Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Goldblum’

Minute Movie Review – The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Sonntag, April 19th, 2009

Review:

A few years after the events of Jurassic Park, one of the main cast members has to go to a neighbouring island where, oh wonder, the “real” park was located. There he meets the new leader of the company, who is out to hunt the dinosaurs roaming free and put them on display in San Diego. I actually didn’t think it was possible, but the screenplay of this sequel is even more horrible than that of the original. The special effects are state of the art once more (which means rather bad by modern standards), but without a single likable character and a storyline that just strings along, the film drags on without ever being interesting or fun to watch.

Random Observations:

The Lost World at imdb.com

Julianne Moore has a role in the film and the normally great actress is simply annoying here.

Anybody ever notice how in all these disaster movies ninety percent of the bad things just happen because the people, especially the supposed heroes, are just stupid?

Minute Movie Review – Jurassic Park

Freitag, April 17th, 2009

Review:

A scientists manages to recover dinosaur DNA and uses it to breed the prehistoric beasts. But before his amusement park displaying them can open, he needs endorsements from some experts to demonstrate it’s safety. And obviously, it is not safe. When the film was released in 1993, everybody was talking about the astonishing special effects, quickly declaring the entire film a masterpiece. Fifteen years later, the effects are still impressive, though also dated, and one quickly realizes that underneath the glitter, there is a cheap creature feature that is a throwback to 50s style B-movies. The plot is silly (and largely missing), the dialogue among the worst ever written and the people hardly characters.

Random Observations:

Jurassic Park at imdb.com

I’m normally the first to say that Steven Spielberg, who directed Jurassic Park, is a vastly, if not *the* mostly overrated director, whose reputation is build on two things that had nothing to do with his directing ability: the silent terror of the absent shark in Jaws (he was meant to be shown a lot, but the mechanical sharks didn’t work) and the fact that Indy shoots the sword fighter in Raiders of the Lost Ark (Harrison Ford was sick that day and suggested this instead of the lengthy sword fight originally planned). In this case, however, the blame rests solely on the shoulders of novelist and screen-writer Michael Crichton.

I have not yet seen any of the two sequels, but it struck me as particularly cheap how the chance for them was set up by dropping dino DNA all over the place.

I’m pretty sure that all the merchandise shown in the park’s store was real merchandise sold after the release. Commercialism at its very best.

Minute Movie Review – The Fly

Samstag, März 15th, 2008

Review:

The Fly is a classic horror/sci-fi movie by cult director David Cronenberg (of recent “A History of Violence” and “Eastern Promises” fame). It tells the story of a scientist who invents a teleportation device, only to have his atoms mix with a housefly’s when he tests it himself. Slowly, he turns into a giant man-fly. Even though the story is almost campy horror on the surface, beneath it is a subtext of what it means to change, to lose yourself and to make a sacrifice. Sadly, much of that is only apparent in the final scenes. While not a great movie, this is very decent fare for a horror flick.

Random Observations:

The Fly at imdb.com

It’s based on a short story – and no, the story is not by Franz Kafka.

Minute Movie Review – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Sonntag, Februar 17th, 2008

Review:

The Life Aquatic not only has a ridiculously long title, but is also probably my least favourite Wes Anderson film. It’s still great though: Steve Zissou is a marine researcher that has somehow lost his touch. People aren’t interested in his documentaries anymore and when his best friend is eaten by a shark, nobody takes his hunt for it seriously or is willing to finance it. Only Ned, who may or may not be his son, can help him restore the interest and so the crew set out for one last adventure. The movie balances once more between comedy and drama, but some of the ideas are just a bit too absurd. Nevertheless, the story of an aging man and his ragtag crew is often funny and in the end refreshingly different from most current cinema.

Random Observations:

The Life Aquatic… at imdb.com

Another ensemble cast with a collection of great actors (and many returning Anderson favourites): Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum and Michael Gambon. Plus a bunch of other good actors that aren’t nearly as well known as they deserve.

The soundtrack with Portuguese renditions of David Bowie songs (which are often played on screen by Seu Jorge, the musician responsible for them) is great.

I want one of those rainbow seahorses! While I thought the other sea creatures were a bit too strange, I absolutely love that one.

This is the conclusion of “Wes Anderson Sunday”. For more of his work, see my review of Bottle Rocket and my thoughts on The Darjeeling Limited. You can also look forward to soon reading a letter I sent to him…