Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 10 – Welcome (Back) to Jurassic Park

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 Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 10 – Welcome (Back) to Jurassic Park

Review: ‘Jurassic World’

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 Review: ‘Jurassic World’

Review: ‘Tomorrowland’

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?

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