Jurassic Park, Michael Bay Edition

We've seen  a much better version of this movie before... decades ago. Chris Pratt stars as our raptor-training hero. He's a dino expert with a heart of gold and a cocksure attitude. At the best of times times, he actually felt like an amalgamation of Malcolm and Grant from Jurassic Park. He's joined on the island by Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent… Continue reading Jurassic Park, Michael Bay Edition

The Martian: Elevating the Source Material

All too often, the book a film is based on becomes the default watermark for the story being told. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, it existed first, doesn’t that inherently make it the ideal form of the story? Some would say that the more you stray from the source material, the less successful your… Continue reading The Martian: Elevating the Source Material

While We’re Young

I missed this one when it was in theaters despite really digging the teaser (linked below). I love coming of age stories, and a coming of age flick for 30-something's sounded fresh and inventive - even if you didn't find Naomi Watts awkwardly dancing to hip-hop funny. https://www.youtube.com/embed/NRUcm9Qw9io The film stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a Josh… Continue reading While We’re Young