TRAILER OF THE WEEK – Jurassic World: Dominion!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

We’re just a few short days from the premiere of Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness and it can’t come soon enough as far as I’m concerned! In the meantime, why don’t you check out the new trailer for one of my other most anticipated films of the summer, Jurassic World: Dominion.

I know what you’re thinking: We’ve been burned by Jurassic Park movies many times before. While I agree that the last film in the series, 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, was a big disappointment, there are several reasons to be optimistic about Jurassic World: Dominion. Colin Trevorrow, who directed 2015’s Jurassic World has returned to the franchise (a different director helmed the extremely shitty Fallen Kingdom). 2015’s Jurassic World is arguably the only sequel in the franchise that actually worked, because at least it tries something a little different. Much of that films success is due to Trevorrow. The other Jurassic Park sequels basically copied the first movie and told the same story over and over again. With Jurassic World, we were shown what a functioning dinosaur theme park actually looked like: ”John Hammond’s dream”. Which was enough of a change of pace, along with some very cool and memorable moments, to make it stand out from the rest of the films. Dominion appears to be telling a story that is very different from any of the previous films, which is very encouraging.

Along with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard, this is the first Jurassic Park film that reunites the original cast Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill, which is extremely exciting. These aren’t just cameos either, the cast from the original films like Goldblum and Sam Nell, will have roles that are just as significant as the cast from this new set of films, like Chris Pratt. So the movie is really a cool ensemble featuring both generations equally. Who knows, we may even get an answer to the popular fan theory that Chris Pratts character is the same kid Alan Grant scared the hell out of at the archeological dig site in the first Jurassic Park movie in 1993. Check out the latest trailer, right here:

It’s also important to note, that I think this is the story that we’ve all been really wanting to see since Jurassic Park came out in 1993. The very existence of Jurassic Park begs the question: What happens if these dinosaurs get off this island? What are the consequences of nature being forced to deal with such dramatic and drastic changes? What will that look like, exactly? The entire film seems to be about answering that question. Contemplating these concepts and ideas like this are one of the many reasons I love science fiction. The genre allows us to ask profound, fascinating questions through storytelling.

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FIRST LOOK: Jurassic World: Dominion!

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As you can see at the bottom of the poster, this movies been delayed awhile.

 I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, that Jurassic Park is the most underutilized franchise in modern film history. That first film was groundbreaking in ways that, even today, most people don’t understand. Jurassic Park changed movies forever and became one of the most successful and beloved blockbuster films of all time. The legendary Stan Winston, king of practical effects, and his team created all of the animatronic dinosaurs in the movie. It was the incredible marriage of practice effects and CGI that made the dinosaurs feel so real. While Stan Winston, is an incredibly important part of the success of Jurassic Park. CGI visual effects had never been used to the degree that they were in Jurassic Park. Not even close, not by a mile. Nothing else compares. When Steven Spielberg was developing the movie they were still contemplating using stop motion animation to put the dinosaurs on screen, that’s how new CGI was at the time.  It was a CGI mock up, put together by a couple of the guys at Industrial Light & Magic, just showing the skeleton of a running dinosaurs, that convinced Spielberg CGI visual effects were the way to bring these dinosaurs to life. Spielberg was taking a huge gamble when he made this decision. Because if it didn’t work, it would’ve ruined the whole film. I cannot reiterate enough how new this technology was and how it had never even come close to being used on this scale before.  The closest comparison would probably be the T-1000 in Terminator 2. Morphing, liquid metal is almost laughably simple to compared it to an island theme park, filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs. This was the film that kicked off the CGI revolution in blockbuster filmmaking. Even by today’s standards, the special effects in Jurassic Park hold up 100%. The T-Rex attack is just as spectacular now, as it was when it was in movie theaters.

    Next year, we have another Jurassic Park film from director Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World: Dominion, hitting theatres Summer 2022. Trevorrow’s last entry in the franchise, Jurassic World, was by no means an excellent film, but it’s the only Jurassic Park sequel that actually works. I think with Jurassic World, this was the first time we’ve seen a functioning park in the way John Hammond imagined. It’s just different and creative enough to stand above the other sequels. I particularly enjoyed Chris Pratt and his relationships with the velociraptors. My favorite scene is when a careless worker falls into the Raptor enclosure, prompting Chris Pratt to run straight into the cage without any weapons, and stare down a pack of Velociraptors long enough get his worker to safety. It was so jarring because we had seen over the course of several films how incredibly dangerous and deadly these animals were and here’s this guy standing just a few feet in front of them, completely vulnerable. The scene added a new layer to these fantastic dinosaurs, without taking away their inherent edge and menace. It was a memorable scene involving some of cinema’s best, scariest creatures.

  Anyway, It looks like this new installment is finally giving audiences what they’ve been waiting for since the original film premiered. Those dinosaurs captured our imagination. The T-Rex, the Velociraptors, the stuff of cinematic nightmare. I think the question we’ve all been asking pretty much since we walked out of the theatre in 1993 is: What happens if they get off of the island? And that’s exactly what happens at the end of the last film (which was pretty terrible, the movie I mean), setting up what has the potential to be a great story.

Trevorrow didn’t return for the following film, Jurassic World: This Is So Bad I Can’t Even Remember The Name. With Trevorrow otherwise occupied another director was brought in for the last Jurassic World film, and while I don’t remember that particular filmmaker‘s name, he certainly was not up to the task. Luckily, Trevorrow is coming back for this new film and hopefully he can undo the damage done to the franchise.

On the set of Jurassic World: Dominion

Trevorrow was supposed to direct the final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, but left the product project due to creative differences with Disney. JJ Abrams stepped in for Trevorrow and we ended up with fucking awful entries in 2 different beloved franchises as a result (Star Wars and Jurassic Park). If you’re a curious Star Wars fan, I recommend looking up Trevorrow’s plan for Rise of Skywalker, which are very easy to find online.  I think you’ll agree that what he had planned, would’ve been far better than absolute dog shit we got from JJ Abrams in Episode IX.

  Release delays related to the pandemic meant that a lot of film has been completed already, so last year Colin Trevorrow made a short film called Battle at Big Rock, that takes place sometime after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It’s definitely worth a watch, Especially if you’re a big fan of this franchise. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say it involves a glimpse of what’s to come, now that humans and dinosaurs are living alongside. Here it is:

   The cat is out of the bag. The worst fears of many have come true. We now live in a world where humanity and dinosaurs must adapt to living alongside one another for the first time in the history of other species. What is this due to the ecosystem? How often are people killed by predatory dinosaurs? How does this affect politics? Military? Economics? Academia? Science? I could go on and on. This is what I meant earlier when I said that this is been a incredibly underutilized franchise. You can see how so many different cool stories could be told when, once again, humanity foolishly plays God. Resulting in what’s sure to be a human/dinosaur shit show.

  I was also very pleased to hear is that this is going to be more of an ensemble piece. Combining the casts from the recent films and the classics. Meaning Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern are all in this film, without one generation necessarily overshadowing the other.

As were heading towards the end of 2021, movie studios are already thinking about their largest projects in the coming year. So even though it’s still quite a few months away, Colin Trevorrow has released a six minute prologue to Jurassic World: Dominion and an accompanying commentary video featuring the director himself, discussing the footage, courtesy of IGN.com. It’s going to be cut from the film, but it’s still good material and it he wanted to put it out online for fans to enjoy. I’d have to agree with the director and say that I found it to be quite entertaining. You can watch the footage and Trevorrow’s breakdown below:

Director Breakdown:

Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters in June 2022 

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PODCAST & TRAILER: Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Indiana Jones 5!

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Paul here…

  The new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife came out earlier this week, and it really got my nostalgia going into overdrive. Personally I thought it was a fantastic trailer and I love the way they’re going with it. You can check out the trailer for yourself right below. When I think about my favorite movies of all time, the films that I really connected with were movies like Ghostbusters, Jaws, Raiders of The Lost Ark. In fact, those might be my 3 favorite movies of all time. However I do love the other Indiana Jones movies. When I was a kid, I must’ve watched Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, at least 1000 times. I was completely obsessed with those films, especially Indiana Jones. Hell, I’m still in love with those movie.

   I really became a massive film fan when I was about 12. So it was unimaginably frustrating for a burgeoning film enthusiast to hear or read about sequels to Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters sequels that never got made, throughout the 90’s. At least we eventually got a 4th Indiana Jones movie, with a 5th on the way (I am well aware that, for many people, the 4th Indiana Jones movie was by no means a good thing). Personally, despite the films many flaws, I’m actually a big fan of Kingdom of The Crystal Skull. With an Indiana Jones 5 on the horizon and the exciting new direction of the Ghostbusters franchise with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, I’m definitely feeling good about the position of two of my favorite blockbuster movie franchises. Take a look at the new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife for yourself right here: 

Here’s a great video where the film’s Director, Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters Director Ivan Reitman, delivers a very interesting trailer commentary for the Ghostbusters: Afterlifer. Where he explains a bit of the backstory, the choices he made going into the movie, and what he was trying to accomplish with this new film. It’s really interesting and I highly recommend you watch this after checking out the trailer:

So on this episode of The World’s Best Podcast, we discuss the new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, along with a deepdive into what makes the Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones franchises so fantastic! 

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Short Film: “BATTLE AT BIG ROCK” from Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow!

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Paul here…

   I received a very pleasant surprise today when I found out that the short film “Battle At Big Rock“ was dropping online. As you may know if you follow the site or listen to my podcast, it seems like surprises are a rare commodity when it comes to movies these days. We seem to know everything about most movies long before they even hit theatres. Today we got a nice surprise in the short film “Battle At Big Rock” from director Colin Trevorrow. A Jurassic World short film coming out was not on my radar at all. Trevorrow was the director of Jurassic World and writer/producer on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He’ll also be directing the upcoming Jurassic World 3 set for release in 2021. The second Jurassic World film, Fallen Kingdom ended with, what myself and probably a lot of other audience members have been wanting to see for a long time, the dinosaurs finally unleashed on the world. Mankind and dinosaurs must now coexist. At the end of Fallen Kingdom, Jeff Goldblum‘s Ian Malcolm paraphrases the immortal words of Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond with the line “Welcome to Jurassic World.”

  With the central concept of Jurassic World 3 being what a world where dinosaurs and man are forced to coexist will look like, according to Trevorrow “Battle at Big Rock” is all about setting up this central theme. The story is about a family taking a camping trip that… takes a very dramatic turn. I’ll let you see it for yourself and then give you my thoughts. Check it out:

Personally, I dug the hell out of this. It did a great job of capturing what’s so fun and cool about the Jurassic Park movies within the confines of a short run time. Basically, I think it’s a blast. If the next Jurassic World film can capture the spirit of this short, it has the potential to be pretty awesome. I even enjoyed the family despite the fact that we spend relatively little time with them. I doubt they’ll take this route, but I definitely found them to be likable enough to have them make an appearance in one of the upcoming full length features. Also, I thought it was cool that the father in “Battle at Big Rock” is played by Andre Holland from Castle Rock.

I love this short film so much for a reason I alluded to before, I feel like the movie that everyone really wanted to see after the first Jurassic Park, was a film where the dinosaurs got off the island. We wanted to see dinosaurs rampaging across the U.S.! Packs of Velociraptors hunting in our cities! T-Rex’s roaming the great American plains! Pterodactyl’s swooping down from the sky to pick off people like birds hunting fish! Herds of Triceratops and Brachiosaurus causing traffic jams! Show me that fucking movie! Fortunately, I get the feeling that’s where Jurassic Park 3 is more or less going. An article I read in The Hollywood Reporter even suggested the events of Jurassic World 3 could be follows with something like Jurassic War! Now that’s an idea I can get behind! The dinosaur population gets out of control, the humans are given some technological handicap so we can’t just wipe the dinosaurs out right away, which leads to an all out war for the planet, MAN VS. DINOSAUR! ONLY ONE SPECIES WILL SURVIVE! FUCK YEAH! Well, a guy can hope, right?

Anyway, thanks for reading! Follow me on Twitter @PJWrightWBM or type Worlds Best Media into the search bar, you can also like and follow us on our Facebook page; World’s Best Media. Those likes and follows, as well as iTunes reviews, go a long way to supporting World’s Best Media. We really appreciate the loyalty shown to us by our fans, so thanks again!

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Podcast Movie Review : Ready Player One (Spoilers)

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Hey everyone, Paul here

On todays Episode of “The World’s Best Podcast”, Ryan and I review Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Ready Player One. Our discussion about the film contains full SPOILERS. So be careful if you haven’t seen the film yet. This was definitely an interesting movie to review and it felt like a good follow up to the episode we did a few months ago that focused on Spielberg’s career. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the podcast! Listen here or subscribe on iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/14445222

This film is filled with so many references to other films that a series of cool posters in the style of classic movies were put out to promote Ready Player One. Check them out here:

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PODCAST: The Films of Steven Spielberg (Part 2)

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Paul here

On this episode of The World’s Best Podcast with Paul & Tim, we finish up our look at movies and career of Steven Spielberg. This is where we get into the real meat of it. The 90’s brought us a Spielberg at the top of his game, but more recently there’s arguably been a noticeable drop in the quality of his films. In our last episode, we left off talking about Indianan Jones and The Temple of Doom. On this week’s show we go through each of his movies after. If you‘re a Spielberg fan, hopefully you’ll end up wanting to revisit his classics after listening. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/13911369

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Paul and Tim’s top Spielberg movie picks! Get them all through our Amazon Affiliate links below:

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PODCAST: The Films of Steven Spielberg (Part 1)

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It’s Paul and here’s the latest episode of “The World’s Best Podcast with Paul & Tim”!  This is definitely one of my favorite episodes that we’ve done in a while.  In Part 1 of this excellent 2-Part episode, Tim and I go through the career of legendary director Steven Spielberg! But at the top of the episode we also discuss my family’s lifelong friendship with actor John Stamos (I’m exaggerating, but there is good story there). We also Discuss the new DC animated movie Batman: Gotham by Gaslight in full spoilers. So if you want to skip over the spoilers,  we start at 15min 30sec and end spoilers for Gotham by Gaslight 38 min in.  So please enjoy in Part 1, our look at the early career of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/13911244

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