Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday Movie Picks: Amusement Parks

 I haven't been to a theme/amusement park in years. I may be afraid of certain heights but I acually quite enjoy rollercoasters and water rides on a hot day but as prices are hiked up so high no one can even think about going, a trip to Thorpe Park (closest park to me) has been forgotten about. Oh well. Theres more out there than rides, like, swimming, not a water park would be ace right about now.

Jurassic Park
The one the only (technically) Jurassic Park. Even though it was made 1993, more me, its still breathtaking. As Chris Pratt says in Jurassic World "They're dinosaurs, wow enough" and he's damn right. The first time you see Alan, Ellie and Ian see the dinosaurs for the first time is still amazing and THEN you see them. The music swells and its a perfect moment. But like all blockbuster movies involving dangerous things/animals, it all goes wrong. Thanks Dennis! But hey, there wouldn't be movie if it all went perfectly right? As much as I enjoyed the latest installment, nothing really beats the first. 

A horror comedy of sorts when zombie fever was big. It also featured one of the best cameos and one of the best Bill Murray cameos (same thing really). A group of survivors, making their way through zombie infested America bond together, creating a family along the way while killing zombies. The amusing rules throughout that pop up are terrifying but also helpful in the event of this disaster happening. I also liked that the characters where named after their home towns, just thought I'd add that.

I've used this sequel to Westworld before but no matter. Can't wait until the second season of Westworld and I'm wondering if they will introduce new parks, hopefully not Futureworld as it was tacky looking as hell. But the story isn't too bad. Two journalists are invited to the newly opened park but they uncover a big conspircay to replace influential figureheads where the creators of the parks can conrol them.

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  1. Jurassic World and Zombieland are quite popular today, as well they should be. Both are great movies. For my money, Murray's cameo in Zombieland is the best of all time. haven't seen Future World, or West World, for that matter. I need to get on the ball.

  2. Jurassic Park and Zombieland are immensely popular today. Jurassic Park like most originals is the best of the series, it keeps the story tension filled while taking the time to let us get to know something about its characters thereby giving the viewer an investment in the outcome. A key element to audience involvement that escapes most movie makers.

    Haven't seen Zombieland, it just isn't my thing plus I really can't abide Jesse Eisenberg.

    I liked Westworld more than Futureworld but both are entertaining films and I love Blythe Danner. Never understood how someone so distinctive and talented never hit the big league whereas her daughter, so wan and spiritless, managed to do just that before her trip to becoming a big ol' pile of GOOP.

    Even though I'm neither a horror nor a zombie fan one of my picks deals with it just because it's so bizarre. My other two have a more traditional setting and very different perspectives.

    Rollercoaster (1977)-After a rollercoaster derails due to a device placed on the track the major amusement park owners receive a taped message from the mad bomber (Timothy Bottoms) that unless they pay him a million dollars the carnage will continue. Safety inspector Harry Calder (George Segal) who had cleared the first coaster and was investigating the crash is pulled in by FBI agent Hoyt (Richard Widmark) when the nameless young man demands Harry deliver the extortion money to his next target or he’ll detonate another bomb. Suspenseful but not quite the experience it was in theatres where it was presented in Sensurround.

    The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)-I really can’t better this IMDB description: "Jerry falls in love with a stripper he meets at a carnival. Little does he know that she is the sister of a gypsy fortune teller whose predictions he had scoffed at earlier. The gypsy turns him into a zombie and he goes on a killing spree."

    Or the tagline:
    SEE: the dancing girls of the carnival murdered by the incredible night creatures of the midway! SEE: the hunchback of the midway fight a duel of death with the mixed up zombies! SEE: the world's first monster musical!

    It’s not good but it’s unique!

    40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)-Sixties version of the Damon Runyon story Little Miss Marker about a little girl left in Lake Tahoe casino manager’s Steve McCluskey (Tony Curtis) care as a hold against the debt owed by her father. When the father is rubbed out Steve with the help of the casino’s singer Chris Lockwood (Suzanne Pleshette) has to look after the tyke and dodge various people after him for different reasons. They decide to take the little one to Disneyland (at this point open less than 10 years) and between rides are chased through the park offering a pretty complete picture of what the place looked like in the 60’s. Cute comedy where unsurprisingly being mostly a Disney movie all ends happily.

  3. I haven't seen the last one but I picked Zombieland as well and it is popular today. So is Jurassic Park or World and I agree that the first one is still the best

  4. I have seen the first two movies and I liked both.

  5. We matched up on the first two picks but I've never heard of Futureworld.

  6. I loved your first two picks. I didn't know Westworld had a sequel. I'll have to check it out.

  7. Great picks! I love Zombieland and Jurassic Park. I haven't heard of Future World before. That's a pretty cool premise!