War For The Planet Of The Apes

War For The Planet Of The Apes US (2017) Dir. Matt Reeves In closing my review for Spider-Man: Homecoming I said it “might already be the film of the Summer”. I believe I may have spoken too soon…. The third (and final?) film in the rebooted series that began with 2011’s Rise Of The Planet … Continue reading War For The Planet Of The Apes

The Legend Of Tarzan

The Legend Of Tarzan US (2016) Dir. David Yates So, 98 years after Elmo Lincoln first donned the famous loin cloth to play Edgar Rice-Burroughs’ legendry creation, Hollywood unleashes it’s long awaited, long gestating modern entry into the Tarzan canon. Can British director David Yates (helmer of the last four Harry Potter films) do the … Continue reading The Legend Of Tarzan

Tarzan Of The Apes

Tarzan Of The Apes US (1918) Dir. Scott Sidney At the time of writing we are just two days away from the UK cinema release of the latest big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice-Burroughs’s most famous and enduring literary creation, the most adapted fictional character in film and TV (yes, beating Sherlock Holmes and Dracula), … Continue reading Tarzan Of The Apes

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes    US (2014) Dir. Matt Reeves The inevitable sequel to 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes reboot of the successful sci-fi franchise ups the ante with its tally of talking apes from one to an entire colony in this dark, dystopian tale. Set ten years after … Continue reading Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes US (1973) Dir. J. Lee Thompson And so we come to the final film in a series that many believed was done and dusted after the first! In contrast to the other films Battle For The Planet Of The Apes is told in flashback as the Lawgiver (a … Continue reading Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes US (1971) Dir. Don Taylor So having ended your last film on a pretty conclusive note by blowing up the entire planet and killed off all the characters, the last thing you would expect is to be told a sequel has been commissioned! For producer Arthur P. Jacobs … Continue reading Escape From The Planet Of The Apes

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes US (1970) Dir. Ted Post With the success of Planet Of The Apes surprising and delighting the bean counters at Twentieth Century Fox a sequel was commissioned despite protestations that there wasn’t really anywhere else for the story to go. Original novelist Pierre Boulle was asked to provide a … Continue reading Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes

  Planet Of The Apes US (1968) Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner After witnessing the 2011 reboot of this franchise which served as the first part of an origins/prequel to this film, I felt duty bound to seek this much heralded classic out, my only memories of it being very fleeting ones of the spin off … Continue reading Planet Of The Apes

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes US (2011) Dir. Rupert Wyatt To be honest Hollywood blockbusters and I haven’t got along too well over the past decade or so, largely due to most of them being “reboots”, remakes or just plain awful. So when this “reboot” of the franchise which began with the classic … Continue reading Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes