In Episode 10 of the Crooked Table Podcast, Rob and Kai catch up on what they’ve been watching, including geek-friendly fare like Tomorrowland, the Star Wars saga and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, they delve into box office record-breaker Jurassic World as a jump-off to a larger discussion about the wave of nostalgia reigning supreme in today’s world. Well said, CollegeHumor. Continue reading
For an entire generation, Jurassic Park is one of those touchstone films – like Star Wars and Back to the Future – that has come to represent the irresistible escapist fun that the movies can offer. In bringing dinosaurs to such vivid life onscreen, the sci-fi thriller captured the imagination of millions of children (and adults) who reveled in its sly humor (Goldblum!), memorable characters and chilling beasts. However, a pair of sequels failed to match that accomplishment, and ultimately, the Jurassic Park franchise appeared to be all but dead. Until now. Continue reading
By Robert Yaniz Jr.
Brad Bird has proven his skill in delivering family films that manage to combine emotional resonance, larger-than-life storytelling and unforgettable characters (we’re clearly fans). This is especially evident in his two collaborations with Pixar Animation Studios: Ratatouille and The Incredibles. So when it was announced that the top-secret Disney project he was working on was Tomorrowland, more than a few eyebrows were raised. After all, this seemed like the perfect marriage of filmmaker and material. Why then isn’t Tomorrowland a better film?