FMP Ep. 017 – ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

This week we discuss Rise of the Planet of the Apes and in our conversation we talk about what a movie has to do to earn “mindlessness” and the Oscar chances of Andy Serkis. We also do a double review of Terri and Another Earth with each of us having seen one of the two films. We try to convince the other to see the film that we saw.

Show Schedule:

  • 00:32 – 02:53 – Introduction
  • 02:53 – 25:38 – Review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • 26:35 – 35:02 – Listener Feedback on Steve Carell and Question of the Week
  • 36:02 – 51:04 – Double Review of Terri and Another Earth
  • 52:00 – 58:42 – Recommendations and Contact Information


  • Music for Episode 17 was provided by Michael Duncombe aka MD. [YouTube]
  • Tracks included “It’s the Feeling” and “We Know We Go Hard.”

Show Notes:

  • Both Terri and Another Earth are currently playing in limited release.
  • We need you to “Like” our Facebook page and tell all your friends to do so as well. When we hit 300 Likes we will randomly select one person to choose a movie for us to review.

Question of the Week:

  • What is your favorite Steve Carrell performance? [Vote in the Poll]

Next Week:

  • We will be reviewing the new film 30 Minutes or Less.
  • Top 5 Buddy Comedies of All-Time.

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  • Kurt Thomas

    Your discussion of “Another Earth” got me thinking of another great sci-fi film that I highly recommend – Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine.” If you haven’t already seen it, I cannot reccomend it enough. Like RotPotA, it does suffer from some scientific inaccuracies; however, these are easily forgivable – in my opinion – due to the fantastic performance by Cillian Murphy and the great exploration into how loneliness effects the human psyche. Alex, the film is rife with metaphors, and Phil, the Minecraft start menu will occasionally display a reference to this film (because that’s really what you should base your movie choices off of: video game start menus). Anyhoo, I really enjoyed this weeks episode, and Alex, I’m in your camp – Andy Serkis should possibly win some sort of special award, but not an Oscar. Also, as soon as I’m done with college trips in about a week, I will be sure to give you guys a (positive) review on iTunes. Have a nice week!

  • I haven’t found the time to listen to the podcast yet, but I actually caught ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ at an early screening, and I am really glad I did. I think it is fantastic, one of the year’s best even. My expectations and instincts have been wrong all year. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    As for ‘Sunshine,’ I agree that it is an underrated an fun film that is masterful in a few moments. As for the scientific inaccuracies, I actually found ‘Apes’ to be very, very convincing. But my standards were lowered after seeing the horrendous ‘Limitless.’

  • I actually saw ‘Sunshine’ when I was in London which I thought was an appropriate crowd to see it with. ‘Sunshine’ was successful for the first half of the movie, but when it switches from a Science Fiction adventure to a Monster movie it gets a little strange.

  • I completely agree, Alex. And I think we are not alone at all with that opinion. That said, I think it works better as a monster movie than I think most people did. I liked the surreal chaos of it. Boyle is an expert at chaos and tone. I wish he would delve into surrealism more often. This is perhaps why I like his underrated masterpiece, ‘Millions’ so much. I think he tends to be a bit heavy handed sometimes.

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