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War for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Review: Hail, Caesar and the Film Crew!

War for the Planet of the Apes works as both the end of a trilogy or the continuation of the franchise, depending on what happens next.
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Taking place 15 years after the events of Rise and the release of the Simian virus, which made apes smarter and killed many humans, and two years after "a distress call to a military base" was made in Dawn, humans and apes find themselves embroiled in a war in this thrilling third installment of the Apes reboot. A devastating attack on their home causes the apes to flee, but they must go without their leader Caesar (Andy Serkis), who is consumed by anger due to the death of his family members. He seeks revenge against the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), and

Book Review: The Art of the Films: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Sharon Gosling and Adam Newell

An enjoyable for read for those fascinated by how modern movies are made.
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This book takes readers behind the scenes of the first two films of the revived Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and reveals what Dawn director Matt Reeves describes in the Foreward is the "astonishing work" of the crewmembers. Led by Rise's production designer Claude Pare and director of photography Andrew Lesnie and Dawn's production designer James Chinlund and director of photography Michael Seresin, the combined imaginations and talents on each film created realistic locations and believable characters on screen. The latter accomplishment also owes a debt to the
Set for release on July 11, director Matt Reeves' Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes picks up the story 10 years after the events of Rupert Wyatt's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. To help fill in the details of what has happened since the simian-flu outbreak, Vice Media’s Motherboard has created three short films, and Greg Keyes has written Firestorm, published by Titan Books. Spread of Simian Flu: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 1), directed by Isaiah Seret: Amidst a widespread viral outbreak known as the "Simian Flu," a mother is quarantined after testing positive

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Final Trailer Sees the Light of Day

" not...want war!" - Caesar
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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier, as seen in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Directed by Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 11, and from the final trailer, the story continues, bolstered by great action sequences .

Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2014

The Sentries and friends are looking forward to the following films.
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While the calendar says different, movie-goers know the first weekend of May is when summer begins. Over four months, Hollywood will unleash a roster of blockbusters, and consumers will flock to theaters in hopes that the filmmakers will come thorugh on their implicit promise to entertain. The Sentries and friends are looking forward to the following: Godzilla in theaters May 16 Godzilla should trounce America (properly) via Legendary's respectful do over, set to thrash buildings as often as it does memories of the 1998 Dean Devlin “oops.” Building upon familiar (and inherent) nuclear themes, Gareth Edwards has been touting source

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Review: As Good at Home as it was in Theaters

Highly recommended for action fans.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of my favorite action films of the year. In my review, which can be read here in its entirety, I stated the filmmakers did "an impressive job rebooting the franchise by delivering an exciting action film" that has me "looking forward to revisiting this world and seeing what lies ahead for both man and ape." The creation of Caesar by Andy Serkis and Weta Digital was amazing. Not only is it the best thing about the film, but also a milestone in effects work that will long be remembered. Serkis has

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the Pick of the Week

CG monkeys might just win an Oscar.
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If it isn't already distinctly clear from reading my weekly picks, let me state it directly now: I rarely get to the cinema anymore. I have a seven-month-old daughter and its rather difficult to find a sitter that will allow me and the wife to go out for a few hours. Although honestly, we weren't going much before we had her. It is too expensive to go often and whenever we would go all too often the theatre would be filled with all sorts of obnoxiousness from chatty teenager to bratty kids to adults talking and texting on their mobile

Rise of the Planet of the Apes vs. Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001): And the Winner is...

Get your hands off my childhood, you damn, dirty movie studios!
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is beating up on the competition like a band of angry gorillas. Director Rupert Wyatt's reboot of the classic 1968-1973 series of films is estimated to earn $55 million this weekend, based on box office projections. Entertainment Weekly describes the movie's performance so far as "terrific" and the Hollywood Reporter suggests that the film, which cost $93 million to produce, will "shatter all [financial] expectations." Critics are raving, Rotten Tomatoes is gushing with an 81% certified fresh rating (highest of all major releases this week) and sequel buzz is louder than feeding time

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Presents the Rise of a New Franchise

Andy Serkis as Caesar and the CGI work by Weta Digital are the film's highlights.
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While I am certain this phenomenon is not isolated to movies, it's interesting how many devotees confuse having an opinion with informed knowledge about a subject. Although Hollywood usually proves them right, many self-described cinephiles are surprisingly strident in their opposition to sequels and remakes due to a perceived lack of originality and imagination. Yet, it's rather easy to find titles that poke holes in their positions like Godfather II or The Maltese Falcon. Reboots, a popular trend in Hollywood from the past decade that finds franchises relaunched with their own new continuity, is another term that draws immediate derision

Snob Seven: Favorite Movie Monkey

Saluting seven cinematic simians.
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With the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and our own retrospective on the previous Apes movies, it seemed like the perfect time for the Sentries look back at their favorite monkeys in the movies. And save the zoological comments and emails. We know technically they aren't all monkeys, but "Favorite Movie Primate" doesn't have the same ring to it, now does it? King Kong - first appearance King Kong (1933) by El Bicho Had to start with the king of all movie monkeys: King Kong. Brought to life by Willis O'Brien and his stop-motion animation team,

Battle For the Planet of the Apes Movie Review: Time to Sell More Coloring Books!

Man and ape living together? It's a madhouse! A madhouse!
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It's human nature to overstay your welcome, especially when you're having a good time. Apparently it's simian nature too, as you'll discover if you watch Battle For the Planet of the Apes (1973). The final film in the original Apes series is not without merit, but it is without a point. It's creatively unnecessary, and riddled with storytelling inconsistencies that threaten to undermine the narrative integrity of the series as a whole. Of course, you could say the same about the latter chapters of every multi-installment work in film history, from the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies to the much-maligned Star

Escape from the Planet of the Apes Movie Review: A Cinematic Course Correction for the Franchise

"Where we come from, apes talk. Humans are dumb." - Cornelius
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"How do you carry on when you've blown up the world?" host Roddy McDowall asks in Behind the Planet of the Apes, a documentary produced for the AMC cable channel in 1998. That was the dilemma facing Apes producer Arthur P. Jacobs and writer Paul Dehn when Twentieth Century Fox requested a third film in the series, following the box office success of Beneath the Planet of the Apes in the summer of 1970. As you may recall, Beneath ends (SPOILER ALERT) with the destruction of Earth. As you may also recall (SPOILER ALERT) it's an awful movie. This left

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes Movie Review: Witness the First Rise of the Apes

"Tonight we have seen the birth of the planet of the apes!" - Caesar
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Watching the original Planet Of The Apes movies some 40 years after their theatrical release makes for an intriguing look back. The first, simply titled Planet Of The Apes (1968) was adapted from the Pierre Boulle book, with a screenplay by Rod Serling. The premise of Earth having somehow de-evolved over time, with apes moving to the top of the food chain, and humans little more than mute animals, was a fascinating one. It has since taken its place as a bona-fide sci-fi classic. The four sequels are another story. They inhabit a genre I like to call "ape-sploitation." Unlike

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Movie Review: An Extreme Guilty Pleasure

A movie that was "direct-to-video" long before it was ever fashionable.
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Long before the term "direct-to-video" was even so much as a twinkle in a greedy movie exec's eye, the idea of making a sequel to a science fiction film was as propitious to a motion picture studio as was Orson Welles trotting off to his favorite all-you-can-buffet one day with a 50%-off coupon, only to encounter a "Closed For Good!" sign hanging on the door. The reason for this was simple: film studios shied away from the manufacturing of sci-fi flicks in-general, believing them to be for losers, nerds, geeks, dorks, and people that would come to be known as

Planet of the Apes (1968) Blu-ray Review: A Franchise Started with a "Smile"

You'll want to get your stinking paws on this one.
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Set in the year 3978, after having traveled for 2006 years, a trio of ANSA astronauts led by Taylor (Charlton Heston) crashes lands into a lake on an unknown planet. They make their way through a desert where nothing will grow, and after passing some scarecrow-like objects, they discover plants and water. As the men begin to explore this new world, they find it very different from the one they left behind. Humans here are the primitive species and, as the title hints, the planet is run by apes. This is revealed in a very exciting action sequence as gorillas

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