Westworld (1973)

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Westworld Movie Review

Westworld is a 1973 science fiction western thriller film directed by Michael Crichton and starring Yul Brynner. It is one of the best sci-fi films of the seventies.

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No matter what you do, he’ll always be one step ahead of you!

You haven’t got a chance!

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I absolutely adored this movie. It is the best film I’ve seen in a while and it just might actually be one of the best ten or twenty sci-fi films of all time. Yes, it is that good! And I did not expect that at all and now I am so intrigued that I would like to see a TV show that they have just made, but because it is a typical sensationalist, overly violent show like every other today, I unfortunately cannot and won’t watch it which is beyond frustrating.

This story is amazing. It is about an amusement park which consists of Roman World, Medieval World and the titular Westworld. In all three of these areas, visitors get the full treatment which is super realistic and detailed. Androids that look extremely like humans serve them and visitors can have sex with them, fight them etc. But when a sort of computer virus spreads, all androids start acting strangely, they rebel and eventually attack and kill humans. Such wonderful mayhem ensues.

Westworld is one of those movies where I instantly realized that a book author directed it and surely enough Michael Crichton, an author, is the director. And although some may find that problematic, I loved his direction here as he brings such high level of detail that regular movie directors could just never do. That is why the world building here is absolutely spectacular. You have all three of these areas utilized properly and I was fascinated by all of them and it was great that I got to witness each three. That I did not expect.

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And it is all so well thought out, not to mention extremely well executed visually. The special effects are so great and advanced for its time. I loved that Gunslinger’s viewpoint which, when broken, went pixelized and there we witness the first ever use of CGI. That is simply groundbreaking. And the androids themselves look phenomenal.

I know this is nitpicking, but I disliked the blood in this movie which was so obviously fake and with such a ridiculous light colour that was honestly quite funny. And as for the story, the only problem I’ve had is the fact that the androids can be distinguished from humans by looking at their hands as that is the only body part that the scientists did not fully perfect yet. Are you kidding me?! You make a perfect android that looks entirely like a human and has face and hair that are totally realistic and yet somehow the hands are the only parts that you cannot make properly. That was really ridiculous and just a plot contrivance as it was obviously convenient for the characters to know who is and who isn’t human by looking at their hands.

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But other than that and the fact that the second act definitely has a couple of slower and even repetitive scenes (there are too many scenes with the scientists for sure), I absolutely loved Westworld and I wanted a longer running time and more exploration of this enormous and beautifully conceived world. It is definitely one of the rare movies that entirely deserve sequels and TV shows as it is that big and rich with ideas.

It was an interesting turn of events that the more bravado character died and the goofier one survived and turned out to be a protagonist. That was unexpected. I still didn’t love both of them, but they were quite good nonetheless. But the Gunslinger steals the show and seeing Yul Brynner in this fun role just brought a smile on my face as I am a big fan of his and he was perfect for this role and he delivered in spades.

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Westworld is a science fiction film at its core, but most certainly a western too and a thriller with some strong horror elements as well. There are many great scenes here, but my favourite one has to be the entire chase sequence near the end as it was thrilling to behold and I loved especially the moment when Peter hid from the Gunslinger by standing beneath the flaming torch and thus fooling the villain’s infra-red scanners. Such a clever and thrilling scene. And the score was tremendous here, quite effective and spooky.

Westworld is one of the most original sci-fi moves that I have ever seen. It is such a unique mix of sci-fi, western and thriller with a story that is just fascinating to behold, rich in detail and propelled with amazing world building. It truly is one of the rare movies that entirely deserve many sequels and TV shows. I loved the score and special effects, Yul Brynner is superb, the chase scenes are filled with thrills and the film is consistently entertaining, clever and absolutely phenomenal.

My Rating – 4.5

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War and Peace (1966)

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War and Peace Movie Review

War and Peace is a 1966 Soviet war drama film directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. It truly is an epic, but also wildly uneven work.

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Uncertainty, that’s what one fears most

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It is based on one of the most famous and acclaimed novels ever written and it succeeds as a pretty admirable adaptation of it. It is famous for being the Soviet movie with the biggest budget and that money definitely paid off as the movie is gorgeous to behold. The cinematography in particular is phenomenal and every shot is great and some are even stunning. The camera movements are polished and the imagery, of the battles in particular, is frequently impressive.

I also loved that it was both a war picture and a costume drama. The costumes are exquisite and I found the interiors to be terrific. The dance sequences were some of my favourites here. I also really liked the score and the film is all around technically impressive and ambitious in scope and certainly epic in its tone.

But where War and Peace struggles is in its storytelling and characterization which is why it is definitely a respectable, but still somewhat forgettable and uneven work. Because it is divided in four parts and because of its staggering running time of seven hours, it is naturally uneven, weakly paced and edited. Some segments are better than the others.

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Andrei Bolkonsky is the first and best part for sure and all of the others failed in comparison to it. Natasha Rostova was just overly melodramatic in my opinion. The entire movie suffered from many typical plot points and plot progressions and an overall feeling that it is at its core a style over substance. The characters are also unimpressive. Some are very well developed, but none of them left a bigger impression on me and I have to say that all of them are immensely forgettable, at least to me personally. It received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and although not particularly deserved, it is still one of the better films to win that award during the sixties.

War and Peace is a pretty good film that is style over substance and naturally wildly uneven both in pacing and in storytelling, but it is epic in tone and scope, visually arresting and filled with great imagery, well scored and mostly such an admirable war and period piece that it managed to transcend its many obvious flaws.

My Rating – 4

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Midnight Express (1978)

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Midnight Expres Movie Review

Midnight Express is a 1978 crime drama film directed by Alan Parker and starring Brad Davis and John Hurt. It is a deeply xenophobic, but also very powerful movie.

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Catch the midnight express.

It’s a prison word for… escape.

But it doesn’t stop around here

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Billy Hayes tried to smuggle hashish out of Turkey, but was caught and sentenced to 30 years of prison so that they can make an example out of him. There he encounters horrible conditions and authorities until eventually managing to escape five years later. Now this is a story of a real man and this really happened which brings me to my first negative point – the movie utterly fails as a biopic.

It is difficult to judge this movie as we have a great fictional movie here and an awful biographical one. As a biopic, it is horrendous as it is beyond exaggerated and sensationalized to the point of becoming absurd and caricaturist. Rarely have I seen this high level of xenophobia which is exhibited here as all Turks are portrayed as awful human beings, dirty, lawless and plain horrible as if coming from the Dark Ages. That was so problematic and it took me out of the movie entirely.

But I tried to watch this as a fictional movie and that way, it actually is great. It is great because I rarely do like crime films and they are not my cup of tea, but even I could see how powerful this movie is. The story is well told, the pacing is excellent and the film is frequently brutal, but also very powerful and definitely unnerving, but a in a good way. I loved the prison break scene, but my favourite scene is the ending which is just such a deeply emotional, beautiful scene that perfectly wrapped up the entire film in my opinion.

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I liked the characters and I especially liked how they interacted as a group in prison and they were such a great group. Brad Davis isn’t as great and a bigger actor was needed for this movie, but he was still pretty solid in this very difficult role and he was quite physical and sensual. John Hurt is excellent as Max and gave the finest performance here.

Midnight Express is phenomenally made with excellent direction from Alan Parker and terrific cinematography. Some scenes definitely were too repulsive such as that beat up of Rifki, but the film is mostly a harrowing and very dramatic and powerful tale that leaves you unnerved instead of disgusted which was great. But I still wanted a message as they almost portrayed his actions of smuggling drugs as totally innocent and minor.

Where Midnight Express shines is in its score. Wow, what a beautiful score. Rarely do you see such a fantastic score in a crime flick, but here I was blown away by it. That is why that ending scene is so majestic as it is accompanied by that Midnight Express Theme which is one of the finest themes of this decade. It is moving and simply gorgeous.

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So I liked this film a lot. I liked the characters and I also liked the dialogue. It flowed really well and was never at all boring or slow. It was quite riveting and one of the finest prison films for sure. But I still deem it irresponsible as it is basically one giant hate letter to Turkey. But regardless of that, it caught me by surprise how powerful and dramatic it was.

Midnight Express is very difficult to judge. You have two movies here – one is very good and the other one is horrendous. As a biopic, it fails miserably as it is such an exaggerated, sensationalist portrayal of a real story and rarely have I seen such horrible, shameful xenophobia which was certainly portrayed here and the film is basically one giant hate letter to Turkey. But watching it as a fictional movie, it is actually stupendous. The performances are very good, the film is so well made and it is such a harrowing and unnerving movie that is frequently even powerful with many superb and memorable sequences. It is also accompanied by such a phenomenal score with a gorgeous theme. So in the end I’d say this is a good film, but an irresponsible one nonetheless.

My Rating – 4

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 2 (2006)

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 2 Review

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 2 is another good, but far from great season with its excellent, but also a fair share of just solid episodes.

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Does anybody here have any illegitimate children

with my whore wife that I should know about?!

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Charlie Gets Crippled has its problems and a lack of focus, but it is a solid introduction to Frank and it was great seeing how normal he is and knowing how he will eventually turn out. The highlights were all of the scenes with him, but I thought that this story needed more episodes and not just one.

The Gang Goes Jihad is terrific. Barbara is as hilarious and as evil as usual and her moments with Dee were just so funny. I loved Frank here as well. I thought the episode was structured really well and everyone got their moment to shine and of course the comedic highlights were those terrorism discussions and that hysterical tape.

Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare is another great episode where we get to see everyone get their moment. Dennis and Dee’s crack addiction led to a lot of amusing moments, Frank was as entertaining as ever and I liked that he had influence in the last sequence and of course Mac and Charlie are the highlights and watching them spend Frank’s money was so funny. All of these subplots coalesced superbly into a coherent whole.

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Mac Bangs Dennis’ Mom is such a funny and endlessly entertaining episode with a killer premise. Mac having sex with Barbara and getting rejected was amusing, but the highlight was watching Dennis get rejected by two old women in such perfect character moments for him. However, even though it was funny, I still found the treatment of Charlie highly problematic here as the Waitress chose to rather have sex with Frank than him. That ending was a shocker, but it was still a too brutal in my opinion.

Hundred Dollar Baby is such a superb episode that is probably my favorite of the season. Not only is this episode a great parody of both ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’, but it succeeds in both of its subplots so phenomenally. Watching Dennis and Mac train Charlie by punching him continuously was fitting for the characters and so entertaining, but of course Dee becoming this angry steroid addicted boxer and being trained by Frank was the standout element here. Such a great use of Dee and a great Frank/Dee combo.

Now this is where we get to some lesser episodes. Still solid, but not the greatest. The Gang Gives Back reuses too much of previous storylines with Waitress again using Charlie to pursue Dennis and I thought that element wasn’t utilized really well and ended abruptly. The basketball coaching part with the rest of the crew was much better developed.

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The Gang Exploits a Miracle is quite good, albeit overcrowded with subplots and characters. This is the first time we see Dee be particularly horrible, this time to Cricket who makes his first appearance in a brilliant fashion. Watching him as a priest and having a good life was great as he is only going to go downwards from here. I also found those religious elements quite funny.

The Gang Runs for Office didn’t utilize on its premise particularly well, albeit Dennis produces a couple of chuckles and most of the scenarios worked, but as a whole, the episode was one of the weakest and weakly structured of the season.

Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody’s Ass was also not my favorite episode. Dee got some good moments as well as Charlie, but overall this had a good story and statement, but wasn’t as humorous as needed with only a couple of scenes being really funny.

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Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad is one of the season’s finest installments, so good. Finally we get to see their biological father and the scenes with him were terrific as it was comedic seeing the stark contrast between their personalities, but I found Frank to be the biggest comedic force here. The restaurant scene is just genius, so incredibly funny and brutal that it just might be one of my favorites in the whole series.

Overall, the second season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has its weaker episodes and not as many truly great ones, but finally we get to see Dee become as bad as everyone else and we are introduced to Frank Reynolds really well. Some episodes are so great that they help elevate this otherwise problematic season to being pretty good overall.

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Worst Episodes: The Gang Runs for Office and Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody’s Ass.

Best Episodes: Hundred Dollar Baby and Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad.

My Rating – 4.2

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I Like Mountain Music (1933)

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I Like Mountain Music is a 1933 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a typical of its time flick.

Everything I said about ‘Bosko in Person’ basically applies here as well – this is a 1930s short film which came from its era, was meant for that audience and cannot properly be enjoyed in this modern era in my opinion which led to it being dated. It definitely did not age well at all.

Some parts were fine here and I really liked the titular song which was a lot of fun, but the film was crowded with too many characters and the gangster elements were especially annoying to me personally. It just deals with a lot of things and totally lacks focus in its execution plus the editing is weak. It looks good and sounds great, but the plot and the characters are too contemporary of its time.

I Like Mountain Music has a great music, but is crowded with too many characters and feels dated today.

My Rating – 3.3

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Bosko’s Knight-Mare (1933)

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 Bosko’s Knight-Mare is a 1933 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very typical short.

Bosko dreams that a knight kidnaps Honey so he has to save her. The premise alone sounds very typical, albeit charming. And the execution is exactly the same – uninspired and lazy. It is also shorter than usual and should have been longer. There is not a single scene here that was even remotely memorable in my opinion and that was the biggest issue I’ve had with it.

But it has very endearing Bosko as usual and a solid use of Honey. It also features pretty good animation and I liked its setting and it was mostly well edited. I just wished that it was more original and that it was funnier and more entertaining in its execution instead of being forgettable and uninspired.

Bosko’s Knight-Mare is not bad, but it isn’t great either as it is pretty forgettable and never particularly entertaining.

 My Rating – 3.4

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Top Ten Futurama Characters

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Top Ten Futurama Characters

Futurama is a show that has an abundance of great characters and that is one of its biggest strengths. Most only appear from time to time, but the major crew we follow all the time is great and all of them are memorable. For my list I chose only the comedic characters so you won’t see Leela here. She serves her purpose and is actually a very good character, but she isn’t funny and the humor is where I focused the most when making this list. And no Hermes on here too because he is the only Futurama character that I really don’t like. So without further ado, here are my top ten Futurama characters with three honorable mentions as well.

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Top Ten Futurama Characters10. Kif

He is of course weaker and less memorable than his captain Zapp Brannigan, but he is still a surprisingly solid character who got more than a couple of great episodes. Of course the relationship between him and Amy is interesting and great, but the highlight was following his annoyed facial expressions while being with Zapp. And I also loved his design, his home planet and the overall characteristics of his species, very imaginative.

 

 Top Ten Futurama Characters9. Scruffy

Being easily the most underrated Futurama character, Scruffy surely doesn’t get as much to do (and some jokes point at that brilliantly) as he only appears in a handful of episodes, but whenever he was on screen, he was bound to make me laugh. He is funny, but the jokes directed at him were even funnier.

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters 8. Mom and Sons

I at first disliked Mom, but she grew on me eventually. You can’t deny the strength of her character and watching her devilish persona was a lot of fun. She is a goofy and memorable villain and one of the two female characters on this list. But to me her Sons were even better as their dynamic was so much fun and most of those moments were hilarious.

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters7. Lrrr and Ndnd

 Another underrated character, Lrrr is so good. Thankfully he got a solid amount of episodes in the second half of the series whereas at first he didn’t. I loved his personality and he is so amusing. And of course he wouldn’t be complete without his sweetheart Ndnd. Watching those two argue or try to rekindle their passion was bound to be hilarious. They are the finest Futurama duo after Kif and Zapp.

 

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters6. Bender

I like Bender, but I don’t love him. I found his personality to be interesting, yet frequently over-the-top. Some of his episodes were genius and the robot angle that comes from him is great and clever. However, he is this low on the list because his humor was overly on-the-nose and aggressive in my opinion which is why I think he is honestly quite overrated. He is good and sometimes even great, but there are much better characters on this show for me personally.

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters5. Amy

I really like Amy! At first I didn’t, but she is another character that grew on me eventually leading to her becoming the best female character on the show. Her dynamic with Leela is terrific and watching her humiliate her fashion sense was consistently funny, but she is the best when delivering sexual humor. Crazy and promiscuous, but a lot of fun too, Amy definitely deserves this high a spot.

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters4. Zoidberg

Zoidberg didn’t get much to do in the first season, but ever since the second one, he has been one of the strongest and most essential members of the Planet Express crew. Interestingly designed, he is a lovable, yet gross creature and the physical humor with him was some of the best slapstick that the series did. But I liked that he was an underdog too as everyone ridiculed him, but in a fun way. He is very funny, that’s for sure. But he is quite possibly the most endearing character on the show.

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters3. Fry

I rarely like protagonists in these comedy shows, but Fry is different because he is actually funny and entertaining. Surely, he got more than a fair share of dramatic/emotional episodes, but he is the best at being dumb, yet caring. His relationship with Leela is so strong, but so are his interactions with everyone else. Some of his lines can be quite funny and I admired his character the most because he is humorous, while also having a great personality and a very strong character arc.

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters2. Zapp Brannigan

I could never get enough of Zapp and I didn’t actually as he never got as many episodes as he should have. But regardless of that, he is amazing. Over-the-top and always full of himself, he provided the best sexual humor in the show. His pursuit of Leela always led to highly humorous episodes, his relationship with Kif was also great and he is just great all around being magnificently acted, depicted and actually quite original and highly memorable personality.

 

Top Ten Futurama Characters1. Professor Farnsworth

And the finest character of all Futurama characters has to be Professor Farnsworth and I do not get why other people do not share that opinion too. He is easily the funniest character, even when compared to Zapp. Many of his catchphrases are classics and the dialogue that came from him was consistently some of the best of the show. I liked his crazy personality and he interacted with everyone else on the Planet Express team really well. He never disappointed me and it is such a commendable feat to have the oldest character be the funniest. Unforgettable and very amusing, he is the best and smartest creation from Futurama and that is why he gets the number one spot.

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Honorable Mentions:

Inez and Leo Wong – Always expecting grandkids from their daughter Amy, this crazy Wong duo stole the show whenever they appeared with their signature and strong humor.

Morbo and Linda – Another great duo, these reporters are a lot of fun. It was always funny watching him threaten the Earthlings and then seeing her laugh it off.

Nibbler – As one of the most authentic looking creatures in the show, the juxtaposition of cute and smart made Nibbler a very amusing character with a great backstory as well.

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The Robber Kitten (1935)

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The Robber Kitten is a 1935 Disney film from the Silly Symphonies. It is a solid, but very flawed flick.

It follows a kitten who dreams of becoming a robber and disobeys his mother until he comes across a real robber who scares him into running back home. I guess the message here is clear, maybe too clear and the film is definitely a bit too simplistic. To me the biggest problem is its prolonged running which resulted in a very slow second act, way too extended. Plus the characters are admittedly unlikable.

The protagonist is very annoying, but I liked the villain quite a bit, especially his dangerous voice provided by always great Billy Bletcher. He is the reason to see this film along with the animation as he posed real threat and is very memorable. The film looks as great as usual with great colors and a polished style to it. I just wanted more from it in terms of storytelling and editing.

The Robber Kitten is very well animated and has a great villain, but is too simplistic and weakly edited.

 My Rating – 3.5

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Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. It is one of the best blockbusters of all time.

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Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!

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I absolutely love this franchise and even though I like the current trilogy of films a bit more, I still absolutely love and admire this original film as it truly is a classic. It remains a true sci-fi classic and it came in the year of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ which goes to show that 1968 was probably the best and most influential year for this particular genre.
The story is simply phenomenal. I guess it can be a bit too preachy at times as was the norm for 50s and 60s SF movies, but it is mostly clever with its religious metaphors and the commentary on society. I really liked those courtdroom drama sequences as they were very entertaining and sophisticated.

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Of course I have to talk about the ending. I loved the entire interrogations, scientific conversations as well as that very intriguing first act, but the finale remains the best and most memorable scene of the film. When he realizes that this has been Earth all along and that humans had gone extinct and been replaced by apes, the line “You maniacs” becomes truly impactful and tragic which is why it is even better than that famous “stinking paws” line (the entire movie is so damn quotable). That ending features one of the smartest and finest twists ever in a film and it remains one of the best and most unforgettable ending scenes of all time.
Let’s talk about the characters. The black guy of course died first which was beyond frustrating, but Dodge was a total bore regardless. Landon was better and his and Taylor’s arguments were quite solid. Of course Taylor is a memorable protagonist and I mostly really liked him. Nova was frustrating as this typical sex object and nothing more than that. Of the apes, Zira is naturally so likable as is Cornelius, but the standout is Dr. Zaius whose calculated mannerisms make him a perfect villain for this story.

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Planet of the Apes is very well directed and the performances are quite good, especially that of Charlton Heston who here gave one of his best performances in one of his most memorable roles.
As for the costumes, those apes are obviously people in costumes and they aren’t great. It doesn’t help that the brilliantly looking ‘2001’ came in this same year, but I thought some of the voices weren’t the best and I didn’t like some of their movements, mostly the kissing. However, this is a sixties film and they look nice for its time. I still liked their designs and I liked that the film made use of not just chimps, but also gorillas and orangutans. I liked that hierarchy.
But even though it makes sense for the production expenses, I still found big problems with this ape society. They obviously reached the equivalent of human 19th century owing to carriages and uniforms, but why then would they live in such terrible looking, ancient buildings? That made no sense whatsoever.

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But the film is still technically strong, though a bit campy at times. I’ve only had problems with costumes, society and sometimes on the nose themes, but the film is otherwise terrific and not only is it so well edited and paced, but always riveting to watch as it just flies by. I like that it is a blockbuster of its time nonetheless owing to its high level of action as those scenes were so well executed and exciting. The cinematography is beautiful and these real locations were fitting and chosen superbly. And of course the score is just marvelous. Very evocative in tone and simply unforgettable. It truly is a superb film which is highly rewatchable as I loved it the second time just as much as I did the first.
Planet of the Apes is such a marvelous movie. The themes aren’t subtly incorporated, but they sre still clever. The story is riveting, sophisticated and filled with many great scenes such as that awesome twist ending which is one of the best in film history. The characters are memorable, the action is exciting, the cinematography is beautiful and the score is so memorable. Along with ‘2001’, it came in 1968 which is probably the best year for sci-fi ever and it definitely remains one of the best blockbusters of all time.

My Rating – 4.5

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Top Ten Peanuts Characters

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Top Ten Peanuts Characters

Peanuts is one of my favorite properties and I’ve watched all of its specials and feature films. To me one of its strongest aspects are the characters. It has an abundance of unforgettable, classic characters, either endearing or funny, so I am going to rank my ten favorites. Making this list wasn’t particularly difficult because there aren’t many Peanuts characters which is also the reason why just these ten without honorable mentions will suffice this time around.

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Top Ten Peanuts Characters10. Little Red-Haired Girl

Little Red-Haired Girl takes the tenth spot mainly because she just isn’t particularly memorable and she appears only in a handful of specials and films. But she serves well as Charlie Brown’s crush and her greatest moment came in ‘The Peanuts Movie’ with the ending of that film being so sweet.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters9. Schroeder

Everything I said above also applies here. On his own, Schroeder isn’t memorable and is kind of boring, albeit his interest in music is interesting. But he is great when interacting with Lucy and watching his frustration at her endless flirts was hilarious and provided many of the best laughs in the series.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters8. Woodstock

Snoopy is the more memorable animal sidekick from Peanuts, that’s for sure. But his companion Woodstock is a pretty memorable little yellow bird and I really liked the interactions between the two characters that led to many greatest Snoopy scenes as well as some of the best slapstick humor for the series.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters7. Marcie

I really like Marcie and this is the point of the list where we get to truly good and even great characters. Her relationship with Peppermint Patty is fantastic and their episodes were easily some of the best. I liked her quirky, shy and geeky persona quite a bit and her calling Patty sir was consistently funny.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters6. Snoopy

Snoopy is definitely overused and actually they rarely utilized him in the best way possible and he is mostly a lost potential. But he still got more than a couple of good stories within the canon and he is the best when used sparingly, as a comedic supporting character. I loved his interactions with Woodstock, but his relationship with Charlie Brown is the highlight and quite sweet.

 

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters5. Peppermint Patty

Peppermint Patty admittedly annoyed me at first, but I quickly grew to like her authentic domineering personality and butch behavior. Her interactions with Marcie were consistently entertaining, but her obsession with Charlie (or Chuck as she calls him) provided many excellent scenarios of which the best were those where she was jealous. A very interesting character for sure and the one who progressed the most during the series.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters4. Linus

Who doesn’t love Linus? He is not only such a great friend to Charlie Brown and a great moral support, but he is also very relatable and I especially liked the running gag with his safety blanket. That character trait made him vulnerable and ultimately more lovable. Whether in search of The Great Pumpkin or playing it smart, he is a fun presence and just such a sweet guy whom you cannot help but love.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters3. Sally

Sally is one of the funniest characters from Peanuts without any doubt. As Charlie’s younger sister, she is always complaining and throwing some very odd and yet hilarious observations about life. I loved her selfishness and cluelessness and many of her lines are immensely quotable and made me laugh out loud when I heard them. I love her so much and I have always been frustrated that she wasn’t used more.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters2. Lucy

Along with Sally, Lucy is the funniest Peanuts character for sure. But she is also the meanest by far. Watching her humiliate Charlie Brown was sometimes excessive, but mostly amusing. Her psychiatric booth sequences were absolutely amazing and just hysterical. Whenever she played a psychiatrist, it was bound to be funny. And of course her obsession with Schroeder also provided many funny scenes and lines.

 

Top Ten Peanuts Characters1. Charlie Brown

I rarely go with the protagonist for the number one, but in this situation, I had to. That is because Charlie Brown is such a different, unique main character never before seen in animation, or after really. He is always down on luck, always pessimistic and depressed all the time, but that is where the series shines as it provides a great message for kids about imminent failures and how you should just always continue trying. He is an unforgettable presence in the animation world and such a relatable and just superbly well developed character all around.

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