Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


For a majority of the first act of Dawn, humans are larger forgotten about. Little remains of man after the virus that struck ten years ago. There were survivors of the virus, but those who lived only went on to kill each other in the chaos that came after the fall. On the opposite side of the Golden Gate Bridge the apes have carved out a peaceful existence for themselves in the Muir Woods of Northern California. Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his genetically advanced kin built not just a home, but a society. They have shelter, they hunt with tools and they have rules, the most important one being: Ape shall not kill Ape.

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Putting Women in Their Place: Actresses Back in the Spotlight


When the average moviegoer is asked to name some of the greatest female characters, the first names that spring to mind are Ripley and Sarah Connor. Actresses were asked to do exciting things after the 1940s and 50s and films were littered with great female performances throughout the years that followed. Women like Ripley and Sarah were defined by their own motivations, anger, competitive edge, or beliefs. It was no longer a requirement for an actress to be in a romantic comedy for her to get a majority of the screen time.

Abruptly the clock struck midnight and those women returned to the waifish, arm-decorations that stood as the new standard for women in films. Women weren’t leading as many action films and dramas, instead they were relegated to the romantic comedies that they had tried so hard to escape from fifty years ago. Gone were the women who occupied films for reasons other than marrying a man. Gone were the women who kicked ass and took names. Gone were women who could lead films by themselves and became masters of their own journey. Ripley and Connor came and went from the pop culture world with no one to replace them.

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"Lego Movie" Blu-ray Contest


Create a post that includes the Everything is Awesome Blog App and ask your readers to create a mini 6 second LEGO GIF Video! Feel free to get creative! Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy! One copy of The Lego Movie on Blu-ray will be awarded to one lucky reader! Entries must be submitted by July 3rd, 2014. And don't forget to reply to @nevermindpop with #nmpflegomoviegiveaway

Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.

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Review: 22 Jump Street


Movies are products intended to make money. As much as critics would like to believe that all forms of cinematic narrative are art, studios beg to differ. Successful projects spawn sequels regardless of whether said story needs to be told. 21 Jump Street found a great deal of success with its reboot in 2012, but when a second installment was announced, bloggers were understandably left wondering if that was such a great idea. Phil Lord and Chris Miller already turned in one project this year that was far more entertaining than anyone thought it had the right to be, so lucking out twice in 2014 may be too much to ask.

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Birdman Poster is Promising


Michael Keaton plays an actor famous for playing a superhero (hm... pretty meta), who is at his wit's end. He's launching a desperate Broadway play version based on his popular source material. That Gnarls Barkley's Crazy is playing during the trailer ought to give you some idea of where this zany dark comedy will go.

Well, my ticket is purchased for Birdman. October cannot get here soon enough.
 
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Review: Edge of Tomorrow


Major William Cage has never seen a day of combat of his life, but he sells war to millions on television everyday. A crisp officer's uniform and a broad, beaming grin are all he needs to send enlistment numbers skyrocketing. Earth is facing an all-fronts assault by an alien race and humans are losing. Badly. The "Mimics" have proven a daunting challenge, taking most of continental Europe in five years. General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), of the United Defense Force, has one last trick up his sleeve: A suprise attack against the Mimics in France.

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