He gets that from my husband's side of the family; those Carters can sleep! Me? I wake up when the wind blows a stray leaf against my window pane. For years when my husband was away filming on location, I slept with the lights on and a baseball bat by my side.
Since Jurassic World is opening in a few days—June 10th through 12th most everywhere in the world, except Japan, where they have to wait until August—today's Saturday Matinee is the original Jurassic Park movie based on Michael Crichton's bestseller. What's cool is you can watch it this afternoon plus it's on TV this week and next on a load of channels. Check out the schedule, see what fits yours. But no worry, you can always catch it on Google-Play, Amazon, iTunes and M-Go, whatever that is.
At this point I've lost count of how many times I've seen the film, mostly with my boys. The Oscar winning film (sound, sound f/x editing and visual f/x) has achieved classic status for me because after all these years, and however many viewings, it still holds up. But it wasn't just the special effects that made this movie special; it was the characters.
Sam Neil's paleontologist Dr. Grant and the potential love interest with Laura Dern's Ellie. Jeff Goldblum's frenetic chaos theory flirt. Park owner Richard Attenborough's delusional wishful thinking and dawning realization that his little dinosaur park was a big mess and that he'd put his own grandkids in danger. Those kids, that big sister and her little brother, and how they banded together, and conquered their fear. Wayne Knight, who we know better as Newman, as the double-dealing bad guy who really gets his comeuppance. We had whole relationships with all the characters which made the dinosaur attack all the more powerful. Whether we whooped and giggled guiltily when the T-Rex tears the outhouse, and the annoying, smarmy lawyer inside it, to pieces or bit our nails worrying about those kids trapped in the kitchen, we were invested. Hopefully the newest iteration, Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will keep that in mind.
Here are both trailers, just for the 'fun' of it! Happy Saturday.