Screen Junkies » king kong http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:40:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Legendary Wants Director Joe Cornish For Its ‘King Kong’ Prequel ‘Skull Island’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/legendary-wants-director-joe-cornish-for-its-king-kong-prequel-skull-island/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/legendary-wants-director-joe-cornish-for-its-king-kong-prequel-skull-island/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263529 It's between him and Spike Lee. Just kidding. No one's asked Spike.

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While King Kong did pretty well for itself at the box office, many remember it as an oddly humanized epic film that never really seemed to end. However, ask people what stand out most about the film, and they’ll likely tell you it’s the scene where the gang goes to Skull Island to capture Kong and encounter about million interesting animals on the way.

Legendary Pictures ain’t no dummies, so they’ve chosen to focus on this aspect of the King Kong origin story (assuming there even ARE other aspects) with Skull Island, having given the world its first glimpse at Comic-Con. However, the teaser didn’t convey much, and didn’t have a director. Now, Deadline is reporting that Legendary wants Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish to step up and helm this thing.

No word yet on what he thinks, but this would certainly be a great stage to prove that he can make the leap from cute indie director to blockbuster God, like both Sam Raimi and Marc Webb have done with Spider-Man.

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Comic-Con Teases Cryptic ‘King Kong’ Sequel, Leaves Everyone Confused http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-teases-cryptic-king-kong-sequel-leaves-everyone-confused/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-teases-cryptic-king-kong-sequel-leaves-everyone-confused/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:21:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263458 Is it a prequel? A sequel? A gritty reboot with King Kong as a troubled loner?

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We don’t have the trailer for this one, as it hasn’t been shared online, but from the responses at Comic-Con, the trailer itself wouldn’t help you understand this project any better anyway. During the Legendary Pictures panel, after Guillermo del Toro had left the stage, the production company ran a brief clip that showed a tropical island.

Many thought it was a teaser for del Toro’s long-gestating At the Mountains of Madness, and some others thought it was Jurassic World for some reason. Nope. Cue the roar of the mighty King Kong, then show the title…

Skull Island.

Then end the trailer, with no one knowing what they just saw, but they know that it’s coming November 4th, 2016.

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The Screen Junkies Top Six: Damn Dirty Ape Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-screen-junkies-top-six-damn-dirty-ape-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-screen-junkies-top-six-damn-dirty-ape-movies/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:09:15 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262886 By Jared Jones The conjunction-heavy Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters this weekend and is all but guaranteed to dominate the box office. Why? Three words: Oldman, bazooka, monkeys....

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By Jared Jones

The conjunction-heavy Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters this weekend and is all but guaranteed to dominate the box office. Why? Three words: Oldman, bazooka, monkeys. But most importantly, monkeys. Dancing with toothbrushes, sniffing-their-own-butt-before-falling-out-of-a-tree monkeys.

Our cultural obsession with primates runs deep, ye, and goes far beyond the secret desire to fling feces at one another which WE ALL HAVE. To most of us, the monkey represents not just our primitive precursor on the evolutionary scale, but the carefree, childlike state of being we once possessed before life crushed it out of us. And while, scientifically speaking, there has never actually been a bad movie about and/or featuring apes, there are a few films in particular that rise above rest.

Which is why for our inaugural installment of The Screen Junkies Top Six — a new recurring column which previews an upcoming release by highlighting the greatest movies of its kind to come before it — we pay tribute to the greatest monkey movies of them all.

I swear to God, if even one of you dares point out that there is a difference between monkeys and apes before I’m done, I will turn this car around.

#6: The King Kong Franchise

Look, we all know that the King Kong movies are great (except Mighty Joe Young. F*ck Mighty Joe Young.) but I’ll be damned if I’m going to use this brief opportunity to talk about a bunch of movies you’d have to be an amoeba to not have seen by now. My personal favorite is the 1976 version starring Jeff Bridges and a prime Jessica Lange’s barely-clothed body. That waterfall scene where a puffy-faced Kong literally blowdries Dawn…I wouldn’t know what it felt like to be so turned on and simultaneously disgusted again until I saw Halle Berry bang Billy Bob Thornton in Monster’s Ball.

#5: Congo 

Nonsensical, overly long, and surprisingly dull for a movie that features silverback gorillas and lasers, Congo has nonetheless garnered a huge cult following for being classic “so bad it’s good” filmmaking. It’s the kind of movie that was destined to be discussed on the very excellent How Did This Get Made? podcast, and thankfully, it was. It’s also a movie that tries to pass off  ”communication diamonds” as something other than an idea plucked from the head of a small child who had been rendered comatose by his father’s baseball bat.

Was that too dark? It sure felt that way. The point is, Congo is an absolute trainwreck of a movie that has somehow earned a memorable place in the annals of film history despite its inherent ridiculousness.

#4: Link

In this movie’s grand finale, a super-intelligent orangutan dressed in people clothes triggers a gas leak explosion by lighting a cigar. The entire scene is set to carousel music. You can check out the entire film on Youtube right now. You are welcome.

#3: Every Which Way But Loose

If the idea of watching a young Clint Eastwood and an orangutan named Clyde bare-knuckle box their way across the country doesn’t sound appealing to you, we cannot be friends. Before I even knew that this movie existed, that last sentence was literally the context of about 95% of my dreams. Every Which Way But Loose takes your classic buddy comedy and swaps a in a monkey for the Nick Frost/Chris Farley role, which marks the only time in the history of words that David Spade has ever been tangentially compared to Clint Eastwood. For which I am deeply, deeply sorry.

Anyways, Eastwood beats people up, Clyde flips them off (see above), and the result is cinematic gold. Two years later, Turner and Hooch would rip off this idea and become another late-’80s hit for Tom Hanks, despite the fact that dogs can neither tear apart cars piece-by-piece nor flip some proper birdage.

#2: The Jungle Book 

Did you know that those greedy corporate fat cats over in Hollywood are planning a live-action remake of Dumbo? Or that it will be penned by the guy who wrote Transformers 2-4? This can only mean, of course, that a live-action Jungle Book is on the way to sweep up whatever shattered memories of our childhood remain after that atrocity finishes destroying them…

What’s that? You say they already made a live-action Jungle Book movie? And that it starred Jason Scott Lee? Welp…

#1: Dunston Checks In

Finally, a true classic of American cinema.

The IMDB page of Dunston Checks In describes the plot of the film as such:

Young boy befriends larcenous orangutan in luxury hotel.

Classic undersell, IMDB. Sure, DCI is about a boy and a monkey and the hotel-based hijinks they commit on a surface level, but whoever wrote that poorly-worded synopsis was clearly missing the film’s subtext. Dunston Checks In is more than just interspecies bubble baths and cake fights (although both those things do happen), playing with the themes of isolation, animal rights, and the importance of family over all else.

Anchored by an absolutely masterful Jason Alexander performance as a workaholic father trapped beneath an unrelenting bitch of a boss, Dunston Checks In is to the hotel business what Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was to the meatpacking industry, and I am being dead serious about that. So if you haven’t seen Dunston Checks In by now, close your damn computer, hit up the nearest Blockbuster that still carries VHS, and start doing something with your life.

Honorable mentions: Monkey Shines, Tarzan, your mom’s sex tape 

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Movie Monster Showdown! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/movie-monster-showdown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/movie-monster-showdown/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 18:20:20 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261525 Godzilla is roaring back to theaters, so we decided to have an all-out movie monster throwdown. Which one is the best?! Who would win in a fight?! And which ones aren't even monsters at all?!

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Godzilla is roaring back to theaters, so we decided to have an all-out movie monster throwdown. Which one is the best?! Who would win in a fight?! And which ones aren’t even monsters at all?!

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Finally, ‘King Kong’ Will Get To Tell His Side Of The Story http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/finally-king-kong-will-get-to-tell-his-side-of-the-story/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/finally-king-kong-will-get-to-tell-his-side-of-the-story/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:26:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215083 He's really just a fool for love, people.

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7 photosApes Scream At Your Face In ‘Rise’ Concept Art

Nobody ever stopped to ask King Kong how he felt about getting shot by a bunch of airplanes and falling to his death. Until now.

Fox Animation is putting a new spin on the classic tale by telling it from Kong’s perspective. The writing team of Christian Magalhaes & Bob Snow are currently working on the script and Shawn Levy‘s 21 Laps is producing along with Radar Pictures. I’ll be interested to see how they cast a voice for Kong without being accused of racism. Good luck!! (Deadline)

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R.I.P. Harry Redmond Jr., Special Effects Artist http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-harry-redmond-jr-special-effects-artist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-harry-redmond-jr-special-effects-artist/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 00:20:48 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214355 You know you're getting on in years when your IMDB page includes special effects for 'King Kong'. Not the Peter Jackson one, or the ancient Charles Grodin one. The Fay Wray one.

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You know you’re getting on in years when your IMDB page includes special effects for King Kong. Not the Peter Jackson one, or even the ancient Charles Grodin one. I’m talking about the Fay Wray one.

Special effects artist Harry Raymond Jr. passed away this week. He worked from the 1930s to the mid-60s, creating special effects for such films as King Kong, The Last Days of Pompeii, Orson WellesThe Stranger, Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window, The Bishop’s Wife and seven films for Alfred Hitchcock. Harry’s wife, Dorothea Holt Redmond, was a production illustrator for Gone With The Wind. She died in 2009.

Raymond died in Los Angeles of natural causes at the age of 101. Thanks to special effects, he looked to be a very spry 97. (Variety)

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‘King Kong’ Returns to Broadway…For Real This Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/king-kong-returns-to-broadway-for-real-this-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/king-kong-returns-to-broadway-for-real-this-time/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 King Kong, the world’s most iconic ape, is climbing off the silver screen and onto the Great White Way. Global Creatures, an Australian company currently producing "Walking With Dinosaurs," is working on a stage adaptation of the classic Hollywood film complete with a “20-foot-tall, animatronic incarnation” of Kong. Unlike the ending to the classic film, the proposed robot Kong will most likely not break free of its chains and run amok in downtown New York. However, the state-of-the-art special effects may not be enough to carry the play. “Lennon,” a 2005 musical based on the life of the iconic Beatle, failed to draw an audience despite having a 15-foot-tall laser-wielding Ringo Star. (Variety)

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King Kong, the world’s most iconic ape, is climbing off the silver screen and onto the Great White Way. Global Creatures, an Australian company currently producing "Walking With Dinosaurs," is working on a stage adaptation of the classic Hollywood film complete with a “20-foot-tall, animatronic incarnation” of Kong.

Unlike the ending to the classic film, the proposed robot Kong will most likely no break free of its chains and run amok in downtown New York. However, the state-of-the-art special effects may not be enough to carry the play. “Lennon,” a 2005 musical based on the life of the iconic Beatle, failed to draw an audience despite having a 15-foot-tall laser-wielding Ringo Star. (Variety)

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