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Planet Of The Apes (1968) Review


Extraordinary
The monkey movie that started it all and the only memorable picture to come out of the laughable and sometimes unbearable saga of talking ape movies, Planet of the Apes still beats with a steady heart 30 years after its conception.

This memorable adaptation of the novel Monkey Planet, authored by Pierre Boulle (the same guy who wrote The Bridge on the River Kwai), was brought to life by the infamous producer Arthur Jacobs, who eventually oversaw the production duties for the entire Apes saga. No studio except Fox would touch the project with a ten-foot pole, despite the participation of Rod Serling, who co-authored the screenplay adaptation of Boulle's novel (and which led to 30 drafts), Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, and Kim Hunter (Stella from A Streetcar Named Desire), and the amazing ape makeup by first-timer John Chambers.

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The Asphalt Jungle Review


Extraordinary
Sterling Hayden gets the shaft again in The Asphalt Jungle. This guy goes on caper after caper but he just never ends up with the loot. It always slips right through his hands. Every time.

Jungle is one of Hayden's finest hours, earnest and searing as he finds himself wrapped up in the perfect crime -- a jewel heist which is (unfortunately) a rather simple safecracking affair. This time out, Hayden's desperate gambling addict looks about ready to do anything in order to get back to the pastoral farm where he grew up -- and we believe it.

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Tora! Tora! Tora! Review


Very Good
Very interesting but rambling WWII drama about the invasion of Pearl Harbor. What makes Tora!! so interesting is that it is a joint U.S.-Japanese production, and the story is told from both sides of the fence. The Japanese obsession with fighting an honorable fight is made plain, as is the comedy of errors that led up to the U.S. inability to detect the attack until the bombs were dropping. The film is a very damning portrayal of the U.S. Navy and government altogether, and really gives you a respect for the Japanese, showing just how much worse Pearl Harbor could have been. A must-see for any war buff. Based on the book The Broken Seal.

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Them! Review


Good
Who doesn't love a giant ant movie? Who? Them! is at once high camp and a decent monster flick, thanks to a good-sized budget for sets and the dulcet voice of Edmund Gwenn, as a scientist who's on hand to explain to the military -- with educational films, even -- why ants in the New Mexico desert have suddenly grown to a thousand times their normal size. (Hint: A-bombs!) Eventually we know they'll have to go after the queen, just another big puppet that looks hysterically bad (and is really the only bad special effect in the film). But along the way we are treated to Gwenn, screaming at a cop with a machine gun to "Get the antennas! He's helpless without them!" Priceless.
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Planet of the Apes (1968) Movie Review

Planet of the Apes (1968) Movie Review

The monkey movie that started it all and the only memorable picture to come out...

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Tora! Tora! Tora! Movie Review

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