(2015 – Director: Colin Trevorrow Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard)
Jurassic World has plenty of merits. Colin Trevorrow takes the helm as director/co-writer after only having directed one prior feature (a personal favorite, Safety Not Guaranteed) and gives a giant picture with a giant scope about giant creatures some clarity all while peppering in homages to the original Jurassic Park. No matter what, every Jurassic Park franchise film will be compared to the original. And rightfully so. There are plenty of things that Jurassic World does right, but it trips over so many essentials that made Jurassic Park a classic. A lot of other people have written about the overuse of CGI, the amount of screen time dinosaurs have versus the original, and how every female, minus the dinosaur, has a brain the size of a fish. But what bothers me most about JW is its lack of attention when it comes to fear and suspense. Read More…
This month we delve into TWO James Bond films for the first time as we talk about Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. It’s extra long because we do nothing but talk about these movies. We don’t talk about mastermind groups, book writing, the Poddies, QK, or anything like that. Get ready for some metaphysical, alternate reality discussion about the Bond universe.
(2015 – Director: David Robert Mitchell Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist)
What impresses me most about the sure-to-be-instant-cult-classic It Follows, is the respect it has for its audience’s intelligence. The premise is simple and established almost right from the beginning. It’s typical in that it follows a group of teenagers as they band together and try to escape a vague, but haunting, curse. It Follows is a great example of how not to let plot, or mythology, get in the way of a feature script. We don’t need a lot of answers. We don’t have time to even ask questions. We’re placed in an unsettling world with chilling visuals and we’re too busy being scared about what’s around the corner to really ask why.