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Jurassic Park

11 Apr

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Once again, Steven Spielberg changed the cinematic experience by bringing  old and  young audiences together to witness the ground-breaking special effects created to bring Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park dinosaurs to life. I remember the original King Kong fighting and killing a T-Rex. At the time, it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen, and in 1993 many young people share that same feeling when they saw their generation’s T-Rex.   John Hammond (Attenborough), creates a theme park on a remote island that feature living dinosaurs spawned from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction, he invites a paleontologist (Neil), paleobotanist (Dern), a mathematician/theorist (Goldblum) and his two grandchildren to visit the park. During their visit, the security system fails and the dinosaurs are free.

Though the story lacks developed characters and the absurdity of the security system is far-fetched, no one can deny the impact that it had on revolutionizing CGI technology. Jurassic Park is adventure and suspense at its finest.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A-

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eigth Dimension

19 Sep

The film’s title does not adequately describe this quirky 1980’s science fiction movie that has flown under the radar for most audiences. There are so many odd details thrown into this film that it seemed like the writer and director had a bet to see who could throw in the weirder stuff. The title character is an adventurer/neurosurgeon/musician/genius/etc. that happens to have perfected his oscillation overthruster so he can jump dimensions and fight Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow) and the evil aliens from Planet 10 with his friends, the Hong Kong Cavaliers. Did everyone get that?

I saw this film with my brother in the Eighties and loved it. We couldn’t stop talking about the cast and characters: Peter Weller (Buckaroo), Jeff Goldblum (New Jersey), Christopher Lloyd (John Bigboote), Ellen Barkin (Penny Priddy) and Lewis Smith (Perfect Tommy). It was a nerd’s dream sci-fi cast that left us talking about the possibilities of traveling space and time for week’s to come.

WORD COUNT: 159

Chuck’s Grade: A-

Adam’s Grade: N/A