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A film Review.

“Equals” review world Premier at Venice Film Festival

I had the great opportunity of attending a film at this year’s Venice Film Festival on the the island of Lido while on a family vacation to Italy. Immediately when browsing the catalog, I was drawn to “Equals”. This Hoult-Stewart sci-fi romance did not let me down.

Storm damage hits Traverse City

Two Days One Night

Two Days One Night.

Another mass shooting at a movie theater

There was the horrifying mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes, killed 12 people during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” now last night, John Russell Houser, in Lafayette, Louisiana opened fire killing two and injuring several more..

When Col. Michael D. Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police,was asked at a news conference  “Why did he come here? Why did he do that?” he responded, “We don’t know that,”  “We may not find a motive.”

As I prepare to head off to the Traverse City Film Festival, where I will be spending 16 -18 hours each day in or around theaters, I am both saddened  and frightened. There is seldom a week that passes where I’m not in a movie theater, this latest shooting was during a comedy; so clearly no showing of any film is free from the prospect of some crazy, pulling out a gun and killing a random number of people. Yes, there is something frightening about that reality. I am also a great lover of film, and of watching them on a “Big screen,” and yes, in the company of others. Comedies are funnier when you’re in a room filled with other people laughing, Horror films do not have the same power when watched at home.

My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones, or saw friends and family injured in this senseless rampage.


Jurassic World

Jurassic WorldDirected by …. Colin Trevorrow
Written by (screenplay) ….. Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly
(Story) …. Rick Jaffa … Amanda Silver
Based on characters and concept of Michael Crichton

Music …. Michael Giacchino
Director of photography … John Schwartzman
Film Editing … Kevin Stitt

Runtime (124 min) Color
Aspect Ratio 2.00 : 1

Cameras…. Both film and digital Arriflex 435, Panavision Primo Lenses
Panavision 65 HR Camera, Panavision System 65 Lenses
Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision Primo Lenses
Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Red Epic Dragon, Panavision Primo Lenses

Chris Pratt … Owen
Bryce Dallas Howard … Claire
Irrfan Khan … Masrani
Vincent D’Onofrio … Hoskins
Ty Simpkins Gray
Nick Robinson Zach
Jake Johnson … Lowery
Omar Sy … Barry
BD Wong … Dr. Henry Wu
Judy Greer … Karen
Lauren Lapkus… Vivian
Brian Tee … Hamada
Katie McGrath Zara
Andy Buckley… Scott
Courtney James Clark … Mosasaurus Announcer
Colby Boothman … Young Raptor Handler
Jimmy Fallon … as Himself

Some lessons go unheeded. In the original film, the attraction “Jurassic Park,” on Isla Nublar, Jeff Goldblum’s character, Dr.Ian Malcolm, expresses concern that the creators’s “scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” This film begins 22 years after the original disastrous failure of Jurassic Park, the ability to produce living dinosaurs proved too great a draw not to reconstruct Jurassic World, an even grander new park on Isla Nublar. The attraction opened for business, and was a great success, but people are always looking for something new, something bigger, badder; so the park’s scientists genetically engineer a dinosaur larger and more ferocious than T-Rex. I assume I’m not giving away a secret when I confirm playing with dino DNA is not a great idea.

Jurassic World- HowardIn that film, the creator, John Hammond had invited a few people along with his his two grandchildren, to sample Jurassic Park, this time the up and running park is occupied by thousands of paying guests. This time the film moves further away from the philosophical questions, and more towards a basic corporate greed. Colin Trevorrow, who until this had never made a blockbuster film, at first seems like an odd choice to direct, but did a successful job of capturing the look and spirit of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic.

Chris Pratt, Jurassic World

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”

You got to love Joss Whedon. It’s difficult to name another writer/director responsible for creating a greater collection of strong female characters. Whether writing for film, TV or comics, the woman that populate his world have depth, intelligence, empathy and yeah, some of them can kick any guys ass.

When Joss was tapped to direct the Avengers, he made no secret that he was frustrated with Marvel for them not backing a film with a female lead .

“It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, ‘My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, Yeah, of course they were.”

This week “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to hit theaters and might smash all box office records, and why not? The biggest grossing films are sequels, action films have a wide appeal, especially when filled with Superheroes; so it should not come as a surprise that the Avengers 2 can draw big audiences-Good for Joss and good for Marvel. I’m looking forward to seeing the film, but I have to agree, I can see no reason to suggest that the public will not flock to a action movie with a female out in front. If Hollywood is looking for successful films confirming a woman can carry an action driven story, proof can be found in Kill Bill, Alien, Tomb Raider, and The Hunger Games. Scarlett Johansson clearly has the talent to allow Black Widow to be the center attraction and sell tickets. Hopefully we will see more female lead superhero films.

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