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The Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy doesn’t seem to get enough credit. They took a classic existing franchise (all the way from 1968) and, thanks to current technology, were able to give us a fresh film series that’s never felt cheap or suffered from “prequelitis.” The first film Rise of the Planet of the Apes introduced us to Caesar (Andy “Just Give Him His Damn Oscar Already” Serkis). The second film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes showed the start of a war between humanity, and the now highly evolved apes. It was one of the most clever (anti)war movies of recent memory, and this weekend, the third film in the trilogy, War for The Planet of the Apes is hitting theaters, and is already getting a lot of positive buzz (94 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes). Some are even saying that the third movie is making this trilogy one of the best ever made.

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There’s a scene in one episode of Community where Abed is analyzing a fight amongst the study group in the meta-contextual way only he can. As Abed explains the situation, as he sees it, Jeff cuts in infuriated and says, “Why do you have to take everything that happens to us, and shove it up its own ass?” (Or words to that effect.) That thought came to mind while watching Terminator: Genisys, the third attempt by directors who are not James Cameron, to find a way to continue a story that James Cameron so thoroughly and soundly concluded at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. To its credit, Genisys does it better than either of the previous attempts, but it also proves that the idea is a fool’s errand. (more…)

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The highly controversial, but no less impressive, Terminator: Genysis seems to be pulling out all the stops for this third time’s the charm attempt to make a bigger, better franchise for the cyborg saga. The seemingly ambitious project  looks to re-write Terminator history so that this fifth installment is neither a remake or a reboot, while at the same time it recasts the classic roles from the 30-year-old film to tell a new story that takes place inside the original film. Only Arnold Schwarzenegger remains of course, he will play the older, yet still bad ass, T-800. Here’s the weird thing, in the last trailer, the film revealed what looked like a pretty big spoiler. And now, in the new poster and TV ad, it seems as if Genisys is doubling and tripling down on the spoilage. The good news, at least in the case of the TV commercial, is that it’s Japanese. So you’re fairly unlikely to see it if you’re hoping to avoid spoilers.
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So we’ve been burned twice in the attempt to reboot Terminator without James Cameron and turn it into an epic trilogy filled with trills, chills and spills, all to make some mad bills at the box office. Now Terminator 3 had its moments, and Terminator Salvation had potential until they wussed out on the ending, but can there truly be a satisfying chapter of this series without the man whose vision started it all? That’s the question that Terminator Genisys will try to answer, and from the looks of it, the movie is pulling out all the time travel stops with paradoxes and retconning – TO THE MAX! But now there’s a new twist provided in the latest trailer. Which you can or cannot watch for yourself below. (more…)

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I hate to say this, but this new information about Terminator: Genisys actually has me intrigued. I know! I’m so gullible. Anyway, we’re starting to get some legitimate plot details about the next phase in the Terminator franchise, Genisys, which comes out next summer and, if all goes according to plan, it will be the first in a new trilogy of Terminator films. A lot has remained unknown about the film, including where in the Terminator timeline the movie will fit, and what role Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s paradoxically Old Terminator will have in it, but this new information from a very reliable source makes me wonder if that Terminator resurgence just might be in the cards after all. Or, you know, gullible. (more…)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is something of a miracle.

Ostensibly a remake of J. Lee Thompson’s Battles For the Planet of the Apes (the fifth film in the original series), Matt Reeves’ refashioning of that picture is nothing less than a stirring marvel of a movie, brimming with emotion and style in equal measure. Daring in ways many modern big budget franchise films would never dare, Dawn is the result of putting cinema and character first, a rarity in an age where commitment to brand is usually priority number one for studios when expanding upon previous summer cash cows. But beyond showcasing Reeves as being one of the most exciting directorial talents in mainstream American filmmaking, the second installment in this new series of Apes films yet again proves that Andy Serkis is a God working amongst mere mortals, pushing the craft of performance capture acting into uncharted qualitative territories. In short, it’s the movie of the summer and will easily end up being one of 2014’s best. (more…)

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By the power of Greyskull…

My most anticipated movie of the summer is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, namely because it’s my favorite franchise of all time and I thought Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the most stellar reboots in the history of popcorn cinema. Today we get two new trailers (one domestic, one international) that both rely on the same footage yet present it in totally different ways. While acting as an interesting study in marketing editing, it also helps that the movie looks legitimately kick-ass.

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I like robots, especially ones who want to just massacre people. It’s pretty much why Saturn 3 is my favorite movie ever (well, that and Harvey Keitel’s weird ass dubbed voice). So you can imagine how much I want to celebrate two new Terminator movies potentially being put into production, back-to-back. Spoiler: my celebrations involve tapioca pudding.

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It’s a rare position for a young, up-and-coming actor to find themselves in, but Dayo Okeniyi has been in a tug of war between competing franchise reboot movies. Yes, young Okeniyi was being pursued not just by J.J. Abrams for Star Wars Episode VII, but by Alan Taylor of Terminator: Genesis. Both films are the latest attempt to keep their indomitable and historic franchises relevant, and both are due in theaters in 2015, but only will feature Okeniyi in a main role, and that’s Terminator: Genesis(more…)