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Top 10: Film Villains With Justifiable Motives

WatchMojo has a great idea for a list this week with the Top 10: Movie Villains With Justifiable Motives.  The best villains believe they’re the hero of their own stories.  The elite make the audience believe their actions, no matter how heinous, are justifiable.  Think of the best screen villains, and you usually know why they’re doing the things they are.  One of the MCU’s biggest problems until recently was a lack of motivation given to the villain.  Most non-MCU comic book films focus on the villain almost to the detriment of the hero (most Batman films), but the MCU took the opposite route and poured all its character development time into the heroes.  Phase 3 took a different approach and gave us more nuanced villains like Ego, Killmonger, Zemo, and even, yes, Thanos, were given a twisted logic for their crusades.  WM went with The Vulture for their list, and that’s a good pick.  I actually don’t have much of a problem with any of their picks: Silva from Skyfall, Syndrome from The Incredibles, Koba, Magneto, etc.  I think the only flaw in the list is that it doesn’t go back any further than 1982’s Blade Runner for candidates, but I’m sure everyone can think of a few baddies who had motivation enough for some sympathy.  Who would you have put on this list?  Javier Bardem in Skyfall

War for the Planet of the Apes Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

Sadly, with July as packed as it was, War for the Planet of the Apes seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, doing much worse than Dawn for the Planet of the Apes or its July blockbuster brethren: Dunkirk and Spider-Man.  This was an exceptional film (read my review here), and if you missed it in the theaters, it looks like the blu ray has been packed with goodies.  Check out one of the best films of 2017, and the cap one one of the best science fiction trilogies of all-time.  For full details on specs, read Fox’s press release below.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray3D Blu-ray, and Blu-ray director Matt Reeves’ blockbuster War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, and Karin Konoval. The three releases will be available for purchase on October 24. 

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Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) *Apes, Indeed, STRONG!!!*

War for the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprisingly good movie.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an outstanding movie.  War for the Planet of the Apes completes the prequel trilogy to the Planet of the Apes franchise with a science fiction classic.  Combining practical F/X and state-of-the-art motion capture performances, the human and ape cast combine to tell a powerful narrative that binds all three films into a powerful tale about the fall of humanity and the rise of a new civilization. Continue reading Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) *Apes, Indeed, STRONG!!!*

My Favorite Scene: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) “Monkey See; Monkey Shoot”

Every hero needs a villain.  The strength of the hero is shown in the vileness of the villain he has to overcome.  One of the reasons Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was twice as good as Rise of Planet of the Apes was that Caesar had his very own Brutus in Toby Kebbell’s Koba. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) “Monkey See; Monkey Shoot”

Trailer Time: War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer #3 (2017) *For Freedom, For Family, For the Planet!*

 Each trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes has looked more and more impressive, and the final trailer before the film hits in mid-July doesn’t disappoint.  What Matt Reeves and Andy Serkis have achieved with these films, both in resurrecting a very, very dead franchise and in pushing the boundaries of the marriage of technology and acting, can’t be overstated.  Gollum will always be the character and performance that created mo-cap acting, but Serkis has spent even more time on Caesar.  In Caesar he’s created such a nuanced, fully-realized creation that I think the last boundaries of what can be imagined and what can be successfully transitioned to the screen are gone.  If you can imagine it, there’s a way to make it happen and make it happen brilliantly.  For that, Serkis deserves the kind of special achievement Oscar Toy Story got when it was released and changed animation forever.  Eventually, there needs to be a fifth acting category for voiceover/motion capture performance, but that exists because of Andy Serkis.  He’s quite literally changed motion pictures forever, and very few actors can have been said to ever achieved that.

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
War for the Planet of the Apes, Andy Serkis, Caesar
The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Terry Notary and Karin Konoval. War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide on July 14, 2017.