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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See New Photos From the Set of Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

After Moonrise Kingdom swept people away with its whimsical meditation on first love, the sartorially-minded autuer has been working hard on his next ensemble feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson and his slew of handsome stars have been shooting in Germany since the new year and whatever sector of Wes’ world this film falls into, he’s surely rounded up quite a cast. With Alexandre Desplat scoring the film, the synopsis tells us that The Grand Budapest Hotel will follow, "The troubles and tribulations of Mr. Gustave, who serves as the hotel’s perfectly composed concierge." Everyone from Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum to Ralph Fiennes and Adrien Bordy to Willem Dafoe and Harvey Keitel are in the mix, and thanks to The Film Stage we now have a nice roundup of images from on set, as well as a behind the scenes clip. Enjoy.







A Brief Compendium of Genre-Swapped Trailers

For tonight’s geeky web diversion, a trend that is hardly new, but one that seems to resurface every so often. The genre-swapped movie trailer even went mainstream with AMC’s Forrest Gump In The Hood promo. Some of these you’ve probably seen umpteen times, others not so much, but these are the best in a field that has quite a few dregs. Goodnight, everybody! 

The Shining As A Family Comedy

This one set the standard for this YouTube trend eons ago. Jack Nicholson looks more like Jim Carrey in his role, but more importantly, there’s the tacky but highly effective ‘80s voiceover and a reminder of the importance of music in trailers, with “Solsbury Hill” cutting through the tension of the movie that holds repressed childhood nightmares for many of us.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off As Fight Club

We’ve actually seen it proposed as a conspiracy/alternate analysis theory on a few websites, and it’s a creeper. At first you’re like, “nahhhh, that’s not possible at all this is some high-grade Internet crap,” but then you start to think about it more and more… and then… yeah. It makes sense.

But that leaves a few unanswered questions, most notably, would have that have created some sort of rumor around the high-society Chicago world that Abe Frohman, the Sausage King of Chicago, skipped out on a check while talking to himself? Where is our mind?

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The Fly As a Rom-Com

There’s a bit too much reliance on the editor’s screencaps to move the reimagined plot along, but there are some very good sequencing choices made and the jangly song by The Spinto Band used gives the whole thing that added rom-com feel. Let this primarily serve as a reminder that Jeff Goldblum should be in every movie ever.

Groundhog Day As Psychological Horror

Short and sweet, but rather chilling.

Mrs. Doubtfire As Completely Terrifying

Opening up with that black-and-white shot of Mrs. D’s plaster mask—gold. The only thing that would have made this one better is the “HELLLOOOOO!” pie scene being played for that last-minute jump at the end of the trailer.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceAs A Raunchy Teen Comedy

As a note, there are mutiple recuts of HP films as teen comedies, including one that recasts Harry, Hermione and the like as the Breakfast Club archetypes. But this is easily the best of the lot, transforming Harry and Ron into two sportos partying and looking for love, making the love potion the center of the plot. Hermione, as always, is still Hermione, calling them out on their trifery.

Links: Michael Jackson Twitter Grief, Angelina Jolie’s Gender Bending

● Despite internet rumors, Jeff Goldblum did not plummet to his death on a film set in New Zealand; he’s alive and well in Los Angeles. [Stuff] ● Celebs like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dane Cook, and John Mayer did what any sensible person would do and expressed their grief for Michael Jackson’s death via Twitter. [TMZ] ● Madonna is so devastated by the news of Michael Jackson’s passing that she hasn’t stopped crying. [People]

Transformers 2 continues to pummel the box office, breaking the Wednesday box office record with an astounding $60.6 million. [ComingSoon] ● The director of Angelina Jolie’s new film Salt, Phillip Noyce, says Jolie “can kick ass as good as any man.” Ironic seeing that the role of Salt was rewritten from male to female just for her. [BreakingNews] ● Jake Gyllenhaal makes a surprise visit to the set of main squeeze Reese Witherspoon’s new film How Do You Know. [JustJared]