Tag Archives: Planet of the Apes

Hail Caesar! Rise of the Planet of the Apes seizes summer

Frequently, films of the big budget sort have issues because the men with money don’t respect the filmmaking process.  When building a skyscraper you don’t rush it to completion – otherwise you get catastrophic results.  The same goes for visual storytelling, in which character development will never happen if you don’t allot the appropriate amount of time to build a connection with the audience.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes respects this, which is why it’s the surprise blockbuster hit of the summer.  Forget Thor or even the decent Captain America, this film may even be better than Harry Potter 7 Pt 2.  Not bad for a bunch of damn dirty apes. Continue reading

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Summer Movies: July-August (Part I)

Immediately following my coverage of the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival, my wife and I packed our tiny flat and moved back to the U.S.  We spent a month home and then finally moved to Iowa where she is now working on her PhD.

Thus, the summer was very busy and scattered; I left many films in my wake with nary a commentary post.  I will now provide a quick rundown of what you should check out and what you should chuck out. Continue reading