Mamo 412: Jurassic Genisys XXL

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Did you ever have a summer just go sideways on you? We continue to dig into Jurassic World‘s mind-boggling success, with side-trips to the bombs that are Terminator 5 and Magic Mike 2.

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Matthew Fabb
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The TedTalk about Google’s driverless car that Matthew Price brings up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiwVMrTLUWg
I find how the car sees the road with a mapped out progress of where all the vehicles going incredibly fascinating.
If you don’t have time for the whole thing, jumping towards the end at 12:30 is when the Google car tracks the cyclist who isn’t even visible. It’s able to see it far off the size using laser data and stops, while the two human drivers almost hit the cyclist. Also I read elsewhere but I don’t think it is mentioned in the video, is that the Google car also uses radar to see across bushes, once again tracking vehicles that people would unable to see with the human eye.

Mr. Ed
Guest

Saw Magic Mike XXL on opening day, was one of the single heterosexual guys you were referring to. I didn’t think it was uncomfortable to be there at all, in fact I was amazed by the film’s portrayal of masculinity and what it ought to be used towards. It also continues this summer’s topical over encompassing narrative about female agency and power, seen in films like Fury Road, Spy, Inside Out among others, in a different though interesting methodology. Its a lot more fun and interesting than any summer tentpole you’ll see from now until August.

Andrew James
Admin

I’m starting to get several reports (from people I trust) that Magic Mike XXL is actually pretty good. A hangin’ out movie with lots of choreography and a feminist stance. Apparently Soderbergh’s editing and cinematography are simply grand.

My interest in the film is renewed!

Rick Vance
Guest

The not needing more also perfectly ascribes to Blade Runner but they are doing their darnest to stack that movie to make people ignore how perfectly the themes of that movie are resovled in the finale and how telling the post story of that goes against the thematic content of the movie.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Forget, for a moment, the Blade Runner sequel, and consider this. Ridley Scott has been chipping away at the films ‘thematic purity’ with each tweak of special edition in the film, by further suggesting (OK, practically insisting!) Deckard’s REPLICANT nature, when it is very much debatable that any of the original screenplay writers (let alone PKDick) had that intent.

One of the charms of Blade Runner is the ambiguity of what makes a human a human, and what makes a replicant close to human (or more human than human), most of the more interesting human insights become dull if Deckard is just another replicant.

Rick Vance
Guest

Well played.

The one thing that stays consistent though is the knowledge of mortality and the unknowable spectre of Death. Which regardless of what tweak or bullshit you believe about who is a robot and who is not is that expiration dates are there for everyone, and the movie is truly about using the time you have and how you choose to do that.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

“Whoever wins, we lose.” AvP

Sean Kelly
Guest

One thing’s for certain is that if the Box Office Contest returns next year, some rethinking needs to be done (i.e. Rename it to the Spring/Summer Box Office Contest and begin in March).

Gerry
Guest

Having seen Jurassic World a second time I’d rank it in my top ten films of the year so far, in a leave your brain at the door enjoyment level way.

I thought it was more than competently directed by Trevorrow and Bryce Dallas Howard had an arc, saving the day for her nephews and the hero at the end.

I’ll be buying the 3d blu ray when it comes down in price.

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