Sunday, 25 June 2017

star wars on the spectrum

This is Star Wars for the ZX Spectrum, released in 1987 by Domark Ltd and developed by Vektor Grafix. It was also released on the Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC. It involves tie fighters, space battles and massive fireballs. Nice.



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Saturday, 24 June 2017

dinosaurs of jurassic park

Between now and the end of this blog I’m going to live out a childhood dream of mine, and many other young children I’m sure, which is to be a paleontologist.

Naturally for those like me who love dinosaurs, the feeling never really seems to leave us. And the films of the Jurassic Park/World series always do a good job of reinvigorating that burning desire to grab a pick and brush and go out into our backyards and start digging. Of course what we find are usually plain ole rocks that have no value whatsoever—but it’s always fun to pretend.

I was convinced for many years that the chunk taken out of the curb down the street from my parents’ house was made from a claw of a T-rex foot. In the words of Master Yoda, “How truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”

When the first Jurassic Park film hit the screen over 20 years ago (one week after my high school graduation) I was floored. I never saw dinosaurs portrayed so realistically on screen! However realistically they looked, how they were used in the films wasn’t always as accurate as some paleontologist might argue. For example, it’s highly unlikely that a Brachiosaurus could stand on its hind legs, even for just a moment, to reach leaves atop a tree top. It really wouldn’t need to.

In preparation for this blog, I watched all four films and wrote down each new dinosaur as they appeared—never repeating any species. Regardless of the title of the film series, many of the great lizards did not live during the Jurassic period, Parasaurolophus being one such example. The hadrosaur lived during the late Cretaceous period along with Triceratops and the T-rex. While I was watching the movies, it occurred to be that not only did these dinosaurs not live during the Jurassic period; they lived many millions of years apart. It’s hard to grasp how long that is considering humans have only been around for a comparatively short period, but who knows how a Velociraptor would react to seeing a Stegosaur? Not to mention their geographic differences. Spinosaurus lived in what is now North Africa, no other dinosaur in the series lived in that location while they existed.

dinosaurs of jurassic park

Now I’d like to group together all the dinosaurs from all four films and discuss when/where they lived and perhaps go a little deeper into their skeletal structure and classification. I think the best way and the way that makes most sense is starting with the earliest living dinosaur and working my way towards the end of the Cretaceous period, when the asteroid hit and essentially wiped them from the earth.

The two earliest living dinosaurs in the films were the Dilophosaurus, which lived in N. America and the Dimorphodon (the small flying reptile from Jurassic World), which lived in what is now Europe. Both existed during the early Jurassic period. Right now there is now hard evidence to support that Dilophosaurus could spit venom or possessed frills that fanned out. Also the one scene in Jurassic Park is much smaller than a living version. A living Dilophosaurus reached about 20ft long while the one in the movie was maybe 6ft, unless the one in the film was not full grown.

The rest of the dinosaurs were split pretty evenly between Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods, and the majority of the remaining dinosaurs lived in North America, with a few living in Europe and Asia, and one in North Africa.

To get a clearer picture of who lived when and where, I’ll just list the dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic period in North America minus the aforementioned Dilophosaurus which already became extinct when the following dinosaurs evolved, keeping in mind that at this time all of the continents were massed into one giant continent:

  • ·       Brachiosaurus (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Apatosaurus (Jurassic World)
  • ·       Stegosaurus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)

And the ones that lived during the same period in Europe minus the Dimorphodon:

  • ·       Compsognathus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Stegosaurus Note: Stegosaurus lived in N. America and Europe during the Jurassic period.

The remaining dinosaurs lived in Asia during the Jurassic period:

  • ·       Velociraptor (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Mamenchisaurrus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)

So you can see here the T-rex and the Velociraptor did not live during the same time. Note: Stegosaurus lived in N. America and Europe during the Jurassic period.

The following is a list of dinosaurs that lived in North America during the Cretaceous period:

  • ·       Tyrannosaurus rex (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Parasaurolophus (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Triceratops (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Pachycephalosaurus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Corythosaurus (Jurassic Park III)
  • ·       Torosaurus (Jurassic World)
  • ·       Ankylosaurus (Jurassic World)
  • ·       Pteranodon (Jurassic Park III)
  • ·       Mosasaur (Jurassic World)

The only ones that lived during this period and not in N. America are:

  • Gallimimus (Asia) (Jurassic Park)
  • Spinosaurus (N. Africa) (Jurassic Park III)

Note: Mosasaur lived in the inland lakes of Europe and N. America during this time.


dinosaurs of jurassic park

While I was mapping out this whole project, a few things started to become apparent as far as the dinosaurs classification. Most dinosaurs are divided up into two Orders which is determined by their hip structure, Saurischia (lizard-hipped) and Ornithischia (bird-hipped). The only exceptions here are the two flying reptiles, Pteranodon and Dimorphodon which are Pterosaurs, and Mosasaur is part of the Order called Squamata.

All of the large herbivores like Brachiosaurus and the bipedal (two-legged meat eaters) like T-rex, belong to the Order Saurischia, while all of the bipedal and smaller quadrupedal herbivores, like Triceratops and Parasaurolophus belong to the Order Ornithischia.

dinosaurs of jurassic park

Breaking that down even further into suborders, there are three: sauropods (lizard-foot), theropods (beast-foot), and ornithopods (bird-footed). Try to think of sauropods as having feet like an elephant, theropods as having feet like a chicken or ostrich, and ornithopods as having feet like a rhino or hippo.

All of the giant herbivores are sauropods, all of the bipedal carnivores are theropods, and all of the dinosaurs that have a bird-like hip, also have a bird-like foot structure.
So there you have it. A quick run-down of the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park/World.

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Friday, 23 June 2017


Here's a toy version of Star Wars: A New Hope using audio from the 1979 read along story book tape from Buena Vista Records.  Thankfully when you hear R2 beep like this you don't need to turn the page, just enjoy the video.


The video was created by Youtuber dyna74 using his Star Wars figure collection.  Mainly comprising of Power of the Force figures with a few vintage figures thrown in.  It's really well done with a slight tongue in cheek vibe.  Pretty good special effects too although there's no ring of fire around the planets explosions.  Maybe in a future version.



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Thursday, 22 June 2017

jurassic world fallen kingdom

Earlier today Jurassic World producer, Frank Marshall tweeted the name for the sequel and its called JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM.  Accompanying the tweet was a simple poster boasting the new title and simply the words "Life Finds a Way."  Frank Marshall actual tweet is below:





Also tweeting was Chris Pratt who will reprise his role as Owen Grady.  He revealed a little bit more in his tweet stating they had been filming for 80 days.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will hit cinema screens June 2018.   Frank Marshall is married to Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy so they've both had a busy day with Ron Howard being announced as director for the upcoming Han Solo movie.  Kim Masters tweeted Frank Marshall with the following:

Imagining chats between married producers Kathy Kennedy and @LeDoctor coordinating announcements on #StarWars and #JurassicWorld this AM.

Frank Marshall replied admitting he had to get up early.  Busy day.

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Today Lucasfilm announced Ron Howard as the new director for the standalone Han Solo movie which will hit screens next year.  It's not the first time Howard was offered the director's chair for a Star Wars movie.  He was offered the big seat for one of the prequels.  In an interview on Happy Sad Confused podcast last year he revealed how he was approached by George Lucas:

“He did, he did [ask],” Howard said. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’”

And by the sounds of it. Howard didn’t even really consider it. He said “Willow” was his “least personal” film because it was in service to Lucas’ vision and added about “Star Wars”: “I don’t think anybody wanted to follow up that act at the time. It was an honor, but it would’ve been too daunting.”

He also mentions that he has been offered Superhero movies and turned them down too:

“I’ve had opportunities over the years, and I really feel like that you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of an [intellectual] exercise,” he explained. “And I was never a comic-book guy. I like the movies when I see them for the most part, especially the origin stories. But I never felt I could be on the set at 3 o’clock in the morning, tired, with ten important decisions to make, and that I intuitively on a gut level know what the story needs. It’s a little bit different tone. … For me, I’d be copycatting, and not inventing. So I’ve just never said yes to one.”

Well, it seems that he doesn't feel too daunted by the prospect of this latest Star Wars project.  Lets hope his talents shine through.  Time will tell.

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Breaking news straight in from Lucasfilm:  We reported via an announcement from Lucasfilm yesterday that told us that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are departing the Han Solo stand alone film over "creative differences."  Well now we get another official statement, this time that RON HOWARD is to take over directorial duties.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.

The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017


An announcement from Lucasfilm tells us that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are departing the Han Solo stand alone film over "creative differences". A new director will be announced soon.

Over on the official site we get a statement from Kathleen Kennedy.  She tells us:

“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

This is a rare occasion as Kennedy points out that Lucasfilm are not one to promote "creative differences" so this situation must have been bad to force them down this path and to announce it as that too.  The movie is still scheduled for May 2018 but lets see if that changes.  Could we see in years to come a situation not unlike Richard Donner and Superman II?  Could we see two different movie cuts?  Time will tell.

We'll keep you updated on the situation.


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

star trek ilm visual effects

I Came across this gem of a video showing how the special effects were created for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  There are a bunch of interviews with staff from Industrial Light and Magic and how they came on board straight from working on Return of the Jedi.  There aim was to bring the special effects to life but have a balance that would still look part of the Trek universe created in the sixties TV series.

An interesting part is how they explained that a test screening for the movie was given and instead of incomplete visual effects or animanics they would just insert the storyboard where a visual effect was to be shot.  They said it worked better and the audience totally got it.

The epic nebular shots from the movie especially during the main battle at the end are all explained and how they used salt to give the illusion and how the Reliant model was made smaller than the Enterprise to make it easier to move around.

It's a really informative video and worth a watch just to find out how they used raspberry jelly with the Ceti Eel.

Wow!  I got all this way without mentioning the infamous Genesis CGI.  Of course it's on here.



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Monday, 19 June 2017

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This fan's reaction to the ending of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is priceless.  It shows how much passion Star Wars fans have and the emotions that can be triggered from a good movie.  It's so wonderful to have escapism like this and we have to thank the clever creative talent that bring us moments like this.  May the Force be with them all.

The lady in the video told MakingStarWars.Net: "I have loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember.

"This whole video is just so funny for me to rewatch and see others’ reactions to because what you see in it is completely me!

"I hope even more people can see this video and be inspired to watch Star Wars; to take it a little more seriously, considering how much it means to so many people, including me."




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Sunday, 18 June 2017


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Saturday, 17 June 2017



Anyone who rises quickly in Hollywood is likely to face a backlash, and few directors have seen the kind of meteoric rise that has been experienced by Colin Trevorrow. After one quirky indie hit, Safety Not Guaranteed, Trevorrow was surprisingly given the huge assignment of directing Jurassic World. That film quickly became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time, and then came one of the few even bigger directing jobs: Star Wars: Episode IX.  But Jurassic World has experienced the now inevitable Internet backlash nearly any popular film faces, and Trevorrow's follow-up film, The Book of Henry, has debuted to withering reviews.  With this has come some worry from online fans over Star Wars, and articles on sites like the Hollywood Reporter questioning him as the director of the final installment of this new trilogy.

First of all, let's discuss the questions some are having about whether the bad reviews for Henry will cause Trevorrow to be replaced on Episode IX. This theory largely comes from the legendary and widely debated departure of director Josh Trank from what was to be the second stand alone Star Wars film as word got out that the then upcoming Fantastic Four reboot Trank had directed was headed for disaster. But even if we ignore the fact that the official story is that Trank chose to depart rather than having been fired, the situations are very different.  First of all, Trevorrow is much further in the development of his film than Trank ever was, with Episode IX  likely to go before the cameras in the fairly near future. Second, The Book of Henry is no Fantastic Four: where Trevorrow's film is a small, pseudo-indie family tearjerker/suspense thriller with a limited release, Trank's was a major studio franchise effort. Trank's film also experienced budget issues and notorious behind-the-scenes problems (including reported erratic behavior from the director. All Henry has experienced is bad reviews.  And most importantly, that was Trank's first attempt at a blockbuster. Trevorrow has a huge success under his belt and has been very involved in the development and production of its sequel. Trevorrow has worked his way into a position of trust and influence at Amblin, and that means something to Lucasfilm. In short, Trevorrow isn't going anywhere.

Next, people should refrain from judging Trevorrow based on one badly reviewed film they probably haven't seen. Despite what some critics are saying,  The Book of Henry isn't a disaster.  Trevorrow's visual skills and pacing are dead on, and he gets good performances from his cast, and even illicits some serious emotion (albeit through a melodramatic story.). It's simply a film that tries to be too many things and makes some questionable choices with sensitive topics and veers to far from believability.  Trevorrow proved with Jurassic World that he has the visual and technical chops for a thrilling big-budget adventure film, and Safety Not Guaranteed displays some wonderful character work. Having some reservations is reasonable, but don't let the hate fest on his new film convince you the sky is falling. Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg believe in Trevorrow, and between that and the talent he's shown that's more than enough reason to stay positive. And let's not forget that Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back, also made the horribly received Robocop 2 and the largely forgotten Never Say Never Again. A perfect track record is not a prerequisite of making a great Star Wars movie.

Trust in the Force and know that Lucasfilm will do all they can to make Episode IX great. And cut Trevorrow a little slack. Every director has their misfires. It doesn't make him a bad director.

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Noted Star Wars author Timothy Zahn reflects on Grand Admiral Thrawn's creation, explains Leia's importance to Star Wars, offers advice to those wanting to write for Star Wars, and more in this extended interview from the Star Wars Show.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Grant Park

As part of its 2017 season, the Grant Park Music Festival will feature Star Wars and More: the Music of John Williams at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago. Thomas Wilkins will be the guest conductor for this special event.

Concert dates are Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Open rehearsals will be held on Thursday, July 6, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Friday, July 7, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

There will also be a Family Fun Tent on July 7 and 8, and a Star Wars Costume Party on July 8.

Here is the selection of music to be performed:

Superman March from Superman
Main Title from Star Wars
Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Theme from Jurassic Park
March from 1941
Theme from Far and Away
The Flight to Neverland from Hook
The Imperial March from Star Wars
Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: Episode I
Yoda’s Theme from The Empire Strikes Back
Viktor’s Tale from The Terminal
Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Empire Online asked movie lovers to select their favorite films of all time, and the results have been revealed in the comprehensive The 100 Greatest Movies list. Since our focus here is on Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, we're noting specifically where their films placed on the list.

Here they are, in the order in which they appear:

86. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Director: Steven Spielberg / Writer, Executive Producer: George Lucas)


You voted… wisely. There may only be 12 years’ difference between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, but it’s hard to imagine two better actors to play a bickering father and son, off on a globetrotting, Nazi-bashing, mythical mystery tour. After all, you’ve got Spielberg/Lucas’ own version of James Bond… And the original Bond himself!

66. Return of the Jedi (Director: Richard Marquand / Screenplay, Executive Producer: George Lucas)


In this post-Phantom Menace world, the Ewoks don’t seem quite so egregious, do they? Endor’s teddy-bear guerillas might have got sneered at, but they shouldn’t blind us to Jedi’s assets: the explosive team-re-gathering opening; the crazily high-speed forest chase; and that marvellously edited three-way climactic battle that dexterously flipped us between lightsabers, spaceships and a ferocious (albeit fuzzy) forest conflict.


59. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Director: Steven Spielberg)



With the “Amblin” style so regularly referenced these days (most successfully in the Duffer brothers’ Stranger Things), it’s worth reminding ourselves that it was never more perfectly encapsulated than in E.T.: a children’s adventure which carefully beds its supernatural elements in an utterly relatable everykid world, and tempers its cuter, more sentimental moments with a true sense of jeopardy.


39. Saving Private Ryan (Director: Steven Spielberg)


The sheer bludgeoning, blood-spilling, visceral power of its Omaha Beach, D-Day-landing opening act ensured that Spielberg’s fourth World War II movie set the standard for all future battle depictions. Its shaky-staccato-desaturated style (courtesy of Janusz Kaminski’s ingenious cinematography) — newsreel made cinema — has been oft-copied, but rarely bettered.

33. Schindler's List (Director: Steven Spielberg)


Spielberg’s masterpiece, hands down. You might say the shark looks fakey in Jaws. You may wonder how Indy clung to the German sub in Raiders. But there’s no flaws to be found in his harrowing, (mostly) monochromatic depiction of Nazi persecution of the Jewish community in Kraków. Unless you’re the kind of shallow person who only watches movies that are ‘entertaining’. In which case, you’re missing out.

19. Jurassic Park (Director: Steven Spielberg)


When dinosaurs first ruled the movie-Earth, they did so in a herky-jerky stop-motion manner that while charmingly effective, required a fair dose of disbelief-suspension. When Steven Spielberg brought them back on Isla Nubla, we felt for the first time they could be real, breathing animals (as opposed to monsters). And that's as much thanks to Stan Winston's astonishing animatronics work as to ILM's groundbreaking CGI.

11. Back to the Future (Director: Robert Zemeckis / Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg)


Part science-fiction caper, part generational culture-clash movie, part weirdo family drama (in which the hero has to rescue his own existence after his mother falls in lust with him, eww), Back To The Future still manages to be timeless despite being so rooted in, well, time. And it might just have the best title of anything on this entire list.

9. Star Wars: A New Hope (Writer, Director: George Lucas)


It’s nuts: we’re now as far, far away from the release of Star Wars as 1977 audiences were from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. And yet George Lucas’ cocktail of fantasy, sci-fi, Western and World War II movie remains as culturally pervasive as ever. It’s so mythically potent, you sense in time it could become a bona-fide religion...

8. Jaws (Director: Steven Spielberg)


Forty-two years young, and Spielberg’s breakthrough remains the touchstone for event-movie cinema. Not that any studio these days would dare put out a summer blockbuster that’s half monster-on-the-rampage disaster, half guys-bonding-on-a-fishing-trip adventure. Maybe that’s why it’s never been rebooted. Or just because it’s genuinely unsurpassable.

7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Director: Steven Spielberg / Writer, Executive Producer: George Lucas)

In ’81, it must have sounded like the ultimate pitch: the creator of Star Wars teams up with the director of Jaws to make a rip-roaring, Bond-style adventure starring the guy who played Han Solo, in which the bad guys are the evillest ever (the Nazis) and the MacGuffin is a big, gold box which unleashes the power of God. It still sounds like the ultimate pitch.

2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Director: Irvin Kirshner / Writer, Executive Producer: George Lucas)


The original “this one’s darker” sequel, and by far the strongest of the saga. Not just because the baddies win (temporarily), or because it Force-slammed us with that twist (“No, I am your father”). Empire super-stardestroys thanks to the way it deepens the core relationships — none more effectively than Han and Leia’s. She loves him. He knows. And it still hurts.

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THE BOOK OF HENRY
Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler and Dean Morris
Written By Greg Hurwitz
Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Reviewed by Patrick Gibbs & Paul Gibbs

 Out of Four


For his follow up to Jurassic World, director Colin Trevorrow has gone back to a smaller, more character oriented story, and his strong ability with actors and small dialogue scenes is on full display, but the slick Hollywood element is also at play here. The mixed result leaves only one definite conclusion: The Book of Henry is, for better or worse, a truly unique movie summer full of sequels and reboots.

Henry Carpenter (Jaeden Lieberher) is a 11-year genius living with his single mother and younger brother, Peter (Room's Jacob Tremblay). Henry is in many ways the head of the household, managing the family finances and trusted by his mother to make shrewd investments, and always looking out for his brother, until he distracted by a girl, Christina (Maddie Zeigler) who lives next door with her step-father (Dean Norris), the local police commissioner. Henry's intellect and keen powers of observation lead him to feel certain of what no one else wants to see: Christina is being abused by her step-father. Henry is determined to help the girl, but runs into several unexpected challenges, including a community that doesn't want to hear any accusations against a prominent citizen.

The film is very centered around twists and
The film is heavily built around twists and surprises, enough so that a spoiler free review requires staying a bit vague, and it mixes the family drama tearjerker with the Hitchcockian thriller. It's both ambitious and willing to sacrifice being a great drama for being a taut thriller, and doesn't fully succeed at either, but it's simply too involving to dismiss as completely failing. The terrific cast and strong direction make a script that is all over the place but highly watchable, and it's the kind of movie that leaves you very frustrated, wondering "Am I stupid if I liked this or stupid if I didn't?" It 's almost like early Shyamalan in drawing the viewer in to the point of easily going along with the more far fetched elements while watching it, dying to see how this ends, only to spend the rest of the night thinking about all of the bits that just don't add up.

The central performances from Watts and Lieberher really pull you in, and while nearly every character falls into a stock type, the individual actors approach them with enough thought and sincerity that you can't help but care about them. Perhaps the most extreme example of this is Sarah Silverman as Mom's friend Sheila, who fits every stereotype that generally applies to a woman named Sheila both in movies and real life (too much reliance of make-up, cleavage and alcohol) and has an ongoing insult war going on with Henry, who usually wins. This would have been a very easy character to overplay and make into an eye roller, but Silverman keeps her real and grounded and even provides one of the most touching moments in the film. Young Jacob Tremblay shows again that he is remarkably honest and natural actor who can powerfully portray emotion. But Leiberher in particular makes you feel that his performance should not be categorized as terrific performance from a child actor, but rather just a terrific performance from an actor,

It is unfortunate that contrivances and Hollywood machinations too often get in the way of the more sincere elements of the film, and even more unfortunate that it's simply impossible to completely dismiss the questionable taste factor of some key plot elements.  The Book of Henry is is too at odds with itself to make it easy to come to a definite conclusion as to its merit. The upside of this is that this movie will give you a lot more to talk and think about than most of what you see this summer, and we definitely found it to be emotionally stirring.  It is as interesting as it is flawed, and we found it impossible to completely dismiss or embrace.

Trevorrow remains a talented and exciting director, and while it is easy to see why this script got stuck in his head, and yet just as clear that there probably isn't a director out there that could have fully made it work. There are some on the internet freaking out over the bad reviews because Trevorrow is slated to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, but everyone needs to relax a little. This is an interesting movie that gets very wrong headed at times and ultimately just doesn't quite work. It's not a war crime. Doubterd need to watch Safety Not Guaranteed and just take deep breath, and focus on the fact that The Book of Henry shows that Trevorrow can handle suspense and emotion very well. He is still a great choice for Star Wars, and we can't wait to see what he does with it.


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The Star Wars saga has risen in popularity in recent years due to new releases. The next release, “The Last Jedi”, is due to be released in December of this year. A follow-up to “The Force Awakens”, this new film is to focus more on the core characters of the series. With a total of ten Star Wars installments being released since the first film in 1977, it is no surprise that the films have inspired a number of games, here are some of the great examples of the Star Wars games.

Angry Birds Star Wars
The success of the Angry Birds series led to this game which was launch in 2012. A crossover between the successful game and Star Wars, the game later spawned a sequel, Angry Birds Star Wars II in 2013. The game has been adapted for both gaming consoles and mobile phones. This puzzle video game features levels on land and in space using familiar Star Wars spaceships and location.


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Many reviews of an online casino such as Casino.com review suggests that they offer wide variety of games and there is even a game based on the Star Wars! This five reel slot machine game is one of the best designed around the popular movie instalments.  Bonus games are exciting which will make any player strive to activate them on a spin. One of the games requires players to use Jedi powers to levitate objects out of a swamp in order to win additional money.  A jackpot of approximately £1 million is also possible. A multiplayer version of the slot machine was also released to casinos.

Star Wars Battlefront
When this game was released in 2015, it was widely praised for its ability to recreate scenes from the film. With excellent graphics, the game comes in several different modes. For instance, players can choose Walker Assault where they attempt to either defend or defeat an Imperial AT-AT walker. Another mode known as Blast requires players to take out their fellow gamers. This game is designed for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.


While the next Star Wars installment, “The Last Jedi” isn’t due out for quite some time, fans of the series can enjoy one of these popular games. 

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