Jurassic Games, starring Katie Burgess, Adam Hampton, and Ryan Merriman, is a B film about 10 convicts on death row who compete to survive in a controlled stimulation. This film is pretty much a gory Hunger Games with dinosaurs and virtual reality. When one of the inmates die in the game, they also die in real life.
Depending on how you want to look at it, this film could be considered a parody of The Purge, Hunger Games, and The Condemned. The movie trope of isolating a distinct group of people and pitting them against each other isn’t very original, nor is the backlash from the “vocal minority”. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing. The CGI quality could’ve been better, but I’m never a huge fan of CGI anyways; so, other than that I believe the directors did a great job.
I expected the film to be ridiculous because Ryan Merriman will always be a Disney channel actor to me, but I was pleasantly surprised. The movie didn’t waste any time on a unnecessary backstory, and dove straight into the storyline. Though I do wish every inmate had a comprehensive backstory; instead, we were given the stereotypical horror characters: hot head brothers, gently father, the Asian martial artist/assassin, and black guy who dies 15 minutes into the film. The audience is quickly forced to root for the “family man”, Anthony Tucker. He is unlike the other contestants since there is no proof he actually killed his wife, so he doesn’t fit in with the other vicious, manic characters. To him winning this game means more than survival, it’s the only chance he has to reunite with his children. Since there is doubt in Anthony’s guilty verdict, the game’s host must find ways to pacify the viewers’ outcries. With this in mind, there are two main conflicts: ethics of the game and survival. The game host certainly does not make it easy for any of the characters to survive the 4 life threatening game stages nor do the hungry dinosaurs on the loose. This action packed film has you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Jurassic Games will be available on Digital 6/12 and on DVD 7/3!
Tell me in the comments if you plan on watching Jurassic Games!
I’m looking forward to geek culture with the 2015 Young Guns Invitational showcasing emerging and rising artist who each will have three pieces to appeal to our inner geek! Fans from Star Wars to Clockwork Orange to the Thing to Predator will be able to see iconic movies from their eyes because really aren’t we all fanboys and fangirls at heart for the movies we grew up loving? Will you join me on Friday? Let me know what piece you’d love to own in the comment section below!
2015 Young Guns Invitational
Featuring Emerging & Rising Artists
Hero Complex Gallery is pleased to present the official artist list and a few previews for our favorite yearly show!
tonight at @ABC with their second holiday special! This year’s christmas is all about dinosaurs and looks great. Now you may think … ehh saw the movie and they can’t surpass but I have to say that Pixar has gone out of their way to create not only a cohesive design, story and look but also make sure it’s captured the heart of fans with a core toy love for fans of the films.
I saw the special last year and it was not only good but danged scary so have high hopes for the latest (destined to be a holiday classic) 30 minute toon. If you don’t believe check out my interviews with cast and creative team on @youtube at San Diego Comic Con 2014 #SDCC
Geeking Out: Comic Con Interview w/Kristen Schaal the Toy Story That Time Forgot on @ABCNetwork tonight 8PM youtu.be/Qweio623UZ0
@cherry_LA: Geeking Out: Comic Con Interview w/Galyn Susman & Steve Purcell Toy Story That Time Forgot http://t.co/HNJErCm04C
Spooky! It was so exciting to talk with them and learn a few hint about tonight’s special. It should be a bootacular holiday special!
I can’t overstate how much I loved the Berenstain Bears books as a kid—my mom would always buy us a new book to add to our collection for every special occasion. So I’m incredibly excited to announce that today’s Free Fridays selection is The Berenstain Bears and the G-Rex Bones.
There are very few things that get a kid’s attention like dinosaurs. Those prehistoric beasts make their imaginations run wild. The Berenstain cubs are no different, so when they find out that someone’s stolen genuine fossils from the museum, they are eager to take the case. With the help of Professor Actual Factual, the bears set out to track down the missing fossils and return them to the collection, where everyone will have a chance to enjoy them.
NOOK owners are a smart bunch, so I’m confident that today’s Free Fridays app selection, Word Race by Agile Fusion, will be a hit.
The concept is quite simple—you’re at the helm of a ship that’s navigating treacherous waters, and the only way to get your vessel moving is by creating the longest possible word out of the letters scrambled before you. Your ship will be propelled forward with each new word, and the longer the word, the farther it will move you ahead of the other ships that stand in your way. I loved the satisfaction of finding an impressively long word hidden among the letters, and watching my boat sail past the competition!
Once you’ve put your lexicological skills to the test with Word Race, there are dozens of other challenging apps from Agile Fusion in the NOOK Store for you to master.
Free Fridays Recommends
Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Mike Berenstain, the authors’ son who has also written books for the Berenstain Bears series, recommends:
This charming fantasy and its sequels were among my favorites growing up. Not only did they reveal the wonders of such fascinating realms as Tangerina, Popsicornia and Nevergreen City but introduced one of the most whimsically named literary protagonists, Elmer Elevator. Of great interest for me, too, is the fact that they were created by a daughter/mother writing and illustrating team, foreshadowing my own decades-long collaboration with my parents, Stan and Jan.