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  •  Or like Crichton with "State of Fear." (5+ / 0-)

    I prefer Crichton in his Jurassic Park days, before he began trying to give intellectual cover for the James Inhofes of the world.

    •  The Andromeda Strain is silly (5+ / 0-)
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      but it has some suspense.

      Jurassic Park is just insulting. To all of the characters, to the dinosaurs, but most of all to the reader or the movie viewer. Because the only question apart from how the children can possibly survive both the raptors and the T. Rex is how badly almost every character can screw up, and how badly everything else can go wrong before the reader/viewer asks, "Why do I care about this?"

      Dud science, dud technology, dud software, above all dud security. The Chernobyl of SF movies.

      Where was Gojira, friend of children, when we needed him?

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 07:51:58 PM PDT

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      •  Andromeda Strain (4+ / 0-)
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        Loved the Movie -- one of a long string of campy science fiction/special effects of the early 70s. :)

        Bigotry, prejudice and social "conservatism" always fail. Always.FloydA

        by Simolean on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 09:24:32 PM PDT

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      •  Pfft. Took me less than a half-hour of the film. (3+ / 0-)

        "Jurassic" was on TV. After about 20 minutes of that first scene, I turned off the set and said "I don't care if ANY of these people survive. And I don't care if they're eaten by awesome-looking dinosaurs or fall in a hole, I'm not watching another minute of these tedious jerks."

        I'm a writer. I cannot be bribed with pretty shiny SFX in lieu of a plot and characters. (It's one of the reasons I adore old British SF like Tom Baker-era Dr. Who, Blake's 7 and the like - they didn't have money for cool effects, sets or costumes so they had to make us CARE about those cheesy cardboard-outfit critters with storytelling and character development.)

        P.S. I think "friend of children" was Gamera's schtick, but most Japanese monsters had a soft spot for that one four-year-old boy in short pants and a baseball cap.

        Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

        by gardnerhill on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 11:36:54 PM PDT

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