Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama / Action DIRECTED BY: Matt Reeves WRITTEN BY: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, & Amanda Silver; Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 2014 PEW PEW: This film is insanely well-rounded, with more than enough action to satisfy ape fans. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes film series frequently dips…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama / Action DIRECTED BY: Rupert Wyatt WRITTEN BY: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver; Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 2011 PEW PEW: This film is insanely well-rounded, with more than enough action to satisfy ape fans. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes film series frequently dips its pen…

Planet of the Apes [2001]

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Tim Burton WRITTEN BY: William Broyles, Jr. & Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal; Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 2001 PEW PEW: This remake of the original film is a modern-style action adventure film with plenty of violence and action. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes…

The Fifth Element

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Luc Besson WRITTEN BY: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay); Luc Besson (story) RELEASE: 1997 PEW PEW: The Fifth Element definitely offers up a fine helping of action. CAT FOOD: The film has some interesting things to say about the forces of love and greed, among other things….

Jupiter Ascending

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: The Wachowskis WRITTEN BY: The Wachowskis RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: The film somehow finds time to fill the spaces between bullshit with piles of mindless action. CAT FOOD: It attempts to comment on quite a few issues, but any validity is washed away in the ruddy brown wave of…

Looper

SUB-GENRES: Action / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Rian Johnson WRITTEN BY: Rian Johnson RELEASE: 2012 PEW PEW: Looper has a nearly perfect action-to-suspense ratio. It’s a really, really cool flick. CAT FOOD: The film’s message is ultimately quite beautiful, using grey morality to great effect to examine what makes heroes heroes and villains villains. I know….

Osmosis Jones

SUB-GENRES: Comedy / Action / Fantasy DIRECTED BY: Peter & Bobby Farrelly (live action); Piet Kroon & Tom Sito (animation) WRITTEN BY: Marc Hyman RELEASE: 2001 PEW PEW: At its core, Osmosis Jones is a buddy cop parody, so there is a decent amount of action. CAT FOOD: Wash your damn hands before eating anything…

Aliens

SUB-GENRES: Action / Horror DIRECTED BY: James Cameron WRITTEN BY: James Cameron (screenplay); James Cameron, David Giler, & Walter Hill (story) RELEASE: 1986 PEW PEW: Unlike its predecessor, Aliens brings action to the forefront, delivering a pulse-pounding and unrelentingly exciting experience. CAT FOOD: The film also holds up in terms of social commentary. It addresses…

Heavy Metal 2000

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure / Fantasy DIRECTED BY: Michael Coldewey & Michel Lemire WRITTEN BY: Robert P. Cabeen & Carl Macek (screenplay); Based on a story by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley, & Eric Talbot RELEASE: 2000 PEW PEW: This film is primarily an action film. With little else to boast about, I guess I’ll give…

Heavy Metal

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Comedy DIRECTED BY: Gerald Potterton WRITTEN BY: Daniel Goldberg & Len Blum (screenplay); Based on art and stories by Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O’Bannon, Thomas Warkentin, & Bernie Wrightson RELEASE: 1981 PEW PEW: There is a great deal of animated action once you get into the thing,…

Men In Black 3

SUB-GENRES: Action / Comedy DIRECTED BY: Barry Sonnenfeld WRITTEN BY: Etan Cohen (story and screenplay); Based on the comic by Lowell Cunningham RELEASE: 2012 PEW PEW: This is the most dramatic of the three MiB films and, as such, the action provides much higher stakes than we are used to in this franchise. CAT FOOD:…

Guardians of the Galaxy

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure / Comedy DIRECTED BY: James Gunn WRITTEN BY: James Gunn & Nicole Perlman RELEASE: 2014 PEW PEW: Guardians has all the action and excitement of Star Wars, and then some! CAT FOOD: The film has a great deal to say about friendship and mutual support as the team comes together. When…