Escape from the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Don Taylor WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1971 PEW PEW: This film makes use of suspense instead of action. CAT FOOD: The Planet of the Apes film series frequently dips its pen into the ink of social commentary and liberally applies…

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Ted Post WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Paul Dehn & Mort Abrahams (story); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1970 PEW PEW: There is significantly less action in this film, when compared to the first, or the style of action just doesn’t translate as well in this…

Narcopolis

SUB-GENRES: Mystery / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Justin Trefgarne WRITTEN BY: Justin Trefgarne RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: Narcopolis functions a lot like film noir. As such, hard-boiled drama and suspense takes the front seat, but it is broken up by the requisite amount of violence for your average crime drama. CAT FOOD: Narcopolis has quite a…

400 Days

SUB-GENRES: Mystery / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Matt Osterman WRITTEN BY: Matt Osterman RELEASE: 2016 PEW PEW: When the suspense picks up, it’s riveting and action is not really necessary. CAT FOOD: The film focuses on the psychological effects of deep space isolation. The inter crew dynamic is intense, with each member reeling from some sort…

Love

SUB-GENRES: Drama DIRECTED BY: William Eubank WRITTEN BY: William Eubank RELEASE: 2011 PEW PEW: You will witness more action waiting in line at the DMV. CAT FOOD: Love is absolutely rife with social commentary, both on the surface and deep inside its baffling presentation. Every so often, I’m presented with a film that entirely polarises…

The Road

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Thriller / Survival DIRECTED BY: John Hillcoat WRITTEN BY: Joe Penhall (screenplay); Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy RELEASE: 2010 PEW PEW: The stage is set for anything and everything to happen in this flick, but it’s not an action movie. CAT FOOD: Unlike most post-apocalyptic films, The Road actually does…

Contact

SUB-GENRES: Drama DIRECTED BY: Robert Zemeckis WRITTEN BY: James V. Hart & Michael Goldenberg (screenplay); Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan (story); Based on a novel by Carl Sagan RELEASE: 1997 PEW PEW: Nope. CAT FOOD: This film is more stunning an example of pure cat food than any other I can think of in this…

The Invasion

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Oliver Hirschbiegel WRITTEN BY: David Kajganich (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 2007 PEW PEW: This is certainly the most consistently action-driven of the Body Snatchers adaptations. CAT FOOD: The Invasion marks a return to deeper social commentary. It drums up some fairly decent questions about…

Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978]

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Philip Kaufman WRITTEN BY: W.D. Richter (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: While not an action flick, this version of Finney’s Body Snatchers features pulse-pounding suspense and engaging mystery. It’s riveting even in its quietest moments. CAT FOOD: This film’s concept…

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Don Siegel WRITTEN BY: Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 1956 PEW PEW: Not an action flick, but it’s also far from a bore. The film does build into a frantic escape. CAT FOOD: The film is meant to reflect the fear of communist…

Moon

SUB-GENRES: Drama DIRECTED BY: Duncan Jones WRITTEN BY: Nathan Parker (screenplay); Duncan Jones (story) RELEASE: 2009 PEW PEW: The film is slow-going and there is no action to break up the unfolding drama. CAT FOOD: Moon is brimming with existential commentary and emotional human drama. It’s a quiet and oddly serene look at the beauty…

Beyond the Black Rainbow

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Horror DIRECTED BY: Panos Cosmatos WRITTEN BY: Panos Cosmatos RELEASE: 2010 PEW PEW: Watching the hour hand move on a clock is a more action-packed experience. CAT FOOD: It is possible that this film contains a multitude of social commentaries. The fact that everything is so cryptic begs one to come up…