Take a closer look at The Planet Of The Apes from 1968. A film that posed a number of philosophical, sociopolitical and culturally relevant questions in an allegorical science fiction epic that spanned several sequels, television series, animated programs, and present day reboots.
Consider the year in which The Planet Of The Apes was released, 1968. The turbulent years of the seventies were just about to hit while the civil rights movements were in full swing (as evidenced by the riots in Detroit). Here comes this movie, based on Pierre Boulle’s 1964 novel where astronaut/journalist Ulysse (anyone familiar with Greek mythology should be rolling their eyes) lands on a planet inhabited by apes who have comparable technological advances. It was the film’s screenwriters and producers who felt compelled to set the ape civilization in a more primitive, shantytown environment and integrate relevant issues of the times.
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The third installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot, War for the Planet of the Apes, started filming last month and director Matt Reeves tweeted out a set photo to mark the beginning of principal photography. Based on the motion capture suits worn by the actors in the shot points to them being apes, an apparent inverse of Charles Heston on the beach in Planet of the Apes back in 1968. Take a look.
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Masters of the Universe holds a soft spot in the hearts of lot of fans, a show that’s forever linked with their childhood. For others, rather than nostalgia, it’s a case of exposure though the newer cartoon, the movie, and the DC comic series which grabbed their attention. It seems that He-Man’s world is an interesting one to visit indeed, so it’s great when we get news of some new Masters of the Universe merchandise.
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As the resident bearded Canadian on staff, I spend a lot of time examining and sometimes criticizing my fellow writers various governments (and hygiene), despite the fact that my own government (and hygiene) is probably just as bad, if not worse than those I attack with conspiracy theories and kindness (I am Canadian, after all). While most of our banter is good humored and based off of a need to verbally attack each other, sometimes relevant facts do make it into the conversations.
Some of these relevant facts are usually discussed and related to using the films that feature some of the same issues governments of the world are dealing with every day, and it opened our eyes to the many different versions that evil governments take on film. With some recent public (and not so public) demonstrations against select governments of the world, it may be time to take a look (with minimal help from Kronner) at some of the films that feature the best ‘Evil’ Governments
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If you had to ask me about my most anticipated ape related movie of the year, the answer by far would be Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes. My follow-up would be how many ape related films are they releasing this year, and if you had a list of titles I’d probably shut up and stand there bewildered. The thing about these Apes movies is, damn are they intriguing. Something about the combination of weird talking apes, time travel, social commentary and horrific dystopian ape societies really seems to resonate with audiences at large. Why shouldn’t it? What’s not there to love? To make it better, the cast for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, is a growing list of names that is spelling out another great Apes film in the long line of Non-Tim Burton related Apes films. Recently cast [Via THR] is beloved character actor Gary Oldman, who all should know by now as Commissioner Gordon from the Nolan Batman trilogy.
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