Animaniacs: The New Season Is Zany To The Max

The Animaniacs are back for a new season on Hulu and they’ve brought back all their friends including fan-favorites Pinky and the Brain. Before there was 30 Rock or Community, the Animianacs were the most meta series in existence.  They are so self-aware that they blow the two broadcast comedies out of the water.  Over twenty years later, the start exactly where they left off albeit with a Jurassic Park twist.  As an FYI, the…

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Back to the Future Trilogy Gets 4K Ultra HD Upgrade

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy features new bonus features and is currently available for fans to bring home on 4K Ultra HD. There are a few franchises where every film is a classic.  This is one of them.  From the opening frames of the first film to the closing minutes of the final installment, everyone will have a good time.  This isn’t to say that the franchise doesn’t have its flaws because it…

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Keeps The Spirit

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows in the spirit of the 2015 Jurassic World film as the new series premieres on Netflix. Imagine being chosen for the opportunity of a life time.  If you love dinosaurs, it’ll be sure to be an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  After all, this is Jurassic World that we’re talking about!  Darius Bowman is a dinosaur-obsessed teen and an avid reader of Dr. Grant’s work.…

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The Goonies Arrives On 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

The Goonies, the classic 1985 adventure film originating in the mind of Steven Spielberg, is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Steven Spielberg had a hell of a year in 1985.  He directed The Color Purple.  The fimmaker also produced a pair of films that would become household classics: The Goonies and Back to the Future.  Spielberg also produced the Barry Levinson-directed Young Sherlock Holmes.  The first film to make its arrival on 4K…

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Hook Still Brings A Smile To My Face

Hook, featuring a grown-up version of the legendary Peter Pan facing off against the captain, offers a nostalgic trip full of adventure. Over two decades before Disney wonder what would happen if Christopher Robin grew up, Steven Spielberg also tackled a similar idea.  What if Peter Pan grew up?  In this case, Pan becomes a workaholic father known as Peter Banning (Robin Williams).  Oh yeah, his wife, Moira (Caroline Goodall), also happens to be Wendy’s…

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Jurassic Park III: The Worst of the Franchise

Jurassic Park III manages to get even darker than the prior films but the sequel doesn’t quite capture the magic of the franchise. Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) heads to Isla Sorna under false pretenses.  Assistant Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola) joins the Jurassic Park veteran on the trip.  Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni) offer Grant funding if he gives them an aerial tour of the island.  Sounds like a good idea,…

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Raises The Stakes

The Lost World: Jurassic Park seeks to raise the stakes from the earlier 1993 classic but the sequel doesn’t improve upon the original. Four years later, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) sends Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Golblum) to an island full of dinosaurs.  Malcolm is reluctant to go on the research expedition until learning that girlfriend Dr. Sarah Harding (Julianne Moore) is already on Isla Sorna.  At which point, it becomes a rescue mission and Malcolm…

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Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride

Steven Spielberg: A Biography (2nd Edition) by Joseph McBride takes a critical look at the filmmaker while updating the Spielberg story through 2010. Spielberg is my favorite filmmaker of all time.  If not for Jurassic Park, there’s a good bet that I wouldn’t even be doing what I do–whether that’s write about film working to transition into filmmaking.  One of the things I’ve been doing of late when watching Spielberg films is watch the bonus…

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James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction

James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction arrives home on Blu-ray and DVD after the six-part documentary series aired in 2018. This limited documentary series, which originally aired on AMC, features just about every major person ever associated with the genre.  Whether it’s filmmakers, visual effects designers, actors, or commentators, there is no shortage of commentary.  The commentary, of course, is expertly weaved in with montage of film clips or archive footage.  Most importantly, James Cameron’s…

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Bridge of Spies: The Height of the Cold War

Bridge of Spies reteams director Steven Spielberg with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks to bring us a thriller set during the height of the Cold War. A Cold War setting usually screams thriller.  However, this film is a mix of thrills and drama in one epic.  And this is in spite of the CIA’s involvement in rescuing pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell).  Everything leads up to the exchange on Berlin’s historic Glienicke Bridge.  This…

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