The filmmaking techniques used to bring human-like apes to life have changed considerably since the original Planet of the Apes. Makeup still comes into play, but instead of putting bulky prosthetics on an actor, visual effects technicians cover their faces in tiny white tracking dots, allowing their performances to be translated to a digital creature.
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If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernised version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there's a lot for genre fans to be happy about.
As 2017 comes to an end, we start to look back at the year that was. In film, at least, the year was excellent. So excellent, in fact, that figuring out the top 10 scifi, superhero, and fantasy films was incredibly difficult. However, while there are at least 25-30 movies from 2017 deserve at least some recognition, ultimately, the cream rises to the top.
War for the Planet of the Apes tells its story very well, but all of that might be for nothing if the effects that created the apes weren't perfect. But it's not just the ape fur and faces that are missing from reality. Most of the locations don't really exist. At least, not in the way they look on screen.
It isn't all that uncommon for creators to say that a fictional persona felt like a member of their family. But leaving Christmas presents under the tree for someone who doesn't exist -- like Planet of the Apes writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa did for trilogy lead character Caesar -- is going the extra mile.
Ant-Man and the Wasp might be on the lookout for another size-changing superhero. Woody Harrelson reassures people about Ron Howard's vision for the Han Solo movie. Flash set pictures reveal a big costume change for Wally West and a deep DC cut. Plus, new footage from War for the Planet of the Apes. Behold, spoilers!
Video: It's been six years since Rise of the Planet of the Apes started the whole Planet of the Apes prequel world. And a lot has happened in that time, especially since there's a fair bit of time-jumping between each of the movies. If you, like me, can only vaguely remember how we got from Rise to War, then this is the video for you.
It's always the same with blockbuster movie marketing these days -- the closer you get to release, the more and more footage comes out to the point you could piece together everything chronologically and come away with a huge chunk of the actual movie. Sometimes the studios themselves do it for you in the form of trailers like this.
Infinity War will have one major scene jam-packed with Marvel heroes. Three kaiju legends will appear in the next Godzilla movie. Daenerys returns to Westeros in a new Game of Thrones picture. Plus, behind the scenes on X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and a new War for the Planet of the Apes clip. Spoilers, roll out!
Video: As its title implies, Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes will finally see the franchise's superintelligent primates waging all-out war on their human oppressors. In the first official clip for the movie, though, we see Caesar (Andy Serkis) choosing to take pity on a defenceless human. Chump.