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The Beautiful and the Damned Dirty Apes: A History of The Planet of The Apes

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Author: Cai Ross

The original Planet of The Apes movies occupied a curious netherworld of critical opinion. With each film, the budget was sawn in half, leading to a successive pattern of diminishing returns that led to a cheapening of its esteem. The spin-off TV show was quickly cancelled, further dulling the lustre and few people even remember the animated series that finally put the Apes to bed until a rude awakening in 2001.

However, for all their child-pleasing capers (the family-friendly G rating was a mandatory stipulation from the studios), the Apes movies deftly juggled important themes and arguments about slavery, free-will, nuclear war, vivisection, racism and oppression, and man’s innate capacity for cruelty. In pure storytelling terms, the circuitous plot links the first five movies (and the new post-Rise cycle) into a pleasing, if relentlessly pessimistic, self-perpetuating full-circle.

Enormous box office successes in their early stages, they spawned
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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More Gay Stars and Directors and Screenwriters on TCM: From psychos and psychiatrists to surfers and stage mamas

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those with “pre-existing conditions” – which would include HIV-infected people, a large chunk of whom are gay and bisexual men, so the wealthy in the U.S. can get a massive tax cut, Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride or Lgbt Month celebration continues (into tomorrow morning, Thursday & Friday, June 22–23) with the presentation of movies by or featuring an eclectic – though seemingly all male – group: Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter, Dirk Bogarde, John Schlesinger, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins. After all, one assumes that, rumors or no, the presence of Mercedes McCambridge in one
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Battleground

Battleground

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1949 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 118 min. / Street Date January 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Don Taylor, James Whitmore, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames, Guy Anderson, Denise Darcel, Richard Jaeckel, James Arness

Cinematography: Paul Vogel

Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters

Film Editor: John D. Dunning

Original Music: Lennie Hayton

Written by: Robert Pirosh

Produced by: Dore Schary

Directed by William A. Wellman

“The Guts, Gags and Glory of a Lot of Wonderful Guys!”

— say, what kind of movie is this, anyway?

Action movies about combat are now mostly about soldiers that fight like killing machines, or stories of battle with a strong political axe to grind. WW2 changed perceptions completely, when a mostly civilian army did the fighting. With the cessation of hostilities combat pictures tapered off quickly, and Hollywood gave the subject a break for several years.
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‘The Night Of’: Actor Paul Sparks Talks Don Taylor’s Fate

‘The Night Of’: Actor Paul Sparks Talks Don Taylor’s Fate
The ending of HBO’s much-praised murder mystery “The Night Of” left plenty of hanging threads about the fate of key characters. Actor Paul Sparks, who played the creepy Don Taylor, thinks he has a pretty good idea of what happened to the smarmy stepdad of murder victim Andrea Cornish.

“He got the $10 million. I think he sold that house. I think he kept dating women in their mid-to-late 60s,” Sparks told Variety on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, where he is nominated for guest actor in a drama for his work on Netflix’s “House of Cards.” “I think that’s his jam. Maybe he opened a gym.”

Sparks couldn’t say enough about the experience of working on “The Night Of” with co-star John Turturro and director Steve Zaillian. And he loved the nuances of the character he played — a physical trainer with a habit of marrying older women who had plenty
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We Finally Know Who Killed Andrea Cornish

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The Night Of's compelling pilot left everyone with one big question: did Nasir Khan kill Andrea Cornish? For a grueling eight episodes, the show danced around the answer by presenting viewers with evidence that could prove both his guilt and his innocence. Several other suspects were also tossed into the mix to further complicate the case. But at long last, thanks to the finale, we know who killed Andrea - and it wasn't Naz. While viewers don't get to see Andrea's killer confess or get thrown behind bars, all signs point to - drumroll, please - Raymond Halle. Ray, Andrea's (and previously her mother's) financial adviser, is briefly introduced at Andrea's funeral, where he gets into an argument with her stepfather, Don Taylor. Lawyer John Stone later questions Ray, who shifts the blame to Don with convincing statements about Don's threats and claims that Andrea told him Don would
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Review: What's the verdict on 'The Night Of' finale?

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Review: What's the verdict on 'The Night Of' finale?
A review of The Night Of finale coming up just as soon as I forget my hat... "Who did it?" -Stone The Night Of was, in no particular order, a murder mystery; a legal procedural; a drama about the way the gears of the criminal justice system can grind on cop, criminal, and family member alike; a harrowing portrait of how a civilian survives behind bars; and a black comic character study of the low-rent attorney who finds himself in the middle of it all. These are not incompatible kinds of stories; you often see many of them comfortably overlapping in the same production (even if John Stone's eczema was unique to Criminal Justice and this remake). But as The Night Of moved along, it became clear that Price and Zaillian were better at — or simply more interested in — certain aspects than others, excelling whenever the focus was on
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What should we expect — or want — from 'The Night Of' finale?

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What should we expect — or want — from 'The Night Of' finale?
Some thoughts on tonight's The Night Of — and on my hopes for next week's finale — coming up just as soon as this is for Law & Order... "Did I raise an animal?" -Mrs. Khan The first installment of The Night Of was among the most vivid, engrossing episodes of television I've seen in a long time. It's not that the larger story was all that new, but Price and Zaillian's attention to detail and ability to inject enormous amounts of dread into seemingly innocuous moments made it feel fresh and alive and different. The series has had no choice but to become a bit more conventional with each ensuing hour. There are still peculiarities unique to it and its characters (though Stone's eczema remains under control, the scene where he visits one of Don Taylor's former sugar mamas makes sure to dwell on the woman's manicured bare feet) and each
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Review: 'The Night Of' introduces more alternate suspects in 'Samson and Delilah'

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Review: 'The Night Of' introduces more alternate suspects in 'Samson and Delilah'
A review of tonight's The Night Of coming up just as soon as I tell you why not to put sailors on the jury... "But maybe I did kill that girl. That's what you're thinking." -Naz Naz's trial finally begins in "Samson and Delilah," as The Night Of continues to introduce or elaborate on alternate suspects even as we get more and more signs that the defendant was capable of committing the crime of which he's accused. With Duane Reade in the wind, Chandra and Jack alternate playing Nancy Drew this week, with Chandra getting to know Mr. Day, the funeral director who showed an unusual level of interest in Andrea when Naz stopped at the gas station, and Jack chasing down more information about Andrea's stepfather Don Taylor. The former encounter is disturbing in the extreme, with Day's particular brand of misogyny and religious fervor presented so coldly and
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Wrong Place, Wrong Time on The Night Of

The HBO crime drama’s second episode reveals the truth will not set you free.

In the second installment of HBO’s crime drama The Night Of, “Subtle Beast”, suspected murdered Nasir “Naz” Khan (Riz Ahmed) is trapped and has nowhere to go. This episode goes past the streets and courtrooms on The Wire and Law & Order to delve deep into the dark trenches of the American prison system and what it’s like to be stuck inside it. The show paints a harrowingly realistic picture of the criminal experience through the eyes of a young brown man.

We open on the morning after the night of and Naz is still being held at the station for possession of a deadly weapon. He hasn’t been charged of any crimes yet but already he feels helpless and desperate for someone to believe that he is telling the truth. But as Stone (John Turturro) explains to him, it
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TV Review: The Night Of "Subtle Beast"

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.They are all going to suffer the consequences of that night..

*** Slight spoilers ahead, but nothing that should take away from your viewing entertainment***

Picking up where we left off, Nas (Riz Ahmed) is still replaying the events of his night that have landed him in a cell. The police officers have given their statements of the arrest that lead to the discovery of the knife, and Nas is anxious to tell his side of the story. Jack Stone (John Tuturro) doesn’t care what the truth is, and would prefer to not to hear it until he has to. He wants to be “flexible” and after watching Detective Box (Bill Camp) work, we get an understanding for why.

Nas’ family is given more to do this episode. For starters, tracking down their son. Salim (Peyman Moaadi) and Safar (Poorna Jagannathan) Khan are running around New York City tasked with
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Review: 'The Night Of' gets to know Jack Stone in 'Subtle Beast'

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Review: 'The Night Of' gets to know Jack Stone in 'Subtle Beast'
A review of tonight's The Night Of coming up just as soon as this blog is like Jeopardy... "The truth can go to hell, because it doesn't help you." -Jack Where last week's premiere understandably spent most of its time on Naz, "Subtle Beast" more evenly splits things between lawyer and client, allowing us to really get to know the man who's going to try to keep Naz from going to prison for the rest of his life. It's a simultaneously funny and poignant running gag throughout the episode that everyone Jack encounters — cops, lawyers, judges, even his ex-wife — instantly recognizes that he must have stumbled into a case this big, even as they all seem to be rooting for him. Whatever ambition he may have once had in life has long since given way to his life as a bottom-feeder, handing out "No Fee Till You're Free" business cards
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Father of the Bride

This is one of Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor's best, written and directed by the classy MGM team of director Vincente Minnelli and writers Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. It inspired a decade's worth of TV family sitcoms and set the benchmark for weddings for generations. Great fun and solid sentiment without mugging or exaggeration. Father of the Bride Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 93 min. / Street Date May 10, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Bennett, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Moroni Olsen, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Rusty Tamblyn, Tom Irish, Frank Cady, Carleton Carpenter. Cinematography John Alton Film Editor Ferris Webster Original Music Adolph Deutsch Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett from the novel by Edward Streeter Produced by Pandro S. Berman Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There's almost no point in reviewing Father of the Bride, as one doesn't need insights,
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The Top Father's Day Films Ever Made? Here Are Five Dads - Ranging from the Intellectual to the Pathological

'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are
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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) Blu-ray Announced

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From The Time Machine to The War of the Worlds, legendary sci-fi writer H.G. Wells brought the spectacular to life on the printed page. One of his most haunting tales, The Island of Doctor Moreau, has been adapted for the screen multiple times and soon one of the film versions will receive a high-definition upgrade, as it’s been announced that Kino Lorber will release Don Taylor’s The Island of Dr. Moreau on Blu-ray.

Kino Lorber revealed they will release 1977’s The Island of Dr. Moreau on Blu-ray in June. No special features have been announced at this time, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.

“Animals become monsters – and a man becomes part animal – in this sci-fi shocker starring Burt Lancaster and a galaxy of mutant monsters created by some of the make-up legends behind Planet of the Apes. On a tropical Pacific island, the mad Dr.
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Review Round-Up: The Pigman from Das Cabinet to The Void

With so many films released on the run up to Halloween it’s been hard to keep up with reviews, so we’re going to play catch-up with another review round-up looking at some recent releases in brief. This time round we have reviews of Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari, Saints & Soldiers: The Void, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Pigman Murders.

Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari

Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger | Directed by Robert Weine

Synopsis: At a local carnival in a small German town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding…

My thoughts: Along with Last Year in Marienbad and The 400 Blows, Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari was one of those “important” films that I,
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Damien: Omen II (1978) review

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Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Damien: Omen II (1978)

Written by: Harvey Bernhard, Stanley Mann, Mike Hodges

Directed by: Don Taylor

Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)

I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two,
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Spencer Tracy is the Father Of The Bride Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

“No one paid any attention to the orchestra. I could have saved that 85 bucks!”

After his daughter selects a mate, the father must endure sleepless nights, sticker shock, and the disruption of his household as he navigates through the nightmare of wedding planning. In the original 1950 comedy classic Father Of The Bride, Spencer Tracy is terrific as Stanley banks, the harried father whose plans for a small wedding go awry. As his wife and daughter, Joan Bennett and Liz Taylor aren’t given much to do except look supportive and lovely, respectively (Interestingly, both actresses played Amy in film versions of Little Women; Bennett in 1933 and Taylor in 1949). Don Taylor, who plays the groom, would have a long career as a TV director. Director Vincent Minnelli does a nice job of balancing the comedy and the sentimentality in Father Of The Bride, which was a huge hit in 1950, spawning a
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Film Review: ‘America: Imagine the World Without Her’

After scoring a surprise box office success with his “2016: Obama’s America,” an agitprop portrait of our current U.S. president as a “breathtakingly anti-American” radical, conservative author and sociopolitical commentator Dinesh D’Souza strikes again with “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” a slick, sprawling celebration of American exceptionalism that could, much like its predecessor, make a bundle by rigorously reinforcing the deeply held beliefs and darkest suspicions of its target audience. A well-timed theatrical rollout in major markets during the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend will only enhance this aggressively patriotic documentary’s commercial appeal.

D’Souza sticks fairly close to the same game plan he employed for “2016,” once again sharing writing and directing chores with co-producer John Sullivan, and pulling double duty as narrator and oncamera interviewer. (He also appears here, fleetingly, as a fast-food restaurateur in a comedy sketch intended to illustrate the joys of capitalism.
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New Apes Trailer Proves that Human Beings Are a Mortal Danger to Other Earthlings

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: New trailer for 2014 ‘Planet of the Apes’ film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God’s-image apes — that’s self-delusional humans — discover the Gmo apes’ hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the Gmo apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I’m ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow Gmo apes. Check out the
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