The Lost World: Jurassic Park, San Diego Anyone?

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we have The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK

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DIRECTED: Steven Spielberg

STARRING: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard

GENRE: Science Fiction, Adventure

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States

jp2Four years after the failure of Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar, John Hammond reveals to Ian Malcolm that there was another island (“Site B”) on which dinosaurs were bred before being transported to Isla Nublar. Left alone since the disaster, the dinosaurs have flourished, and Hammond is anxious that the world see them in their “natural” environment before they are exploited.

Alright now it is time for the second film in the Jurassic Park series. I have to say, since I haven’t seen any of the original Jurassic Park films since I was younger, so it was a rather interesting second viewing. While the dinosaurs have lost the awe-inspiring feeling from the original Jurassic Park, they just happen to be created the American way this time around. Everything has to be bigger to be better, and this time it actually shows. I was impressed by the special effects, even if most of them were used in mixture with shots of the rain. It was also nice to see Jeff Goldblum reprising his role, as he was one of few that I actually liked from the original.

The-lost-world-blu-ray-screenshot-2Alright I am going to make this as clear as I can. I almost disliked The Lost World almost as much as Jurassic Park III. So let me put this out there right now, why the hell did they even have to include the third act in San Diego? Leave the dinosaurs on the islands so they don’t appear to be a real and immediate threat to the rest of us. Also, there is absolutely no reason that The Lost World had to be so damn elaborate. Most of the major drawn out scenes have absolutely no majorly drawn out impact to the plot, so why make them all elaborate to begin with. Sometimes filmmakers just irk me the wrong way. BLEH.

PROS:

  • Larger dinosaurs.
  • Better looking special effects.
  • So much rain…
  • Jeff Goldblum.

CONS:

  • Act III
  • San Diego.
  • Elaborate drawn out scenes.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Jurassic Park: Where It All Started.

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club we have the original Jurassic Park.

JURASSIC PARK

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DIRECTED: Steven  Spielberg

STARRING: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello

GENRE: Science Fiction, Adventure

YEAR: 1993

COUNTRY: United States

then-and-now-the-cast-of-jurassic-park-22-years-laterHuge advancements in scientific technology have enabled a mogul to create an island full of living dinosaurs. John Hammond has invited four individuals, along with his two grandchildren, to join him at Jurassic Park. But will everything go according to plan? A park employee attempts to steal dinosaur embryos, critical security systems are shut down and it now becomes a race for survival with dinosaurs roaming freely over the island.

It has been a very long time since I sat down and actually watched the Jurassic Park films in preparation for Jurassic WorldJurassic Park is the only one in the original trilogy that stands up to par. The main cast’s performances were absolutely fantastic, as it brought back many nostalgic memories from my childhood. While now I know how to actually recognize decent CGI/animatronics, the dinosaurs actually held up and have aged decently. jurassicpark_BIG

I do have to say, just like I remember, I absolutely hated the kids’ roles in the series. They were even more annoying than in my original viewing when I was younger. Why were they even brought along? I feel like they were absolutely a waste of time and added almost nothing to the film. GET RID OF THEM.

PROS:

  • Decent CGI/animatronics.
  • Nostalgia.
  • Main cast performances.

CONS:

  • Continuity errors.
  • Children.
  • Supporting cast performances.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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Mortdecai: 2015 meet the 1950s

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have the newest Johnny Depp film Mortdecai.

MORTDECAI

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DIRECTED: David Koepp

STARRING: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum

GENRE: Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

MO_D01_00075.NEF Mortdecai is one of the films i was actually excited to see this year. The film is riddled with faults and failures, but still isn’t my most hated film so far of 2015 (I’m looking at you, 50 Shades). What I recommend to the filmmaker is to go back in time to the 1950s and shoot Mortdecai with Peter Sellers. This role was completely meant for him and he might have actually been able to elevate the entire film into decency status with his performance alone.

Johnny Depp MortdecaiOh look, Johnny Depp strikes again. The worst part of Mortdecai was Johnny Depp’s performance. You know the film is going to be bad if your main star can’t even hold it together. For a comedic role, Depp is completely unfunny which ruins his entire purpose for existing in the film to begin with. Also, why was Olivia Munn in the film at all? Her character was only there for maybe two scenes that could have easily been cut. Just like all of the laughs. Maybe once the DVD is released someone will put a laugh track over all of the bad jokes in an attempt to fix it.

PROS:

  •  Stylistic looks.
  • Supporting cast.

CONS:

  •  Jonny Depp performance.
  • Unfunny comedy.
  • Shouldn’t have been filmed.

SCORE: 5.0 / 10

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