Jurassic Park in 1993, 2013 & 2033

April 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

Jurassic Park 3D Review


I was just about to turn 10 when Jurassic Park was first unleashed.  How many kids hate dinosaurs when they’re 10?  None.  I was lucky enough to be a part of a generation of kids who grew up with Jurassic Park.  A film that pushed the limits of technology and left audiences in awe.  Now, 20 years later, I’m nearly 30 and got a chance to appreciate the film on the big screen as an adult.  Before I get to my thoughts, I’ve carefully selected appropriate background music while you read.  Please hit play:


It’s amazing how much your life can change in 20 years yet movies can take you back in an instant.  As a child, I was terrified and inspired simultaneously.  As an adult, I knew what was coming and it was just as suspenseful and entertaining.

Revisiting an old film you adore is like seeing a cherished old friend.

You know everything about your friend yet there are always new details to discover.  From the moment the film began, I experienced the larger the life moments all over again in a brand new way.  It was amazing to see my old friend on the big screen once more.

Jurassic Park was awesome in 1993, it was awesome in 2013 & it will be awesome 2033

Jurassic Park is a FUN movie to watch.  It always was.  Discovering a world where dinosaurs exist is the very reason we go to the movies.  For two hours you suspend disbelief and accept that dinosaurs exist and automation isn’t cheap.  But I don’t have to tell you how amazing Jurassic Park is.  I’m not going to ramble about the effects or the relationships between the characters.  It’s been 20 years after all.  I’ll sum up my thoughts in one sentence:

If you loved Jurassic Park you owe it to yourself to see it in 3D.

I saw the movie in a sold out IMAX theater with a crowd of people who gave all the big moments a round of applause.  There was even a modest standing ovation at the end.  I’ll admit it was a little annoying at first but I couldn’t blame them.  Perhaps it should be common place to applaud when a Tyrannosaurus Rex whips a raptor into a fossil display.  It really is amazing that the effects still hold up after all this time.

Throughout the film, I wanted to write notes about all the details I never saw before.  I wanted to include a list in this review but it’s hard to concentrate on blogging when Dilophosaurus is doing this:

Nedry vs dilophosaurus

… Clever raptors do this:

Jurassic Park was awesome in 1993, it was awesome in 2013 & it will be awesome 2033

… And T-Rex was does this:

Jurassic Park was awesome in 1993, it was awesome in 2013 & it will be awesome 2033

Still, it was interesting to watch Lex flip out over interactive CD-ROMs and state of the art UNIX systems.  Indeed, a lot has changed in the last 20 years.

I’ve changed.  20 years ago, my obsession with film was just beginning thanks to movies like Jurassic Park.  I was 10 years old AND 30 years old at the same time in that theater.  When the credits rolled, I couldn’t help but wonder where I’ll be in another 20 years.  What will be different about my life?  At 50 years old how will I experience movies like Jurassic Park?  No one knows such things but it’s nice to know an old friend will always be there to inspire me all over again.  I imagine when I’m 50, I’ll still have the same expression as Dr. Grant when he sees a living dinosaur for the first time.

That’s what going to the movies is all about.

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The Number 1 Reason Why J.J Abrams is Perfect for Star Wars Episode VII

January 25, 2013 at 8:05 am

The Number 1 Reason Why J.J Abrams is Perfect for Star Wars Episode VII


Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up

Months ago, J.J Abrams admitted that he was approached to direct Star Wars Episode VII and ‘apparently’ turned it down.

“I have some original stuff I am working on next,” said Abrams (EW)

Well, either he was lying or LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy is very persistent.

I’m a huge fan of J.J Abrams work. His movies and television series are among the best I’ve seen in the last decade. Super 8, Mission Impossible 3, Lost, Fringe, Star Trek… It’s pretty hard to find another director out there with so many high profile projects. (Joss Whedon comes to mind as another.)

His past work may have earned him the coveted Star Wars gig but that’s not why I’m excited. To me, the number 1 reason he’s perfect for the job is because he’s a fan like us. There’s a reason why Kathleen Kennedy didn’t give up.


“As a kid I was always a fan of special effects,” Abrams said. “Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of.” (EW)

Every Star Wars fan has an opinion on the original trilogy vs the prequels.  Some people liked the new films while others thought George Lucas ruined everything.  Personally, I enjoyed Episode 1 & 3 just fine.  They were Star Wars movies after all.  Still, hardcore fans of the original series were let down by characters like Jar Jar Binks.

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J.J Abrams adores Star Wars.  It’s like they hired one of us to direct the film. I don’t think we have to worry about all of our major complaints.  He’s probably thinking the same thing.  It’s a fascinating development.  Can you imagine growing up with Star Wars and one day being able to direct an episode of the saga!?  Only one human being on the planet can make that claim and he also happens to be one of the most creative and imaginative directors working today.  With Abrams at the helm, we can all rest assured that he has the franchises best interest at heart.  Perhaps this is going to be the return to Empire Strikes Back?

It’s too early to speculate on tone but I’m stoked.  J.J Abrams is a remarkable director who comes from the school of Steven Spielberg.  A Star Wars geek is directing the new Star Wars movie!

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…  This is awkward…

Star Trek…  The other franchise.  Long have fans argued the merits of both legendary series.  You can’t argue that they’ve never been united like this.  I’m a fan of both franchises but can someone honestly take on both?  One way or another we will get an answer to that question.  My prediction?  He’ll be just fine.

Some people will view his involvement with Star Trek as a negative and I understand that.  It’s probably the number 1 reason why he shouldn’t direct Star Wars Episode VII.  He’s made one amazing space film already with the promising sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness on the way.  I think that’s why he originally turned down the job.

“Well, I’m just a fan of Star Wars. As a kid, Star Wars was much more my thing than Star Trek was. If you look at the last three Star Wars films and what technology allowed them to do, they covered so much terrain in terms of design, locations, characters, aliens, ships — so much of the spectacle has been done and it seems like every aspect has been covered, whether it’s geography or design of culture or weather system or character or ship type. Everything has been tapped in those movies. The challenge of doing Star Trek — despite the fact that it existed before Star Wars — is that we are clearly in the shadow of what George Lucas has done.” (Hero Complex)

In my opinion, he knocked Star Trek out of the park and that wasn’t even his ‘thing’ growing up!?  Outstanding.

Just listening to the amount of thought he puts into his work is encouraging enough.  I’m sure talking about Star Wars will light him up even more.  This is great news.

Bring on the next big Star Wars Episode VII reveal!

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The Post: Interviews with 11 Famous Directors

December 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

The Post: Interviews with 11 Famous Directors

Have you watched a short film today?


Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, and Gus Van Sant.  Just hit play.



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A great speech about the merits of creating mysteries.

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How To Survive The Boo Box

January 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

How To Escape From The Boo Box | Hook 1991


I often think about The Boo Box from Steven Spielberg’s Hook.  It’s been haunting me for decades now.  So let’s talk about it…

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First of all, what kind of an idiot admits to doubting his Captain that quickly! Especially when your Captain is Hook!  You have to lie if you doubt your captain.  Honesty means nothing to the steel handed stingray.  Also, why bother showing your face on that ship in the first place? You know he’s going to find out by asking you a simple question.  People who get the Boo Box sentence make me sad…

So here are some tips on how to survive The Boo Box.

  1. Don’t doubt your Captain!
  2. Once in the boo box, calm down and locate the scorpions. Try not to make too many sudden movements. However, it’s important to keep yelling slightly so they don’t think you’ve read this post and have a foolproof survival method.
  3. Once you’ve located the scorpions KILL THEM! They are just scorpions! Work quickly because you only have a limited amount of time before people get suspicious.
  4. Once they are dead, kick the screaming into high gear. You should be in pain. Really sell it.
  5. Make sure to pinch yourself really hard so there are bite marks.
  6. Once they open the box you’re on your own.  These tips only help you escape death by scorpions. Which is why #7 is the most important tip…
  7. Don’t doubt your Captain!

This poor pirate didn’t have a chance but he didn’t even put up a fight.  He just broke down and cried.  It’s unfortunate…  I’m still terrified of the boo box.

…  Do you think The Boo Box is meant to kill someone or simply punish them?

My Favorite Directors & Star Wars

October 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Why Christopher Nolan Loves Star Wars | Movie Blog

Christopher Nolan is by far my favorite director and recently, this little video was released revealing his thoughts on Star Wars.

After I found that video, I decided to look into some more of my favorite directors.

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Just because, here is an in depth interview with J.J included some thoughts on the similarities between Star Trek and Star Wars.  (Courtesy of Hero Complex)

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Before Christopher Nolan took over, M. Night Shyamalan was my favorite director.  He may not be the champ anymore but I still adore Signs.  However, there are some comparisons between Shyamalan and George Lucas.

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In my travels I also came across From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga.

Then I got distracted even further when I stumbled across The 10 Most Badass Fan-Made Lightsabre duels over at Unreality.

Back on track, Zak Snyder enjoys Unicorn Yoda cake?

David Fincher was an assistant cameraman on Return of the Jedi!?

Of course I’m missing a ton of directors like Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola and more that I adore but how could I leave out Lucas’ pal Steven Spielberg?  Did you know he wept at a screening of Episode 3?

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I could probably spend days looking up interesting references to Star Wars.  Have any hidden gems?

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