Ape Fest

  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – 122

        Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). It is the fifth and final of the original PoA series. And in my humble opinion, it is by far the worst. We have a number of show veterans and a couple of big stars to report on. So, let’s get going. Actors Returning Roddy McDowall continued his role as Caesar from the previous movie and was shown as Cornelius in clips from earlier movies. McDowall was first covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968). Natalie Trundy reprised her role as chimp Lisa from the previous movie. Trundy was covered in Episode 119 – Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).… Continue reading The post Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – 122 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – 121

        Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). This movie is the fourth in original series and by my rating is 3rd out of the original 5. The mask quality continued to go down and I expected to see apes with plastic Halloween masks with the white elastic string in the back. This movie, in fact, had the lowest budget of any of the original five films. This movie played heavily on the Civil Rights struggle that was still in full swing at the time of the movie. The movie has a strong anti-slavery message. It was also the most violent of the five movies with about 59 people being killed. Most… Continue reading The post Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – 121 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) – 120

      Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971). This movie is the third of the original series and in my opinion, it is the second best preceded by the original. This movie didn’t receive any big awards or feature prominently on any lists. So, with that, let’s jump into the actors, many of whom are show veterans. Actors Returning Roddy McDowall returned as Cornelius. McDowall was covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968). Kim Hunter also returned as Zira. Hunter was covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968). M. Emmet Walsh played a military aide and actually got a few laughs. Walsh was covered in Episode 36… Continue reading The post Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) – 120 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – 119

      Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). This movie followed the original two years later. Based on my youthful remembrances, this movie should rank four out of the original five. Fox studios gave this movie 2.5 million, which is half the amount paid for the original. Director Tom Post, with his television background, was able to cut the cost. However, the ape masks suffered. Actors Returning Kim Hunter as chimpanzee doctor Zira, Maurice Evans as orangutan religious leader Dr. Zaius, and mute human Linda Harrison as Nova all returned for this movie and all three were covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968). Charlton Heston returned as astronaut Taylor. Heston… Continue reading The post Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – 119 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Planet of the Apes (1968) – 118

      Welcome to today’s show, Planet of the Apes (1968), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Planet of the Apes (1968). Because of where I grew up, I missed the summer of love. But I lived through a time from 1968 to 1973 where five, count um, five “Planet of the Apes” movies came out. Of course, they got progressively worse, but that not the point. How often do you get to see a movie and its’ four sequels over a six year period? I’m still waiting to catch the last of those mocking-whatever movies. Anyway, these movies represent a pretty exciting jump in the Sci-fi genre. The premise is not so much evolution or devolution, but role reversal. An article by Peter M.… Continue reading The post Planet of the Apes (1968) – 118 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Fay Wray – actress who drove the big ape crazy

    Fay Wray, was a Canadian born actress that played the love interest in westerns during the silent years but made the transition to talkies. Fay stated that director Cooper said he would cast her with the tallest dark haired leading man in Hollywood. Wray though he was talking about Clark Gable. Of course he was refereeing to the 25 foot tall ape (King Kong 1931). Peter Jackson asked Wray to do a cameo in King Kong (2005). Wray said no as her Kong was the real one. Ms. Wray died before Jackson started shooting the new film. Actor Jack Black as Carl Denham paid tribute to Wray by saying he hired Ann Darrow because Wray was not available. Selected Films King Kong (1933) Fay stated that director Cooper said he would cast her with the tallest dark haired leading man in…Click To Tweet Continue reading The post Fay Wray – actress who drove the big ape crazy appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • King Kong (1933) – 1

      For my first movie review, I am taking on the king of them all – King Kong (1933). This is the king, see what I did there, of all monster movies and set the bar for what was to come. This movie used innovative techniques such as glass paintings, miniature sets, rear projection, traveling mattes, full-scale articulated creatures, and stop-motion photography to layer the action.[1] [2] [3] When this movie was shown in 1933, the audiences had never seen anything like it. This movie has been remade many times, 1976, 2005, 2017, and many variations of the story. Although some are visually striking, none has matched the original. If I say King Kong and you think of the 1976 or the 2005 version, or even the 2017 version, you clearly have never seen a good copy of the 1933 version. I’m talking about the 1933 real King Kong, the one with bi-planes and Fay Wray. This is an American-made film in the monster/adventure genre. It was never nominated for… Continue reading The post King Kong (1933) – 1 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

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