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Review: Planet of the Apes (2001)

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Movie-goers are much smarter than they used to be back in the day. For instance you have to really wow them with a concept for them to spend their hard-earned cash on. These concepts need to be believable, based in science, yet have something thought-provoking to say. Which is why Tim Burton and his boo Helena Bonham Carter were able to get an audience to fork over their money to see Mark Wahlberg and some human like apes that speak. God bless the U.S.A.

In an effort to get a space chimp back from a certain death in space, a Air Force astronaut ends up on a strange planet. This planet is ruled by apes and the humans are the animals in this existence. The rebel soon causes an uproar in the system and attempts to escape to get back to his ship. Soon, not-so-twist endings are revealed, and the audience is supposed to be surprised.

The idea obviously worked in 1968 enough to warrant a complete franchise. And the idea worked enough in 2011 with James Franco. You would think that a Tim Burton monkey movie would work. His visual style is obvious in the ’01 disappointment, but the apes come off as too human like, the weird romance is just creepy, and the plot is blah. I really wanted to like it, but there wasn’t much humor, the action of sub-par, and the end just left me unsatisfied. Tim Burton, you have an excellent career, lets just pretend this never happened.

My Rating: C-

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Top Three: 2001

3. The Royal Tenenbaums

There may be plenty of other great films that could have been put third on this list, but I’m going to be selfish. The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I will take any excuse to have Wes Anderson mentioned. Gene Hackman and Anjelica Huston are absolutely amazing, Ben Stiller Gives an terrific deadpan role, and has some of the best scenes ever put to music (in my opinion)

2. Lord of the Rings

Peter Jackson was up for a challenge. LOTR is already a big time franchise, with fans all over the globe dying to see if he could live up to the classic J.R.R. Tolkien books. Well, Jackson, along with Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Christopher Lee, and countless others did the impossible, and met the expectations. It’s an epic in every sense of the word and still stands today, over a decade later.

1. Amélie

Oh Amélie, how I love your distinct style, amazing visuals, and tremendous story. Yes, again, I might be taking liberties, but even if you hate it, you can’t deny that Amélie is a great film. It was the movie that made me realize that subtitles aren’t scary, but can actually add to the atmosphere of the movie. Just trust me. Go see it already.

Honorable Mentions:

Memento

Ocean’s Eleven

Donnie Darko

Monster’s Inc.

Shrek

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Spirited Away

Review: The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

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Coen Brothers do black and white noir? Yup, Joel and Ethan pretty much showed us that they can engulf us in any kind of character, whether it be Jeff Bridges as a cowboy, or Billy Bob Thorton as a depressed murder. But does it match up to their body of work?

The Man Who Wasn’t There is the story of the barber, Ed Crane. The barber is in a rut. He basically just lives day to day, cutting hair, and not really much of anything else. His marriage is basically non-existent, proven by his wife’s infidelity with her boss (James Gandolfini). Surprisingly though, Crane isn’t bothered by this. However, when the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime agreement comes up and he needs some cash, he ends up blackmailing the cheating boss. After that it’s murder, cover up, wrongful accusations, Scarlett Johansson, and oh yeah, UFO’s.

First thing’s first, this is a gorgeous movie. The black and white with the smoke filling up each room is beautiful cinematography. The story isn’t that bad either, with some good twists. However, nothing stands out besides those two. Although Thorton does a good job playing his role, why should we be rooting for him in the first place? Yes, we’ve all had that time where we feel like our lives are meaningless, but not feel anything about your own wife cheating on you? Not very identifiable.

My Rating: C

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