Who’s your favourite king of the swingers? Is it Caesar or Spider-Man? To help you decide, the new edition of Cinefex comes with two spectacular cover options. Subscribers will get Weta Digital’s brooding portrait of the unforgettable ape hero of War for the Planet of the Apes, while newsstand editions feature a dynamic action shot from Spider-Man: Homecoming, courtesy of Digital Domain. Order online and you get to make the choice yourself!
Whichever cover you select, the contents of Cinefex 154 bring you our renowned in-depth coverage of five of this summer’s hottest movies: Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Here’s Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan to reflect on our August 2017 edition:
Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk
We revisit a lot of old friends in this issue of Cinefex – characters and franchises we’ve covered many times before. But as I read through issue 154, I was struck by how significantly those characters and franchises have evolved through the years. Spider-Man: Homecoming is nothing less than a total reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, and the film boasts an entirely new look, tone and feeling.
We’ve followed the Planet of the Apes saga since Tim Burton’s 2001 remake; and yet, Joe Fordham’s coverage of War for the Planet of the Apes illustrates the leaps and bounds achieved in the creation of ape performances during those 16 years.
We weren’t around to cover the original Universal Mummy pictures, of course, but we were there for the 1999 Brendan Fraser version and its sequels. There, too, the advancements in technology and artistry have ensured that the most recent The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, has a fresh behind-the-scenes story to tell.
And Graham Edwards’ coverage of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales celebrates the visual effects heights that have been reached since the franchise began in 2003.
This issue features an off-the-beaten path newcomer, as well – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, from the visionary Luc Besson.
Happy end of summer, everyone. I hope your Spider-Man lunchboxes are filled with your favorite sandwiches, chips and Moon Pies as you head back into the school year!
Cinefex 154 is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, your copy will be swinging into your mailbox very soon. And don’t forget our enhanced iPad edition, featuring tons more photographs – many of them exclusive to Cinefex – and stunning video content.