The Expendables 3 (2014) – Patrick Hughes

Dropping their hard R rating, The Expendables are back for a third go round, and Sylvester Stallone returns with a star studded cast that kind of makes up for the lack of gore, but you still find yourself wishing for it anyway. This time it’s personal when Barney Ross (Stallone) leads his mercenary team on…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Matt Reeves

  It’s back to the Apes saga as I dive into the most recent sequel as I continue my way through the Sci-Fi Chronicles. Set a decade or two after the previous film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Caesar (mo-capped by Andy Serkis) is leading a growing nation of evolved apes. But…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – Rupert Wyatt

  Ten years after the last film, Fox reinvigorated the Planet of the Apes series as I continue my exploration of it with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Featuring a stunning performance by mo-cap superstar, Andy Serkis, and emotional performances from both James Franco, and John Lithgow, the film gets the series back on track after…

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – J. Lee Thompson

  After the darkness of Conquest, the final film in the original Apes series is a little more family-friendly, and is my next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Caesar (Roddy McDowall) is trying to keep his people safe, as he rules the apes, after the consequences of the war that was hinted at during…

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – J. Lee Thompson

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles takes me back to the Planet of the Apes series again, as we take on the third sequel, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Set in the near future, the far distant year of 1991, the plague spoken of in the last film has struck, wiping out household pets, and…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) – Francis Lawrence

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles expedition into the world created by Suzanne Collins with her bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, continue with the first part of the last book, divided into two films, with the second one forthcoming this holiday season. But knowing that it’s only the first part of a two-part story, I knew, going in,…

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – Francis Lawrence

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues to entertain, and now, I’m diving into the cinematic adaption of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, The Hunger Games. I’ve read the books, and reviewed the first film way back here, but hadn’t covered the other films in the series yet, so it was time to dive back into the world…

Cleopatra (1934) -Cecil B. DeMille

  Claudette Colbert, who looks stunning in rather revealing and slinky costumes, headlines in this last recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book after my screening of Intolerance. The beautiful queen Cleopatra (Colbert) is fearing revolt in her home of Egypt. In fact in the film’s opening, she is driven from…

Road to Singapore (1940) – Victor Schertzinger

  The first musical recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Jazz Singer, is this highly enjoyable romp starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Hope and Crosby play Ace and Josh respectively, a couple of sailors, and chums who love to crack-wise, drink, chase…

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a good, solid film. I’ll spare you another rehashing of the plot, as I’ve done so in an earlier post, and people know how I feel about comparing it to Battle Royale – that’s a simple, superficial comparison a best, especially seen in the context of all three books. For fans…