Summer in LA

war for the planet of the apes – some nice monkey business here

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes rebooted franchise. This film is directed by Matt Reeves written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. 
The movie follows the journey of the apes led by Caesar, and the humans that want these apes killed.

The good, the CG is amazing in this film. The motion capture used on Andy Serkis for Caesar is very impressive. Very pleased that the films in this franchise had the budget for the apes, as opposed to the original franchise where the budget got lower and lower for each film addition.

The film hits all the right emotions, Reeves takes us through a journey. Insights into the apes and the humans are given and they’re both logical and relate-able. Caesar’s struggle to keep his people alive in a world where the other inhabitants want them eradicated is almost prophetic set against today’s state of things. Sure it’s not something everyone can relate to, but we can sure empathize with.
The same can be said for Woody Harrelson’s character. On the outset he’s the bad guy, but his motivations are clear, whether we agree with them or not.

The bad; this is just me, because I really love the original franchise, but everything is CG. I miss the practical makeup and prosthetics. The reason for this feeling is that there are scenes where it’s just the apes, and all of that looks great, but it’s all CG. Don’t get me wrong, it looks good, but how much of that is real and tangible? That’s the feeling I got from the original films, and how movie making used to be.

Overall, it’s a nice way to end the franchise. Matt Reeves does a great job pulling you into the story. War of the Planet of the Apes is one that you could watch on its own. It brings the audience up to speed with where things are and then moves right into where things are going. There’s this sense of a lot of things going on that aren’t spelled out, the audience fills in the blanks, it’s very refreshing and un-like most Fox movies.
Reeves is up for the new Batman movie, if he can do what he did here then we’ll be in good shape and hopefully the other films will take his lead.

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Eugene

baby driver – drive yourself to the movies for this one

Baby Driver is the latest film that’s written and directed by Edgar Wright. It’s about a driver, named Baby, who’s a wiz behind the wheel when he’s escaping the police. Being involved with criminals leads to some no so nice situations. The film stars; Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. Continue reading

weekend update of 23-june-2017 (#14thfactory)

This weekend was jam packed, one of the places I went to was the #14thfactory next to the Lincoln Heights jail, east of Elysian Park. The 14th Factory is a multi-media art experience. My main reason for going was the recreation of the room from 2001: A Space Odyssey;

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cars 3 – there’s some tread left

Cars 3 is the third installment in the Cars film franchise. Lightning McQueen has to deal with the new breed of racers and where he fits into the racing circuit. This film is directed by Brian Fee (he was a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2), it’s written by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich with a story Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell, Jonathan E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington and Lea DeLaria. Continue reading

wonder woman – I wonder why this is so good?

Wonder Woman is finally here. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, its written by Allan Heinberg and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anayain and Lucy Davis. It’s Wonder Woman’s first theatrical film, it’s an origin story that takes place in World War I where Wonder Woman learns the ways of man. Continue reading

my top two movies of 2016

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year continued with the nostalgia trip.

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the magnificent seven (2016) – a remake of a remake is… my friend?

The Magnificent Seven is the 2016 remake of the 1960 western of the same name, which is a remake of the classic 1954 film Seven Samurai. This time we have Antoine Fuqua directing, with a screenplay from Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. This version stars; Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. It’s about a small town that’s being bullied by a larger force and they pool some money together to hire men to help them out of this situation. Continue reading

hell or high water – classic crime heist against the financial crisis

Hell or High Water is an heist crime film that’s set in modern day Texas, which makes it a revisionist revisionist western. The film is directed by David Mackenzie, written by Taylor Sheridan, and it stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
It’s about two brothers who rob a series of banks to save their family farm, and the Ranger looking to arrest them. Simple enough right? Continue reading

queen of katwe – we’re all pawns in life…

Queen of Katwe is a biopic, sports drama, loose on the sports aspect. This film is directed by Mira Nair with a screenplay by William Wheeler, the film stars; David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga. The film is about Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess champ from Katwe, we see her journey as she makes her way to the World Chess Olympiads. Never heard of her story? You should, and you will. Continue reading

kubo and the two strings – every bit as enjoyable as the critics say

Kubo and the Two Strings is a 3D stop motion action adventure fantasy film. It’s directed by Travis Knight, written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler. The film features the voice talents of; Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei. This is the latest film by Laika and it tells the story of a boy named Kubo who must face beings not of this world in order to find out who he really is.

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