Having recently watched the rerelease of Jurassic Park on the IMAX, my wife and I have decided to watch its sequels as well. The Lost World: Jurassic Park came out in 1997 and was directed by Stephen Spielberg. It is not as good as its predecessor, but is still a lot of fun.
The movie starts with Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) being brought to John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) house to discuss something, and it turns out Hammond wants Malcolm to go to another island he owns that he cloned the dinosaurs on and help a team document them. I am never quite sure why he wants a theoretical mathematician to document the dinos, but oh well someone we know has to go, but he can only be convinced to go once he knows his girlfriend Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) is there already, so he goes to recue her, but then his daughter who wants some time with her dad sneaks on the boat and goes too. Things go okay until people show up and try and capture the dinosaurs, and then things go decidedly unokay.
The plot is a little contrived, but it works and it is mostly believable. Sadly a lot of the actors are not. They have some good people in this movie, but it seems like they are all just showing up to collect their paychecks. It is a shame too because without the wooden performances this movie could have been a lot better.
The special effects in this movie are good, but not as good as they were in the Jurassic Park. They use a lot more computer animation in this movie and it is not for the better. The first movie blended animatronics, puppets, and CG so well that it still holds up. This one the animatronics look worse and so does the CG, and the movie suffers for it.
All that being said it is still a fun movie, and watching dinosaurs is always good time which why I will probably watch JP4 when it comes out next year.
Star Trek: Nemesis came out in 2002 and was directed by Stuart Baird. It was the first Star Trek film to be a total financial failure, so it was the last Star Trek movie to feature the Next Generation cast. This movie tried hard, but it still wasn’t very good.
The plot is fairly nonsensical, but it goes something like this: The Enterprise finds one of Data’s brothers, and then Romulans get taken over by their fellow solar system mates the Remans. The Remans offer to make peace with the Federation, so they send for a ship and as it turns out the closest ship is the USS Enterprise-E. Also the leader of the Remans is the clone of Captain Picard, and he probably doesn’t want peace after all.
There are a lot of problems with this story and it is full of holes, but I will give them that they tried to go deeper in to who Picard is by having him face his clone, and likewise Data by finding his primitive brother. They also tried to make the movie a little more action packed then Insurrection, and I would rather them swing and miss like this than just recycling the show like they did in the previous movie. I just think it could have used a few rewrites.
Another one of this movie’s problems is that Baird is not as good of a director as Jonathan Frakes, and I don’t think Insurrection was his fault, so the change did not make sense to me.
I don’t really need to talk about the acting at this point because they all just play the characters we know and love exactly like they always have, so if you were hoping for a change then this movie doesn’t have it.
This movie is not good, but it is way better than the feeble attempt that Insurrection was, and I think if you are a fan of the show or the movies then it is worth watching, but for casual fans, stay away.
Thanks to Free Comic Book day getting me in my local comic book store Cosmic Comics on Cornwall Street in Bellingham WA. I decided to give a couple of DC’s New 52 comic books a shot.
First up I decided to try out Batman Inc. This is of course the comic book that follows Bruce Wayne’s ambition to start Batman franchises in Cities that need a caped crusader in their town, and the issue I read was all about Batman picking out just the right people to join his organization. It is a surprisingly funny comic book. It is drawn well, and it looks like they are picking a good group characters for the story arc. It is defiantly something that I will be reading in the future.
Wonder Woman has been praised as getting one of the best reissues of the group, and after reading the first few issues, I can see why. The story is really getting in to who Wonder Woman is: Her identity as the Amazonian Dianna and also as Wonder Woman, and which person is really her. The story follows Wonder Woman as she tries to protect a young girl from the gods because she is pregnant with Zeus’s child, and Dianna learns that she too is a demigod of Zeus’s. It is good to see that DC has decided to take the Princess seriously.
For Star Wars day Microsoft had the Star Wars Pinball tables for Pinball FX2 half off, so for 400 points or $5 I got three tables: An Empire Strikes Back table, a Clone Wars cartoon table, and a Boba Fett table.
I had never bought any Pinball FX2 tables before, so I was worried that when I bought the Star Wars add-on that now I was going to have buy the full pinball game to go with it, but luckily there is a free base package you can get that just allows you to use the tables you have bought.
I have not played electronic pinball for a long time, but it is still a lot of fun. I really like the Empire Strikes Back table. The only problem is that sometimes there is so much going on in the tables that I just want to watch it all, and I loose track of the ball, but I am sure that is the point.
They are a lot of fun, and something I can play if I only have fifteen minutes to spare, so for me it was 400 points well spent.
This is the 100th post on my blog, and I would like to thank all of you that have read my reviews and rants about whatever I could think of. It has been a lot of fun, and I thought for sure I would have given up by now, but I am still going.
If you were to actually to go through and count my posts you would find that there are a couple more than 100 posts, but that is because there are a couple of posts just to say that I didn’t have anything to say that day, so I just didn’t count them, and if you did count them all then you are a crazy person.
I would like to thank you all for the interest in my book. A lot of people downloaded it, but I have not heard from that many, so if you have anything to say good or bad please let me know, but the reviews I have gotten so far have been positive other then the fact it still needs quite a bit of red ink.
If there is anything you would like me to review or talk about please let me know, and one again thank you to the 331 of you that have checked out my site.