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The Imagination Whisperer

A picture is not only worth a thousand words, but now it can inspire millions of people of all ages.

Exhibit A: Robin van Persie’s diving header against Spain in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was the best goal of the tournament. Surprisingly, this moment nearly/does rise to the same level as the imagery of the Germans triumphantly lifting the World Cup trophy. That’s powerful. When that goal is replayed on television, it instantly encapsulates the top-level talent of the players and teams in that glorious tournament last summer.

This goal was the sports highlight of 2014.

Exhibit B: The highly-anticipated Jurassic World was expected to be a summer blockbuster, reinvigorating the franchise that started with the 1993 cinematic masterpiece Jurassic Park. The 2015 film will be remembered for many things, including its dinosaur-sized, record-breaking box office domination. Or how about how John Williams was welcomed back into our hearts, as well as to the top of the Billboard charts after 22 years. Jurassic World was the sequel everyone had been waiting for since watching the helicopter safely fly into the sunset over the oceanic horizon in June of 1993.

Enter Chris Pratt/Owen Grady.

As seen in the film and the trailers, Owen’s prowess for cautiously wrangling velociraptors is a spectacular sight of a person trying to control nature. There are several memorable scenes from the movie, but none like the raptor whisperer. However, the photograph after the screenshot is not directly from the film, but is instead of a child’s interpretation of the aforementioned scene with some parental coordination. And this pose has been done by many, however, this adaption showcases the dinosaur-loving kid in all of us.

This is the pose of 2015.

(Wired)

(Wired)

(Chris Pratt -- Facebook)

“Thank you to the parents of this little one. You’ve made my day” (Chris Pratt’s Facebook)

The image gets your attention, like a certain cup of trembling water…

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That Jurassic Labyrinth

On this day back in 1993, the world changed forever.

Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was a tyrannosaurus-sized blockbuster that was the “Star Wars” for an entire generation that redefined cinema and changed everything about what movies could be and should be. It was the first movie to use CGI and, coupled with Stan Winston’s brilliant use of animatronics, created dinosaur effects that made the audience truly believe there was a modern day park with prehistoric creatures from 65 million years ago. This movie has everything: heart-pulsing action, dynamic characters and relationships, original storytelling (props to Michael¬†Crichton), legendary soundtrack, epic surprises and iconic phrases and scenes.

Speaking of the latter, the following video clip is still arguably the most terrifyingly amazing scene from this cinematic masterpiece.

Just one more day until we get to see what Jurassic World will serve up…

21 Years in the Making

(Jurassic World: IGN Online)

(“Jurassic World” by Mark Englert: IGN Online)

Ladies and gentlemen, not only is Jurassic World really happening, but it will once again feature the superstar of dinosaurs in the Velociraptor. Above is the first promotional poster for the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. Recalling when I saw the first movie 21 years ago, it’s surreal to think it’s a franchise. What’s more is that it seems like this is the right time to make a new film with great actors (Chris Pratt,¬†Bryce Dallas Howard) and written with what appears to be a similar tone as the original from 1993. Enough time has passed that this new movie is not simply a sequel, but a story with a purpose and gravitas to stand on its own.

The saying is, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

I agree.

The excitement that’s included in these thousand words is unsustainable…much like the the expectations of controlling dinosaurs in the modern world.

While we will have to wait and see how this story unfolds in 2015, Spielberg and Co. just may have found a way to rejuvenate this story for the 21st century!