since most of them took the holidays off, so did I.
One of the pop-culture blogs I read recently did a feature listing all of the "Planet of the Apes" movies in order of how much of a "bummer" the ending was. This was kind of funny, but it really served to remind me of two things: one, that almost all of the "Apes" movies, released from 1968-1973 are schlocky, low-budget affairs (not counting the original which is a certified masterpiece), and two, how remarkable it is that these more recent iterations (not counting Tim Burton's version which is certified junk) are so good.
I read a lot of movie-geek kind of news -- different blogs and websites filled with mostly nonsense about the latest slasher movie or some little seen Japanese anime film finally getting a U.S. release at one theater in Austin. The guys who work for these sites tend to consider themselves pure and unfettered by corporate considerations and unswayed by the bloviating opinions of the mainstream critics. They are, for the most part, adequate writers with a few very interesting, cogent opinions on film, but mostly they're irritating.
When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the original "Planet of the Apes." I thought it was just because there were cool guys in monkey costumes, not to mention the scantily clad slave girl, Nova. At twelve, that was about as far as I took it. But as I got older, I realized the movie is a lot deeper and carries much broader implications than I originally thought.
Iran is our enemy. I mean, that's pretty well accepted by most people of either political persuasion. Granted, it's a simplistic view of a complicated and diverse group of people - one of the youngest populations in the Middle East, but as a practical matter, the basic national interests of the country seem to run counter to ours, and we're at odds. Fine.
Opens Friday, Jul 11, 2014 Synopsis: A decade after the Simian flu took a devastating toll on mankind, a war for the future of the planet begins to brew between the surviving humans and the thriving society of genetically evolved simians led by the wise Caesar (Andy Serkis) in this sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Judy Greer Movie Details Play Trailer Movie Review
Now Playing Synopsis: The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt takes the helm for this Planet of the Apes prequel centering on genetically engineered chimp Caesar (Andy Serkis), who was created in a San Francisco lab by an ambitious scientist (James Franco), and who uses his powerful intellect to lead an ape uprising against all of humankind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings, Chris Gordon, Devyn Dalton, Jay Caputo Movie Details Play Trailer Movie Review
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