Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Film insiders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may have given Best Picture honors to Birdman, but moviegoers in the new Moviegoers Best Blockbuster Film Awards gave top honors to Interstellar!
I bristle whenever Hollywood decides that it's time to remake a film from the recent past (although, with a history of cinema that only extends a little over 100 years, it's ALL the recent past).
My assumptions about history began to change 13 years ago. I was teaching a class called Media, Stereotyping and Violence when the tragic events of 9/11 overtook our lives. In the days that followed, my students and I confronted a question: Is all this violence inevitable?
What is the cost of millions of asthma deaths? What is the global cost of flooding, disease and destruction directly caused by climate change?
"HAS there ever been a summer of 23 sequels before?" asks The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy. (We here, writing for the older masses, are ever grateful to the lush- looking Reporter for keeping us so ably up to date.)
We talked about details on his particular approach to illuminating the apes' dawn, where he sees the series going next, and how he's tried to tie in with the larger Apes legacy.
What did I think of the film? Oh, I loved it. No, let me clarify that: I LOVED IT. But it's not really as simple as that.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an incredible thriller like no other. It's much smaller in scale than its predecessor, but that only allows for it to tell a more intimate story. The political and family drama is intensely engaging and the action-packed climax is the most fun half hour you'll spend at the movies this summer.
This week on the MovieFilm Podcast we have not one, but two interviews with the filmmakers of the number one movie in the country, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.