Feb. 2nd, 2017

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Rather than putting off my movie reviews until the end of the year - always with the intention of getting to them earlier, but ultimately writing most of them up in a brief recap post - I have decided to do monthly movie review posts this year.

January has been the month of Jurassic Park. I mentioned to my friend Myra that I hadn’t seen them and she nearly collapsed in horror: “We’ve been friends since high school! We could have fixed this years ago.”

But better late than never, right?

Jurassic Park: A great movie! I particularly love the way that it slowly, ever so slowly ramps up the tension: for the first half of the movie it wasn’t scary at all, just setting up all the dominoes, and then in the second half it knocks them all over until the kids are crawling around in the kitchen trying to get away from the dinosaurs and the merest clink of a pan is all that they need to have you sitting on the edge of your seat, holding your breath as you wait for the velociraptors to appear.

Jurassic Park: The Lost World: Still pretty good, although I think it loses its way a bit when they take the dinosaurs off the island to San Diego. Sure, a single T. Rex in San Diego is terrifying, but it’s just not quite up there with a whole pack of T. Rexes on an island with no help within call.

Jurassic Park III: Okay, we watched this as a double feature with The Lost World, and we ingested a large bottle of framboise that evening - it’s raspberry beer that tastes like delicious soda pop - so I don’t actually remember this movie that well. Although I do remember the scene where Alan calls Ellie for help, and her small child picks up and gets all distracted by Barney, and that was hilarious and beautiful.

Also the fact that Ellie can apparently send the marines and the navy to an island at a moment’s notice with nothing more to go on than “My friend Alan called and I heard screaming in the background.” Where did you get these connection, Ellie?

I still haven’t seen Jurassic World, but I’m hoping we’ll see that one in February. Perhaps also Thelma and Louise? I need to take advantage of Myra’s movie collection.

Muppet Treasure Island: I’ve seen this movie before - so many times that I can practically recite the plot scene for scene - but they were showing it on the big screen at the ArtCraft Theater so of course Julie and I had to go see it, and it was amazing and hilarious and beautiful, oh my God. Why didn’t the Muppets do more classics adaptations? Both Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Christmas Carol are so wonderful, and I think the backbone of building off someone else’s story gives them an emotional heft that the completely original Muppets movies don’t have.

Swing Time. This is a Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire picture, the second that I’ve seen, and unfortunately I think I’m just immune to their charms. They’re just so silly; I can’t get over how ludicrously silly they are. They’re dance scenes strung together on an extremely tenuous thread of plot and I just can’t seem to get into them.

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