Great Ape Photos From ‘Planet of the Apes’ Sequel

If you don’t read USA Today (translation: You didn’t stay in a motel last night), you probably have not seen the clutch of excellent photographs 20th Century Fox released to the newspaper for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. These images make me want to see the movie.

Director Matt Reeves is excited about the sequel to his 2011 hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

“We’ve got apes on horses. There is a sense in the beginning of the movie that apes have inherited the Earth. You see the species as it takes dominion over the planet. It’s an ape-world. That’s the fun of it.”


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Watch the ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ TV Spot

There’s a new TV spot running for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and while it’s way short, it looks just as foreboding as the first trailer.

In case you cannot tell from the spot, here is the storyline, according to the official synopsis:

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. 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.

The Planet of the Apes Dawns on May 23.

First Trailer for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Not sure how thrilled I am about this teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the surprise hit of 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This seems to hint that the story will be something like a reimagining of 1973’s Battle for the Planet of the Apes — definitely not one of the better installments of the old series. http://youtu.be/h_9-3Fj3ZdI I do like the primative, rain-soaked look of this film, and the long, slow pullback from Caesar’s face (it actually takes 25 seconds) is full of tension. DotPotA is directed by Matt Reeves, who helmed 2010’s Let Me In, the competent but somewhat underwhelming remake of Let the Right One In, and 2008’s Cloverfield. The official synopsis describes the movie like this:

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. 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.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11, 2014.

11 Thoughts About 11 Films From 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

With just about two weeks of 2012 under our belts, I figure we now have a little perspective on 2011, so why not take a look back at some of the cinematic achievements — good and bad — of the year?

I limited this survey to 11 films because I don’t want to ramble on at length. Wherever relevant I linked to my full reviews of the movies mentioned. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the 2011 films I have opinions about; these are just the movies that leaped immediately to mind. There may be more where this came from. (I hope that sounds like a promise, not a threat!)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 raked in $1.3 billion dollars at the box office last year, marking one of those rare times when a film’s financial success was commensurate with its artistic success. I really enjoyed this fun adventure flick, which seemed to contain all the action that was missing from the lugubrious Part 1. This movie reminded me of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as far as being a suitable wrap-up to an epic series. The characters reached a natural end point, and viewers felt satisfied that a complete story had been told.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

It was with great trepidation that I approached Rise of the Planet of the Apes; I had no wish to see another junky reimagining of a classic property with dodgy CGI apes replacing John Chambers’ legendary makeup from the original series. I also was wary of its apparently Luddite anti-science agenda. However, in a clear case of “monkey see, monkey do,” I decided to check it out anyway, since everybody else was seeing it. And I am glad I did.

The greatest advantage Rise of the Planet of the Apes has in its arsenal is that the audience thinks it knows where the movie is going – so the filmmakers do their best to upend expectations, zagging instead of zigging, and cloaking the larger story by distracting viewers with the more intimate, engaging tale of Caesar the intelligent chimpanzee and his handler/father, Will Rodman.
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