Items tagged "prequel":

  1. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

    An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

    The genesis of the iconic and legendary film Planet of the Apes (1968)!

    James Franco… man the guy is so hot he can sell an inverted crucifix to the pope. Undeniably one of the “in demand” actors in modern cinema. The guy’s got the looks and he can act.

    Now that that’s out of the way we can talk about the film and the spectacular effects. The Apes are the stars here, fuck all the humans. Not including the wonderful effects team that brought this film together and displayed their talent.

    Caesar aka Andy Serkis (Gollum) stole the show! along with his CGI primal mates. I loved how the writers tied-up the “launch” and left the film open ended. Leaving room for a “possible” part 2.

    The story also has a Monkey Shines (1988) element to it. Seeing John Lithgow made my heart pitter patter. That crazy old man!

    And there were some surprises too Tom Felton gets what he deserves and Brian Cox = a strict douche again. They represented so many of us who take things for granted, being the proud race that we are. One day we too shall be humbled.

    The chaos and theory was admirable. The demise of the world may come in any form size or number (rise of the zombies, rise of the robots, rise of the aliens, rise of the apes etc.). Splendid production quality that does not disappoint.

    Funny thing: They ate cookies more than they did bananas! (was there even a banana?) SEE: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) to find out why.

    I do hope they make a (the rumored) sequel…


  2. X-Men: First Class (2011)

    In 1962, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend… and future archenemy.

    The roots of legends… Where it all began… The seed of… And then I finally watched it. It’s a good “movie” and rendition of the tale of friendship turned foul. Remember the comics? Yeah, need i say more? Hype… All hype.

    The BEST X-Men film (for me) is X-2 (2003) aka X-Men 2. First Class is my second choice.

    The film is based on the “X-Men” comics ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1963) and ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2006)- I haven’t read the latter, But i guarantee you this is not like the 1963 comic book.

    Visually and professionalism was definitely there/felt, no doubt about it. Director Matthew Vaughn fanboys have been all over the radars and boards about the recent debacle that they claim to be the “best” X-Men flick. That my friend/s is where the problem is…

    What am i saying?!? I must be crazy?!? No, all i’m saying is… Magneto and Prof. X were superb!!! rest (of the cast) were curtains, lamps and ferns. The added “heroes” were much more of a bore (and slap on the face) than entertaining. *Eyebrows raised* Copycat Mash-up/made-up characters (why???), much like Hollywood ass raped Deadpool in the last film.

    This comic book film was all James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Brilliant actors portraying spectacular/iconic characters. The story (relationship) between Mystique and Magneto was appreciated. Everyone else… Average.

    Lame-o characters: Riptide, Azazel, Angel, Darwin and Beast. Passable mutants who slightly impressed: White Queen (wasn’t hot at all), Shaw (goddamn BACON! he needed thicker sideburns), Banshee (kinda “Kick-Ass” lookin’) and Havoc (an all time comicbook favorite). And the costumes were timely, but not nice. The CGI and props were good, but not nice. Cool but looked like they belong in a 60s spy/espionage film.

    FYI: “why does the red guy with a tail teleport?” Azazel and Mystique have a child, who we all know as Nightcrawler.

    "Go fuck yourself." cameo by Logan and NOT Wolverine. He hadn’t received his Adamantium skeleton yet, so he was just a fast healing/regenerating mutant - nothing special.

    The signature “accents” of characters were also removed?!? What the fuck for? And the long running relationship of/between Erik and Charles was cut down to… days.

    *I hope this film would encourage viewers to pick up a comic book or two and READ about the character origins and NOT depend on the (edited story) films for information.

    Am i being a comic snob? Yeah, X-Men was ours before Hollywood flipped shit.

    We can talk smack about this film all fucking day… Yeah it was “good”… in a “retro cool” way… I enjoyed watching the 2 leads rock the fuck out of this action fantasy adaptation!

    This is not how i read/imagined it to be.