Jurassic Park Earned Comparisons To Alien From British Censors When It Released

JP logoTwenty years ago, Steven Spielberg released a classic film that changed the course of big summer blockbusters. Jurassic Park combined thrilling action and compelling characters in a family-friendly summer movie. The movie was also a game changer in terms of visual effects, as it incorporated CGI with practical effects to bring to life its world of dinosaurs rampaging around an ill-fated theme park. While the film is a classic of modern cinema, Jurassic Park was, at times, seen as a film too frightening for little children. The film features a scene with a T-Rex eating a lawyer, so it’s safe to say that some very young children might be freaked out about the film.

As reported on Empire, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) recently revealed their rating and critique of Jurassic Park from 1993. While the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) might give a few reasons why a certain film received a rating, the British counterpart apparently adds in-depth analysis and criticism for any given film. One BBFC reviewer called Jurassic Park “a must-see film for families and children, with beautiful recreations of the dinosaurs, this does feature some scary moments particularly as the monsters are so real. There is a long build-up and it is really only in reel 4 that things hot [sic] up, when Laura Dern character asks where is the goat.”


Alien Miniatures Artist Shares Behind-The-Scenes Images From Ridley Scott’s Classic Film

Ridley Scott’s Alien is a classic of the genre, and a huge inspiration on damn near every science fiction film that followed it. It’s a film that hits every single note it strives for, from a tight, nerve-wracking script, to a top-notch cast, to amazing visual effects and model work. It’s that last element that we’re most interested in today, as Alien visual effects miniatures artist Jon Sorensen has shared a bounty of incredible behind-the-scenes images from Scott’s film. You’ll want to find a bib, because these babies are going to make some of you drool.



Guardians Of The Galaxy Director Says He Will Not Release Comic-Con Footage

james gunnIt’s strange to think that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has become one of the most anticipated comic book movies of 2014. Marvel Studios has a lot riding on the superhero space opera, so anything they can do to build anticipation and hype is a good thing for their bottom line. Director James Gunn built up plenty of hype when he shared early footage of the film with the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con. Unfortunately, Gunn says he has no plans to release the footage to the general public on the Internet.

The Guardians of the Galaxy footage has screened twice so far: once at San Diego Comic-Con and again for Disney’s D23 Expo. It showcases the entire lineup of the cosmic team of peacekeepers, including full CGI renderings of Rocket Raccoon and the treelike alien Groot. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista were also in full dress as Star-Lord, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer, respectively. Even John C. Reilly got in on the action as Rhomann Dey of the Nova Corps. With all the hype and good faith surrounding the footage, why doesn’t Gunn just release it to help build up excitement for Guardians of the Galaxy even more?


David Brin Poses The Question: What Is Science Fiction?

One of our primary areas of interest here at GFR is, obviously, science fiction. But just what is science fiction? Ask ten sci-fi fans and you’ll probably get ten different answers. I’ve suggested before that science fiction is fundamentally a literature of hope, because even if the future it envisions is a terrible one, its still suggests that our species will at least have a future. And as long as we haven’t driven ourselves to extinction, that means we can still make better choices and evolve and perhaps save ourselves from that impending doom. In the video above, writer David Brin presents an excellent breakdown of science fiction’s nature and evolution, and he touches on the concept I just explained. As he puts it, science fiction is about the notion that “children can learn from the mistakes of their parents.”


Star Wars Fan Replaces Emperor Palpatine’s Dialogue With Mark Hamill’s Joker

Actor Mark Hamill was one of Hollywood’s bright and shining stars in the late ’70s and early ’80s. His leading role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy was like a double-edged sword (or lightsaber). On one hand, Hamill gained celebrity and success, while on the other hand (or no hand), he was typecast, as casting directors couldn’t see him as anyone but Luke Skywalker. Nevertheless, Hamill found a new direction for his career as a voice actor in various animated series and video games over the years, such as The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. But his best-known animated role was lending the Joker a delightfully evil voice on Batman: The Animated Series.

A clever YouTube called Parry Hotter recently mashed up Hamill’s The Joker with Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, putting a new spin on the thrilling climax of Return of the Jedi. In this iteration, The Joker’s voice replaces Emperor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid), while The Dark Knight Rises‘ Bane (Tom Hardy) voices Darth Vader. The result is a strange melding of pop culture. It gets even stranger when Lando Calrissian’s assault on the Death Star and Han Solo’s infiltration of the Imperial base on the moon of Endor remain virtually unaffected.


The E-David Robot Can Forge A Painting Perfectly

DavidI think if we can all be objective about one thing, it’s that the enjoyment of art is subjective. Some people can sit in front of a painting for hours, appreciating it for far more than just the brush strokes it took to create it, while others think of art museums as the most boring places on Earth. But the e-David (Drawing Apparatus for Vivid Image Display) robot doesn’t need to value art, because it can duplicate it with near perfection. Luckily, it can’t lose one of its ears, since it doesn’t have any.

Created by researchers at Germany’s University of Konztanz, the e-David was once a normal welding robot until it was equipped with a camera, some sensors, and a computer programmed to “read” art and convert the image into a series of motions for the most part. The bot will photograph a painting and then attempt to replicate it by comparing the host image to the duplicate, making changes on the fly after determining whether areas are too dark or too light, or where more details are needed. It chooses from a variety of brushes and has a palette of 24 colors to choose from. It’s pretty astonishing, even though the device is still in its infancy.