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Directed by Dean Parisot
“Never give up. Never surrender.” Truer words have never been spoken. In 1999, the science fiction genre was shaken up a bit by a movie so smart and so funny that no other film has managed to duplicate its greatness ever since. That film is Galaxy Quest, a hilarious satire of all things sci-fi, most specifically the Star Trek franchise. Galaxy Quest isn’t simply a parody of Star Trek, though. It’s a parody of a show within a movie that bears an extraordinary resemblance to Star Trek, and this goofy send-up is the perfect recipe for intelligent humor, dazzling special effects, and pure movie magic.
- Randall Unger
While the average audience member might not automatically process this, the overall sound of a film is pivotal to our enjoyment. When it comes to composers, it's almost as if they're engineering their own films away from the filmmakers, with elevated action, moody drama and swooning romance. What's unique is hearing the music of the film, then heading home and hearing it on your own. The mark of a great composition is that it complements the movie perfectly, but on an independent listen, it creates new images all its own inside your head. This week, we listen to Michael Giachinno's score for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, currently the number one movie in America. The Apes movies have a long legacy of significant scores from the likes of Jerry Goldsmith and Patrick Doyle, the latter who composed Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. But, more importantly, this »
Directed by Matt Reeves
In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race.
The announcement of a reboot to the Planet of the Apes franchise was met with apathy due to the poor reception and utter failure of a movie that is Tim Burton’s 2001 remake, but 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a nice surprise. The movie was beautiful, slow and brilliantly written and acted with some of the most impressive visuals ever seen. Not only was it one of the best movies released that year, it was easily the best movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise. Its sequel »
- Luke Owen
Even before you consider Rupert Wyatt's hit 2011 blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its successor Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Franklin J Schaffner's 1968 adventure had spawned four sequels, an animated cartoon series, a live-action TV show, a deluge of marketing (bubblegum cards, plastic models, etc.) and Tim Burton's 2001 remake. And yet nobody wanted to touch Planet of the Apes when producer Arthur P Jacobs first touted it around Hollywood in the mid-'60s.
Adapted from Pierre Boulle's novel La Planète Des Singes, Jacobs saw it as the perfect follow-up to the animal magic movie he currently had in production, Doctor Dolittle. Approaching studios with a script by Rod Serling, the creator of The Twilight Zone, and concept images honed by no fewer than seven artists, Jacobs's passion project was nonetheless ridiculed: actors in monkey suits was the stuff of B-movies and cheap TV serials. »
The Planet of The Apes movies occupy a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.
However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the prequel Rise of The Planet of The Apes) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.
Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they »
- Cai Ross
One could argue the significance of the events that take place in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s widely considered the finest Star Wars film made to date but an argument could be made as to whether anything actually happens in the film. Yes, there is one major revelation that goes without saying, but isn’t the film merely just a stepping-stone to the next chapter? The film essentially is one long Saturday morning serial entry that practically ends with a voice-over announcing, “stay tuned next week Jedi; same Star time… same Star channel.” That feeling of seeing only the first part in a larger story can be said for the recent entry in the Apes reboot series. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes leaves a lasting impression based on the impressive special effects, rich visual landscapes, and moving character interactions (kind of like the other entry in the »
- Michael Haffner
Starring Andy Serkis as “Caesar,” the movie opens later tonight at theaters nationwide and the highly-anticipated sequel already represents more than 70% of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales.
According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 “Apes” ticket-buyers, 81% of them are Serkis fans and 74% contend that the Apes and Hobbit star should be considered for an Oscar for his motion capture performances.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes concluded with the apes breaking free from their human captors – just as a deadly human-created virus spread globally. Caesar, the benevolent ape leader, »
- Michelle McCue
In 2011, Fox unleashed "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," a big screen reboot of their beloved "Planet of the Apes" franchise that was notable in the fact that the apes, usually portrayed, up until this point, by actors in sophisticated rubber suits, would be replaced by completely computer generated creatures. (They used a process called performance capture, which helped animators get a better sense of the characters by transforming actors' movements into track-able data.)
That film turned out to be a surprise smash, both critically and commercially, although this could have been because the bar was set so astoundingly low by Tim Burton's clunky 2002 remake. And we all know that where there's a hit, there will certainly be a sequel, especially if it's one of Fox's crown jewel properties.
- Drew Taylor
I didn't necessarily dislike Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but I became increasingly aware and annoyed by just how predictable and redundant it was. It got to the point a member of my screening audience sitting behind me said, "I knew it was going to be him," and I wanted to turn around and say, "Yeah, we all knew it was going to be him... about an hour ago." Outside of a couple of instances, there isn't a moment in this film you won't see coming and what's most disappointing about that is how well made it is, how great the performances are and how utterly great some of the scenes are. Picking up ten years after the events that followed 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a disease ironically dubbed the "Simian Flu" has wiped out the majority of the human population save for a »
- Brad Brevet
"Hey, Hillz! Nice meeting you. Lemme write you a song when you run for president!" That's basically how Katy Perry followed up her meeting with Hillary Clinton at a book signing last Friday. And Clinton seemed down with it, oddly enough. .@katyperry Well that's not a Hard Choice. You already did! Keep letting us hear you Roar.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 22, 2014 But before you say that a Hillary Clinton-Katy Perry team-up seems a little out of left field, know that the Ready for Hillary Super Pac already used "Roar" in a promotional video earlier this year. "Eye of the tiger? »
- Drew Mackie
Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer revisits the over-the-top 1985 Rambo sequel "First Blood Part II," starring, of course, Sylvester Stallone. Any subtleties or ambiguous notions found in 1982's "First Blood" are blown up real good in this 1985 sequel. Co-written by Stallone and James Cameron, the second film picks up right where the first left off as Rambo is released from prison in order to rescue a squadron of POWs in Vietnam. Directed by George Cosmatos, the explosion-happy picture benefits from stellar tech credits with Tfh guru Mark Goldblatt in the editing bay, an evocative score by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography from the brilliant Jack Cardiff. »
- Trailers From Hell
Any subtleties or ambiguous notions found in 1982's First Blood are blown up real good in this 1985 sequel. Co-written by Stallone and James Cameron, the second film picks up right where the first left off as Rambo is released from prison in order to rescue a squadron of POWs in Vietnam. Directed by George Cosmatos, the explosion-happy picture benefits from stellar tech credits with Tfh guru Mark Goldblatt in the editing bay, an evocative score by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography from the brilliant Jack Cardiff.
- TFH Team
According to The Nerdiot, these 80 films will be removed from Netflix at 11:59 tonight. If you’re suddenly having a panic attack about all the great cinema you’re missing, don’t worry. Just take a deep breath, make an excuse to leave work, and embark on a summer Netflix marathon.
Come for the pump-up music and montages, stay for the pre-u.S.A.-Belgium infusion of patriotism, as Sylvester Stallone trains to face off against a heavyweight champ in John G. Avildsen’s 1976 boxing film. We won’t judge if you slip off into the sequels. …Actually, that depends on the sequel. »
- Jackson McHenry
Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer talks 1982 thriller "First Blood," starring Sylvester Stallone as the legendary Rambo. As battle scarred John Rambo, star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone uses the post war traumas of real-life war veterans as fuel for a jingoistic revenge fantasy in the mode of "Death Wish" and "Walking Tall." Efficiently directed by Ted Kotcheff ("The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," "North Dallas Forty"), 1982's "First Blood" is the quintessential Reagan era action film; the beleaguered Rambo takes up arms against a corrupt Washington state police department and essentially goes to war with his own government. Andrew Lazlo’s ("Southern Comfort," "Innerspace") beautiful cinematography (utilizing the lush landscapes of British Columbia) recalls Vilmos Zsigmond’s work on "The Deer Hunter" and Jerry Goldsmith’s thoughtful score conveys an »
- Trailers From Hell
As battle scarred John Rambo, star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone uses the post war traumas of real-life war veterans as fuel for a jingoistic revenge fantasy in the mode of Death Wish and Walking Tall. Efficiently directed by Ted Kotcheff (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, North Dallas Forty), 1982's First Blood is the quintessential Reagan era action film; the beleaguered Rambo takes up arms against a corrupt Washington state police department and essentially goes to war with his own government. Andrew Lazlo's (Southern Comfort, Innerspace) beautiful cinematography (utilizing the lush landscapes of British Columbia) recalls Vilmos Zsigmond's work on The Deer Hunter and Jerry Goldsmith's thoughtful score conveys an appropriately manly but melancholy mood.
The post First Blood appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
- TFH Team
The first press screenings have taken place for Fox's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and reviews have started popping up. Almost all are gushingly positive, saying it is the film of the Summer, and 'Rise' is to 'Dawn' as "Star Wars" is to "The Empire Strikes Back". Here's some of the reaction:
"An altogether smashing sequel to 2011′s better-than-expected 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' this vivid, violent extension of humanoid ape Caesar's troubled quest for independence bests its predecessor in nearly every technical and conceptual department, with incoming helmer Matt Reeves conducting the proceedings with more assertive genre elan..." - Guy Lodge, Variety
"A gripping account of inter-species conflict, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually: Maintain a simmering level of tension without let-up for two hours, seriously »
- Garth Franklin
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held its world premier in San Francisco this weekend, where critics screened the movie. It has garnered positive buzz and great reviews across the board, with the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel being called a blockbuster masterpiece and the movie to truly beat this summer. It's also being called The Empire Strikes Back of the franchise.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was no slouch when it came to positive reviews from both fans and critics, who admired it for its emotional beats and its achievements in VFX. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes only continues to push that momentum and goodwill forward as it lays the foundation for the rejuvenation of one of America's greatest sci-fi epics of all time. The film still has two weeks until release, so expect to hear more positive word of mouth »
In just a few short weeks, Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will finally arrive in theaters. All eyes are on this latest installment in the primate vs. human franchise, as it has a lot to live up to after 2011′s well-received and hugely successful reboot/prequel/relaunch, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Can this new chapter in the long running series manage to live up to the hype and pull off the character-driven, action-packed spectacle that’s been promised in the trailers?
We mere mortals may have to wait to find out how the war between Gary Oldman’s disparate group of human survivors and Caesar’s family of genetically-enhanced apes shakes out, but a lucky few have already seen the film, and offered their opinions on it via Twitter. Luckily, they appear to be going bananas for it (sorry), and have hereby raised my astronomical expectations even higher. »
- James Garcia
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
When 20th Century Fox released Planet Of The Apes on February 8, 1968, audiences saw Pierre Boulle’s novel come to life on the big screen through futuristic sets and costumes, John Chambers’ Oscar-winning makeup and a percussion heavy score by Jerry Goldsmith. Shot by cinematographer Leon Shamroy, CGI wasn’t even a thought yet.
As noted in the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes (narrated by Roddy McDowall “Cornelius”), the special effect shot of the half-buried Statue of Liberty at the end of the film was completed by adding a matte painting with existing cliffs. The iconic shot looking down at Taylor (Charlton Heston) was done from a 70-foot scaffold, angled over a 1/2-scale papier-mache model of the Statue.
Employing a new generation of the cutting edge performance capture »
- Michelle McCue
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