WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Review
Movies , Reviews / July 13, 2017

In a time when the terms “prequel” and “reboot” are treated like swear words in film communities, the new Planet of the Apes series stands as a proud example of what these can be. This conclusion of Caesar’s chronicle is an achievement in storytelling, effects work, and sound and builds upon the groundwork of the past two installments. However, where ‘War’ really stands out in cinema is in emotion and being able to convey important morals. In 2034 (8 years since the events of ‘Dawn’ & 15 years since ‘Rise’), the genetically enhanced ape Caesar (Andy Serkis) is still working to keep the rest of the apes safe from humans lead by the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After a devastating attack, Caesar, accompanied by a handful of others, goes on a mission to end this war and avenge his kind. To get right to the point, this movie is so satisfying and emotional. It really wraps up this prequel story very in a way that will leave audiences really touched. It is far more than your run-of-the-mill blockbuster. It brings to life the nuanced question of what it means to be human and how we value our “humanity”. The morals…

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review
Reviews / July 6, 2017

With great intellectual property rights comes great responsibility. Marvel and Sony are finally working together to bring us a Spider-Man movie set in the popular, ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (which is the 16th movie in the massive franchise). The movie has all of the fun and excitement that are standard fare in the MCU while also taking Spidey in a fresh direction. After the epic events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (though it still isn’t entirely clear in what year this takes place), Peter Parker is trying to balance his life as a friendly neighborhood superhero and a normal high school student. He discovers a criminal group lead by Adrian Toomes (aka The Vulture) and has to work to stop them. The movie does a clever job of keeping this plot lines working together. It never feels like the movie gets distracted or can’t handle its different tones. In actuality, the film’s over arching plot of Peter trying to prove his self worth feels self-referential of Spider-Man’s disappointing recent history in cinema. Following five feature films, this is a new type of Spider-Man. He is involved in activities that we haven’t seen from this character before. We get to…

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