War for the Planet of the Apes

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The only thing that i can say to preface this film is that it i’m frustrated in not being able to find the film’s score on CD anywhere in my area. It’s bullshit, as this film has delightful music.

In fact i don’t recall seeing any of the preceding film’s scores in the usual places i look, in the end i’ll probably have to resort to using amazon if i want to get my hands on it. Which is so much less fun than going out and finding it on a shelf, but i guess that’s just the way things are moving.

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IT (2017)

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Summer has (almost) come and gone, and with it one of the most disappointing box office seasons in a decade. Though the executives may lament the low ticket sales, i sure got into the theaters more than i have in years this summer (except in August, absolutely nothing came out in August that i, and many others wanted to see).

Well, it’s up to late summer and fall then to make up for it with some interesting releases. First up is IT; and it certainly is doing just that. Already it’s 2nd highest in R rated movie grosses of all time, and when my sister and i came out of the theater people were lined up outside like they were for The Force Awakens or The Dark Knight.

I hope this film’s, Deadpool‘s, and Logan‘s successes will help usher in a reevaluation in the industry, that will hopefully lead to the diminishment of PG13 hand holding (though here in Canada the film is rated 14a).

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Nosferatu (1922)

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It’s always tricky reviewing really old movies, like Le Voyage Dans la Lun, or The Great Train Robbery, or later stuff like The General and in this case Nosferatu. As they are at this point over or almost a hundred years old, and are rather dated nowadays.

But does that stop them from being good?

Especially considering films like Nosferatu, and Le Voyage Dans la Lun laid the very foundations that The Godfather and The Phantom Menace would later stand on. I think Nosferatu is better constructed than say Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but it isn’t as easily watchable, hence the conundrum.

But let’s get onto it and see.

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Alien: Ranked

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Let’s beat this dead horse one final time by taking another dead horse (in this case lists) and beating it to death. I promised myself that i would get Prometheus‘ review out before doing the obligatory ordered list of my faves, i did just that and now i can have some fun.

So this is my ranking for the proper Alien franchise (from last to first):

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Logan Noir

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I picked up Logan on bluray recently and i highly suggest to anyone reading this that they do the same, or at least watch it now if they missed it in the theatres.

That bit of news alone wouldn’t prompt any post on here, and i’m not going to make it a habit of reviewing home releases; but a curious addition accompanied the bluray in the form of Logan Noir. A black and white version of the film, where they (as the name would suggest) remove the colour from the film for a different version of the same film.

So i figured i would take the opportunity to look at the film in a different light, and address some things that i hadn’t in my original review.

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Prometheus

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Well it’s better late than never i say. Though truth be told i think it rather fitting that i wrap up the Alien franchise with Prometheus, as it really has very little to do with the series and does everything it can to escape the trappings of a prequel.

I quite liked Prometheus when i saw it in the theatre, and just like Alien Covenant (or rather vice versa) i was really taken aback by the negative response it received. There were tons of people asking ridiculous questions like:

“Why did David poison Holloway?”

“Why didn’t Vickers run sideways?”

and even:

“Why did the Engineers want to kill us?”

All of these questions usually had answers in the movie, addressed either implicitly or explicitly by character action, context, and admittedly conjecture.

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Alien Covenant: The Flipside

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Hilarious pic from fedor films on youtube, check him out.

 

It’s always interesting seeing how other people might view a movie, truly watching a film is a completely individual experience. As things so obvious to me, might be opaque to others and vice versa.

There were people who defended Batman v Superman, a large amount of people adore A New Hope; and while i can understand why, i can’t relate or share their views at all.

But it’s especially interesting and sometimes incredibly frustrating when the differences range into the extreme; i like Alien Covenant, love it in fact. I think it’s better than Aliens. I appreciate how it evolved Prometheus‘ themes, i like the explanation given to the creature’s purpose, i like the imagery, i liked the call backs in tone and narrative to Alien, and i absolutely loved Fassbender’s David. So it is jarring to hear people express such vitriol at something that i admire greatly.

So in an effort to step out of my own echo chamber here on this blog, lets examine what some people disliked about AC. I also must add that this post is going to be a long one, as there’s a lot to unpack, things that i didn’t include in my review for brevity and relevance.

Hopefully though you’ll stick around and come out understanding why i like Alien Covenant, in the face of heavy criticism.

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