Life finds a “meh” in Jurassic World’s lackluster theme-park builder

With apologies to “Life finds a way,” there’s a much simpler philosophical thesis lurking underneath the Jurassic Park/World franchise: You should never, ever try to run a Jurassic Park. Just don’t! It always starts fine, sure, but the next thing you know, you’ve got T. rexes chowing down on your legal team and Wayne…

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…

Colin Trevorrow admits his rapid rise was a symptom of Hollywood's shitty treatment of female directors

Director Colin Trevorrow has become a fairly controversial figure over the last few years. His career path, leaping from a well-regarded-but-not spectacular indie project, to control of one of the most financially lucrative film franchises on the planet, to his current role as a slightly tarnished but still well-known…

Mario Tennis, a Jurassic Park builder, and more games to play in June

With new games of all sizes filling real and digital shelves every week, it can be near impossible for anyone to keep up. So during the first week of every month, we’ll be here to help with a curated selection of new, notable games we think should be on everyone’s radar for the month ahead.

Han Severals: 16-plus characters who smuggled inspiration from Han Solo

Han Solo is based on a familiar archetype: Star Wars’ lovable scoundrel can trace his roots back to our earliest myths, while there are progenitors of his world-weary cynicism in Humphrey Bogart’s movies, his charming roguishness in Douglas Fairbanks’, and his reluctantly outlaw heroics throughout the samurai films…

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,…

Booted from the galaxy far, far away, Colin Trevorrow returns to Jurassic World

It’s just like the old saying goes: The door to one mega-budget, effects-heavy, nostalgia-mining franchise closes and another one opens. Steven Spielberg today told Entertainment Weekly that Colin Trevorrow, the man behind 2015’s massively successful (and relentlessly self-referential) Jurassic World, will be writing…

Not even the trailer for Jurassic World Evolution can build a dinosaur park that doesn't fail

Everyone is always so critical of the dinosaur-filled theme parks in the Jurassic movies, knocking the park designers for things like hiring people who try to steal dino DNA, wearing heels in situations where you should not wear heels, and just generally filling a theme park with dinosaurs in the first place, but the…

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…

Here's compelling evidence the dinosaur escape of Jurassic World was an inside job

Its critical reputation may not improve any with the passing of time, but the fact remains that Jurassic World is a pretty entertaining movie, especially on the big screen, where a fight between a T-Rex and a genetically enhanced super-dino (sorry, “Indominus Rex”) belongs. Dumb as hell, yes, but entertaining. From…

For your consideration: 6 seconds of footage from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World was, time has borne out, a bad movie, one that accomplished the herculean feat of making Chris Pratt unlikable, among other things. The film’s many faults can be traced back to director Colin Trevorrow, an untested “Spielberg kid” who soared into success on the wings of mediocrity. Thankfully, Hollywood…

The Jurassic World sequel has a name, and a little taste of Goldblum

Let’s face it, the Jurassic Park franchise haven’t been too creative when it comes to titling its sequels and follow-ups. Either it’s just some variation on the original title, like Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World, or there’s a vague, ominous addition that suggests an abandoned land where people will get mauled…

Sam Neill says his Jurassic Park character is probably dead or an accountant

Jurassic World already fulfilled the nostalgic yearning of Jurassic Park diehards with cameos from the original film’s two most beloved characters: B.D. Wong’s Dr. Henry Exposition and the night-vision goggles, charismatic as ever. But that hasn’t stopped fans from demanding even more things that they remember in the…

James Bond and Jurassic World: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Mark the beginning of year-end supercuts with this look at film in 2015

While it’s still a while to go before the end of the year, the year-end compilations have begun. It’s uncertain how many of these will make The A.V. Club’s best of the year (better luck next time, Spectre!), but one editor has combined some incredible images from many 2015 films to produce an epic journey across time…

Read This: Why aren’t women directing the big Hollywood blockbusters yet?

When asked to name five prolific female directors, ones with at least three movies to their credit a piece, most people would probably have to resort to Google for some help. (For the record: Nora Ephron, Penny Marshall, Kathryn Bigelow, Ida Lupino, and Doris Wishman. There.) That is exactly the problem New York Times …

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