With the holiday upon us, I thought it would be a perfect time to share how I often spend this weekend. Nothing says Easter like a “Planet of the Apes” marathon. There is, of course, the original 1968 film, followed by 4 sequels: “Beneath the Planet of the Apes;” “Escape From the Planet of the Apes;” “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes;” and “Battle for the Planet of the Apes.”
Relax with family members and store up “POA” trivia or recite your favorite lines, such as: “He never met a Simian he didn’t like.”
I watch them back to back, without stopping, and usually make it somewhere between Nos. 4 and 5, at which point I get the urge to watch another Charlton Heston-fueled movie, “Soylent Green.” That 1973 film depicts New York City in 2022, ravished by the effects of global warming and overpopulation. NYC has over 40 million people, but very little meat, fruit or vegetables. Instead, people eat mass-produced, synthetic food, including green wafers known as “Soylent Green.”
Heston discovers at the end of the movie that Soylent Green is made from human remains, the only raw material that is in abundant supply.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to startle well-dressed church-goers by yelling the climatic line: “Soylent Green is people!”