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Fly Me to the Moon (Again)

The cinematic jazz duo of ‘La La Land’ actor Ryan Gosling with writer and director Damien Chazelle are back with a story–known and unknown–that changed the way we view our planet relative to the infinite, mysterious space around it.

Neil Armstrong is the focus. 1961-1969 are the years. And the moment was historic.

Now for the first poster.

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Now the first trailer just released online.

We’ll just have to wait and see if ‘First Man’ has the right stuff to live up to the legacy of NASA and Neil Armstrong, its fearless leader.

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This Kingdom’s (Title) Has Come

Jurassic World 2 would not be a great title for the highly-anticipated sequel to Jurassic World.

Thankfully, that won’t be an issue.

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Ladies and gentleman, the Jurassic World team is, unlike the viability of a real Jurassic Park, on the right path with the (literally!) just released movie title and poster shown above. The juxtaposition of “Fallen Kingdom” and “Life Finds a Way” sparks an undeniable sense of curiosity one year out from theatrical release into what this story entails and where this story will lead for the third film in this trilogy. The only issue I have (and it’s minor) is the somewhat bland color scheme for the iconic logo in the Jurassic World trilogy’s posters. Maybe the logo’s color, like the story, has a 3-film story arc that won’t bring its full vibrant color scheme to light until the third installment?

Maybe? Hopefully.

However, the slogan (“Life Finds a Way”), the brilliant phrase spoken by Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park back in 1993 (who is in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), is perfect on so many different levels. This brand new movie poster found a way to be modern, yet nostalgically awesome.

June 22, 2018. Mark it down.

When can we reserve tickets?

Happy Monday

Did you think a trailer was the opening act for marketing a new movie in the 21st century?

Think again.

And then think about what this title means for the next epic chapter in the Star Wars cinematic universe.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and the 43-year-old has set the bar at a next-level height for his December 15, 2017 release date. The title immediately brings to mind a battle of good vs. evil not seen since Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s iconic fight in The Empire Strikes Back back in 1980. Without diving too deep into the reaction Mr. Johnson and Co. expect, I caution you to take a step back and consider that the real hook in this title is visible, yet disguised.

In other words, I suspect “The Last Jedi” is (stay with me here) a Jedi mind trick in and of itself.

What kind of Jedi mind trick? I don’t know.

But extra curious of a mind-blowing, bonus twist I am.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.

P.S. Remember that Rian Johnson released a special video for fans about wrapping Day 1 of filming Star Wars: Episode VIII back in mid-February of last year (as featured on Jimmy’s Daily Planet), so the hype for this movie has been building for what will turn out to be about 2 years come this December.

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.