April 28, 2015

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Groucho Marx

"I washed me face and hands before I come, I did."
— Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller), Pygmalion (1938)

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
Robert Frost

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 39 of 53)
  • The film's tagline "An Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making" derived from a joke Steven Spielberg made about the thousands of years the mosquito was trapped in amber before being discovered
  • Although Jurassic Park managed to outperform E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) as the most successful film in history, it did not top ET's gross in North America.
  • Broke the opening weekend record that had been set by Batman Returns (1992). the year before. It broke opening records in several countries.
  • For Film Review's 55th anniversary in 2005, it declared Jurassic Park one of the five most important in the magazine's lifetime.
  • Jurassic Park (1993)_ had perhaps the most rigorous marketing campaign ever conducted for a film up to that point, costing up to $65 million dollars, including licensing deals with 100 companies to market 1000 products. Merchandise with the Jurassic Park (1993) name on it included toy dinosaurs, calendars, Making of books, action figures, bread, yogurt, fast food, video games, a deal with McDonalds for "Dino-sized meals", a junior novelization, comic books, a Jurassic Park Discovery Centre at Islands of Adventure, shirts, etc. Although this led to a somewhat blasé reaction when the film premiered, the marketing turned Jurassic Park (1993) into a box-office phenomenon, and toppled E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) previously Steven Spielberg's most commercially successful film. Its said the marketing cost more and made more than the film did, setting a new record for tie-ins, over one thousand individual deals that generated over a billion dollars in revenue.
  • Steven Spielberg's most expensive film at that point in his career.
  • The T-Rex model was controlled with a waldo, a very small replica to manipulate it to get it to respond exactly. They weren't supposed to get it wet, because it was fine-tuned into how much it weighed, but once they shot the rain scene, it stopped responding. Between takes they had to towel it down to dry it out at night. When it attacked Lex and Tim, it lost some of its teeth on top of the car. They tried gluing them back in but one refused to after 20 minutes; indeed, there's a shot where if you pause it in the right place you can see its missing a tooth.

  • Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
    John Adams

  • A "hairbreadth away" is 1/48 of an inch.
  • Ever wonder where the term "Work Smarter...Not Harder" originated? Allan F. Mogensen, the creator of Work Simplification, coined the phrase in the 1930s. The 1990s equivalent term is probably Business Process Reengineering.
  • On dry, windy days, pollen can travel up to 500 miles.

  • I have two arms, but fingers none. I have two feet, but cannot run. I carry well, but I have found I carry best with my feet OFF the ground. What am I?

    Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

    “Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly.”

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