Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Review

I know it has been a while since I posted anything at all. I have been quite busy with a move and working 40+ hours a week at a new job. It’s been quite hectic. I never got around to seeing the Daniel Craig/Harrison Ford starring engine known simply as Cowboys and Aliens due to time constraints. I still haven’t seen the wonderful David Tennant in Fright Night (which in the new area is only in 3-D). Tonight’s viewing pleasure was the big screen adaptation of what is a prequel to one of Hollywood’s longest running franchises. I have never seen any of the original Planet of the Apes films nor have I sat through the Tim Burton helmed, Mark Whalberg starring engine that came out at the turn of the century but I was skeptical about the James Franco led vehicle.

Needless to say the trailers featuring the CGI apes destroying the Bay Area enticed me so seeing the film became a slight must as time wore on. The ultimate question in my mind is how the prequel would tie up an already convoluted yet unsure premise of how the apes took over the world. Although skeptical at first about the entire idea of trying to reboot an old franchise based off of the French novel that started it seemed a bit odd, it’s a safe bet to pay for the price of admission here, not just in part due to a lackluster series of films in theaters (Final Destination 5, The Help, Conan the Barbarian, Spy Kids 4 all round out the top 5 box office from last weekend in no order). Rise of the Planet of the Apes conquers not just on a narrative level but on a level that the franchise hasn’t reached since the time of the hippies.

 

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Captain America: The First Avenger Review

For a few years or so I have been reading comic books. I have always loved comic book movies though. The new Batman series is among the best. X-Men First Class was awesome but after a while the Green Lantern started to let me down the more I saw it. Thor and the rest of the Marvel franchises always entice me more than does the DC ones. It’s good to see that Marvel has their shit together. Seriously. After years of fucking around now they got the Avengers ready. Do Iron Man. Make it super good and successful. Cool. Now Iron Man 2 following Hulk. Just as successful. Great now let’s hype up Thor and the Cap. Thor was ok, did ok. Cap, well it knocked Harry from his perch and was well…let’s let the review do the talking.

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