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    by Published on 2016-12-17 12:20 AM  Number of Views: 754 

    ROGUE ONE



    I have returned from seeing the latest 'Star Wars' movie "Rogue One," and let me preface this by saying that 'Star Wars' is the one franchise for me that goes beyond all others.

    Most fans will tell you that the original trilogy is classic and that the prequels are the antithesis of that, but I do not fit into that preconceived bubble. I certainly adore the OT trilogy -- to this day, it is still my favorite series of all time -- but, for the most part, I genuinely enjoy the prequels as well. Especially 'Episode III." Haters be damned, I think it is a great "Star Wars" movie. Yes, I said great, damn it! So it should be noted that I am one of those fans that never felt George Lucas raped my childhood.

    Nonetheless, after the conclusion of Lucas's saga, he sold off the rights to Disney and for many, they "felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced". But was that a justified response? ...
    Published on 2015-06-19 09:17 PM     Number of Views: 1393 

    By: Robert Russo



    Back in the summer of 1993, Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" was creatively marketed as a film that was 65 million years in the making. While it hasn't been quite that long since the last "Jurassic Park" outing, it has certainly felt like it at times.

    After 14 years of being held captive in Development Hell, it would take two writing teams - Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silva and Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly - to bring "Jurassic Park" back to the big screen.

    Directed by Trevorrow - who helmed the entertaining Spielberg-esque "Safety Not Guaranteed" - was wisely chosen to fill the shoes for this nostalgic trip to "Jurassic World". And it was also an equally wise choice to bring in such fresh meat with the likable stars of Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.

    This time around - and a first for the franchise - Jurassic World is a fully functional park at Isla Nublar which is the same island of the first film. After ten years of operation, the park is looking to spike attendance by introducing hybrid dinosaurs. Not surprisingly, this new hybrid dinosaur - the Indominus Rex - outwits the humans to escape his paddock to wreak havoc on the guests.

    For starters, this movie is a whole lot of fun and is easily the franchise's best sequel. The action is well-shot and it's genuinely exciting. The film's third act ...
    Published on 2015-06-07 09:05 PM     Number of Views: 5094 

    By Robert Russo



    Back in the summer of 1993, the movie industry was bracing itself for a juggernaut; Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. For me, I was completely engulfed by the hype that Universal Pictures was effectively generating. In fact, it would be Jurassic Park that got me into following box office grosses. From its first week of release to its last week in the Top 20, I literally cut out and saved the box office charts that were printed every week in the newspaper.

    Knowing nothing of box office figures at the time, I still thought it was going to make film history. Back then, only two films were bigger in the United States; E.T.: The Extraterrestrial and Star Wars. In that era, it was not a common occurrence like it is today to see a film gross north of $300 million. Even less for films to earn over $900 million worldwide. In fact, Jurassic Park was the only film to ever do so at that time.



    In more ways than one, the movie was a monster. And unlike the Americanized Godzilla movies, Peter Jackson's King Kong, or the better-to-be-forgotten Cloverfield, Jurassic Park did not disappoint audiences. In fact, like many, I saw the film multiple times in theaters. ...
    Published on 2015-06-07 09:04 PM   

    By: Patwell James



    I wasn't a fan of the first Insidious, James Wan's big comeback movie after the commercial failure of Death Sentence and Dead Silence. It's one of those rare films where I remain not only underwhelmed by it, but perplexed by its generally positive perception. I found the 2013 sequel to be superior, to the contrary of most critics' opinions. And I will admit that the trailers and TV spots for Insidious Chapter 3 had me hoping for, if not outright expecting, the best entry yet. For a while, at first, the movie itself had me believing that it was... sadly, that feeling didn't last. ...