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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Children of Men: All of the Women are Infertile?

Hello everybody! Today we have one of Alfonso Cuaron’s awesome films, Children of Men.

CHILDREN OF MEN

DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón

STARRING: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam

GENRE: Dystopian, Science Fiction

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom

In 2027, after 18 years of global human infertility, civilization is on the brink of collapse as humanity faces the grim reality of extinction. The United Kingdom, the only stable nation with a functioning government, has been deluged by asylum seekers from around the world, fleeing the chaos and war which has taken hold in most countries. In response, Britain has become a militarizedpolice state as British forces round up and detain immigrants. Theo Faron, a former activist turned cynical bureaucrat, is kidnapped by a militant immigrants’ rights group known as the Fishes. Their leader turns out to be his estranged American wife Julian Taylor, from whom he separated after their son died from a flu pandemic in 2008.

No one does dystopian satire like the English and this story is in a recognisably vernacular tradition, though owing as much to John Wyndham as George Orwell. Despite the stylisations and drama, there is something just so grimly and grittily plausible about the awful world conjured up here, and the full-on urban warfare scenes really are electrifying. Clive Owen stars as Theo, a former radical protester, who in defeated middle age has become an alcoholic and low-ranking employee of a government department: a miserable guy in a miserable world. Cuarón’s movie has softened the blow of James’s book just a little, but the cinema screen here is like an opened window on to a world of Arctic fear and despair. His script is a little cumbersome occasionally: some characters are required to deliver awkward set-piece speeches with bullets whistling past their nose. So much else is outstanding, though.

 Children of Men dismally failed to grab and pull the viewer into it and there was a clear separation by the silver screen of the movie and the audience. There is one great shot that happens towards the end of the film that I truly did like, and it’s a poignant moment in the movie, but then the film resumes its triteness and I continued to shift restlessly in my seat. Children of Men is a scary look into the not-so-distant, not-so-inconceivable future. The line between who’s good and who’s bad is non-existent as even the rebels are acting more to fulfill their own desire for power rather than to help the downtrodden masses. Yet Children of Men is not a hopeless story, but more of a cautionary tale.

PROS:

  •  Amazing camera work.
  • Clive Owen grows as an actor.
  • Interesting story.

CONS:

  •  Couldn’t wait for the film to be over.
  • Appeals as a hopeless story.
  • Audience / Film.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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The Kids Are All Right: A Two Mother Family Unit

Hello everybody! Today we have an interesting suggestion, The Kids Are All Right.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

DIRECTOR: Lisa Cholodenko

STARRING: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta

GENRE: Comedy-drama

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her “nine to five” life, sometimes trying to start a business – always unsuccessfully – or being the stay at home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser, Nic who is Joni’s biological mother, and Jules who is Laser’s biological mother. Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni’s eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat …

I decided to finally write this review after watching The Kids Are All Right for the second time, as my first viewing was in 2011 for my American Indepedent film studies course. My favorite aspect about The Kids Are All Right is that it is an awesome example of the common two mother family unit that is oh so prevalent today. Also, Annette Benning’s as well. Julianne Moore’s performances were spectacular. It made me actually believe that they were in a homosexual relationship with each other. I can also completely see Mark Ruffalo as an estranged father/sperm donor. Let’s typecast him, anybody?

The Kids Are All Right is definitely far from perfect. I didn’t enjoy Mia Wasikowska’s or Josh Hutcherson’s performances at all. All they succeeded to do was piss me off to no end. Also Mia, why do you look like you are just regurgitating your lines? Your only job is to read lines/put on a show and you just couldn’t do it for me this time. The whole film I just wanted to jump through the tv and hit you and Josh Hutcherson. Get the hell out of here Peeta, you aren’t wanted! On a side note, why does Hollywood think that lesbians can change their way of think so quickly when a hot guy comes by?

PROS:

 

  • Annette Benning, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo performances.
  • Balance of comedy and drama.
  • Interesting take on traditional family unit.

 

CONS:

 

  • Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson performances.
  • Sexual preference changes.
  • This is not the Hunger Games.

 

SCORE: 6.3 / 10

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