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Streaming Movie of the Week: Jurassic Park Triple Feature

jp triple pack.jpgNormally it’s the Streaming Movie of the Week, well today we say fuck normality and I’m going to give you a popcorn packed triple flick. That’s right you read what I wrote, a triple flick, don’t lie you aren’t doing anything this weekend and have six hours to spare to watch Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III. Let’s not talk about quality once you get past the first Jurassic Park, the other two aren’t terrible, but they aren’t Oscar worthy material either. You have to know what you’re getting into before you sit down and watch a movie, allow yourself to get lost and captivated in the nonsensical story they have created for you, even if it’s corny and cheesy maybe that’s what they were going for and might be the whole essence of the movie.

In Jurassic Park you join Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Richard Attenborough directed by the great Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Now 23 years old last week, Jurassic Park still holds up great even with its practical effects and its lackluster cgi. With a great score composed by John Williams, beautifully shot by Dean Cundey, and cut together by Michael Kahn, it’s easy to see why Jurassic Park is so adored across generations. The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the second film in the Jurassic Universe, Starring Jeff Goldblum (reprising his role as Ian Malcolm), Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, and a quick appearance made by Richard Attenborough again (reprising his role as the enthusiastic theme park owner/ scientist John Hammond). Four years after the first Incident, two teams of scientist are sent to “Site B” (Isla Sorna) the second island where the dinosaurs are bred for Isla Nublar. While some crooked folk thought they would be able to capitalize on bringing dinosaurs to the modern-age, it actually fails and sends widespread panic throughout San Diego. The Lost World was Directed by Spielberg, but wasn’t written by Michael Crichton, but actually by David Koepp. Now I won’t put all the blame on this not being as good as the first on the writing but the general direction of the film, it seems as if they wanted to put too much into the film, but simply couldn’t get it under the runtime that the studio wanted. Finally at the end of your dino-triple flick we come to the 2001 film Jurassic Park 3, which also brings us the return of Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill’s character in the first Jurassic Park). When a divorced couple (William H. Macy, and Tea Leoni) loses their son off the coast of Isla Sorna, they trick Dr.Grant into helping them circle the island and give them any help they can (unknowing that they are actually there to find their missing son (Trevor Morgan)). As soon as they touch down on the island, things take a turn for the worse as a Spinosaurus grounds their airplane and eats their only satellite phone. Now stuck on this island Dr.Grant must help this family, survive this hell hole of an island make it out of their safely. This third installment in the franchise isn’t directed by Spielberg, but by Joe Johnston (Directed Captain America and Jumanji) who can’t fully be blamed for the films folly, but quiet possible an oversaturation of Dinosaur movies in the short period of time that the three films came out, because I would argue that the third film isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to seem as long as you go in with an open mind. you can enjoy the three Jurassic films now with your Netflix monthly streaming membership. Now be off to stare at your T.V. or laptop for six hours and enjoy the dino-madness.toilet.jpeg

Netflix Movie of the Week: Small Soldiers

small soldiers poster.jpgSmall Soldiers was one of my favorite movies growing up, now going back to watch it the cheesiness still holds up. When a toy company decides to put missile technology inside of their new line of action figure, but they aren’t all friendly as half of the new group of toys begin to attack the neighborhood in chase of the Gorgonites. Why lie? Small Soldiers hits almost every action movie cliche, but its fucking wonderful for it, seeing this onslaught of action figures being chopped and hacked by Gregory Smith and a Young Kirsten Dunst (which I had a massive crush on in my younger years  aka. Mary Jane) with help from the Gorgonites who just want to live their lives. This young adult action flick, directed by Joe Dante (who directed Gremlins 1 and 2), so you get that cheesy 80’s movie with that cheesy 90’s action movie and he blends it in such a way that you’re mesmerized by all the cheesiness (you can’t help but realize you‘ve already reached the bottom of your bag of popcorn and you still have another half of the movie to go).  With the writing team of Gavin Scott, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Adam Rifkin adding modern day morality issues to such a 90’s movie, integrated in way that would give moral standards to the youth of the time (plus whdoesn’t like seeing action figures ripped to shreds?). If you’re browsing through Netflix and don’t know what to watch go ahead and give Small Soldiers a shot.critique-small-soldiers-dante43.jpg