Archives for July 13, 2017

War For the Planet of the Apes – Brutal But Breathtaking Special Effects And A Sincere, From-The-Heart Message

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Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Willie J. comments, “We’ve come a long way in the world of cinema since Charlton Heston told those darn dirty apes to get their stinkin’ paws off of him.” Alejandra G. adds, “This science fiction film had me fascinated with the breathtaking special effects and the animation from the get go. It’s impressive how much technology has improved and the differences of the effects in the previous Planet of the Apes films compared to this new one is incredible.” Talia J. wraps it up with, “War for the Planet of the Apes is an action-packed, thrilling movie that will both pull on your heartstrings and intrigue you to the very last second.” See their full reviews below.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

 

Spanish: https://youtu.be/N7FttZTdJHg

 

 

This science fiction film had me fascinated with the breathtaking special effects and the animation from the get go. It’s impressive how much technology has improved and the differences of the effects in the previous Planet of the Apes films compared to this new one is incredible. It’s insane how today, everything looks so realistic. I also like this film because of its sincere, from-the-heart message.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes is about Caesar and his apes who are forced into deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a cruel Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

 

My favorite scene from this film is when all the apes are attacked by the military and lots of them are killed. Their leader Caesar, of course, becomes furious and wants to do something about it. He decides to go off to fight the soldiers that attacked his family while defending themselves. I love this scene because it shows how the leader of the apes really cares for his family. Also, the apes that look up to him see him as a role model and can follow in his footsteps and morals.

 

The important message of this film is that no family is perfect. Unpleasant things can happen that make their relationships worse. Family members can go through tough times, but in the end, family is family and love will always be there. So if there’s fighting and family members are struggling through something, they will figure things out and help each other sort things out. In this film, the apes are all there for each other all the time. If someone needs help, they all help. If someone is fighting or arguing, they all help figure it out. They support each other. I think it’s an amazing idea that this message is taught by the apes because lots of people can learn from this and apply it to their own lives.

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

By Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

 

 

War for the Planet of the Apes is an action-packed, thrilling movie that will both pull on your heartstrings and intrigue you to the very last second.

 

This film is about an ape, Caesar (Andy Serkis) who embarks on a journey to avenge his loved ones. He is joined by other apes including Maurice (Karin Konoval), who is wise beyond his years, Rocket (Terry Notary) who is full of strength and many others. Caesar struggles as he deals with the chaos left by his old friend Koba, making sure he does not turn into the monster he was.

 

One thing that I thoroughly enjoyed is how this movie explains, at the onset, what happened in past films. I have not seen that in many films. For those who do not know, War for the Planet of the Apes is the third film in the brilliant Planet of the Apes franchise. The first film introduces Caesar and we hear the back story about the virus that caused apes to become smart and killed humans. The second movie shows what happened when Apes and humans tried to figure out how to live together peacefully, but this ended badly. If someone has not yet watched those two films, it is described in the beginning of this movie and sets the stage for what is going on.

 

This film is a war movie, so if you do not like gruesome moments and lots of blood, this is not your film. The first two films are much lighter than this one. The director, Matt Reeves, wanted a whole new feel. There is a lot more fighting, murder, suicide and blood than in the previous films. It is also quite depressing. The director not only wanted this last movie to end with a bang, but he wanted the audience to realize something about humanity.

 

Although this is a war movie, there is lots of unexpected humor. There is one very important character that had every single audience member holding their stomach because everyone was laughing so hard. This character is an Ape and he calls himself “Bad Ape” (Steve Zahn). He absolutely steals the show. Up until this Bad Ape comes into view, the movie is very dark and serious, but when he is introduced, the feel of the movie gets much happier. He is definitely the comedy relief the film needs.

 

The motion capture technology is out of this world. They completely transported me into the world these apes lived in. There is so much detail and emotion in the apes’ facial features. Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar, truly brings his character to life, filled with emotion.

 

The music is also incredible. Composer Michael Giacchino wrote an incredibly beautiful score. If not for his beautiful music, the movie would have lacked the emotion it has. At one point, the combination of music and acting brought me to tears. It is truly special.

 

There are many lessons in this film. The most important one is that you are stronger together. The apes have a motto that states “apes together strong.” In the past films, Caesar made it very clear that he believed that apes are weaker alone and they need to be together to survive. Another lesson that is offered in this film is to not give into your dark side. This goes back to the idea of vengeance. Caesar has to deal with being the leader of his group, while at the same time fighting his own battles.

 

I recommend this film for ages 14 to 18 and adults will love it as well. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars because of the extreme violence. This film comes out on July 14th so go check it out.

 

War For the Planet of the Apes

By Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18

 

 

We’ve come a long way in the world of cinema since Charlton Heston told those darn dirty apes to get their stinkin’ paws off of him. That actor in a costume has since become an actor in a suit that’s digitally modified. In terms of effects, there has been a lot of advancement from the first film in this series. But in terms of quality, I’m afraid there’s been inconsistency. The first entry of this century’s “Ape” trilogy was a solid film, the second not as good but mildly entertaining and now, we have this one. War For the Planet of the Apes is a mediocre end to this trilogy.

 

I’ll admit I am not a fan of this series, not even the original. I don’t quite like the concept. However, I give every film its fair shake. With this one, there are some moments I genuinely feel are fantastic, but those don’t make up for the rather strenuous over-direction in certain times. Director Matt Reeves tends to heighten moments to a point of climactic musicality where it just doesn’t fit. As an audience it’s rather confusing and feels forced. Every important or emotional moment doesn’t need to be accompanied by a dramatic score or emphasized with perfectly framed cinematography. More times than not, less is more.

 

There are parts of the script that make no sense and throw away logical progression or sensory moments for the sentimental. There are moments that are too unbelievable and elements that are unnecessary. A plot element about a disease that plagues Earth could have been done away with, yet it is used to cover up an illogical plot hole.

 

The acting is fine with Andy Serkis leading the way. Woody Harrelson does not ham it up too much for which I’m very grateful. Most of the cast is enhanced by beautiful animation which fills in many facial expressions and reactions that are very realistic. Although the acting is credible. It isn’t the best thing, the score is. Michael Giacchino’s beautiful score evokes both suspense and a sense of calm. His music is the main source of catharsis. He also composed the scores for both the films Inside Out and Up. His familiar quiet piano keys are also featured in this score.

With that said, I give the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars, because it does have moments of grand entertainment and intrigue, however it can be overdramatic with unnecessary moments. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18. It opens nationwide in theaters on July 14, 2017 so be sure to check it out if you are a fan of the series, or not.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

New Beauty Product News: New Zealand Importer Pacific Resources International Introduces Cruelty-Free New Manuka Honey Lip Balm Made From Natural Organic Ingredients

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Pacific Resources International (www.shoppri.com), the California-based New Zealand importer that was the first to introduce Manuka Honey to American consumers, is now offering a line of Manuka Honey Lip Balm made with New Zealand Manuka Honey to protect and moisturize dry lips.

One of the first steps in beauty maintenance is to make sure that your lips are soft, supple, and healthy during the changing seasons. All the makeup in the world can’t fix dry and cracking lips. So Pacific Resources International (PRI) went to work searching for the best possible cure for dryness on sensitive areas like lips, using all natural ingredients.

The company quickly discovered that the secret all-natural bounty of moisture was right in front of their eyes: their very own Manuka Honey – a fantastic, all-natural way to repair and moisturize dry and damaged lips. Indeed, the hygroscopic glycerin in Manuka Honey has been shown to absorb moisture from the air and to draw moisture into the skin.

Made entirely with natural organic ingredients and flavoring and not tested on animals, PRI’s new Manuka Honey Lip Balm packs the incredible skin benefits of Manuka Honey straight from New Zealand along with specially formulated organic ingredients all into­ a convenient lip balm container that’s every bit as convenient as it is effective.

I had the opportunity to try this out and it is my to-go-to Summer Lip balm! It really does help with dry lips and I don’t leave the house without it! I also really like that this product hasn’t been tested on animals. 

I also had the opportunity to try other New Zealand Manuka Honey products and they are a real hit with my family! Here are a few of our favorites:

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I really like the Manuka Honey Chocolates! These taste really good! Pure Manuka Honey wrapped in rich dark chocolate! I also like that they are not made with artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Pacific Resources International also have some delicious Manuka Honey Salted Caramels! Yum! And, if you are looking for Sea Salt or Chipotle BBQ Salt….they have the best! We use it all the time at out house!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

Meet Bbuddieez! This is a Collectible that Young Children will Love!

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It’s here: The collectible toy that doesn’t alienate genders or ages and is fun for every member of the family!

I really think that this is so cool because it is for both boys and girls and is well..pretty cool! I like that they are different than many other toy collectibles that I have seen out there! 

Bbuddieez are an adorable collectable that you can play with, decorate your room with, wear anywhere you can imagine, AND collect and trade with your friends.

 Bbuddieez started as a dream to create fun, collectible characters that are entertaining for both little brother and big sister! There are characters for everyone, from the goofy monster characters like Apenstein and Zombit to the more cutesy ones like Lottie LOL and Blaberry.

With Bbuddieez, Jupiter Creations has introduced a wearable, collectible product that caters to every child’s natural creative instincts, allowing full immersion in the playtime experience!

 In addition to their collectability, Bbuddieez have over 20 possible games you can play with one set, and the instructions for these fun games are listed on their website! Bbuddieez also has entertaining stop-motion videos that bring their characters to life, and a new app is in development that will bring the fun right to your device.

I actually think that children ages 4-9 will love the toys and I also recommend checking out the website!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and info were also provided.