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"Texas Chainsaw 3D" is a 2013 American horror film directed by John
Luessenhop and the screenplay is written by Debra Sullivan and Adam
The film stars a cast of mostly unknown talented actors and actresses with the exceptions of cameo appearances by Bill Mosely (who is a horror film legend, well known to the hardcore horror film community) and Gunner Hanson (who played the part of Leatherface in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In this film, he DOES NOT play the part of Leatherface again. Just FYI. He plays the role an elderly man in this film.)
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" is a sequel, but it does not require the viewer to see any of the other "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movies to understand what's going on. The film ignores all the other sequels, and it is a direct sequel to the first movie only. The shows scenes from the the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre during the opening credits to catch up viewers who have never seen the first movie as to what is going on exactly.
The story in this film takes place immediately following the events of the original film. After a shoot-out between the crazy and violent Sawyer family and the local sheriff, with the assistance of some local vigilantes who are just as crazy and violent as the Sawyers. After the shoot-out, one of the vigilantes, who's name is Gavin Miller, (played by David Born) kidnaps the infant daughter of a young woman who is apart of the Sawyer family. The infant's name is Edith Sawyer, and the mother's name is Loretta Sawyer. (Dodie Brown) Miller takes Edith home with him, and he and his wife Arlene (Sue Rock) raise the child as if she was their own. They even change Edith's name to Heather.
Heather and her new parents soon leave Texas for Oklahoma, and after Heather grows up, she has a fall-out with her Mom and Dad around Halloween, and discovers that her long-lost Grandmother from Texas, Verna Carson (who is played by Marilyn Burns who also played "Sally" in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre) passed away recently.
Now Heather, along with the help of her boyfriend Ryan (Tremaine Neverson), and their friends, Nikki (Tania Raymonde) and Kenny (Keram Malicki-Sánchez) go on a road trip to Texas to find Heather's past, They pick up a friendly young hitchhiker aimed Darryl (Shaun Sipos) along the way. In due time, the group of youths soon cross paths with the infamous Leatherface (Dan Yeager) - A large, deformed, and deranged serial killer who for the most part uses a chainsaw to kill his victims, and wear's different victims faces as masks.
When Heather returns to her hometown, her presence does not go unnoticed by Mayor Burt Hartman, (Paul Rae) who was one of the men involved in the shoot out with the Sawyer family decades earlier. When he learns of the recent sightings of Leatherface, Hartman opts to round up his old posse to finish the job they started when they first encountered the Sawyer's.
"Texas Chainsaw 3D" reminded me of "The Devil's Rejects" (Which is interesting since writer/director of "The Devil's Rejects" Rob Zombie was inspired by the original "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre". It's worth also nothing that Bill Mosely was in both "The Devil's Rejects" and "Texas Chainsaw 3D".) The reason why I feel both stories are a little bit alike is because both involve one psycho, redneck, no nonsense family taking on another psycho, redneck, no-nonsense family. The feud reminds me a lot of the feud between the Hatfield's and the McCoy's.
As I watched "Texas Chainsaw 3D", I honestly had trouble figuring out who I was suppose to be more scared of, but that is where a major appeal for me comes into play. Some films, such as one, are not about telling you how to think - They are about telling you to think for yourself.
The pacing of the film is wonderful and there was never a slow moment. The film is bound to scare anyone who has never seen a horror film before or just doesn't watch much of them. Horror-watching vets will be entertained as well. Finally, I enjoyed the 3-D too and I think it's cool that a whole new generation gets to enjoy 3-D. The film has plenty of "jump out and scare you" moments, as well as tons of gore.
This movie makes for a great action film too, and reminds me of a modern-day Western with the way the two families are feuding with each other. There are also plenty of homages made through out movie to the old-school Texas Chainsaw Massacre film.
I thought the film was highly entertaining. After six "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movies, I was concerned that the new film was going to be the "same old, same old" but it wasn't. It was very different from the other films, and that made me happy. I really enjoyed the story and think it's the best sequel in the series. I look forward to watching it again on blu-ray.
"Django Unchained" is a 2012 American-Southern history film directed
and written by Quentin Tarantino. The movie stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph
Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and
THE PLOT -
It takes place in the late 1850's in the deep Southern region of the United States of America. A German immigrant dentist-turned-bounty-hunter named Dr. King Schultz helps a black man named Django escape from slavery. From there, Schultz and Django work together as bounty hunters and go on a mission to free Django's wife Broomhilda from a plantation/slave owner named Calvin Candie.
THE MAIN CHARACTERS -
Django (Jamie Lee Fox) - A violent and angry ex-slave with revenge on his mind. He is a classic blaxploitation hero. He is fearless and a lot of members in the black audience will especially like him because he takes on the worst kind of racism in a very extreme and violent way. He reminds me of a real-life renegade slave from the 1830's named Nat Turner.
Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) - A highly intelligent, articulate, compassionate, charismatic, fearless, and violent man who is sympathetic towards the slaves in the U.S.A. The majority of the audience will love him. He reminds me a little of the abolitionist John Brown.
(To American history buffs - If you're familiar with Nat Turner and John Brown then just envision those two men working together and that is essentially to what we are treated to in "Django Unchained".)
Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) - A charming, but very cruel and sadistic young racist white man who owns a large number of slaves. Candie also has a small gang of violent and hateful white men (and one white woman) who work for him and do all his dirty work and clearly enjoy doing it. Django and Dr. Schultz meet their match when they encounter these people.
Stephen (Sameul L. Jackson) - Candie's head and most loyal servant. He is an elderly black man who has been enslaved by the Candie family his whole life. He is a house slave who hates his own people, but loves white folks. He is the eyes and ears for Candie.
(The film has all kinds of entertaining characters, but I believe those above the four who will get your attention the most.)
THE PACING OF THE MOVIE -
The film is almost three hours long, but it went by very fast, and I was sad to see it end. I rarely enjoy sitting in the theater and watching films that are too long, but I literally loved every second of "Django Unchained". The pacing is wonderful. You will hardly notice how much time has gone by. There are no slow parts at all.
THE ACTION -
The film has Quentin Tarantino's thumbprint all over it and if you're familiar with Quentin Tarantino films you know what I'm talking about.
THE RACISM -
Some of the racism will bother some people, and you'll hear the "N" word a lot. However, in slavery days the "N" word was not consider a racist word. It was simply what black people were called by white people for the most part. (Heck, the word "racist" did not even enter into mainstream society until after World War II. Just FYI.) Slavery happened in the U.S.A. rather we like it or not. We cannot make it go away by ignoring it. I personally think it is disrespectful to the memory of slaves by not realistically acknowledging what they went through and trying to forget it as if their feelings do not matter.
THE SOUNDTRACK -
The soundtrack is great and memorable too filled with a very diverse list of songs from 1960's instrumental western movie music, 1970's songs, a German song, all the way to rap music. It will really increase your emotions through out the film.
WHO I THINK WILL ENJOY THIS FILM -
History buffs, those who enjoy action films, Quentin Tarantino fans, and people who love classic Western cinema. (If you enjoy all of those kinds of films, this film will no doubt become one of your favorite films of all time.)
MY THOUGHTS -
As a long time American slavery/American Civil War history student, I greatly enjoyed "Django Unchained" and feel it is one of the best history films ever made. Because I am so familiar with the time period that "Django Unchained" takes place in, as well am aware of the abuse slaves faced, I invested a lot of emotion into the film and that is what made it extra entertaining and educational to me. Combined with the fact that it is a Quentin Tarantino film. I feel he creates highly realistic characters and that's why so many people love his work. Tarantino is truly a genius and the Mozart of filmmakers.
I also enjoyed the cameos in this movie from Bruce Dern, Franco Nero, Ted Neeley, Tom Savini, and Robert Carradine. There are some other memorable cameos as well. That's one of the many appealing things about QT and his films - He always casts the coolest people.
All and all, I enjoyed the film because it's educational, action-packed, emotional, suspenseful, and funny. If you like films such as "Django", "Slaves", "Goodbye Uncle Tom", "Mandingo", and "Blazing Saddles", then I believe you will also enjoy "Django Unchained".
In closing, I think this is Quentin Tarantino's best film. If you have not seen it yet, please rent it or buy it. It's worth it.
"The Cabin in the Woods" is a horror film that has a great cast of
actors and actress's such as Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Ghostbusters),
Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers, The Visitor), Bradly Whitford
(Adventures in Babysitting, Revenge of the Nerds II), and Tim De Zarn.
(South Central) (Those were the only recognizable people I saw in the
film.) The rest of the cast features various young and up-and-coming
stars - Their names being Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Fran Krantz,
Kristen Connolly, and Anna Hutchison. The entire cast did very well
with their roles.
The film is co-written and produced by Joss Whedon and directed and co-written by Drew Goddard. The two have also worked together previously on the television shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel".
I liked this film because I am a fan of actors Richard Jenkins and Bradly Whitford, and it was fun for me seeing them act together. They both steal the show in my view. Jenkins plays the part of a man named Gary Sitterson and Whitford plays the part of a man named Steve Hadley. The two are co-workers and both appear to be typical business men. Each man is very comical, but serious when they need to be, and given what they do for a living, a sense of humor is an important thing for the men to have.
"The Cabin in the Woods" is about five college students who go to a remote cabin for a weekend get-away. Their names are Dana Polk, Holden McCrea, Marty Mikalski, Jules Louden, and Curt Vaughan. Upon arriving at their destination, the five young adults soon discover that this party is not going to be what they expected.....However - The film is also not what we the audience expect it to be either.....
It turns out that the students are being video taped by agents for the government. The technicians, Sitterson and Hadley, watch the group of youths from various monitors in their control panel and are able to create the environment the group are in and give them mind-altering drugs to control them into following a procedure. The drugs gradually reduce the group's judgment and perception, and also increase their sexual stimulation. In time, Sitterson and Hadley figuratively fatten the young people up for the kill and essentially coerce them to "pick their poison". i.e. Pick which type of monster is going to hunt them and kill them.
I rather not type more about the plot because I feel the less you know about this film, the better.
What makes a horror film entertaining to me is if the villain or villains are well-acted by the performer(s) and can convince the audiences that their character's really believe the evil things they are doing is righteous. I also like it if the villain or villains even appear likable despite their violent ways. It makes the film more realistic. In real life, no one thinks they are doing evil and feel their actions are totally justifiable and that is what we are treated to in "The Cabin in the Woods".
I enjoy this film because it's scary, thought-provoking, funny, entertaining, and like a hybrid of several horror films in one. The two biggest being a slasher film and torture porn. The reason why I watched this film is because I am entertained by some horror movies. I feel watching them is similar to riding a roller coaster. i.e. There's something appealing about being scared, but knowing you are not in any danger. Finally, I am a fan of horror films because I am intrigued by human nature and feel horror films sometimes explore the dark side of human nature, thus horror films can serve as good educational tools which in turn can improve lives.
One of tag lines for this film is "You think you know the story". Going into this film, I thought I had a good idea of what the film was about, but the tag-line was proved to be correct, and I was in for a surprise. I figured the film would be another typical horror film that takes place in the woods, and it was, but there is a twist to it. Before I saw this movie, I knew nothing about it. I never even saw the trailer. I discovered the film thanks to various advertisements for it on the Internet which lead me to watching it. Me knowing nothing about the film increased the entertainment for me.
I watched this film on blu-ray on my HDTV with surround sound and the screen was very clear, the sounds were perfect, and made me feel like I was right in the middle of the action, the lighting was perfect, and the movements of the cameras were good as well. The pacing of the film was perfect. The film is not too long, but it's not too short either. The character development of all the main characters was done well and you get to see them all react to all kinds of different and crazy situations. I enjoyed the film's soundtrack as well. The action was wonderful. The ending action sequence reminded me of the ending action sequence in "Titanic" because there is total chaos at the end. It's great.
Those who enjoy scary movies should check the film out. I think people who are looking for fun, roller-coaster-like entertainment would enjoy this film a lot. I also think people who believe in conspiracy theories, as well as those who are anti-government would like the film too.
The blu-ray includes plenty of special features that go into great detail in the making of this film.
I highly recommend "The Cabin in the Woods" to horror fans.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Released in 2010, "Predators" is an action sci-fi film directed by
Nimród Antal, and produced by Robert Rodriguez. It stars Adrien Brody,
Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo and Walton Goggins.
"Predators" is a sequel and it is part III in the Predator franchise, ignoring the two "Alien vs. Predator" films. However, you do not need to see the other "Predator" movies to understand what is going on in this film. It is a fresh new story.
The film is about this group of strangers who fall from the sky - Litreally. They find themselves trapped on a strange planet in outer space. They soon discover that they are being hunted by a violent alien race of Predators.
As the film plays on, we the audience soon learn that this group of humans all seem to share one thing in common, and as the characters try to figure out where they are, why they have landed on this planet, and why they are being hunted, we discover that these people have a few dark secrets of their own.....
I watched this film because I love the original "Predator" from 1987. I went into this film a bit worried however because while I LOVE the original "Predator", I didn't really care for it's sequel, "Predator 2", nor did I enjoy the campy "Alien vs. Predator" films, so I could only hope I would like "Predators". I am happy to type that I LOVED it! I feel that the film returned the character and the franchise to it's roots and made it scary and mysterious again. I think the reason why it worked is because the makers of this film took the time to make a decent film, and really think about what it was that people liked about the first Predator, but without ripping it off.
The biggest reason why I enjoyed this film was because every human character was so intriguing that they could have their own spin-off film that focuses on them which is something I rarely say or type about an entire cast. That's a sign of some brilliant screenplaying writing.
"Predators" uses the same soundtrack that the original "Predator" used, and has several lines and other little things that serve as nods to the original "Predator" that will make any fan of the old-school "Predator" smile.
The film is very visually beautiful. Some of the movie was shot in Hawaii so the film is great for the eyes. It's great to watch on blu-ray.
The film is not too long at all and I thought the timing was perfect. Films over ninety minutes are usually sometimes overkill for me. My ideal film is ninety minutes and this film is just under two hours.
The characters in the film later come across a man named Noland who is played by Laurence Fishburne and he totally steals the show too! Noland has been trapped on this planet for a little too long, and he is OUT OF HIS MIND! Fishburne has the best performance and out of ALL the characters, I can honestly type that Noland made me feel the most uneasy, and given the types of characters in this film, that's saying a lot! Fishburne is just freaking brilliant and really makes you forget that this is just a film you're watching. He gives me goosebumps. He is just that scary. I am pushing 30-years old as I type this, and have seen all kinds of dangerous and crazy characters in films, and for some reason, Fishburne's character in this film really had an affect on me. I guess because we are essentially seeing what can happen to a person if they are stuck on that planet for too long, and it really speaks volumes for the type of hellhole the planet is and what it can turn you into. Of course, Noland could have already been a bit crazy even before landing on the planet, and him being trapped with alien Predators just made him more insane and dangerous, but to me that is one of the many appeals about the film is that the characters are all very interesting and mysterious.
"Predators" is much darker then the first "Predator" and when you watch the film and you meet the group of human characters, you will see why.
I try to pretend "Predator 2" and the "Alien vs. Predator" films never happened and that "Predators" is the true, real, and only sequel to the 87' classic. VERY rarely do I come across sequels that were just as good or better then the first one, and I honestly think this film is just as good as the original and is the ideal sequel.
In closing, if you enjoy horror films, aliens, villains, and anti-heroes, you are bound to have fun as you just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ultra-violence and the insanity. The film is filled with all kinds of violence, twists, and turns that will make you sit there as you watch the credits roll at the end and think "Wow."
"The Dark Knight Rises" is a 2012 summer blockbuster superhero film.
The movie is directed by Christopher Nolan, and stars Christian Bale as
Batman. The film also has an amazing supporting cast of actors and
actress's including Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Marion
Cotillard as Miranda, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Joseph
Gordon-Levitt as Officer Blake, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Matthew
Modine as Officer Foley, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and Tom Hardy as
The less you know about this movie, the better, so I am going to not go into too many details and will just tell you what I wouldn't have mind someone telling me before I saw the film. i.e. What made the film great, and the characters.
Batman is retired, but some evil dude named Bane starts doing some evil deeds, which leads Batman out of retirement. What made the film great for me was the character Bane. He's one of the coolest villains I've seen in a very long time. One of the last villains I saw that really made an impact on me was the character "Stuntman Mike" from the 2007 film "Death Proof". That was over five long years ago, so seeing a new really cool villain has been long overdue.
Bane is a terrorist, and is Batman's greatest foe yet. He totally steals the show. To me, the ideal villain is a character that is strong both physically and mentally, and is fearless, and Bane is all three of those things. Batman is also strong both physically and mentally, and is fearless, and that's what makes Bane such a great foe. It seems that most of Batman's enemies are just crazy genius's, but to see Batman take on a character that can not only have a battle of wits with Batman, but a battle with fists as well is really entertaining. Some of Batman's opponents have also been a bit over-the-top and a little too comic bookish to take *too seriously* because you know someone like that could never exist in real life, but Bane strikes me as a character that really could walk the streets and do some serious damage. He's very intimidating.
Bane is also a new character for me, so to have a brand new and fresh character that I've never seen or heard of before really added to the entertainment value of the film because he had a mystic about him. He in general has a big presence about him, and when he is on the screen, he totally gets your full attention. You won't space out or anything. He has a really cool voice too that will just make you listen to everything he says.
Catwoman was a great character as well. Anne Hathaway did a great job. If you're familiar with the character however, you probably won't be in for too many surprises from her.
What makes a good action film for me is a film that has plenty of action scenes, and plenty of dialogue, but doesn't overdo either, and "The Dark Knight Rises" balances both those things perfectly. You have lots of good action, and lots of good talking scenes.
The music as always was wonderful. I also thought the film was more dark and depressing then the other Batman films, but that will just make you desire to cheer for Batman all the more. There wasn't much comic relief in film either. Nothing I noticed anyhow.
The film is 165 minutes, but I didn't even notice, and I wasn't ready for the film to end. There's a lot of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
All and all "The Dark Knight Rises" is a wonderful film. I highly recommend it and I can't wait to watch it again when it comes out on blu-ray.
The producers of "Trollhunter" decided to cash in on the whole "found
footage" gimmick that has been a hit in the cinema business in recent
years, and made a film about college students who follow around a
hunter who hunts trolls for a living. B-rated? You bet it is. The movie
tries to play of like it's real, and like you the viewer are watching
someone's home videos of this dude hunting giant trolls in the woods.
That's pretty much it.
The show is 2010 foreign cinema. It's from Norway, but there are options on the language section of the disc where you can listen to the English dubbed version of the picture if you're an American and you don't speak Norwegian or if you're not interested in reading English subtitles. There is also an option where you can set the flick up to whenever the flicker show has Norwegian text on the screen, it will show translated English text.
This motion picture is written and directed by André Øvredal, and has an unknown cast of actor's and actresses'. To give more detail about the plot without spoiling it, I'll just type that the picture show is about a small group of youths named Thomas, Johanna, and Kalle who decide to make a student-documentary project about a local bear poacher named Hans. They soon discover he actually hunts giant trolls out in the woods for a living and was hired by the Norwegian government to do it and is paid well. Trollhunting in Norway is an underground project that only the government and it's associates are aware of.
In all honesty, the story sounded entertaining enough for me to rent, but this movie just stunk. I was so bored, I couldn't finish it. Again, it's like watching strangers home videos for the most part, and it's just boring. I didn't find any of the characters interesting, and then when we see the man hunting a troll, it's only slightly entertaining the first time. After that, I was ready to turn off my blu-ray player. I think this film would have worked MUCH better as a short that lasts only thirty minutes, but it doesn't. It's ninety minutes, and for a picture about trolls, that is way too long. This film is VERY slow for the most part, and then when the action picks up, it just shows us the same old boring thing every time of the guy killing trolls.
I don't have anything to say about the music in the film because I don't recall there being any, and the special effects of the trolls were good.
Anyhow, I just can't get into the whole troll thing. I don't take trolls seriously. I'm open-minded to the fact that maybe God, aliens, ghosts, and demons might exist. Heck, even Bigfoot might exist, but TROLLS!? REALLY?? Seriously? I just consider trolls to be a childish thing. i.e. A childish form of entertainment, and I think only maybe kids would be entertained by this movie. Like *maybe* boys between the ages of 10-14 would be ideal. I can't recall the film having a lot of bad language, or much gore. But it's not a serious adult horror film.....at all. It's just stupid and cheesy and I've seen too many good and scary found footage films to take a movie about hunting trolls seriously.
On a personal note - The film is not only unrealistic because of the troll concept, but it's also HIGHLY unrealistic because even if trolls were real, Norwegians would NEVER hire hunters to hunt trolls. Norway is a very liberal country and they would consider trollhunting to be a cruel and unusual punishment, and the Norwegian government would say that everyone deserves a second chance, even trolls, and they would just capture the trolls and bring them to their cushy prison they have by the beach for rehabilitation.
Oh no. I hope I didn't just give the screenplay writers of this film an idea for a sequel.
.....And the title of my review is ONLY just describing my thoughts on
the film's trailer! I can't find the right words to describe how much
the film itself stunk!
B-actor Bruce Campbell plays himself in this film. Campbell has cult-status because of his role in the low-budget "Evil Dead" horror films. Well, some monster in some town starts haunting the locals, so this hardcore "Evil Dead" fan goes to Bruce Campbell for help, not realizing the difference between films and real life, and that Campbell is just an actor.
"My Name Is Bruce" is pretty much a really bad rip-off of "The Three Amigos".
"My Name Is Bruce" also had a very low-budget, and you can tell as you watch the film. It has terrible acting, and it tries to be funny, but just comes across as stupid. It's entertaining enough the first time you watch it, but it has no rewatch value. I KINDA liked the film the first time I saw it because it was so bad, it was funny, but when I tried to watch it a second time a year or two later, I just felt like breaking the blu-ray disc it was on. I find myself fast-forwarding a little too often as I watched the film. I just couldn't stand the corny music, and all the other nonsense. I was more interested in the action, and when I got there, even that didn't save me.
I really don't understand the appeal and the loyalty to Bruce Campbell by some people, BUT to each their own. I judge no one. There's things I am into that some people don't get. However, this is my review, so I am going to type - I think Bruce Campbell is a horrible actor and "The Evil Dead" films are lame. And Campbell plays the same character in every film he does pretty much, and he doesn't try very hard in this one.
All of his movies in general just stink, and even Campbell makes fun of his movies, as do plenty of his loyal fans. So if Campbell was this big icon like his fanbase tries to make him out to be, you'd think he'd actually be in good movies with the exception of the cameos he made in the "Spider-Man" movies. Of course, him being buddies with the director had nothing to do with it, right? ;-)
Campbell seems like a funny and decent guy in interviews, and at Q&A's he does, and I honestly mean no disrespect. I think even Bruce Campbell wonders why some people are so inlove with him and The Evil Dead films based on the way he speaks to the fans. I guess I just don't get it.
Well, if it makes me a jerk because I actually like big budget films with good acting instead of low-budget, B-rated films with terrible acting, and horrible special effects, then call me Mr. Fancy Pants or whatever else you like. Just don't call me late for dinner. See? I can be corny too. You gonna pay me now and worship me? ;-)
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"Battle for the Planet of the Apes" is the fifth and final film in the
original Planet of the Apes series. It was released in 1973 and was
produced by Arthur P. Jacobs, directed by J. Lee Thompson, and written
by John William Corrington and Joyce Hooper Corrington. It stars Roddy
McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, Paul
Williams, and John Huston.
This movie is a sequel that I do believe requires the viewer to watch "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" before watching this film. You'll be able to enjoy it however even if you haven't seen the other movies, but there will be some unanswered questions if you are not familiar with the other Ape films.
It's been nine years since the events of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" - Due to so many Ape-uprisings, as well as a nuclear war among humans, the Apes have taken over the world. In a place called "Ape City", under Ape leader Caesar's leadership, all Apes have learned to talk and speak English, as well as do many other things. Almost all human beings have been enslaved by the Apes and are kept to serve their needs.
Caesar and his human friend MacDonald desire for the Apes and humans to live in peace. However, a militant gorilla named Aldo believes the Apes should become more strict on the humans and that all humans are evil and violent by nature, and must be punished for all their past crimes against Apes. Aldo plots with the other Gorillas to carry out justice.
Meanwhile, a group of radiation-scarred human rebels who live amongst each other out in the desert, far away from Ape City and any Apes, and are lead by a crazed, Ape-hating fanatic named Kolp, have plans to invade Ape City, rebuild society, and put the Apes back into slavery. What will happen when two civilizations go to war and battle for control of the Earth?
Like the previous Ape films, this one is also anti-racism, and is full of political, historical, and social parables. For example...
In Ape City, the Apes (of all ages) are getting educated on a variety of topics such as reading and writing by going to a school taught by a white human man schoolteacher. Because there are no Ape teachers, and because the more intelligent Apes are too busy doing other things to help build the city, Ape leader Caesar had no choice but to bring on a human teacher to do the job of educating the other Apes in basic things such as reading and writing. The school is the final and only place where a human has any type of authority over Apes.
There is a moment where the schoolteacher inadvertently says to Aldo - "No, Aldo, no!" - This is met with shocked silence by everyone - Apes and humans. It turns out one of the first laws enacted in the new Ape civilization was that no human may say "No" to an Ape.
The reason being is because a long time ago when Apes were learning how to be slaves to humans at a place called "Ape Conditioning School", one of the things Apes were forced to do was lay down on a table while being electrically shocked over and over again while a recording of a human saying the word "No" was repeated on a speaker. This was done so that the Apes would learn to fear the word "No".
And when an Ape became a slave to humans, if an Ape did something wrong, their human masters would shout "No" and that quickly put the Apes in an act of fear and submission. Humans said "No" so much to Ape that is scarred the Apes emotionally, and now, in this new society where Ape rules over Man, a human's right to say the word "No" to an Ape is a highly offensive crime.
The year was 1973 when the film was released, which was around the same time Whites and Blacks started going to school together, so I thought the issues in the classroom scene were touching on the topic of the tensions that were going on in schools all across the U.S.A. There's also a scene where Kolp and the mutant humans invade Ape City via a school-bus, which was symbolic of the time when Whites and Blacks were being bused together.
The bus is indeed a very symbolical item to appear in the film, and I think the presence of the bus subconsciously reminded audiences of the racial tensions going on in their very country, and gave the scene a more creepy atmosphere for audiences since actual acts of violence were going on, and a school-bus was largely connected to all of it.
This is a film that does not tell you who the heroes are or who the villains are, and suggests to you that you think for yourself. When I first watched this movie, I honestly did not know who to cheer for. One of the reasons why I like the film is because it doesn't really pick a side. It let's the viewer have his or her own opinion, and doesn't really tell you who to root for. The film respects it's viewers intelligence.
Characters like Aldo and Kolp are both faces of rebellion. Dark faces. Characters like Caesar and MacDonald are the light faces of rebellion. But all four characters are indeed rebels who are against the system, and in most cases, it's always the system that is the true villain. What is the system in the "Planet of the Apes" films? - Tyranny.
All and all, I enjoyed "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" very much. It is wonderful, and entertaining. It's full of parables that will appeal and educate the subconscious mind.
The film takes place during the American Revolutionary War, mostly
during the mid-to-late 1770's in the state of South Carolina, which is
the host to several bloody conflicts between the British Army and the
Continental Army. The story in "The Patriot" is about a rural American
farmer family lead by Benjamin Martin - He and his family finds
themselves caught in the middle of war. Martin only desires to live in
peace, and to raise his family, and for the sake of his children, he
hopes to avoid conflict with King George III's Army as much as
possible, but he and his family soon learn that being caught in the
middle of war can sometimes be more dangerous then actually picking a
side to support.
English actor Jason Isaacs brilliantly plays the part of the brutal Colonel William Tavington - An evil, heartless, loyal, and fearless English soldier who has nothing but hate for disloyal Americans. He will stop at nothing to crush the American rebellion against the Crown, including breaking the rules of warfare. This way of thinking soon leads to a conflict between Tavington and Martin when the two men meet.
While many of the characters in this film and the main story itself are fictional, some of the events, as well as some of the other characters certainly are not fictional. And also, if you study the American Revolution, you'll learn that British soldiers committed various war crimes against American civilians, so what we see American civilians go through in this movie is not that far-fetched. One can also learn quite a lot about the American Revolution by watching this film. i.e. The settings, the locations, the battles, the style of clothing people wore during that time period, etc. This film is visually beautiful, and quite a treat for the eyes.
I've read some people's comments online over the years and they nit-pick this film about some of the historical inaccurate's, and the thing is, this film is not a documentary, and it's not a history book. It's a film and it's purpose is to not only educate, but to entertain as well, and I think this is a very educational and entertaining film. I love American History, and I study it, and when I watch the movie, I don't notice any historical inaccurate's, and I don't look for goofs. I just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
I also think because there are sadly some people out there who don't like history, in order to make a historical film more enjoyable for non-history buffs, some things had to more dramatized to make it more appealing and interesting to the casual fan who normally has no interest in history. It's mostly hardcore history buffs that nit-pick. I really don't think the average mainstream casual fan doesn't know about the inaccuracies or doesn't care. They are just looking to be entertained, as am I. I will also give an example of how just making a film entertaining as opposed to historically accurate can sometimes be a good thing:
During the American Revolution, it's likely (although I'm not 100% sure) based on my studies, everyone (Americans included) spoke with an English accent, and it probably didn't even sound like today's English accent. However, from an entertainment stand point, in my view, I enjoy the fact that in "The Patriot" the American characters speak in an American accent, and the English characters speak in an English accent. Reasons being is because
First - Being an American myself, it makes me able to relate to the American characters more when I hear their American accent.
Second - Because of the difference in the accents between the American characters and the English characters, it creates a more of a culture clash, and adds to the tension and makes it all the more entertaining. All wars have a "Us against them" attitude, and if the accents were exactly the same in "The Patriot", I question if that tension and crystal clear distinction between the two would have been there. It just makes the film more entertaining by having the accents be different. Even in movies about the American Civil War, the accents are different.
I think history buffs will enjoy this film, as well as anyone looking for a good movie to watch on the 4th of July. I think some of the more hardcore history buffs who have a demand for historical accuracy might be bothered by the fact that this film not only aims to educate, but entertain as well, even if that means not making everything historically accurate, but I think if you can ignore and/or forgive the film for some of it's very minor historical inaccuracies, you'll find yourself really enjoying this movie. I also think some people from England may not care for the film since it vilifies the English.
All and all, "The Patriot" is a great and fun film full of beauty, emotion, romance, action, and drama that will not only entertain you, but teach you a lot about early American history as well. It has a wonderful soundtrack, and is a good film to watch anytime of the year, but it's extra fun to watch it around or on the 4th of July. It'll make the holiday twice as festive if you have a cool American Revolution film to watch. After swimming and enjoying BBQ all day with your family on 4th of July, this is a great movie to pop-in and watch with them at night. It will make you proud to be an American.
"The Blair Witch Project" is a horror film from 1999. It is written and
directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. It stars Heather
Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams.
The story takes place in the fall of 1994. Three young twenty-something student filmmakers go to the backwoods of Burkittsville, Maryland to shoot a documentary about a local urban legend called "The Blair Witch".
The film presents itself not like any ordinary film. It's exactly like watching somebody's home movies, but it's a lot scarier because these college students discover that the Blair Witch is real, and the whole film shows them being stalked and harassed by this witch. It's more of a psychology horror film because for the most part, during the scary scenes, it takes place late at night, and you only hear the witch out in the woods doing her thing, and that's what makes it scary.
I first saw this movie back in the summer of 1999 at age sixteen, and it scared the heck out of me. I had not seen too many horror films, so this film was pretty scary to me back then. I honestly was not aware if it was real or not. The producers of this movie tried to play it off like this was in fact a true story and these kids you see in the movie were not actors, but real people. What the producers did was set up a realistic website that treated the film as if it was some big kinda news event that you'd see on the CNN website. Also, the IMDb had listed the three people in this film as "missing", and then there were several documentaries that came on TV that made it seem like the Blair Witch was in fact a real legend.
I later discovered that it was in fact all staged. Regardless though, at the time I saw it, I was terrified, and The Blair Witch Project soon become one of my favorite horror films.
Today, as of 2012, it doesn't scare me at all now because I've seen so many horror films since then, and I watched the Blair Witch Project several times through out my teen years and early twenties, but I'll never forget how much it scared me in 1999. It was one of the first horror films I watched, and it'll always be special to me. I place it on the list of "high school films" because it was one of those movies I watched often as a teenager, and talked about with my friends. When I watch it today, I can't help but become nostalgic and remember 1999. I remember my friend, my cousin, and myself all went out and shot our own "Blair Witch Project" film and it was a lot of fun.
For first-time viewers: I think if you enjoy films like "Paranormal Activity", you'll enjoy this one. It was the first mainstream "found footage' film. I think some teenagers today would also still find it scary.
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