I saw Jurassic World this morning. It was amazing.
It has been a while since I’ve seen a movie that has every little detail so clearly thought out, from product placement to story and character development.
And then there are the dinosaurs.
Without spoiling anything, here are my initial thoughts:
Jurassic World feels perfect. After so many years, it’s the perfect movie coming at the perfect time. It’s clear that the writers and producers wanted to be certain that they had a great story instead of bowing to pressure to get a fourth movie made.
Jurassic World is the tale of a theme park in transition, competing with the demands of fickle and ever-hungry guests who are always looking for more, bigger and better. Even the park’s layout is reminiscent of Disneyland, with an entryway mall (Main Street) leading to the main building (the Castle) and the T-Rex paddock off to the left (Adventureland)
It isn’t preachy. Yes, there are messages in the movie, and they’re important and timely. But you don’t feel like the message is being jammed down your throat.
It’s a great movie. You’re hooked from the first moment, and the action never stops.
Chris Pratt owns his role. He was so good that I’d love a Jurassic World prequel, featuring the story of how he came to the park in the first place.
It’s very much a dinosaur movie. This time, the dinosaurs are main characters
If you haven’t seen Jurassic World, you’re in for a treat. I’m eager to hear what you think about it!
I had the pleasure of seeing Disney’s Tomorrowland this past Friday.
Going into the movie, I had a vision of what I thought the movie was about based upon the special extended preview I saw at Disneyland (complete with rumbling floors…after all, this was the same Tomorrowland theater that housed Captain EO and Honey I Shrunk the Audience back in the day…)
The next day my issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived and I was thrilled to read Jeff Jensen’s article on how he came to be a part of the film. Jensen and Damon Lindelof worked “together” on Lost. (Jensen wrote Lost recaps for EW, and Lindelof was a creator, so yes, they worked together…) The fascinating thing about this article is that it discusses the origin of the film and the changes it underwent through the creative process. Now I want nothing more than to read the original script. I love the idea of seeing more mythology; I already have the book on order. As much as I appreciated the movie and its messages as they are, part of me wishes that we could see Tomorrowland as Jensen and Lindelof envisioned it, in those early stages of development. Even so, the movie is still awesome as-is. (Full review to follow)
One of this summer’s most highly anticipated movies is Disney’s newest offering, Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney. There is an exhibit in Tomorrowland, the film’s namesake land at Disneyland, to help spread excitement about the film. Here are a few of the images from the exhibit:
I’m happy to report that I’ll be attending several cons this year to provide coverage for Dark Media Online. My press badges have been approved and I’m ready to go. (I even have a photographer, aka my trusty sister who is a photographic genius)
This weekend is the Long Beach Comic Expo. This is the sister event to the Long Beach Comic Con in September, and while the focus is on comics, there is already a ton of cosplay planned, along with panels and screenings.
In April I’ll be heading up the 5 to Anaheim to cover the Star Wars Celebration. I’m really excited about this event, even though Jawas terrified me when I was younger. (Don’t tell anyone, but they still do) I can only imagine how great the event will be this year with the new film set for release. Mark Hamill has been confirmed as a guest, as are the actors behind C3PO and R2D2. It’s going to be phenomenal.
And now that my press badge for San Diego Comic Con has just been approved, so you can expect to see tons of coverage both here and at DarkMediaOnline.com. We should be podcasting by that point as well, so watch for updates. SDCC means a long (15-minute drive) Downtown for me, so you can be assured of tons of pre-convention coverage as the signage goes up and the Exhibit Hall takes shape. It’s also fun to wander the Gaslamp to see what is moving in for SDCC. (Remember the Godzilla building? We drove by last week and the Legendary art is still inside)
Lots of good things to come in the next few weeks/months, so stay tuned!
The premiere of the new show Gotham is upon us. As a San Diego resident, I keep seeing trolleys plastered with advertising left over from SDCC. I think it’s great. There are still Agents of SHIELD trolleys from last year. It feels like SDCC never ended.
What I like about Gotham is that it is a series and not a movie. It will allow for character development over time. After all, these are stories worth waiting for.
I’m starting to think that DC Comics is better off with television shows, leaving Marvel to the movies. Just a thought, of course. However it makes sense given that Warner Bros and DC are loathe to allow humor in their films, which makes their blockbusters dark. Television has some great dramas, and Gotham will no doubt join them. And while Guardians of the Galaxy would no doubt provide as many laughs per half hour as Big Bang Theory, the Marvel movies demonstrate ability to pack in action, drama, humor, and good storytelling into a two hour feature film.
DC can stay dark and gritty in the small screen world, and is fine. Play to your strengths.
So welcome, Gotham. We’re ready for a long relationship with you.
I have always been a Batman fan. I saw the 1989 version in the theater when I was 9. I watched Christopher Reeves as Superman (and I adored watching him with Richard Pryor in Superman III)
My brother in law is a die-hard Marvel fan, to the extent that he has Captain America tattooed to his calf. Recently, he and my sister initiated me into the world of Marvel.
I spent most of my time at the Marvel booth at SDCC. It was fun. The people working there were nice. The fans were great.
So reading this article about the Warner Bros “no jokes” policy is saddening. As much as I enjoy Batman and Superman, their movies don’t hold a candle to Marvel. I am not looming forward to Batman vs Superman nearly as much as I am Avengers: Age of Ultron. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. I want to love the DC movies. Truly, I do. But they just can’t be the same if they remain as dark as they have been in recent years. (Even the Tim Burton movies were funny at times…and nipples on the Batsuit is the longest running joke of all…) No one is suggesting a return to the 1960s campy Batman, but even that Batman is making a comeback.
Warner Bros and DC: Please wake up! Jokes are needed in your franchises. Lighten up. As Joker said, “Why so sad?”
Now that Universal has acquired the film rights to The Vampire Chronicles (see my earlier post for a link to more information), my excitement is growing with each new announcement.
A few days ago, Anne Rice asked fans on Facebook and Twitter when they first encountered Lestat. It started me thinking.
I’ve talked about my history with The Vampire Chronicles. I saw Interview with the Vampire in the theater 20 years ago when I was 14, then a few weeks later I stumbled across a copy of the book. I was hooked. The film and the book are nothing alike. While there are subtle similarities, there really is no comparison.
But I certainly didn’t understand the complexities of the books or her writing until later on. As every new book came out, I went back and read the earlier books to recall fine details, and with every reading came new observations. And I also noticed that themes struck me in different ways at different points in my life.
I have read comments from other fans and I know I’m not alone in this. But it is interesting to note.
The next step is to start imagining how Bob Orci (of the Star Trek reboot fame) will handle the books. He is a fan (perhaps more so than Neil Jordan) and so his treatment promises to yield a very sympathetic take on the books that are beloved by so many.
So how did you first meet the Vampire Lestat and the world of Anne Rice? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below!
This is very exciting news indeed. In this Aug. 16th article from The Examiner, Christopher Rice talks about the screenplay he wrote for Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief. Universal has acquired the film rights and Bob Orci (Star Trek) has been linked to the projects.
This news is manna from Heaven for Anne Rice fans who have waited for something to happen with the books after several stalled attempts after the 1994 film Interview with the Vampire, directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. It also helps to create more buzz in advance of Ms. Rice’s newest book, Prince Lestat, featuring the Brat Prince himself.
It was Day One at San Diego Comic Con and the crowds were assembled en masse for the event. The hot ticket items at Hasbro sold out quickly and excited fans carried their huge bags with glee.
This year Lionsgate took The Hunger Games outside of the Convention Center. Last year there were too many people crowding the booths during the Mockingjay pin giveaway, so instead there was a cool photo op with Capitol guards and a few posters, but in order to get the pin you had to go across the street to the Hard Rock Hotel.
After a two hour wait in line (during which time we got to see celebs like Adam West, Jeff Bridges, and the stars of Gotham leaving the hotel through the side entrance) we finally got to go inside.
It. Was. Amazing!!
We got to choose a treat from Peeta’s Bakery and Haymitch’s Elixirs.
There were costumed staff members and movie memorabilia everywhere:
You could make a custom t-shirt or backpack, take the District Quiz (I’m District 5), and take a picture in the throne with a hologram image of Peeta and Johanna.
It was well worth the wait. And the pin at the end was the icing on the cupcake….