Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Finally got around to watching Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes this weekend. I was such a fan of the original movies back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, had the toy gun, mask and all. After the Tim Burton disaster a few years ago, I had great hopes for what seemed to be more of prequel than a reboot. Not only was the story line awesome, but one obvious fact came to light…you just can’t put a human in an ape costume and convince the audience that you’re watching an ape. Case and point, King Kong 1976 and King Kong 2005. Andy Serkis breaths life into these characters and without him and the advancement of CG, they just couldn’t pull it off. The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes fits beautifully with the original 1968 movie and it’s left wide open for possibly a remake of The Planet Of The Apes….let’s hope so, this is by far, the best movie of 2011 and possibly the best movie I’ve seen in the past few years!

8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)

Always (1989)

Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won’t give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together.
Pete is a pilot who drops water on forest fires at very low heights. His intended Dorinda is also a pilot who doubles as a radio controller for the pilots who do this work. Pete always takes chances, confident that his skill will bring him through. One day it doesn’t and he is killed. He finds himself returning as an invisible ghost who’s presence is barely felt giving advice to his successor. Pete then finds that his successor is also falling in love with Dorinda.

Always, one of my all time favorites!

8 Stars (8 / 10)

World Trade Center

Watching World Trade Center as I do some cleaning in the basement. Have to admit, I get cold chills during certain scenes of the movie. Can’t believe that it’s been 10 years…I’ve been following this person on Flickr for the past couple of years. He works across from the WTC site and posts pics of the progress every 2 weeks or so. It’s great to see such progress after all these years. The Freedom Tower is going to be spectacular. Can’t wait to drive up and visit when it’s completed! As far as the movie, it’s very moving, really puts you in the place of those who were there that day! If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth a watch!

7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

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Good, Bad, Ugly Ringtone

I was watching Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps this evening and thought the ringtone (from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) that Shia LaBeouf’s character had on his phone was catchy and different, so I made one for my iPhone. While we’re on the subject, a lot of people didn’t like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and while I don’t think it was as good as the first, I still thought it was a pretty good movie. Would like to have seen Charlie Sheens character written in differently and with a bigger part, but it was still cool to see a few cameos from the original cast.

7 Stars (7 / 10)

As for the ringtone you can download it here. It’s already in .m4r format for your iPhone, just click on the link and add it to your iTunes.


Cars 2

Last week, we went to see Cars 2. The first Cars movie has been one of our favorite animated movies since it’s release in 2006, so we had high expectations for the new movie, especially since we watched it in 3D. And while 3D added a whole new element to the movie, we just didn’t think it was as good as the first one. Not that it was a bad movie, it just wasn’t as good as the first. However, we’d have no problem recommending it to anybody who’s interested in seeing it. Overall, a great movie for the whole family. BTW, the nod to Paul Newman in the movie was a classy move.

6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)