How To Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of ‘Jurassic Park’

It’s the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s last good film: Jurassic Park. Yes, it’s actually been that long since everyone’s favorite dino-sci-fi-adventure blockbuster hit screens. The VHS version—which is probably still the best way to watch it—followed an excruciating 15 months after its debut, and had kids cooped up inside their TV rooms for weeks. My own surviving tape is so warped from rewatchings that I hesitate to expose it to daylight anymore. 

So, how are we marking the blessed occasion? First, to get into the mood, you should definitely take a “Journey to the Island,” John Williams style. My advice is to play this song with your eyes closed, and then imagine what your face looks like during it. If you’re human, it’ll put a gigantic grin on your face.

A perfect complement to this song, of course, is the immortal Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) laughing: 

For those who want to dig deeper, there’s some fantastic fan art over at the blog Dino-DNA, and reigning Jurassic Park expert Becky Ferreira, who has called the movie her “first religious experience,” tackles some errors as well as the philosophical brilliance of the piece. But as always, the true lesson here is quite simple: don’t get cheap on Dennis Nedry—that was Hammond’s mistake.

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Becky Ferreira on Sexy Ducks & Admiral Ackbar

I’ve heard about the Sunday-night blues, and while I’ve ever been affected, should you find yourself down in the dumps on this coming Sabbath, there’s a a cure in the LES at the Parkside Lounge. This week, The Most Fun Show Ever, hosted by Danny Jolles, features one of my favorite young comics on the scene: Becky Ferreira. Here, Becky talks about mallard ducks, Japanese anime and, you know, suicide.

So, you’re pretty. I’m glad you received the press release sent to you directly from my ego.

We don’t need to get into the whole Alessandra Stanley women have to be hot to be successful in comedy thing, but I thought it was worth mentioning. So tell me about growing up — when did you develop this incessant need for validation and attention (aka, when did you decide you liked being funny)? I am the youngest in my family, so I spent my fetal months planning a really spectacular debut only to find out two other chumps had already beat me to it, one of whom ended up being a professional fucking figure skater. So, I’ve always been pretty frantic to have something more interesting than a triple axel up my sleeve. Have I accomplished that? I think my impressive collection of fart jokes speaks for itself. Also, I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, a city whose residents can follow only one of two life paths: looking for ways to laugh or looking for ways to kill themselves. What makes you laugh? What makes you want to kill yourself? I have an extremely primitive sense of humor paired with a really snooty one, with pretty much no middle ground. I think Voltaire and poops are equally hilarious. I love science and history jokes, but I will also laugh really hard at like, a cloud shaped like a dick. My favorite show of all time is the UK Office but probably my favorite Youtube video is the one that combines “Standing Cat” (his professional name) with that song “Cats on Mars” from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. I am a nation divided. As for what makes me want to kill myself, the idea that I have to die one day. Did I just meta your face off?

Wow — Cowboy Bebop — does that mean you’re also a nerd? Well, hey, if I’m a nerd just because I like cartoons and space and hackers and … oh.

So what can people expect to see on Sunday? I am really obsessed with the sexual behavior of mallard ducks: they are disgusting, perverted deviants. I anticipate at least half of my set will be about that. Other subjects covered: the friendship between Marty McFly and Doc Brown, my take on Douglas Adams’ take on the USA and Canada, mythological mysteries solved and of course, my always faithful stalwart: fart jokes.

Cool. Now tell me an embarrassing sexual or coming-of-age experience. For the interview or for your own lecherous purposes?

Can’t it be both? The possibility that my mother and/or any of my exes might happen upon this is going to prohibit … but as a teaser, I can say that these humiliations have run the gamut from having to share the only attractive guy in New Zealand with a Hungarian girl to frequently having to use Admiral Ackbar’s quote “It’s a trap.” Also, when I was a kid, I thought sex was the act of a man lying on top of a woman, and then both of them just staring at each other. No motion, no penetration. Just staring, and then like, the man would just get off at some point and it’d be done. Super creepy. And yet, incidentally, that’s the way I now prefer to make love.

Catch Becky before SNL does: The Most Fun Show Ever—9pm, Sunday, May 9 at Parkside Lounge.