We don’t give out an award for the best film of the year here at Hero Complex but if we did, well, the name on the 2011 plaque would probably be “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
That’s right, even with all of the sci-fi, fantasy and super-hero films that soared across the screen this year, director Rupert Wyatt’s ape epic was the one that surprised us most, stayed with us the longest and delivered the most primal (and primate) emotion in a film of the fantastic.
The movie arrives this week on Blu-ray and DVD and to promote the release the folks over at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have brought in Australian artist Anthony Lister to create a Melrose Avenue mural that will, via collage, present the sad saga of Caesar and the beginning of Earth’s first true banana republic. Lister began work Friday and will be finishing up today; if you want to see him at work, drop by 7769 Melrose, just east of Fairfax Avenue, in Los Angeles.
– Geoff Boucher
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