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An old contest to see RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES in Austin at 3pm at Alamo South with a room of AICN Monkeys - well, it's full

Hey folks, Harry here...   They don't get much more last minute than this one, but after hearing from folks around the country that RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is perhaps THE summer badass...  I had to reach out to see if we could get a screening here in Austin for you AICNers.   And they were like... ABSOLUTELY...  and just now I finally got the confirmation to say in less than 20 hours you could be seeing this movie.   

I kinda love that.   SO...  What are the details?

The screening is at 3pm at the Alamo Drafthouse South...   And here's how you get in.

SCREENING IS FULL - see ya next time

Don't put a number beside their name - as I'll be assembling them all as quickly as possible so I can email y'all back tonight.   First come first served.   GO!

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  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Seeing this on Friday.

    by Orbots Commander

    And I hope it doesn't suck. Still, even if it does suck, the prospect of seeing James Franco playing scientist should be good for a few laughs, at least. Dr. Christmas Jones, indeed.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    When I first saw a trailer for this awhile back

    by Geektard_Smasher

    I thought it as Conan O'brien doing a bit. Really, it was beyond unintentionally funny. I still looks like stupid shit to me. These apes better stick to the white bread areas of SF, cause I know some neighborhoods in Oakland and other area towns where the chimps are gonna need more than sticks, stones, and manhole covers.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Oh and Harry

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Harry Potter was THE summer badass. I know you had to be all touchy feely about it to bond with your lady, but take from me as a guy who likes to see less potions class and other fluff and more stuff getting the shit blown out of it and people getting slaughtered in brutal combat. Finally, a Harry Potter film for real men and not just kids, hippy chicks, and homos.

  • Yeah right, dumbass, when was the last time you beat up an angry silverback? Get a clue.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    be warned

    by RipperGiles

    it's a trick. They'll get you all in there, shut the doors and lock them, and make you watch "Attack the Block"!

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    goldentribe, I think he means guns

    by obi_juan

    But not having seen the movie yet, maybe the apes are bullet proof. It made more sense in the original film where the apes were man servants and every family had one. I'm having trouble understanding how a small bunch of smart apes end up taking over the world. How do they produce the stuff needed to make more apes smart?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    early buzz says the film is brilliant

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    one reviewer even said it was one of the best films of the last decade Apparently it all ties into the heston version too, making this an official prequel to the first and second films (it wisely ignores the rest and the TV shows)

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    I don't get it...

    by Sappers Forward

    So in the previews it looks as though the apes, monkeys and other ape like creatures get smart and attack the humans. So, unless there's something they're not showing us, how do a bunch of smart monkeys take over the planet? I mean, if a bunch of them showed up at my door step, I've got enough fire power in my house to turn them all into rugs or coats or something. Not to mention all the hill billies running around in middle America. Or the entire armed forces. Seriously, I'm so not buying it. I'm so put off by the absurdity of it I don't even want to see it. I'll read the spoilers, maybe that will shed light on some sort of plausibility.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    re: I don't get it...

    by obi_juan

    The scene from the trailer that really gets me is the gorilla jumping at the helicopter. I assume he brings down the copter, but is that really something the apes can do over and over again? Sure, humans can be mighty dumb sometimes but perhaps we could fly our whirlybirds outside of the apes' jumping range?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    And how many monkeys are we talking about here?

    by Orbots Commander

    Enough to take over the world? Really? You mean, chimps and gorillas parading down Times Square, on London bridge, in Moscow and the suburbs of Chicago?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I've seen the movie...

    by logjam

    ... and it is brilliant. Serkis should be nominated for an Oscar. This is his film. And re: there not being enough apes to 'take over the world'... this is addressed. And the ties to the original are fantastic. Trust me, it's a fantastic movie. definitely one of the best sci-fi epics I've seen in a long, long time.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Guess regarding plausibility

    by solanine

    I'm assuming the injections or whatever that make smart apes somehow has a negative effect on wide ranges of humans, thus making it easier for a smaller group of apes to level the playing field. Or they have ape nukes.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    just stop !!!! The idea of these apes taking over...

    by corplhicks

    is absurd-- first off, there's the numbers-- like 1,000,000 to 1 or something in terms of humans to apes?? I mean there's maybe 20,000 non-human primates left of the gorilla, chimp, orangutan, maybe something like that. And NONE of them have existed side by side with human technology used our weapons, etc.. NONE- they either live in a zoo or something fancy that is zoo-like but uses a fancier word, OR they live in the wild; either way they do not know how to shoot a gun, stab, drive a car, etc.... Them taking over the earth has a ZERO chance of happening. Therefore, how does this movie get around that? Well, it has no in a way that none of us have seen or heard of yet; a spoiler perhaps ? An old story made years ago which was non-canon said that the condition that made apes smart made humans lose intelligence and over many many generations the curves crossed, humans lost the ability to even function in their own world and eventually became savage and primitive; during this entire period, apes were growing, becoming more sophisticated and eventually subjugated humans. There's 6 BILLION humans on earth with MASSIVE sophisticated weaponry and a gorilla jumping onto a helicopter or scaring a horse on a bridge isn't gonna do it. It has to be something epic and global and I can only hope that on Friday when I see this film, this MAJOR plot hole is filled in nicely and carefully and makes this film and its implied legacy a possibility.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Saw it today, and it is pretty decent

    by Antz

    The story does make perfect sense, but I won't spoil it for you. There are several Big referrences to the Heston version, and a couple of lines of dialog repeated. It's more of a well paced drama with all the big action happening at the end. Definitely worth checking out.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by Hatter76

    I think what's absurd is the number of people bringing up the issue of how there aren't enough apes, and even if there were they couldn't overthrow the human race. It's getting pretty damn old, the beans have already been spilled about how it happens, and although not entirely satisfying, it's still a lot more plausible then half the shit in other movies. This issue of how they "Take over" is really being overly hyped as an issue, because it's not one, the answer has already been posted multiple times. the real issue is will the movie itself be good? will the Actors Deliver? Will the Director Deliver? Will the will there's no point in going there. I really wish people would complain about something else, because this issue is only really an issue because of the way the marketing depicts the movie, and people being overly presumptuous

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    The best actor

    by Antz

    Was definitely Andy Serkis. None of them were bad though, even Franco did a decent job as a scientist. The story follows ceasar though. He is the main character, and really well acted.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Rise of the Asian Carp

    by seansarto

    A documentary on the devastating effects the introduction of the Asian Carp has had on the Mississippi River ecosystem. No CGI needed.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Franco as a Scientist= Science Fiction

    by Orbots Commander

    Probably more so than highly intelligent monkeys. No knock against the dude, he was great in Boyle's 127 Hours, one of my favorite movies of last year, but he'll have a hard time leaving behind the stoner image, and he didn't exactly do much to dispel that with his Academy Awards hosting gig.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    Spoiler... ...all humans except a tiny number die of the superflu the day after the battle shown in the trailer. I still have a problem with that, because even if the superflu hit, if there were a bunch of superapes occupying a forest outside of SF, somebody would remember to napalm the forest before dying of the flu. But at least they don't actually expect us to believe that a couple of thousand apes wipe out 6 billion humans.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    That being said...

    by FluffyUnbound

    ...the more I see of the trailer footage, the more it looks like this could actually be (and this is almost unthinkable to me) a little SCARY. Those fuckers on the bridge look pretty intense.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Will we get to see CGI monkeys throwing CGI shit at a wooden Franco?

    by Arkhaminmate001

    I'm currently musing as to which remake/re boot/ reimagining/ re tarded latest Holywood exercise in lazy self indulgent film making will be the funniest this or the equally pointless Thing effort. Hmmmmm, could be a tie.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by Geektard_Smasher

    Oakland Ca. is one of the gun murder capitals of the world, dipshit. And there are other towns up there near SF that ain't nothing to sneeze at. I'm loving how all these geektards keep defending what chimps and apes can actually do in these threads (probably the same 'tards back in the day who defended that sharks can actually sink fishing boats and that you can blow them up by shooting a diving tank). So they can outwrestle a muscle man in a 1930's back alley carnival, or rip and old fat bitches face off with ease. But silverbacks broad jumping 25 feet, throwing manhole covers dozens of yards, and chimps jumping out of 3rd and 4th story windows onto aphalt or concrete without at least breaking limbs are the stuff of pure fantasy. Stop jacking off to Animal Planet and get a clue.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    they are saying this is a prequel to the

    by Geektard_Smasher

    original films, not the Tim Burton. So why does this reek of that Burton film? How do these super agile apes turn into the limping, stumbling, shuffling ape dudes of the originals?

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by Hatter76

    It's not an outright Prequel. Dipshit!

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Geektard_Smasher

    I heard on the news today it was... ...fag.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by Hatter76

    It's barely more than a Batman Begins type Prequel ......... You seem to like being an asshole and talking down to people, being a Smartass, Maggot Burger, Douchebag, Constipated Bitch

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    To defenders of this laughable film

    by Geektard_Smasher

    and turd burglers like you, yeah, I talk down. This is the place to come talk down to deluded geeks and fanboy fags. Like you, sis!

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by Hatter76

    Im not defending this film, Im merely defending the fact that it hasent opend yet, once it opens, and people make up their own minds, I won't have anything to defend, perhaps an opnion, but nothing else. And additionally correcting something inacurate, It's amusing, I never considerd myself a Fanboy, at least not in the way it's conventionally meant.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Geektard_smasher is correct about the physical limits of apes.

    by FluffyUnbound

    But that doesn't necessarily mean the film is bad. After all, your "shark" examples are also true, but JAWS is an immortal classic and a great film. If this movie was as good as JAWS I'd have to say that the filmmakers succeeded beyond my wildest expectations and beyond their own wildest dreams. I tend to think that this film will be mediocre, but it has the possibility to have some genuine thrills to it. I don't like the deus ex machina ending I spoiled, for example. But I do like that they used CGI to go with real-looking chimps this time, instead of having a human being in a chimp mask like the originals and like the Burton film. So I'll take a chance on it.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    MUCH praise for Serkis

    by pumaman

    The guy is becoming a legend in motion capture, and he seems like a bloody nice bloke too. PS. The new Hobbit video blog was snuck out this week. Loads of Dwarf action :-)

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Don't go in expecting an action film

    by Antz

    It is much more of a drama with most of the stuff from the trailer at the end. Well written though, been a long time since we got any SF with a good script.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    SAW IT - Will try to avoid spoilers

    by HarrysNemesis

    First the bad. Those of you who have problems with the realism of what apes can do are going to be howling. It is definitely worse in the movies (as in monkeys jumping upwards of 6-10 stories+ to the ground no problem). It also overplays the pre-exposure intelligence of the monkeys in an attempt to make the audience connect... which works for the most part but is a distraction at certain points. The other bad thing is Franco's acting. I'm not going to say it was overall bad - overall it was good, but there were several scenes where the acting was very cardboard from him enough to take you out of the film momentarily. I was not crazy about the ending really but can't really say more without spoilers. It didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the movie though. The good. Despite those few moments above where the lack of realism or great acting distract you from engrossment in the film, I was really impressed. Nordling is right the guy who did caesar deserves an oscar nomination. The guy conveyed emotion incredibly well using only facial expressions. The movie hits it's stride best in the middle between the story establishment and the apes going wild. If the apes had been humans and it wasn't an 'ape' movie, it would still have been a really good movie if you know what I mean. This movie does not just have apes going on for it. This was not a perfect movie, but it's definitely better than the last reboot and stands up well with the originals for me. If you like the apes movies and you are not an AICN troll who lives to find flaws with movies so you can hate them, you will either like or love Apes. If you're a hater please just save us and stay home.