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They’re Gonna Need a Bigger Park

Will Jurassic World (executive produced by Steven Spielberg) redefine the summer blockbuster (created by Steven Spielberg in 1975 with Jaws) with dinosaurs brought to life/engineered from prehistoric DNA for the second time (Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park in 1993) 40 years after the supremely terrifying, gigantic great white shark scared us from swimming in the ocean?

(Jeff Victor)

(Fan-Made Poster by Jeff Victor)

Jurassic World opens today!

With a theatrical release almost exactly 22 years after Jurassic Park (June 11th), the fourth installment in this treasured franchise is centered on new characters and some fun new dinosaurs. Written, directed and acted (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard) by proud fans of the 1993 cinematic epic, there is a lot of pressure to get this film right. This is especially true because of its direct connection to the original movie, one of the greatest (if not the greatest) movies of all-time.

No pressure, right?

CGI will understandably be used, but needs to be coupled with an ideal balance of practical effects. Only the director and special effects team can make this judgement, but this will be a critical dynamic for how successful it will ultimately be as part of the movie-going experience. And, equally relevant, the effects will help determine the all-important shelf-life (literally) for fans months and years from now. Steven Spielberg hand-picked Colin Trevorrow, which should immediately add some gravitas and assurances to his decision to select a relative rookie for such a massive undertaking.

Living in a point in time in film history when over-reliance on CGI can overwhelm stories, characters and believability alike, hopefully Trevorrow took cues from Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams in their lauded approaches and spent the money and took the time to develop and incorporate stunning practical effects and sets into Jurassic World. This movie is a big deal for a variety of reasons, one of which is the inevitable comparisons of the effects and settings of 1993 v. 2015. Other key elements audiences will look for include edge-of-our-seat suspense, originality with homages to 1993, heart-racing twists-and-turns, relationships with genuine connections, as well as whether this film will feature life lessons within a grand vision built for today and tomorrow.

Plus, the story/script needs to sound like it came from a Michael Crichton novel.

The excitement for Jurassic World is palpable. Fans (like myself) have been waiting 22 years to visit a fully-functioning, state-of-the-art theme park with dinosaurs, having spared no expense. Yes, I’ve seen the original and understand the results and messages of the first film. I know that humans get in serious trouble when they attempt to control nature and that dinosaurs from 65 million years ago have instincts and behaviors that are incompatible with people. Still, who doesn’t want to be a part of that amazingly awesome adventure? What kid didn’t see themselves as Timmy or Lex in 1993? Dr. Grant? Dr. Sattler? Dr. Ian Malcolm?

Steven Spielberg is the master of projecting imaginative characters, worlds and quotable moments that have the spectacular power to entertain and impact lives far, far beyond opening night.

Hopefully, Mr. Trevorrow found a way with Jurassic World.

When Harry and Lloyd Met Tom

Monday, November 3, 2014: The (“T-T-hey…the”) Regency Theater in Los Angeles was the destination for the premiere of a sequel that’s been in demand by its loyal fan base for the past 20 years. Yes, Dumb and Dumber To, with its original directors (The Farrelly brothers) and stars (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) really happened.

“I’m gonna hang by the bar, put out the vibe.”

For the first time since that benefit in Aspen with all those French people and salmon of Capistrano, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels donned a tuxedo in the discreet colors of orange and blue. Except, elite fashion designer Tom Ford (who has made suits for Daniel Craig’s 007) helped make that iconic fashion statement suitable (yes, that just happened) for 2014 with black pants and checker-patterned jackets with the trademark bow tie. The picture below is a modern throwback to the most famous custom-made suits in pop culture history.

(Richard Shotwell / AP)

(Richard Shotwell / AP)

But this wouldn’t be a true throwback on this Thursday without traveling back in time 20 years…

Put me down for two tickets, in case I want a second viewing.

The Epic Renaissance of the “Man of Steel”

“One day, you’re gonna have to make a choice. You have decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. … Whoever that man is, good character or bad, is gonna change the world.”
–Mr. Kent

“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They’ll race behind you, they will stumble. They will fall. … But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

It’s a bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Super-I mean, It’s the Man of Steel!

The day has arrived when the superhero of all superheroes will again appear as a heroic savior from the skies. As the description the late Jay Morton coined reads, he’s, “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” The, “man of steel” will attempt to protect the people of Earth from General Zod and his army while wearing a modernized (by Kryptonian standards) blue suit with a red cape, donning the most famously symbolic “S” ever known.

How will fans react to Henry Cavill’s adaptation? Was he up to this enormous challenge?

Music is a vitally important partner to any television show or movie featuring Superman. The opening few seconds of John Williams’ score for the 1978 motion picture is definitively beautiful as it sets the stage for a grand journey. Hans Zimmer, a composing mastermind and movie soundtrack maestro, put his orchestral talents to work to create the right sound that had to be, quite literally, super!

In the short video below, Zimmer describes a new listening technology he helped develop when he composed the, “Man of Steel” soundtrack.

Innovative- Brilliant-Wow!

Did Zimmer write a new, modern anthem or score that will overtake the iconic, “Superman” soundtrack by John Williams? No, because that task is essentially impossible. However, as the music from the multiple trailers and his past movie scores have indicated, the new soundtrack will undoubtedly be epic. That’s an investment you can take to the bank.

Will, “Man of Steel” be as epic as the soundtrack? Will Kal-El fly off the screen without the assistance of 3D glasses?

June 14, 2013: The time has come to buy the tickets and watch the greatest superhero of all-time grow up in confusing wonderment on a strange planet, somehow meet Lois Lane and then battle the powerfully evil General Zod and his destructive army.

As Jimmy’s Daily Planet’s current headline indicates, the expectations for this Super-I mean, “Man of Steel,” are epic.

Will we join him in the sun…?