May 7, 2015

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Albert Camus

"Now I want you to stand over behind Breed, here. Now I want you to take the stock of that gun and rap him smartly on the back of the head. You do it, boy, or this bullet that's going through his chest is liable to come out the other side and tickle your private parts."
— Pat Garrett (James Coburn), (Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973))

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
-- Gustave Flaubert

Jurassic Park (1993) (part 48 of 53)
  • Kurt Russell turned down the role of Alan Grant due to salary demands.
  • Malcolm distracting the dinosaur with a flare was included at Jeff Goldblum's suggestion, as he felt a heroic action was better than going by the script, where like Gennaro, Malcolm would get scared and run away.
  • James Cameron claims that he wanted to make the film, but the rights were bought hours before he could bid. His version would have been more violent, but he agrees that it wouldn't be better.
  • A study by Western Australia's Murdoch University concluded that DNA cannot survive more than 6.8 million years - a finding that effectively rules out the film's method of replicating dinosaurs. The new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B in 2012, was based on carbon-dating bones from the moa, an extinct New Zealand bird. The researchers found that the DNA from the bones halved after about 521 years when stored at 13.1 degrees. At minus five degrees, the final fragments of DNA in a bone would disappear after 6.8 million years.
  • This was Richard Attenborough's first acting role since The Human Factor (1979) fourteen years earlier.
  • Laura Dern's mother Diane Ladd also starred in a dinosaur film released in 1993. She played Dr. Jane Tiptree in Carnosaur (1993).
  • The T-Rex makes four appearances in the film.
  • Unlike Lex, Grant and Tim never lose their fascination with dinosaurs, even after they've seen what they can do, e.g. watching the T-Rex feed on a Gallimimus, while Lex only wants to leave, etc.
  • Although composed by John Williams, his score for Jurassic Park is not often counted among Williams' more famous film scores. In 2013, for the 20th anniversary of the film, Williams released an album that restored 14 minutes of music cut from the original film.
  • Jurassic Park (1993) was the movie where photo-real visual effects saw audiences jaws drop.
  • The T-Rex makes water ripple whenever it approaches. There is a similar scene at the Visitors Centre when Lex sees the Raptors coming and the jelly in her spoon starts shaking because she's trembling.

  • Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.
    Douglas Horton

  • When the Titanic sank in 1912, hundreds of passengers were saved only because a Marconi wireless operator, David Sarnoff, reportedly picked up the ship's radio distress messages and alerted ships in the area. Sarnoff went on to become president of the first radio network, the National Broadcasting Company.
  • Pudden'head Wilson, the title character in Twain's novel about switched babies, is regarded by the townspeople as a fool because of his hobby of collecting finger impressions on glass. His strange pasttime, however, leads to his identification of a murderer and his revelation of an incident where two babies, one the son of a slave and one the son of a slaveholder, were switched.
  • It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun.

  • Two cars suddenly made an abrupt stop at the park's gate. Seven men got out of the two cars and were makeing their way along the foot path when it began to rain. Six of the seven men began to walk faster to escape the rain. The seventh man didn't even bother, yet he was not touched by one drop of water. No raincoats or umbrellas were used. Since all of the men arived at their destination together how did the one man stay dry?

    Benjamin Franklin
    “The good Spinner hath a large Shift."

    “Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. ”

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