Tag Archives: Richard Attenborough

Jurassic Park

11 Apr


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.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A-

The Great Escape digs deep

13 Aug

The Great Escape is an ensemble WWII film based on a true story about a massive escape from a German prison of war camp. In 1963, American adolescent boys walk out of movie theaters wanting to ride motorcycle and carry baseball mitts with them into those moments of solitude.

An all star cast leads this group of uniquely talented individuals to a big screen success. Charles Bronson digs deep underneath the camp with John Leyton while Richard Attenborough, James Donald, and Gordon Jackson mastermind the escape like Clooney and company in Ocean’s Eleven.  Steve McQueen shows off his motorcycle skills in one of the most memorable movie chases of all time. James Garner and Donald Pleasence share an unforgettable friendship.

Every time I see this film I wish I could have grown up watching McQueen and Bronson in their primes.  Don’t let this film escape you!


Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: A-