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Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies


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.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2001


Razzies 2001

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twenty-second annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2001.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring were the highest-grossing movies that year. A Beautiful Mind was the Best Picture winner while Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won Oscars in the lead actor categories.  The Razzies were dominated by apes and a shock comedian.

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Planet of the Apes Vs. The Road Warrior


Planet of the Apes Vs. The Road Warrior

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.

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Planet of the Apes Vs. Logan’s Run


Planet of the Apes Vs. Logan's Run

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.

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Post-Apocalyptic Movie Bracket Game: Planet of the Apes Vs. Invasion of the Body Snatchers


Planet of the Apes Vs. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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.

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Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes


I had no intention of seeing this movie.  Frankly, I couldn’t think of anything that could be done with the Apes franchise that would interest me.  All the good ideas had been used up by the early 70s.  And you couldn’t recreate the shock value of the original.  So, I couldn’t get too excited about another attempt to restart the series.

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The Lowdown on the Planet of the Apes Movies


When I heard they were rebooting the Planet of the Apes franchise again, I had low expectations.  What was left to do with the concept?  However, against all odds, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is getting strong reviews.  (I’ll resist the urge to say they finally made a monkey out of me.)  So, hey, why not celebrate by looking back at the long-running franchise!

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t) Pt. 2


I have to admit, when I titled my original article “Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t) Pt. 1” a part of me thought that it would be hysterical to never write part 2.  The problem is, there are just so many failed franchises to explore, that I couldn’t resist revisiting the subject for long.

Bridget Fonda - Point of No Return - 1993

Bridget Fonda – Point of No Return – 1993

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