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Apes Franchise Review: Part VIII – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been out for a week now and I’m finally getting around to reviewing it. You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and also check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, let’s close out my Franchise Review of Planet of the Apes with one final review…for now.

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Apes Franchise Review: Part VII – Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now upon us and I have but one more review to write before I can rush out to the theater. You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and also check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Continue reading

Apes Franchise Review: Part VI – Planet of the Apes (2001)

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Today Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters across the country. Unfortunately, due to some poor timing, I have been forced to celebrate its release with a review of Tim Burton’s 2001 remake. As always, you can find an index of my Apes reviews here and also check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of Burton’s train wreck. Continue reading

Apes Franchise Review: Part V – Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

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In preparation for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ release on Friday, I decided to review every movie in the Apes franchise thus far, having never seen a Planet of the Apes movie before. You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of the Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Continue reading

Apes Franchise Review: Part IV – Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

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In preparation for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ release this Friday, I decided to review every movie in the Apes franchise thus far, having never seen a Planet of the Apes movie before. You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of the 4th movie in the franchise: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Continue reading

Apes Franchise Review: Part III – Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

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In preparation for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ release next week, I decided to review every movie in the Apes franchise thus far, having never seen a Planet of the Apes movie before. You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, here’s my review of the 3rd movie in the franchise: Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Continue reading

Apes Franchise Review: Part II – Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

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In preparation for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ release next week, I decided to review every movie in the Apes franchise thus far, having never seen a Planet of the Apes movie before. You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, let’s head Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Continue reading

Apes Franchise Review: Part I – Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Next week, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released. Much like what I did with X-Men: Days of Future Past, I decided I would prepare for Dawn by reviewing every movie in the Apes franchise thus far. Unlike X-Men, however, Planet of the Apes is a franchise I’ve never seen before. At all. So I think it’ll be interesting to see how my feelings toward these movies and this franchise evolves throughout my viewing.

You can find an index of my Apes reviews here and check out The Obsessive Viewer Podcast here. Now, without further adieu, here’s my review of 1968’s Planet of the Apes.

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X-Men Franchise Reviews Part VII – X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Before I start the final review of this series, I want to reiterate that I am not terribly informed when it comes to the greater mythos of the X-Men comic book universe. With regret, my only experience with X-Men outside of the movies has been the animated series from when I was a kid in the 90s.

When I think about the cartoon, I remember being really drawn to the Sentinels. I thought they were a very cool and frightening enemy for the X-Men. You can imagine my disappointment when, in 6 movies, all we’ve got in terms of Sentinels is one brief appearance in a simulation at the beginning of The Last Stand. It didn’t make it into my review of the movie, but it bothered me that a Sentinel could exist in a simulation when they don’t exist in the “real world” of the movies yet. Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part VI – The Wolverine (2013)

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This was my first time watching last year’s The Wolverine. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was directed by James Mangold. He directed one of my favorite westerns, 2007’s remake of 3:10 to Yuma. With that in mind and knowing this was a Wolverine movie without the word “Origins” in the title, I went in with some pretty high hopes. Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part V – X-Men: First Class (2011)

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I had seen X-Men: First Class once before. I was really tired and the disc was damaged so I couldn’t finish it properly until the next day. When I finished it, I felt like it was good. In fact, I thought it was really good. For whatever reason, I didn’t get quite as swept up in the fervor surrounding it that first go around.

Now that I’ve seen it again, this time properly and within the context of the franchise as a whole, I freaking loved it! I rescind my remark from my X2 review wherein I said I “have a hard time choosing between X2 and First Class when choosing which title is my favorite of the X-Men franchise.”  After a second viewing of First Class, it is unequivocally my favorite movie of the franchise thus far.  Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part IV – X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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Oh boy. Now it’s time to review X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This was my first time seeing this movie. I was so scarred by The Last Stand that I took a sabbatical from the franchise. Even if I hadn’t, the overwhelmingly negative word of mouth that this movie received didn’t exactly sway me into a seat at the theater. Continue reading

X-Men Franchise Review Part III – X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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After X2‘s release in 2003 I was really looking forward to this movie. It was one of my most anticipated movies ever until Bryan Singer decided to make Superman Returns instead. The announcement that Brett Ratner would take over directing X3 only crushed my spirits more. I had little faith in Ratner and didn’t even bother seeing the movie for a year or two after its release. The same goes for Superman Returns.

When I finally sat down to watch these movies, though, I went into them hoping I’d at least get a cool Superman movie out of the deal and that maybe Ratner would surprise me. I didn’t and he didn’t. I’ll save my thoughts on Superman Returns for another day but where X-Men: The Last Stand is concerned, I don’t know if I should attribute its many failings to the curse of the threequel or the curse of Brett Ratner. Which, of course, is just the career of Brett Ratner. Continue reading