The Cold War was one of the most frightening periods of American history, a roughly 44-year period marked by tense relations with the Soviet Union and the constant threat of mutually assured destruction. During the 13-day Cuban missile crisis, the standoff between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. brought the world closer to the brink of global nuclear war than ever before or since, with President Kennedy and Soviet Premiere Khrushchev "eyeball to eyeball" until Khruschev "blinked" and war was averted.
By the '80s, economic stagnation and the rise of strong nationalist and separatist moviements combined to tear the Soviet Union apart, finally putting an end to the Cold War. But, would Khrushchev have blinked at all if he had had an army of obedient, tireless, super-strong soldiers at his command? The world we live in today would be a very different place indeed had the Soviet Union's experiments in breeding humans with non-human apes come to fruition. Think Red Dawn meets Planet of the Apes, but for real! Hybrid humanzees and chumans! Oh, my! >> Posted 03.21.13 by BrentJS
"My fellow Americans. This will be the last time I address you."
Today’s the day! The last day of the 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar has arrived.
What does that mean to you? Well, for the vast majority of you, not a whole lot. That is, unless you actually use the calendar — more commoly referred to as the Mayan calendar — for more than decoration, in which case you'll have to turn the giant stone dials back and start all over again at Day One, Year One. However, for the small minority of doomsday alarmists among you, today is the last day of the world as we know it. Hope you didn’t have big plans for the weekend!
In the spirit of our (possibly) imminent destruction, help us choose the best movies about the end of the world and the terrifying new world that continues on after the apocalypse.
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Posted 12.21.12 by BrentJS
In Looper, writer-director Rian Johnson's (Brick) new time-tripping action thriller opening this Friday, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) plays a hitman ("looper") tasked with terminating his own future self (Bruce Willis), who is sent back in time so that there will be no trace of the crime in the future. Talk about a head trip! This plot has "time paradox" written all over it. If JGL kills Willis, wouldn't he remember that happening and try to prevent it from happening when he grows up to be Willis? And, if Willis kills JGL, wouldn't he simply cease to exist?
Looper isn't the first movie to delve into the complex moral and metaphysical conundrums inherent in time travel. In The Terminator, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent back in time by John Connor, the future leader of the resistance against the machines, and ends up becoming Connor's dad. And in Back to the Future, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back in time to save his friend and is almost erased from history when his mother (Lea Thompson) starts crushing on him. Help us rate the Top 10 Mind-Bending Time Travel movies.
Click to Rate the Top Time Travel Movies >> Posted 09.28.12 by BrentJS
Principal photography on Fox's Planet of the Apes prequel, newly retitled Caesar: Rise of the Apes, is already in progress, yet a second late addition to the cast has just been announced. It was recently revealed that Brian Cox had joined the production as a less-than-scrupulous owner of a primate sancturary, and now ComingSoon has reported that Tom Felton—most popularly known as the dastardly tow-headed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series—has also been added to the cast as the son of Cox's character. Read more of the "cautionary tale" >> Posted 07.17.10 by BrentJS
When it was recently announced that 20th Century Fox was planning a modern-day prequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise, the June 24, 2011 release date given for the movie seemed overly optimistic, especially considering it will likely be heavy on special effects However, the project is apparently in high gear with the recent announcement that Rise of the Apes (tentative title) will begin production on July 5th, with Golden Globe-winning actor James Franco headlining. more on Rise of the Apes >> Posted 05.21.10 by BrentJS
As fans of the Planet of the Apes movies know, it's inevitable that we humans will eventually be overthrown by our ape brethren to become servile savages in a world tailor-made for gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees. The question is: How exactly will this happen? Plans to answer that question in a prequel movie, scheduled for release June 24, 2011, were recently announced. see the movie's synopsis and more >> Posted 05.18.10 by BrentJS