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.
Bryan Singer, who turns 51 today, began directing immediately after graduating from USC. His first feature, the 1993 film Public Access, was made on a $250,000 budget, and was very well-received at Sundance, where actor Kevin Spacey committed on the spot to whatever project Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie had going next. That turned out to be an intricate caper film/thriller about “five guys who meet in a lineup.”
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the vampire classic, Fright Night. To celebrate this anniversary, let’s go over some totally awesome facts you need to know. Maybe by doing so, we’ll find out what makes Brewster so cool.
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!