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As the Hollywood landscape has evolved and shifted in recent years, moving toward a model built on a foundation of franchise, of sequels and prequels and cinematic universes, one finds oneself asking: when is enough enough? Where is the line that, when crossed, leaves a franchise bereft of quantity even as quantity marches on? When does the downward spiral begin in earnest?

It’s usually pretty tough to spot, but in the case of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” it’s pretty clear. This is one franchise that has officially jumped the shark. Or dinosaur. Whatever.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:28

Jurassic Park'

A story 20 years in the making

Very seldom does a movie come along that changes the way we think. More often movies come and go, entertaining us briefly, their residence in our lives and consciousness ephemeral. Everyone has that special one that they share with friends uncultured enough to have never seen it, which rarely gathers dust on the shelf, and the mere act of re-watching is a carefully choreographed ritual. There are many contenders out there, but above all there is only one for me: 'Jurassic Park.'

Recently I found myself watching 'Jurassic Park' for the first time in a while. Struck by a sense of longing for one of the last fossils of my childhood, I decided it was time. So I dusted it off and popped it into the DVD player - 20 years ago to the month that it premiered.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:30

What I Remember About Dinosaurs'

Author's humorous children's book

Brian Russell grew up with the brontosaurus and the planet Pluto, both now extinct. Or at least changed. The brontosaurus was found to be a redundant find of the apatasaurus, which had been discovered first. So Russell wrote an illustrated a book based on his memory of dinosaurs (Thus, 'What I Remember About Dinosaurs') so his young daughter could share in learning about the giant beasts in a similar fashion.

'The Brontosaurus does not actually exist, but it totally did when I was growing up. I thought it would be fun to learn [about this] in the same progression,' said Russell. 'So she has to share the disappointment of it not being true. That's what started it.'

Anyone who has felt a bit burned by these advances in science is bound to get a chuckle out of the book. But Russell hopes that it also inspires kids and adults to continue to learn.

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