Everything Ends – Planet of the Apes

planet_of_the_apes_-__h_-_1968.jpgIt was 50 years ago today that Planet of the Apes was unleashed upon the world.

The movie would go on to spawn four sequels, a live action television show, a cartoon, a remake and a reboot series of an additional three movies. Not to mention the comics, the novels, the dolls… I mean Action Figures… video games and so much other merchandise…

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Made on a budget of 5.8 Million Dollars, the original movie would end up with a box off total of 33.4 Million Domestic.

The Planet of the Apes was one of those defining movies for me. Those childhood movies that made me into the great big geeky freak that I am today. They are my comfort food so to speak… when I end up getting really sick and laid up for multiple days it is always the POTA series that comes out to keep me company on the couch as I curl up and whimper like a great big man child with the flu… Many a time have I sat and watched all of the movies while drinking tea and the TV show while strung out on Day-Quil…

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I personally think it was the success of POTA that would open the door at 20th Century Fox to the idea of Star Wars… That would make them believe a sci-fi tale might be worth the gamble. I think it deserves far more credit for helping to open the doors and start us down the road to the world of popular geek culture that we live in today.

Happy Anniversary Planet of the Apes! Here is to another glorious decade for the franchise!

One of the greatest opening monologue in all of Hollywood History.

Everything Ends – Rants on the End

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So I am going to start doing some random posts on related topics that don’t really warrant a podcast, or fit into the format… They well show up here on the website under the Everything Ends category.

Everything Ends was a blog column that I tried to get off the ground on another website at one point… hopefully it will have a much longer and livelier life here in The Last Hometown.

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Everything Ends – COMIC REVIEW : RETROVIRUS

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Story by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Art by Norberto Fernandez
Cover by Amanda Conner
Publisher Image Comics
Cover Price $12.99
64 pages
RetroVirus started life as a Kickstarter campaign. I have to admit that I did not support the campaign, rather I picked it up when I saw it on the shelf at Westfield Comics in Madison Wisconsin when visiting in-laws one holiday weekend a while back. 
Taken from the KS page:
“THE STORY: When Zoe, a brilliant young scientist who specializes in identifying extinct viruses is offered a job away from the city at a remote research facility in Antarctica, she soon discovers her employer has unearthed a perfectly preserved Neanderthal. That is only one of the many dark secrets lurking at the facility as Zoe races against time to stop a global pandemic.”I need to start off by saying I enjoyed this book. I was not bummed out that I had spent my money on it, and would do it again if I could go back in time…Having said that I do have some issues with it, and I want to talk about them a little.I am a big fan of End of the World stories and Plague stories, so when I heard about Retrovirus I wanted to check it out.The story started out strong. They established a good strong main character in Zoe. Standing up to sexist remarks from her peers, and walking away from a relationship that had obviously gone south. Then she goes on her mission and it feels like that all just kind of melts away. She goes as far as using flashing her chest at a guard to get her way at one point. This just seems the total opposite of the feel for the character I had in the beginning.My other problem is that this story was just way rushed. This could have easily been an amazing full sized Graphic Novel, instead it is just a good hardcover comic. We end up getting some really amazingly drawn battle pages, but they are combined with characters that are not given enough time to show any personality short of a cardboard cut out. I like comics where I feel a pang of grief when a character is killed, because no one was given time to grow this fails to happen in this story.Retrovirus was a good book, but it could have been an amazing one…

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