Primates have been made the villains of several movies and franchises over the decades. But two new releases of the primate nature – Kong: Skull Island and War of the Planet of the Apes, both make these animals much more than mindless beasts.
Once upon a time in a Danish carpenter’s toy workshop… gradually transformed from wooden toys into the production of plastic interlocking bricks in 1949. Derived from “leg godt”, which means “play well”, Lego became the name for the toy turned global phenomenon encompassing films, games and amusement parks. Used by artists, teachers, medical professionals and even NASA – the legendary building-block empire continues to expand its subculture through passionate designers, loyal fanatics and waves of nostalgia.
Man has always been fascinated by the idea that gigantic creatures once roamed “our” planet. The term ‘dinosaurs’, meaning ‘terrible lizards’, was only coined in the 1840s, and the study thereof, led to the Bone Wars in the early 1900s. This was around the same time that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the influential novel The Lost World, depicting an expedition uncovering an Amazon plateau where dinosaurs still exist.
Bears still a win as a perennial favourite movie character
The creator of the classic children’s book character Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, died last week at the age of 91 – just as filming was being wrapped up on Paddington 2.
There’s always been an inextricable link between James Bond and Bruce Wayne. Both are suave, sophisticated gentlemen with a seemingly unlimited expense account and a rogue side, who have a penchant for flamboyant villains, femme fatales, armoured cars, martinis and cool gadgets. The iconic Hollywood characters have remained popular, reflecting the mercurial ideals of masculinity through the ages.
Making some of the original Disney kids’ animated classics pale into insignificance, this year’s top movies for kids are bigger, brighter, louder and more graphics rich and action-packed than ever before. 3D animation and CGI special effects have come into their own and now, no kids’ movie is complete without them.
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt began his acting career as a child in 1984. His break came in 1993 when he played an aggressive senior in Dazed & Confused, which ushered in a string of roles in Kevin Smith movies. However, it wasn’t until the actor co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting that he and Matt Damon were catapulted from indie players to name stars.