Jurassic World: Fallen Franchise

I knew all along that Fallen Kingdom would never live up to Jurassic Park, so going in, my expectations were low. I was hoping for something that was terrible, but in a delightful way; to a degree, it met my expectations. That being said, I hate that this is the state of the franchise. Continue reading “Jurassic World: Fallen Franchise”

My sincerest apologies…

Please excuse the lack of a full post today. On Thursday, my childhood unexpectedly died following a viewing of Jurassic World. I am taking this week to fully gather my thoughts and to attempt to move on from this tragedy. You can expect a full explanation early next week, along with my usual book review.

Some Thoughts on Jurassic World

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Going into Jobs, my knowledge of the Apple backstory was somewhat – but not entirely – limited. I was marginally prepared to judge this film due to an underrated little piece of cinema titled Pirates of Silicon Valley, an epic adventure that is succinctly described by IMDB as “History of Apple and Microsoft.” But in truth, it is so much more. You may be wondering to yourself how such a film could have escaped your radar. Sadly, 1999 made-for-TV TNT films tend to be overlooked. While Pirates has a real ‘90s feel about it in a film-making sense (dream sequences, quality dialogue, etc.), it neatly outlines the genesis of personal computing. It entertains and sustains audience attention; it moves quickly and wraps itself up in a tidy 95 minutes. As if things couldn’t get any better, Anthony Michael Hall plays Bill Gates, while Noah Wyle portrays his arch nemesis, Steve Jobs. This is the epitome of made-for-TV gold. Continue reading “Jobs”

The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells

After the trainwreck that was The Madman’s Daughter, the only way to cleanse my palate was to revisit The Island of Doctor Moreau. I enjoy rereading novels like this because I always notice new things the second time around – or in this case, the fourth time around. This time, I was particularly struck by Wells’ outright distrust towards organized religion (perhaps of religion altogether). Continue reading “The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells”

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

I have read The Island of Doctor Moreau twice. I have even repeatedly stomached the Val Kilmer film version of the novel. You might be asking yourself why I would willingly do such a thing. It’s for the same reason that I can never pass up the abysmally awful film version of Pet Sematary. In spite of their flagrant abuse of artistic licensing, these films are still versions of novels that are near and dear to my awkward little heart. So, of course, when I stumbled upon The Madman’s Daughter, “inspired by H.G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau” and claiming to be “a dark and breathless Gothic thriller,” I pushed my nagging skepticism aside. After all, anything had to be better than Val Kilmer floundering around in the role of Montgomery. Mr. Kilmer, sir – I owe you a sincere apology. Continue reading “The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd”