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Am I nuts or are “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Project Nim” the same movie?

Am I nuts or are “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Project Nim” the same movie? (photo)

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Granted, one is fiction and the other is a documentary. Granted, one ends with apes enslaving humanity and royally pissing off Charlton Heston. But having seen the latest trailer for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which opens next month, I’m becoming increasingly convinced that it’s just Hollywood’s big budget remake of James Marsh‘s fabulous documentary “Project Nim,” which is now playing in select theaters.

Here’s that trailer for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes:”

And for comparison’s sake, here’s “Project Nim”‘s trailer:

Off the top of my head, here’s what they’ve got in common:

1) A scientist makes a chimpanzee baby the subject of a potentially revolutionary science experiment.

2) The scientist gives the chimp baby to someone he trusts to raise it.

3) The chimp baby’s guardian treats it as a member of the family, rather than as a pet.

4) Humans teach the chimp baby sign language.

5) Humans marvel at the chimp baby’s intelligence and progress with language.

6) Humans force the chimp to wear clothes.

7) Humans leash the chimp and take him on nature hikes.

8) The chimp matures into adulthood and is considered too dangerous to live with humans.

9) The chimp is taken to live in a science laboratory.

10) Some of the people who work in that lab are assholes.

11) Having lived his whole life with humans, the chimp has difficulty acclimating to primate society.

12) The story imparts the moral that animals are not human and treating them as such
can have disastrous consequences for all parties.

Even the trailers’ intertitles are interchangeable. “WHAT STARTED AS A BREAKTHROUGH / HAD EXTRAORDINARY SIDE EFFECTS” could just as easily be about “Project Nim;” “IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE / IT WAS UNCHARTED TERRITORY / AND IT MADE HISTORY” could be about “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” I mean, yes, this is speculative science fiction, but any time man is subjugated by orangutans, that to me is history in the making.

See another similarities between these two tales of monkey business? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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