David Hewlett

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

It occurred to me while at the theatre that probably a good proportion of the people there had never seen the original Planet of the Apes. They work in one of the most ultra-famous lines from the original at one point, and aside from me, only about five people reacted. This is probably not the reaction the filmmakers might have hoped for, but really, you don't have to know the first film very well.

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Commuter traffic is enough to make anyone go ape.

Splice

As the credits were rolling and everyone else was scampering to leave the theatre -- though they were really short credits, bizarrely, so they almost didn't have to bother -- the woman who'd been sitting two rows behind me said to her friend, "That was so ethically questionable." She has a point, even though twenty minutes before that she and her friend were both laughing so loudly that anyone happening by would have assumed there was a comedy playing on the screen. Sadly, though, that particular scene did have its laughable aspects, so I can't entirely blame them.

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Elsa and Dren come face to face for the first time.