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Young Ones – Futuristic Western

Young-Ones_posterYoung Ones is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle.

Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary’s boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest’s land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West. Rango anyone..?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Final Trailer

“War has already begun.” Here is the final trailer for Fox‘s summer ape call. In the tentpole sequel to the 2011 reboot of the 1960s-bred film franchise!, a group of Homo sapiens who were able to dodge that nasty virus a decade earlier is threatening Caesar and his Earth-ruling primates. A fragile peace is struck, but don’t expect it to hold. Director Matt Reeves’ actioner Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano and Kirk Acevedo. Mark Bomback and Rich Jaffa & Amanda Silver wrote it. Have a look:

ParaNorman – By my 7 Year Old Son ****½

ParaNorman_bannerParaNorman is about a boy called Norman who loves zombies and he can see and talk to ghosts but no one believed him except his a kid called Neil who wants to be friends. He can even talk to his dead grandma when he’s watching televison.

Everyone thinks he’s odd, and he gets bullied at school. But  he discovers the witches curse that is on his town that brings the dead people to rise as the undead. But no one believes him about that until it comes true.

ParaNormanThen Norman, and Neil, and his sister and the bully have to help save the town from the witches curse. SPOILER ALERT The zombies are actually good, one of them is called The Judge, and the witch is a teenager .

It was much spookier and better than Hotel Transylvania and as good as Frankenweenie. I liked it best when Norman pretends to be a zombie when he’s cleaning his teeth and when the zombie came out of the bathroom with toilet paper on him.