The Mask Animated Series

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look back at The Mask animated series that debuted in 1995 after the big screen adaptation of the comic with Jim Carrey in 1994. Plus, watch some retro footage of the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek shooting some promos for the show that don’t go very well but are infinitely entertaining. And finally, Vince Vaughn breaks down his most memorable roles, from Swingers and The Lost World: Jurassic Park to Old School and Wedding Crashers. Read More »

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: You know, it’s only the sequel to one of the greatest Hollywood blockbusters of all time. And you know, it’s only a Steven Spielberg movie, his first after directing Schindler’s List and winning the Academy Award for Best Director. But The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the kind of stunning act of mediocrity that disappointed at the time but fascinates over two decades later. This is what a genius, with all of the resources in the world, produces when he just doesn’t care.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: So, why do I recommend revisiting a movie that most people have recognized as just not being very good? A movie that Spielberg himself has described as “inferior”? Because sometimes it’s valuable to examine a failure and see what we can learn from it. And by taking a look at The Lost World, we can better and more fully understand why its predecessor is such a masterpiece.

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Production on Jurassic World: Dominion is back underway across the pond after an extended hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cast members Sam Neill and Laura Dern are already back on set, along with the satisfying but scandalous confirmation of Dr. Grant’s hat making a comeback. But it looks like even more from Jurassic Park‘s past might be involved in the latest sequel.

A new Jurassic World: Dominion photo revealed by director Colin Trevorrow shows off a seemingly innocuous prop from the movie, but on that prop is a hint at the return of an important location from the Jurassic Park franchise. Find out more below. Read More »

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Animation

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go behind the sciences of Marvel’s Ant-Man, specifically the little insect buddies who help him pull of his heroics. Plus, a video essay explores how Who Framed Roger Rabbit changed Hollywood animation, and find out how The Lost World: Jurassic Park compares to Michael Crichton‘s book that inspired it. Read More »

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With recent news of a Jurassic World trilogy in the works to follow the success of the sequel/reboot this past summer, the popularity of the Jurassic Park franchise might be bigger than it’s ever been. There’s plenty of dinosaur action in our future from Universal Pictures.

Now two fans have taken their love of the franchise to an extreme level with a massive LEGO creation that takes all four of the Jurassic Park movies spanning 22 years and combines them into one giant set, not unlike the LEGO Jurassic World video game that was released this year in conjunction with the movie. Check it out! Read More »

The Lost World Honest Trailer

Everyone is anticipating the release of Jurassic World this week, and we’re hoping to at least be entertained. There’s no chance the movie will be as good as Jurassic Park, but hopefully it’s not terrible. If the buzz from the world premiere wasn’t enough of an impression of the sequel, we’ve got reviews from our own Peter Sciretta and Germain Lussier to offer insight into the quality of the movie, so check those out.

But in the meantime, let’s take another look into the past at one of the less than satisfying sequels. Earlier this week we highlighted Everything Wrong with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but now we have the Honest Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s misfire. Check out The Lost World trailer after the jump! Read More »

Everything Wrong with The Lost World

This week brings the third attempt at a sequel to the modern classic that is Jurassic Park. If the buzz from the world premiere is any indicator, this might finally be a worthy sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s original dinosaur adventure. But that doesn’t make the disappointing sequels in between any better.

There was no way that any sequel could live up to the magic of Jurassic Park, but Spielberg tried with The Lost World: Jurassic Park. They upped the dinosaur action, introduced another tyrannosaurs rex, more velociraptors, but decided to throw any semblance of a decent script out the window. But that’s just the tip of what’s wrong with The Lost World, and the folks at Cinema Sins have taken 16 minutes to point out everything wrong with the obligatory sequel.

Watch Everything Wrong with The Lost World: Jurassic Park after the jump! Read More »

We knew it was coming and now we know when. On October 25, the Jurassic Park trilogy will finally be released on Blu-ray with all new extras and more. After the jump, read the full press release which includes all the juicy details like gift sets, digital copies, 7.1 audio and brand new documentaries. This set looks sweet…even if it does include The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3.
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Six months ago, we ran an article saying that Jurassic Park would be coming to Blu-ray in 2011 and now Universal Pictures has confirmed that to be true. While no release date is set, Steven Spielberg‘s classic 1993 film (and its two inferior sequels) will come to the high definition format sometime before the holiday season. Check out possible box art, a Jaws release window and more after the jump. Read More »

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just passed $600 million at the worldwide box office, despite mostly really bad reviews. This is nothing new. Mainstream audiences don’t listen to the critics, and big screen spectacle will almost always win over quality entertainment. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the movie, not all the bad reviews in the world. It’s an event movie — and I needed to see it for myself. It should be noted that box office should never be looked at as an indication of the mainstream public’s thoughts on a movie (it sold tons of tickets so the mainstream public must’ve loved it) but only an indication of the hype (and in later weeks, possibly word of mouth).

The success of Transformers 2 got me thinking. What is the worst reviewed box office success of all time? Could it be Revenge of the Fallen? Find out what I’ve uncovered after the jump.
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