For our very first yak track, just in time for Friday's highly-anticipated release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we've selected the 1968 original that got the whole franchise started: Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston and directed by Franklin Schaffner.
I never intended to be a myth-buster, but I'm not disappointed, however sorry Fox is. The trip is too interesting for that, the landscape, yes, too otherwordly, far too awesome in the word's original sense before its current one-stop usage.
The visuals of The Twilight Zone form a kind of collective generational nightmare. The remarkable thing about the man who created many of these episodes from 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling, is that the writer-presenter learned his craft not in the visual era but in the age of radio drama.
All great movies -- and great movie endings -- stay in our memories as normal or indifferent ones never could. They're like great taglines -- their strength lies in the very fact that we can't forget them.
Malibu might be known for its beaches, but you should trade your wet suit for hiking boots to enjoy Malibu Creek State Park. A variety of short and long hikes within the park lead to pools, peaks, lake views, and even famous film sets.
Were Ingrid Bergman and Edward G.Robinson offered choice roles in The Planet of The
Apes? Did producer Val Lewton make a grave error in 1943's "The Seventh Victim?" Was stongman Steve Reeves ever cast as Tarzan?
When it comes to being insensitive toward minorities and women, sometimes the line between humor and insult is obviously in legitimate dispute. But there are cases that I don't want to sit there and accept as okay.
We tried really hard to create a story that would stand on its own and yet also pay homage and honor the movies that came before us. We really took the Planet of the Apes fans very, very seriously and really wanted them to be engaged, and happy that we're trying this.
Returning from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I was sleepless and distraught at the effect the film had upon me. What captured my attention was so many memories of the 11 years in which I had two squirrel monkeys as pets.