May 4, 2015

The aged love what is practical while impetuous youth longs only for what is dazzling.

"You're a good man, sister"
Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), The Maltese Falcon (1941)

The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if it were.
-- David Brinkley

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 45 of 53)
  • The Triceratops scene was a major operation. Most of the dinosaur scenes were shot on sound-stages, but Steven Spielberg wanted this scene shot on location in Hawaii. The puppeteers loved this decision because the dust and the dirt tied it into the environment. It was also the first dinosaur the actors saw; they were blown away by its realism. Stan Winston's team dug a hole beneath the puppet and eight puppeteers below operated cables and push-rods. The backside of the Triceratops had a door with three or four men inside. The only one of the actors not impressed was Joseph Mazzello because the first dinosaur he got to see up close didn't do anything. To get the Triceratops to breathe, Gary Rydstrom blew into a toy called a "zube tube" to add the harmonics.
  • The Triceratops is Grant's favorite dinosaur, and it was also Steven Spielberg's because "three horns are better than one".
  • Steven Spielberg's most commercially successful film.
  • The scene between Nedry and Dodgson has spawned a cult following; there are fan recreations on Youtube and Electro Tunes sampling the line "We've got Dodgson here!" There are even T-shirts with Dodgson's face on it. Cameron Thor auditioned for the part of Ian Malcolm but got the much smaller part of Lewis Dodgson. Thor was the one who tracked down the shaving can for use in the movie; he had to spend endless time in a drug store to find the most photogenic can. He even used it after the audition because he was so broke. Thor has said he would happily reprise the role at any time because its the character he's most recognized for.
  • Hammond describes Muldoon as an "alarmist". Michael Crichton was often alarmist about scientific discoveries, as mirrored in Muldoon and Malcolm's characters.
  • The Brachiosaur scene was the second dinosaur scene with the actors and took a long time to film because Sam Neill and Laura Dern had to react to nothing most of the time, and Steven Spielberg was coming up with new shots on the spot.
  • The third dinosaur scene with the cast was at the Raptor pen, where Steven Spielberg provided some of the vocalizations to motivate the actors.
  • Shooting on Kauai was completed by mid September, 1992 and then the crew shot the first scene with Grant and Ellie in the Mojave desert in two days. The rest of the movie was shot on soundstages, like the Genetics lab, the Visitors Centre and the T-Rex paddock. The first T-Rex attack gave the crew more control being shot on a soundstage what with CGI and animatronics interacting with the cast and the set and real life while being controlled off-screen.
  • Some on the crew were worried that the computers would replace them, but instead it created more work for them.

  • The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.
    Deepak Chopra

  • Two objects have struck the earth with enough force to destroy a whole city. Each object, one in 1908 and again in 1947, struck regions of Siberia. Not one human being was hurt either time.
  • Hallmark makes cards for 105 different relationships.
  • If the Earth was smooth, the ocean would cover the entire surface to a depth of 12,000 feet.

  • It goes up, but at the same time goes down. Up toward the sky, and down toward the ground. It's present tense and past tense too, come for a ride, just me and you. What is it?

    Yogi Berra
    I guess I've got a smart wife
    Yogi Berra

    If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

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