War for the Planet of the Apes

CinemAddicts Ep. 71: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ ‘Valerian’ ‘Okja’ & ‘Person to Person’

Episode 71 has Anderson Cowan and I discussing July films we’re itching to see. Cowan chimes in on Okja (currently streaming on Netflix) and I offer up my reviews of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Person to Person,’ and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (this review is mini-embargoed – details below!).

Before we get to the movies Anderson discussed his Chat with Andy service which you can find on his official site and he gave a state of the state on Groupers (this segment starts at 4:00 into the show) . Since I have zilch going on with my life (except being a full-time nanny to my niece, which btw is great), my only “value added” piece was my continuing obsession to get Cowan to watch The Accountant!!!

War for the Planet of the Apes
Woody Harrelson stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

I recently checked out ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ (review starts at 48:12) and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (review starts at 1:02:30) and highly recommend both on the big screen. There’s a print/online review embargo on Valerian, but I did get clearance to briefly discuss the movie on the episode sans going into too much depth into the flick. I’m not a huge fan of the 3D experience, but it definitely works for this immersive feature (it’s one of director Luc Besson’s finest films – right up there with Leon imo).

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star in Luc Besson’s VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS.
Credit: Domitille Girard
Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment
Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Anderson was a bit frustrated that I still haven’t seen Okja but it’s a definitely on my list, and since my nanny duties have dramatically decreased (my bro-in-law, who’s a teacher, is on summer break) I’ll be watching a ton more movies and posting on this site on a more regular basis. Cowan starts his review of Okja at 17:53.

Tilda Swinton in Okja

Last but not least is director Dustin Guy Defa’s love letter to New York. Person to Person is a 16mm shot ensemble driven piece that, although just 84 minutes, has a ton of story. My Person to Person review starts at 1:22:50, and check out the trailer below as it definitely gives an accurate taste of the film’s vibe (Bene Coopersmith, as a passionate vinyl collector, steals the show):

***Other films discussed on the show include The Big Sick, Upstream Color, Primer, The Fifth Element, and My Journey Through French Cinema.

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