by Ryan Fu •
A 500-POUND lion and a cute miniature sausage dog have completely turned the idea of “fighting like cats and dogs” on its head. Bonedigger, a five-year old male lion, and Milo, a seven-year old Dacshund dog, are so close that Milo nonchalantly licks the massive lion’s teeth to clean them. The two have been inseparable over the past five years at G.W Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Bonedigger and his pack of dogs cuddle, feast on raw meat and play in the grounds together. The park was damaged and flooded, but is managing to provide shelter for domestic and wild creatures that are homeless because of the storm. Donations to the park can be made at http://usza.us/Emergency-Fund.php.
Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the 2014 sequel to the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis returned to play Caesar, the chimpanzee revolutionary while stuntman Terry Notary returned to reprise his role as Caesar’s hairless chimpanzee best friend, Rocket. Karin Konoval will return as Caesar’s trusted orangutan best friend Maurice.
The film featured Judy Greer who will plays Caesar’s wife, Cornelia replacing dancer Devyn Dalton in the role. The film will also starred Nick Thurston who joined the cast as Caesar and Cornelia’s teenage son, Blue Eyes. While Toby Kebbell joins the cast as Caesar’s rival Koba, replacing Christopher Gordon in the role. The film will also starred Keri Russell as Ellie, Jason Clarke as Malcolm, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander, the human family which Caesar encounters while Gary Oldman joins the cast as Dreyfus, the human antagonist.
The story starts 10 years after a devastating virus nearly killed every human on the planet. Caesar is King-like trying to maintain order over a growing nation of genetically evolved apes who are threatened by a band of humans in San Francisco, survivors of the virus that was unleashed a decade and a half earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
I was really excited to see this movie because I wasn’t too impressed with the other selections with this year’s Summer Blockbuster films. Also, I liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes with James Franco that appeared in 2011. I saw the movie with a couple of friends with one of my buddies telling me it got great reviews which he said one person saw it twice on opening day. We were all excited to see it after hearing that news and we weren’t disappointed. After the movie ended it received a well deserve round of applause for being such a great film. I would highly recommend it to all my friends.
Here are five reasons why it’s better than its predecessor:
1 – No James Franco.
That’s right I said it! I mean he’s in the film but he’s not acting in it. I’m not the biggest fan of James Franco’s acting, I thought he was good in 127 Hours but that’s it. I thought he almost ruined it in the first movie because the movie almost became all about him and of course it’s all about the apes. I was glad he just had a small scene with a fragile Caesar as he picked up a video camera reminiscing about his former life with the humans. On a side note, I thought it was funny when Caesar picked up the camera because it reminded me of those TMZ camera monkeys running around harassing people.
The ape’s namesake becomes his destiny. He has a bigger role in the animal community with everyone looking up to him for leadership and protection. Also, he is a badass in the film even when another ape tries to challenge him for the leadership role. Caesar gives the other monkey, which was Koba, a beat down in front of his whole crew. The whole scene reminded me of a scene of Goodfellas but with monkeys. Caesar uses his power for the good of his community never overstepping on the apes rights, which is one of the reasons why all the apes love him.
3 – Koba being a crazy monkey is worth the price of admission.
Koba is one of the apes that continually challenges Caesar’s judgment and authority. Koba was one of the apes that were experimented on in the lab where the virus was created. So, we can understand why Koba hates and does not trust the human race. I personally wouldn’t trust anyone who kept sticking and prodding me in a cage. Being in a cage for so long he has a bit of a crazy side, which showed in the film in a great war scene with Koba going Kamikaze style with a machine gun on a horse. He’s a great counter part to Caesar because all Koba wants is to kill all the humans and be in charge of the apes. He wants the power not for the good of the community but he wants it all to himself but of course this was his downfall.
Koba has a lot of scars due to the experimentations from the humans, so he is the scariest monkey in the film. Although in one scene he acted like a dumb monkey, making faces with two human soldiers was very funny but the mood got dark quickly because this is what Koba is, a damaged ape looking for revenge like so many humans in the film.
4 – The film has a Shakespearean feel to it.
The acting was superb. Jason Clarke who plays Malcolm was way better than James Franco because he desperately wants the human race to survive but he also realizes the apes earned the right to have a place in the world. His scenes with Caesar where theatre like where everyone believed what they were saying. The whole movie was like watching a play in the theatre with the great acting and high drama. It was very Shakespearean where the audience is hanging on every word and excited in every scene.
5 – War.
If you don’t care about the story or the acting, it was worth watching the apes fighting the humans. Everyone loves a good battle scene and I loved cinematography in the fighting scenes. I know most of fighting scenes where done in CGI but the production team did a great job because it looked real and amazing. Again watching Koba going Braveheart in the battle scene was fucking amazing!
James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center … He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy. After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go, out of an act of love.
She darted away into the darkened hallway. Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke James was just waiting to die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy comes back along with James’ boss, Who Daisy just happened to pick up on floor 112 on her first run of the building, she leads James, James’ boss, and about 300 more people out of the doomed building. But she wasn’t through yet, she knew there were others who were trapped. So, highly against James’ wishes she ran back in the building.
On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this run, the building collapses. James hears about this and falls on his knees into tears. Against all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time she is carried by a firefighter. “She led us right to the people, before she got injured” the fireman explained. Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she saved 967 lives.
Daisy is the first civilian Canine to win the Medal of Honor of New York City.
Pass it on to all animal lovers.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
When animal welfare officials observed dozens of dogs and three farm animals living in squalor on the property of a hoarder earlier this year, they transported them all to various facilities in Northern California.
While all concerned got a taste of much better living conditions, two of the farm animals — Mr. G (a goat) and Jellybean (a burro) — were separated for the first time in their lives, according to KTVU-TV in Oakland.
Mr. G was at the Animal Place in Grass Valley — and staff there noticed something was wrong.
The goat refused to eat. He eschewed faves like sweet grain and apples and just lay in the corner of his stall.
Physical exam? Check. Nothing wrong in his body.
So after a four-day hunger strike, officials decided to try reuniting Mr. G with his buddy Jellybean.
Not an easy task; it took three days before the burro arrived at Grass Valley.
But when Jellybean was being unloaded from the trailer, magic happened.
Mr. G heard his pal, turned his head, leapt to his hooves, and bolted for the door.
Inseparable once again, Mr. G and Jellybean are sharing a pen.
And the goat once again is eating his oats.
Check out the clip below. (You never know: It could be somewhat staged, complete with the Daughtry “Home” soundtrack, but it’s quite the heartwarmer nonetheless):
Credit: New York Daily News