James Cameron says he would've made a "much nastier" version of Jurassic Park

In an anecdote that doesn’t get nearly as much space as it deserves, James Cameron revealed to The Huffington Post in a newly resurfaced interview that he almost bought the rights to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel. Cameron says Steven Spielberg actually beat him to it “by a few hours,” though, and after he saw…

The 25 best set pieces of Steven Spielberg’s career

Broadly defined, a set piece is a thriller within a film, a self-contained showstopper-slash-showcase whose success depends in large part on a director’s chops. Since the 1970s, Steven Spielberg has reigned as its Hollywood master; regardless of what one thinks of his sentimental or narrative instincts, it’s hard to…

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom wants us to feel bad for the damn monsters

Everything in the Jurassic Park series’ mosquito-extracted DNA has stressed that dinosaurs, wondrous creatures that they may be, should be feared. Sure, there’s that brachiosaurus that just wants to eat trees and sneeze torrents of mucus onto children, and the sick triceratops whose worst offense is leaving behind…

What's the point of a Jurassic World Arena Tour if the dinosaurs aren't going to break loose and eat people?

The various Jurassic _____ films fulfill a deep-seated and universal human desire that we all share on some level or another: The urge to be messily devoured by dinosaurs, gigantic reptile teeth rending our bodies with prehistoric fury. So it’s something of an affront to learn that the films’ producers are planning a…

An extremely petty breakdown of everything dumb in the Jurassic World 2 trailer

There are two truths that must be acknowledged before we begin this exercise in pointlessly trivial sniping. First, it’s never fair to judge a film solely on the merits of its trailer. Especially these days—especially for would-be blockbusters—when previews exist largely as viral “events” jostling for attention among…

What’s your favorite movie that’s better than the book it’s based on? 

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Let's imagine Jurassic Park 2 going the Aliens route, and also starring Bruce Willis

Jurassic Park’s 1997 follow-up, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, is a polarizing movie. On one hand, it finds an excuse to put Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcom in the starring role; on the other, it ends with a left-turn bizarre enough to include a Tyrannosaurus stomping around SoCal, eating house pets and drinking pool…

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Weirdly convincing conspiracy theory: There are no dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 

With the rising proliferation of information and connectedness, the suspension of disbelief that once ensured we didn’t overthink the irrelevant aspects of entertainment is slowly dissipating. Once upon a time, we gladly accepted the ludicrous science of a fantastic film like Face/Off, our second favorite film of 1997…

Lose yourself in the uncanny valley that ushers Dinosaurs into Jurassic Park

Dinosaurs pretty much dominated pop culture in the ’90s, from the seismic success of Jurassic Park to the crowd-pleasing antics of ABC’s Dinosaurs to the indie rock dominance of Dinosaur Jr. All were unsettling in their own ways (anyone else remember the terrifyingly apocalyptic finale of that otherwise lighthearted…