The ninth movie in the Planet of the Apes saga opens in theaters today. That can only mean one thing. It’s time to rank some Apes. The first movie, released in 1968, was an adaptation of a French science-fiction novel (La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle). That movie was followed by four sequels released annually from 1970-1973, a live-action TV series, a cartoon series and waves of Apes-related merchandise. After a twenty-eight year absence from the big screen, Fox attempted to reboot the series, but their first effort was a misfire. Then in 2011, they successfully launched a trilogy of prequels of which War for the Planet of the Apes is the most recent.
We won’t be ranking the latest movie because most of us (myself included) haven’t seen it yet. But we will go ape (had to be done) ranking the rest of the movies in the series.
Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon turns 70 today. Her first film role was in a supporting part in a 1970 film called Joe, which was made on a tiny $100,000 budget but was a critical and box office success. By 1975, she was starring opposite Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper, but it was her other film that year that would leave the lasting impression: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She received the first of her five Oscar nominations for Best Actress for a noirish 1980 crime drama/romance where she co-starred with the great Burt Lancaster:
It’s the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine. In celebration of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re getting post-apocalyptic. So get ready to fight off zombies, scavenge for goods and run for your life! And maybe spend some quality time in an abandoned mall or Bill Murray’s house. We’re looking at what happens in movies when society crumbles. Are we replaced by apes or pod people? Is Kevin Costner a fish person or a postman? Our dystopian future is up to you.