The 50 greatest special effects movies of all time

For about as long as there have been movies, there have been special effects. That’s no exaggeration: The medium was only a few years old when people began finding ways to toy with the reality of what the motion-picture camera was capturing, creating tricks from quirks in photographic science. A century later, the…

We apologize in advance for this, the stupidest Jurassic Park mashup ever

Listen, we’ll be upfront with you: What you’re about to watch is very stupid. Even the creator—Twitter user and Jurassic Park superfan @SickTriceratopz—calls it “the dumbest thing I’ve ever made.” But, in addition to combining two pop culture entities we never tire of talking about, it’s also very funny in the way…

Enjoy the story behind the wildly expensive, soon-to-be-extinct Jurassic Park ride

It costs a lot of money to bring dinosaurs back to life. From crafting the digital and practical effects that make their claws, teeth, and scaly hides believable to hiring the actors capable of reacting to green screens and puppets with professionally feigned terror, vast sums have gone into making the five Jurassic…

Jurassic Park fans have broken loose and are mauling classic scenes with low-rent recreations

The Jurassic Park fans, long kept in containment, have tested the electric fence of the internet and found, to their ravenous delight, holes to stomp through. Gripping the means of blockbuster film production between their stubby little forearms, these bloodthirsty packs of amateur filmmakers have burst onto YouTube,…

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…

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…