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…

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson WRITTEN BY: John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper Corrington (screenplay); Paul Dehn (story); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1973 PEW PEW: This one does a pretty damn fine job of balancing action, drama, and suspense. It’s a ways away from perfect, but the…

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson WRITTEN BY: Paul Dehn (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1972 PEW PEW: This film combines the action of the first two films, and a weakened form of the suspense of the third, with the drama that generally populates the entire original series….

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…

Planet of the Apes

SUB-GENRES: Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Franklin J. Schaffner WRITTEN BY: Michael Wilson & Rod Serling (screenplay); Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle RELEASE: 1968 PEW PEW: There is plenty of action contained in pockets within the strong narrative, though the action is presented in the fashion of the era and is, therefore, not…

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…

Repo Man

SUB-GENRES: Comedy / Drama DIRECTED BY: Alex Cox WRITTEN BY: Alex Cox RELEASE: 1984 PEW PEW: A few shots fired later on. Some car chases. Nothing terribly intense. CAT FOOD: The film captures the cynical nature of youth in the eighties, and the punk rock underbelly is well exposed. It’s dangerous territory when one views…

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…

Invasion of the Pod People

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Drama / Sexploitation / Mockbuster DIRECTED BY: Justin Jones WRITTEN BY: Leigh Scott (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 2007 PEW PEW: Nope. CAT FOOD: People are frisky. Aliens are friskier. Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers and its concept left an indelible mark on me and, as such,…