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War for the Planet of the Apes – Watch Andy Serkis Become Caesar!

War for the Planet of the Apes – Caesar (Andy Serkis) – Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

With only a few weeks left until the premiere of War for the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox has released a stunning video of Andy Serkis becoming Caesar – a video that shows he is not just voicing a CGI character, but acting the role in the truest sense.

War for the Planet of the Apes opens on July 14th.

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Apes Together Strong Trailer: War for the Planet of the Apes!

War for the Planet of the Apes – Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

The trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes has dropped and it looks very good.

The trailer introduces a new character – a small ape who has already done his share of surviving. We also see Cornelius helping a little human girl, and meet the film’s off-his-nut human military leader – referred to only as Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

Andy Serkis, of course, returns as Caesar – and he’s got a bone to pick with Colonel.

Directed by Matt Reeves, War for the Planet of the Apes premieres on July 14th.

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The Batman Has Its Director!

Batman – Photo by Zack Snyder/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Matt Reeves has signed on the dotted line and will direct the next standalone Batman film, The Batman, starring Ben Affleck.

It’s an excellent choice as Reeves can handle horror-suspense (Let Me In), and big budget action-adventure (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

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Let Me In – Supernatural Coming of Age Thriller!

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It’s only been a couple years since the genuinely different Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In turned up on the vast majority of critics’ top ten lists, so it might seem odd for there to be an American version so soon. Fortunately, Matt Reeves’ Let Me In is not exactly a remake. The opening credits cite both the novel and the script [both by John Ajvide Lindqvist] as sources for the film. In a way, Reeves’ take on the story takes what’s best about the novel [and original film] and finds a way to give it a unique resonance for the North American audience.

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Cloverfield Stomps Onto DVD!

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The innovative Cloverfield, which brought a whole new, personal style to monster movies, fares even better on DVD than it did in the theater. That’s because the film was shot as if by a guy who happened to have a camcorder with him when the monster appeared in Manhattan. Of course, even on the small screen, Cloverfield remains a truly intense experience, with its visual references to 9/11, its monster lice, and its very “old gods” looking beastie.

Cloverfield is unique as monster movies go in that it takes much more time to establish its characters than the average genre effort. This is because we have to know these people before we are plunged into the action with them. Since the only view of the action we get is from the point of view of the guy with the camera, we only catch glimpses of the monster – but are right there when one character gets mauled by one of the lice. The attempt to rescue someone we’ve seen only briefly on a bit of recording and for a few minutes at a party only makes sense if we know these people.

Overall, Cloverfield is a pretty special achievement in the monster movie genre, with its almost constant intensity and the intimacy of being right there with “The Man on the Street” as it were. The FX are amazing – and although we never quite see the whole monster at any one time, we see enough bits to be able to figure out its appearance.

Features include: Audio Commentary with Director Matt Reeves; Deleted Scenes; Document 01.18.08: The Making of Cloverfield; Cloverfield Visual effects; I Saw IT! It’s Huge! It’s Alive!; Clover Fun; Deleted Scenes; Alternate Endings, and www.cloverfieldfiles.com.

Grade: Cloverfield – A+

Grade: Features – A+

Final Grade: A+