‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Review

Andy Serkis’ work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes locks his position amongst legendary ‘monster’ actors such as Lon Chaney, Sr, Lon Chaney, Jr. and Boris Karloff. That might not seem to be the greatest compliment at first; that roster of actors shouldn’t be marginalized so. I think all would bristle at being considered as performers we take seriously only when they work behind makeup and prosthetics or their digital equivalents.

The fact, however, is that Andy Serkis’ best work has been done in conjunction with groundbreaking washes of pixels. Beginning with his portrayal of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, continuing on through Peter Jackson’s King Kong and now culminating with Caesar, the ape at the center of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the partnership between the actor and effects house WETA has done far more than most to advance the idea of what the nature of screen acting really is.

Serkis and WETA lend Caesar a moving depth of personality that goes beyond the bounds we’re accustomed to seeing in non-human characters. And, as many of his interactions with the other simian characters are necessarily devoid of dialogue, the film displays a spirit that cuts closer to pure cinema than I expect from the seventh film in the 40-year old franchise. Read More »

We just saw a new commercial for Rise of the Planet of the Apes that had a lot of new footage, but that 60-second piece was pulled from YouTube fairly quick. Now there is a UK trailer that has a lot of the same footage, and more. Beware: you’ll walk away from this feeling like you’ve seen way too much of the movie. Check it out after the break, if that isn’t a problem. Read More »

We can thank the MTV Movie Awards for the bounty of new videos today — in addition to that new Breaking Dawn trailer, which I’m sure you all loved, we also have brand-new clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Help. See them all after the jump.

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20th Century Fox has released a second movie trailer for Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes., starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Frida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Tom Felton. The film is a prequel/reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise which takes place in present day with a science fact-like take on how animal testing leads to the end of the human race, and yes, the rise of the apes. The new trailer is more plot driven, concentrating on the animal testing set-up and the… rise of the apes. I’m a little bit worried that these trailers are overselling the third act action revolt, which much of the film comes from the set-up. But its looking good. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Do you feel like the Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer didn’t give you enough of the film’s full story? Then check out this new-ish featurette that explains a good chunk of the tale. I say ‘new-ish’ because this premiered during the Apes webcast that took place a few weeks back; this is just the standalone release. Check it out below if you want to see a bit of footage that wasn’t in the trailer and get a taste of what’s to come in this Planet of the Apes prequel and kinda/sorta vague remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Read More »

20th Century Fox has also sent us a batch of 8 high resolution concept art from Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While the trailer, released this morning, featured some quick glimpses at WETA’s awesome visual effects work, the final sequences of the movie are far from rendered. But if you want to see some concept art of the Apes rising against the humans, hit the jump.

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‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer

20th Century Fox has released the movie trailer for Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes., starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Frida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Tom Felton. The film is a prequel/reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise which takes place in present day with a science fact-like take on how animal testing leads to the end of the human race, and yes, the rise of the apes. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Last time we saw anything from the film Ironclad, in which Paul Giamatti plays King John as the monarch attempts to violently preserve his power after the signing of the Magna Carta, we were looking at a hastily-assembled ‘trailer’ culled from the first couple weeks of shooting.

Now there is a full UK trailer for the film, which shows Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox and James Purefoy all in their best, angriest moments.
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I have just heard that Bob Weinstein and Dimension Films have acquired Kristoffer Aaron Morgan‘s H.P. Lovecraftian horror film The Home. I’m happy to hear that Dimension Films wants to release an original movie again. The Home seems like a film they would have invested in back in the mid-1990’s. It seems like now-a-days, they’re concentrating mostly on sequels, remakes and un-funny parody movies. No word on if Dimension will be releasing the film theatrically or just home video. I’m sure, at very least, The Home will have a film festival run.

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I know there’s resistance to Red based on the fact that the film looks quite a bit different from the Warren Ellis comics upon which it is based. I haven’t read the comic, so can only approach the film based on what I see — and I really enjoy the stuff we’ve been shown so far. There’s one trailer already, and a second premiered today in conjunction with the film’s appearance at the San Diego Comic Con. Read More »