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The Ride of Our Lives Is Coming Soon

Ready. Set. Come with me

Released today by Warner Bros. Pictures, this newest look into the virtual mega world of the forthcoming Steven Spielberg film (based on the book of the same title by fellow Ohioan Ernest Cline) Ready Player One is being set-up as a spectacularly fun (and prescient?) experience at the movies starting March 29.

While I’ve explored this story’s prescient virtual reality dynamic more extensively in past blog posts, it’s important to be ever-cognizant of pop-culture’s impact and strange acumen at foretelling the future. These cinematic visions can seem surreal in the moment. And yet, when one of these occasional visions comes true, the everlasting magic of cinematic storytelling gets stronger. As seen above, it appears that a healthy combination of strength and imagination are necessities in the places portrayed in Ready Player One.

Where our virtual world and real-life collide for a transformative impact.

P.S. “Pure Imagination” as the background song? Absolute perfection.  

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Happy Monday!

When will virtual reality make its defining pivot into the mainstream of modern society as an everyday technological necessity? How will we as a species change as a result? Will this transformation be good, bad or found somewhere in between?

For now, the first full trailer for Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming pop culture-infused virtual reality cinematic bonanza, inspired by the pop culture literary giant Ready Player One imaginatively penned by Ohio’s own Ernest Cline, has arrived.

No virtual reality headsets required.

Suggestion: Host Ready Player One’s movie premiere this March in Columbus, Ohio.

Author Ernest Cline is from Ashland, director Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati and the story takes place in central Ohio. The legendary filmmaker and Warner Bros. could officially make Columbus the pop culture capital of the world for a night, which would be unforgettable and crazy awesome.

However, would that mean that a major business would purposefully invest in the city and people of Columbus with the intention of having fun and making us look good? It’s been a while but we’re actively on the hunt for people with good intentions who are ready to inspire and celebrate this city (#SaveTheCrew). And favorite sons Steven Spielberg and Ernest Cline would be welcomed back to Hollywood blockbuster-level acclaim and fanfare.

That’s the reality.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Will Chaos Theory’s Kingdom Find a Way to Survive?

Ladies and gentlemen, the first full trailer for the highly-anticipated Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is here.

In a word: Chaos. In more words, which Jurassic Park character famously specialized in chaos theory? The writers built a subtle, yet clever narrative bridge that necessarily welcomes Dr. Ian Malcolm back after 20 years. Well, he actually made a couple “appearances” in 2015’s Jurassic World

Looks like visceral director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) has attempted to add a big, suspenseful chapter to the Jurassic Park cinematic series with Fallen Kingdom, the second film in the Jurassic World trilogy. June 22, 2018, cannot come soon enough, just as long as there are engaging Michael Crichton-esque dialogue and next-level, imaginative plot twists in equal measure. Plus, there must be several genuine edge-of-your-seat animatronic thrills in gritty, acutely enclosing situations like in the 1993 masterpiece.

Time will tell concerning director J.A. Bayona’s signature filmmaking style amidst prehistoric chaos.

Posting Up Against Giants

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Steven Spielberg walk into a newsroom…

Journalism, not the shouting on cable news, is invaluable in a democracy. More specifically, the gritty, old-school reporting approach with pen marks galore, endless stacks of paper and the pursuit of revealing the greater truth to an “off-limits” story instead of merely getting there/yelling something inflammatory first is increasingly becoming a relic of the past.

And it’s in this pre-digital past that Steven Spielberg ventured into for a modern-day reflection. Plus, Mr. Spielberg was able to bring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep together for the first time for a major motion picture.

Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film The Post isn’t necessarily aiming to revitalize print journalism as much as it seems to be directed towards reigniting the spark of a thoughtful, determined American media.

Considering the times we live, in which news in the political, sports and entertainment spheres are indistinguishably blurred together and run and broadcasted by powerful insiders (former athletes, political operatives, and commentators on both sides, etc.), the question that lingers is, “Who can those on the outside trust?”

It is likely that The Post won’t comprehensively answer this critical question, but this film will transport audiences back to a time when there was information you knew and information you didn’t know. “Metrics” and “analytics” hadn’t yet become fancy synonyms for information. Journalists took a breath, focused and refocused a few times, went to work all day and night while framing a report in a context that far exceeded the words and margins of the said story.

Even when the story was (like in this film) larger-than-life and full of high-level risks and stakes for a nation asking important high-level questions.

The leaking of the Pentagon Papers had its fair share of controversy. It will be interesting to see how the legendary director chose to tell and frame historically significant events involving real people. Nonetheless, the Pentagon Papers and the Washington Post have received the top-shelf Spielbergian treatment in The Post that stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep set for theatrical release this Christmas.

And then set for ordering on Amazon several months later.