Five Favorites: Jurassic Park moments

Happy Thanksgiving Movie Talkers! To further share our excitement after the recent trailer for Jurassic World, here are Five Favorite moments from the previous Jurassic Park films (the first two at least).

1. “T-Rex Breakout”

-This entire sequence is just terrifying. 

 

2. “Don’t go into the long grass!” 

-Best showing of why Velociraptors are so dangerous.

 

3. “Must go faster!”

 -Can you imagine sitting in the backseat with a busted leg and a T-Rex chasing you down?

 

4. “Lunch debate.”

-In case you needed another reason why Jeff Goldblum is so awesome as Ian Malcolm. Bringing to attention the dangers of what they’ve done.

 

5. “Welcome to Jurassic Park!”

-Just as epic as the first time watching. A lot of credit to these actors and their reactions to these dinosaurs.

 

What are your favorite Jurassic Park moments? Let us know.

Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12, 2015

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Independence Day 2 gets a Greenlight

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Independence Day 2 is officially happening in 2016. The news comes from a report by Deadline, which claims that 20th Century Fox has seen enough to give the ’96 Blockbuster hit a follow up film. The reports also reveals that the sequel will be one film, rather than a two part followup.

Independence Day 2 is yet another film to be given a sequel after a long period of time (Dumb and Dumber To). Although, if you were to ask me which film I’d rather see get a sequel it would be the former. As for casting news, its starting to look more likely that actor Will Smith will not be joining his co-stars from the first film, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum for Independence Day 2. 

Director Roland Emmerich is set to return for the sequel, with his partner on the first film Dean Devlin returning as producer. The only plot details rumored is that the film will explore deeper into the alien mythology, and will take place 20 years after the alien invasion in the first film. The year 2016 will also be 20 years since the release of Independence Day.

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As a fan of the first film I’m gonna hesitantly be excited to see what this sequel will offer. Not having Will Smith is a bummer, but I’ll take a Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman reprising their roles. While its great that Director Roland Emmerich is returning, his directorial work as of lately (White House Down, 2012) has been just okay. Still this is the guy who directed some awesome 90’s films like Independence Day, The Patriot, Stargate, and Universal Soldier. Perhaps returning to a franchise which gave him success can be a good thing.

Independence Day 2 is set to invade theaters on June 24th, 2016.

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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay P. 1′ Movie Review

The Hunger Games franchise is shaping up to be one of the best film series’ in cinema history with both its financial and critic/fan success. Especially with the third installment, released this past friday, making 120 plus million it’s opening weekend (the most this year) and while critic reviews have been mixed so far, I believe Mockingjay Part 1 is a solid movie which  positively contributes to the series overall.

I think the reason some fans and critics have had negative reactions to the movie is because they were expecting something different than what they got on screen. I think everyone was assuming this would be an action-packed, battle-heavy war film but what we got was more of a propaganda war film which served as the build up to the big war movie everybody wants. I don’t blame people for feeling let down considering where the last movie left us. Now I haven’t read The Hunger Games books but based on what I’ve seen and heard, we should get this epic action movie in the fourth entry and I’m okay with waiting while having Part 1 serve as the set up.

With all that out of the way, Mockingjay Part 1 was an interesting and different type of “blockbuster” movie with many positive aspects but also some negative ones. While I love me some action in my movies, the lack of it in this film was almost a good thing.  Almost every blockbuster that comes out these days heavily relies on action, which isn’t a bad thing when done correctly, but that sometimes leaves less emphasis on the story, plot and character development. I’m okay with letting some action go when we get a great movie that escalates the story while pushing the main characters forward on their journey. Mockingjay P. 1 did this very well and I felt more connected to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss than in the previous two films. That doesn’t mean I enjoyed everything about her character but I’ll get into that in my negatives.

Overall, the characters are probably the best part of this movie, with most of them in much different places than we’ve seen them before. For example, Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), who is an alcoholic in the first two movies is forced into a situation where he can’t drink in District 13.  Also, Effie ( Elizabeth Banks), is not allowed to dress up, wear makeup, or express herself fashionably at all in District 13.

Another character in a place we haven’t seen him is Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who we all assumed was captured or maybe even dead at the end of Catching Fire.  Well it turns out the Capitol has him, which we all learned in the trailers. And although he wasn’t in this movie as much as the past two, his character was utilized very well as he serves as an emotional catalyst for Katniss and ultimately the whole movie. I also enjoyed Liam Hemsworth in this movie, especially since he didn’t stand out in the first two.  His character, Gale Hawthorne, had a much bigger role which allowed him to be showcased more but I just think Hemsworth is proving to be a better actor lately and it’s noticeable in this movie. Basically, I like that we got to see all of these side characters in a different light than before.

Another positive in the film was the back and forth propaganda battle between the rebels and the Capitol. You could technically call this movie a political drama based on the events surrounding the Capitol and it’s opponents District 13 and the rebels. It was really cool to see what each side was going to do next and how that propaganda video affected both sides of the war. It plays a lot on how people overreact to certain views and how governments take advantage of society’s ignorance. This was a strong aspect of the movie and its comparable to our society in many ways.

While I thought parts of this movie held some of the strongest aspects of all three films, it also has some of the weakest. The biggest flaw for me in this movie was the immaturity and somewhat selfish attitude of Katniss at certain moments in the movie.   So at the end of Catching Fire Katniss is rescued by the rebellion while they left Peeta and the other tributes behind, who in turn were captured by the Capitol.  Mockingjay Pt. 1 takes place shortly after this and Katniss is supposed to be a “savior” for the entire Rebellion who’s only hope is whether or not Katniss can lead them against the Capitol. With all of that, all Katniss is worried about is Peeta!    I understand that she cares about him so much and they’ve gotten really close and she may even love him romantically but seriously the whole entire world which they live in is in jeopardy. There needs to be some motivation in Katniss to want to save everyone else, which includes her mom and sister, and not just be focused on Peeta! Seriously, while Katniss is crying in her corner about Peeta, the whole District 13 could get destroyed and her family could die and she’d be sitting there crying about Peeta?! This just boggled my mind (okay, rant over).

There were other small negatives that weren’t that much of an issue but still worth noting when critiquing this film. The pace of the movie was really slow and it was fitting for the type of movie it was but I could feel the whole theater becoming underwhelmed with how slowly things were moving. While film geeks would enjoy this and appreciate it as a good technique, average movie goers wouldn’t and probably will be a little bored. Another small negative was Juliane Moore’s character President Coin. Moore does a great acting job as always but the character that was written for her was just very dull, especially when you have a world class talent like Moore who could have been used so much better.

Regardless of the flaws I still think The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was a great addition to The Hunger Games film series. I’m looking forward to the next one even more than I was this movie since I’m pretty sure we’ll get the epic climax we all want.

I give The Hunger Game: Mockingjay Part 1 a solid 8 out of 10.

What did you guys think of the film and are you looking forward to the fourth and last film? Let us know in the comment section.

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Jurassic World Trailer #1 – The Park Is Open

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The first teaser trailer for Jurassic World welcomes us back to a modern day functional Dinosaur theme park in a beautiful way. As promised by Director Colin Trevorrow, the first trailer celebrates the first film in several ways. From the opening of the entrance gate, to the familiar shot of dinosaurs running through the grass. Jurassic World looks to bring life back into the franchise by taking place 22 years after the first film.

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I hope those iphones are waterproof

For a decade, the island of Isla Nubar has been a fully functional theme park thanks in part to Masrani Global Corporation. The trailer showcases this by showing off some of its attractions that visitors get to enjoy, including a Sea World type show for the previously rumored aquatic dinosaurs. What Jurassic World wants fans (both short and longtime) to realize is this is a take on what a modern theme park would look like.

Things quickly go wrong after a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur escapes captivity. The one creature that Masrani Global cannot control happens to be the biggest and most dangerous threat. Enter Chris Pratt as Owen, who’s character is described as a mix of Dr. Grant and Dr. Malcolm. For a film attempting bring something fresh to the franchise, an actor like Pratt is perfect. The shot of him riding a motorcycle with a pack of tamed Raptors by his side is 100% pure epic.

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Overall, with several months till its release and more trailers to come, this was a very good first trailer. Hopefully, movie goers are excited to see what Jurassic World has to offer.

Jurassic World releases on June 15, 2015

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Big Deal or No Big Deal? – Expendables 4 being Rated R

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 Expendables 3 tried being something it wasn’t created to be, a PG-13 film. The franchise which brings together an ever growing cast of veteran action stars is meant to pay homage to the 80’s and early 90’s era of action films. During that time, it would be difficult to find an action film (starring an Expendable) that didn’t have blood, profanity, and more testosterone than you’d find at your local gym. Expendables 3  was intended to release for a wider audience, and the end result was a near complete failure.

A majority of the fans (including myself) did not like this new direction of less violence and younger casting additions. The calling for another installment in the Expendables franchise is currently a far cry, yet Sylvester Stallone is confident in understanding what went wrong and is ready to deliver a much more honest Expendables film to his fans.

“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.” (Crave Online)

images45OJPZYWGoing back to the film’s natural R rating is a big deal and a start in the right direction for a franchise that I believe still has one or two films left. The main demographic for Expendables films are not the younger audience members, so don’t go PG-13 and instead stick to your loyal fans.

I did state the rating change is just a start, which means more changes must be made in order to sell us on an Expendables 4, including shortening that cast!

What else does Expendables 4 have to do for it to be successful? Like it or not, hopeless or hopeful, we are getting another film.

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“Dumb and Dumber To” Movie Review (Minor Spoilers)

I must have watched the first Dumb and Dumber (1994) at least one hundred times as a kid. I always considered it one of the most memorable movies of my childhood even though I was only three years old when it came out. That just goes to show how much of a classic it is. A comedy that came out several years before I was able to comprehend it survived for over a decade as one of my families favorite “go to” movies. Now in 2014, twenty years later, The Farley brothers bring us the sequel to the comedy classic that I would say is far overdue.

Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey return as Harry and Lloyd who are probably two of the “dumbest” characters ever created for cinema, and it is showcased excessively in Dumb and Dumber To.  I first want to say that I actually slightly enjoyed this sequel, considering I went in with low expectations and came out not totally upset. I do admit there is a nostalgic factor to consider since I grew up on the first installment but the sequel honestly was not a bad movie, it also wasn’t a great one either. There is a lot of negativity among movie critics regarding this sequel and I can see where  the problems are, but there are several things to consider when judging this film, like not taking it too seriously.

Overall, it wasn’t a good movie but there were definitely some redeemable things about it. First off, just to see Carrey and Daniels on screen together was fascinating and it felt like they picked up right where they left off from the first movie. Their chemistry was as great as ever but that wasn’t the problem so much as the lines that were written for them. Another positive of the movie is the character of Harry’s supposed daughter being played by Rachel Melvin.  She was adorable to watch on screen and she really played being “dumb” well and made it seem natural.  There were also a few “bro” moments between Harry and Lloyd that I really enjoyed. While I wasn’t cracking up laughing the entire film, there were three or four moments that I couldn’t withhold myself from laughing out loud.  Also, all of the Easter eggs and references to the first movie were really cool to see.

While there are only a few things done well for Dumb and Dumber To, there were numerous noticeable flaws in the movie. The obvious thing to point out is the over the top slapstick comedy that might have been hilarious in the nineties but is far too played out in this day and age. In my opinion, they could of executed some of the jokes better. I understand these guys are supposed to really really dumb, but some things are just too much like constant fart jokes and the disgusting fingering act on the elderly woman in the old people’s home. I would say I have an open mind and a pretty good sense of humor but a lot of this stuff was just horrendous.

That leads us to the script and dialogue which I personally would say bothered me the most. When I watch a movie I naturally pay attention to the words being said and what the writer was trying to do. With this movie I was constantly annoyed by some of the things these characters were saying and the overall plot direction. I believe there could’ve been a better story developed in order to bring Harry and Lloyd back and it just felt lazy the way their reunion came about.

Ultimately I would say that Dumb and Dumber To is enjoyable for someone who’s familiar with the first one but for people of this generation who aren’t, they probably won’t have any interest in it.     I give Dumb and Dumber To a score of 6.8 out of 10.

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Sony calls quits on Steve Jobs Biopic

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After months of torture in development hell, it seems the Steve Jobs biopic is officially done. Confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has ended all development and is currently shopping the project around to interested studios, particularly Universal.

This really upsets me for several reasons. Sony at one point had David Fincher in talks to direct the biopic. Should this have happened, it would reunite the director with a script written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network). Fincher’s demand was that Christian Bale play the role of Steve Jobs. However, Fincher eventually left after Sony hesitated on his demands.

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Then Sony decides to approach Bale for the role, only after Fincher leaves. Bale joins Director Danny Boyle, and soon after reports surface of Seth Rogen eyed for the Steve Wozniack role (co-founder of Apple). The pairing of Bale and Rogen, with a script written by Sorkin made for a very interesting film.

Shortly after the biopic finally looked to be moving along, Christian Bale drops out, claiming he didn’t see himself fit for the role. I choose to believe Sony could have held on to the actor if Fincher was still attached, because as an actor you don’t turn down David Fincher.

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Once Bale dropped out, Sony seemed to have trouble locking in Seth Rogen for the Wozniack role. Names like Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender began appearing for the role of Jobs. Then Sony decides to call quits ignoring the Sorkin written script they have, which also had Boyle attached as director.

I’m actually a bit relieved that Sony waved the flag, after thinking about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Of course, that’s a bit excessive and maybe irrelevant, but there were so many good things coming from this project. Whether it was scheduling conflicts, differences concerning production budget, or whatever else, I hope the next studio in line for this project has a clear vision for the Steve Jobs biopic.

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