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Jul 30, 2018, 11:26am Top

Hold on to your butts—it's time for another LibraryThing Movie Night!

Next Wednesday, Aug. 8th, 9pm EDT (US) join us right here on Talk to discuss the 1993 film adaptation of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.

There's no time like the summer time for a dinosaur-packed adventure, so whether you've seen it once (or thrice before), or this will be your first viewing, we hope you'll join us! Jurassic Park is streaming on Netflix in the US (among other countries), or you can rent it on Amazon, Google, iTunes, and even YouTube.

Please keep this thread spoiler-free until movie night! When in doubt, use the spoiler tag.

In case you've been hiding under a fossilized rock for the last 20+ years, here's the original trailer.

Full details are on the blog.

Jul 30, 2018, 11:59am Top

Screen Rant: Jurassic Park Pitch Meeting

(This link has spoilers and sarcasm.)

Edited: Jul 30, 2018, 1:38pm Top

>2 cpg: Amazing. (ETA: The climbing down the tree scene always really bothered me.)

Jul 30, 2018, 2:53pm Top

The actress who played Lex actually quit acting after that movie. Still gets recognized though.

Jul 30, 2018, 3:05pm Top

I love this movie -- unrealistic or otherwise. In fact, I've probably watched the first 3 JP movies (they make good background noise when I'm cooking or sewing) a dozen times each. They sort of fit in with my love of the Die Hard movies.

P.S. The scene with Tim and Lex in the car with the T-Rex above them? The animatronic T-Rex went crazy and broke the glass. The screams were real.

Jul 30, 2018, 4:02pm Top

>5 lesmel: Re: the spoiler—I heard about that! How terrifying! You'd think somebody would have learned something about animatronics + water = NO after Jaws... Then again, I think they blamed the salt water specifically for that one.

Jul 30, 2018, 6:18pm Top

This movie is awesome! I don't know why exactly but every time I watch it I'm right there in it with them, on the edge of my seat, and also smugly thinging: "I read this book way before the movie came out."

Jul 31, 2018, 5:09am Top

They do give Dr Malcolm some of the better snarky lines. I won't quote them here... until after movie night. :)

Jul 31, 2018, 12:52pm Top

>8 gilroy: While not the best line, my favorite Dr. Malcolm line: Please. Chance it

Jul 31, 2018, 1:16pm Top

>9 lesmel: Oh, mine has more snark to it. :) When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Jul 31, 2018, 1:38pm Top

>9 lesmel: and >10 gilroy: Snort. My husband just quoted him the other day, "Ah, now eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour?" He's got some good ones.

Jul 31, 2018, 1:43pm Top

>8 gilroy: I quote Malcolm at my SO all the time "your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should," is a frequent mantra in our house.

Jul 31, 2018, 3:35pm Top

Just weird timing -- the movies (at least 1 and 2) were on last night...no idea what channel. I just happened to spot them while flipping through.

Jul 31, 2018, 4:09pm Top

>13 lesmel: Jurassic Park is having a bit of a moment (especially the first 2-3 films) right now, I think, given the fairly recent disappointment of the latest Jurassic World installment (but also marketing).

Aug 1, 2018, 9:41am Top

Also the 25th anniversary of the release of the movie was in June of this year.

Aug 1, 2018, 11:57am Top

>15 norabelle414: Wow, am I that old already? Crazy.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 11:08am Top

Today's the day! Reminder to set your watches for 9pm EDT for Jurassic Park viewing/discussion.

I'll be here, along with at least 3 other LT staff members (one of whom will be watching Jurassic Park for the very first time!!!), and we're all pretty hyped—every time we mention JP in staff chat, at least one of us has to say "hold on to your butts".

Aug 8, 2018, 11:32am Top

>17 lorannen: Wha?!? First timer?!? Woot Woot!

Aug 8, 2018, 11:33am Top

>17 lorannen: *pouts* I can't stay up that late and still get to work on time. Dang it!

Aug 8, 2018, 11:37am Top

>19 gilroy: I'm gonna break lights out curfew (my own) to watch. The furkids will watch me with ill-disguised disappointment. It will be epic. Unless I fall asleep on the couch. Then it will be typical. lol

Aug 8, 2018, 8:01pm Top

I'm in. I love this movie.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 8:56pm Top

Netflix is set and ready to go! Too hot for popcorn over here, though—Melona bars all the way.

It's been maybe five years since the last time I saw this movie? It's a modern classic, imho.

Aug 8, 2018, 8:56pm Top

4 mins! I am trying to decide if I should have a cocktail. It is too late to make popcorn.

Aug 8, 2018, 8:57pm Top

>22 lorannen: Definitely should have a cocktail—I'm on west coast time, so dinner + cocktails will be after the show for me.

Aug 8, 2018, 8:58pm Top

>23 lesmel: Affirmative over here, Manhattans on my end and ready for some clever girls!

Aug 8, 2018, 8:59pm Top

Anyone else remember the Weird Al song? Dating myself a bit here, but my parents wouldn't let me go see JP in theaters. Of course, after this song came out, I wanted nothing more than to see this movie.

Aug 8, 2018, 8:59pm Top

There was a Weird Al song?!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:00pm Top

I have wine.


Aug 8, 2018, 9:00pm Top

>26 lorannen: Wow. Never have I ever seen that before. Amazing.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:00pm Top

Here we gooo!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:00pm Top

Hold on to your butts! It's showtime!

>27 lesmel: Yes! Completely unaffiliated with the actual movie. Catchy as heck, though.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:02pm Top

You can tell from the jump that this is a Spielberg flick—the opening sequence reminds me a lot of the opening of E.T.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:02pm Top

The first time I watched this movie (I don't remember how old I was), this opening scene scared the bajeezus out of me...

Aug 8, 2018, 9:02pm Top

>32 lorannen: Ooh, good observation. Yeah, def reminiscent of E.T.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:06pm Top

FWIW, I would have cut the beginning scene. But it was required I'm sure.

It does, however, highlight all the supporting people—many of them speaking Spanish, because it's set in Costa Rica. They utterly vanish in the critical park of the movie. The theory is that they all left for the mainland, but that's insane.

The second scene should have been the first.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:05pm Top

>35 timspalding: Yeah, that doesn't make any sense. Somehow all the support staff disappear when the first beta testers arrive?

Aug 8, 2018, 9:05pm Top

I think it was at least five viewings before I stopped freaking out over the opening scene.

And can I just say it took forever for me to figure out what the guy says in Spanish as Genero is on the raft.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:05pm Top

>35 timspalding: I never made the connection between the opening scene and the rest of the movie, when I was young. It is rather disconnected.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:06pm Top

DR. GRANT. This movie made me want to be a paleontologist for a few years. I was already the kid correcting her teachers on dinosaur name pronunciation.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:07pm Top

Computerphobia is no longer acceptable in middle-aged men. That is all I have to say.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:07pm Top

>36 lorannen: hurricane

Aug 8, 2018, 9:07pm Top

>39 lorannen: LOVE Sam Neill's entrance into the movie.

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Aug 8, 2018, 9:07pm Top

>41 lesmel: Riiiiiight. Totally forgot that plot point.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:07pm Top

This raptor claw scene is one of my faves.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:08pm Top

The movie, like the book (but less so), makes a lot of sideways references to The Dinosaur Heresies.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:08pm Top

>46 timspalding: Whelp, wishlisting now...

Aug 8, 2018, 9:08pm Top

First time ever, I heard Grant say "Cretaceous Period" in his scare the kid speech!!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:09pm Top

"You are alive when they start to eat you." ahaha

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:10pm Top

This relationship (Satler/Grant) always annoyed me as a deviation from the book.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:10pm Top

"Babies smell"—true fact. As an adult, I can now appreciate Grant's "no thanks, PASS" approach to parenting.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:10pm Top

"They smell." Indeed they do. Liam does, anyway.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:10pm Top

>50 lesmel: Oh, do tell. I've actually never read the book!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:11pm Top

If this movie were done today, John Hammond would be a young guy. Old CEOs are uncool, probably don't exist anymore.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:12pm Top

>53 lorannen: Satler is engaged to a Fed. Which shows back up in JP3 as a marriage.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:11pm Top

John Hammond is so charming as a character, but I've grown to really not appreciate him through his actions, over the years.... he's really kind of a greedy, rich jerk!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:12pm Top


(This is the game where we announce computer sightings, right?)

I had that grey laptop.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:13pm Top

Oh sure, just a nice lovely weekend getaway...

Aug 8, 2018, 9:14pm Top

>57 timspalding: Um, sure? I'm not gonna be much help, here. But sure.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:15pm Top

I really want a gladstone bag like the shady guy Dodson has.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:14pm Top

>57 timspalding: If the game includes shots...we are all screwed. lol

Aug 8, 2018, 9:14pm Top

I give you… the true hero of the film, Dennis Nedry.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:14pm Top

>60 lorannen: Is that what the bag is called?!? I LOVE that bag!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:15pm Top

>60 lorannen: and >63 lesmel: sammeee here!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:15pm Top

MALCOLM! Woot woot!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:15pm Top

>62 timspalding: Yep! A term I learned from reading!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:15pm Top

Ah, Dr. Malcolm.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:16pm Top

>65 lesmel: That GRIN.

"Deplorable excess of personality" is RIGHT.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:16pm Top

Phase space?

Aug 8, 2018, 9:17pm Top

Real question, though, is Dr. Malcolm the reason Chaos Theory as a field exists in our cultural consciousness today? I grew up with this movie, so I can't tell.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:17pm Top

Oh, Kauai, I've wanted to go there since this movie! Still on my bucket list.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:17pm Top

>70 lorannen: Ooh, I don't think so. There's so many other reasons for it to exist, I think.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:18pm Top

Ok. Upcoming scene is about the ONLY time I get this desperate wish dinos (the veggie-sauruses) were alive.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:18pm Top

I want a hiking cane with an ancient mosquito stuck in some ancient sap/amber.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:19pm Top

>73 lesmel: I'm with you, there. But I'm also impressed with the "clever girls" scene.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:19pm Top

Random pink-shirted workers, who go away.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:20pm Top

>72 kristilabrie: Exist, yes...but as a cultural reference? The only other time I've seen any non-science reference to Chaos Theory is Criminal Minds, I thnk.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:21pm Top

I still get chills during this sequence, in part because of dinos, in part because of the score—my concert band got to play it and it was excellent.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:21pm Top

Longtime Goldblum groupies, I now understand.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:21pm Top

The dinosaur-spotting scene gives me a shiver every time. Every time.

Dinosaur Heresies check.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:22pm Top

Wow, so long since i've seen this! Don't even remember that beginning. Fun!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:22pm Top

Hrm. I think my dog stole my crackers. That was my movie snack!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:23pm Top

>82 lesmel: Oh. Wait. Ha! I put them in the fridge for some reason. LOL

Aug 8, 2018, 9:23pm Top

After seeing one dinosaur, we see a while bunch at the lake--one type never seen again. Shiver.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:23pm Top

Fashion note: this is also the perfect time to be watching/re-watching, because the wardrobe worn by the cast here is cool again.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:24pm Top

>77 lesmel: I can't think of exact references, but there is enough discussion of this, I just can't believe this is the only cultural reference. The Butterfly Effect, for example, is a part of the chaos theory...

Aug 8, 2018, 9:24pm Top

>84 lesmel: That's where keys belong, not crackers!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:24pm Top

>87 kristilabrie: Another good movie! But not nearly as big a hit as this one.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:25pm Top

The "I have lines" bit. — Fragility of technology theme here, as in helicopter. The movie doesn't waste a second.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:26pm Top

The educational video was hokey then—a little dated. It's prehistoric now.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:27pm Top

I LOVE the educational video. Nostalgic. It's a "so bad it's good" thing.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:28pm Top

Coming in a bit late, but thought I'd get it going, but I can't find it on Netflix. It's bringing up a bunch of related titles, but not the original. :-( Have fun, everyone!

ETA: Are different shows available in different countries? I'm in Canada.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:28pm Top

"Thinkin' Machine Supercomputers"! Man, I remember being excited by those. Parallel processing!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:28pm Top

>93 LibraryCin: Are you running a search for it, too? Odd... are you non-US? Perhaps it's not in non-US. (If so, major bummer!)

Aug 8, 2018, 9:28pm Top

"Are these character… autoerotica?" A favorite line.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:28pm Top

>93 LibraryCin: It's there for US customers! It's how I'm watching it.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:28pm Top

This hatching scene also one of my faves.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:28pm Top

>93 LibraryCin: Bummer! You're in Canada, yeah? This might help find an alternate platform? https://decider.com/movie/jurassic-park/

Aug 8, 2018, 9:29pm Top

The boat for the mainland will be leaving and taking everyone with it

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:31pm Top

>95 kristilabrie: Yeah, I just edited my comment asking if it might be different in different countries. I'm in Canada. Yeah, I searched for the exact title and it just wanted to give me related titles.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:29pm Top

“Where do you get 100 million year old dinosaur blood?”
From a hundred million year old mosquito, of course.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:29pm Top

>93 LibraryCin: Ah, see your note now. Yeah, Netflix (and all platforms, basically) has to negotiate streaming rights within each individual country, and it frequently differs. I can get some of my favorite shows when I travel to Europe that I can't get here in the US (and vice versa), for example.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:30pm Top

BD Wong! An underrated favorite of mine.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:30pm Top

I love the JP rant in >2 cpg:, explaining Hammond's schedule according to what he says he does. So funny.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:30pm Top

>104 lorannen: I'm with you!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:31pm Top

Life will not be contained!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:31pm Top

>98 kristilabrie: Only time I get all gooey about the raptors.

I wish Henry Wu had a bigger part in this movie; but if he had the same fate as the book...the rest of the movies wouldn't exist with him

Aug 8, 2018, 9:31pm Top

"Life—uh, finds a way" DRINK!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:32pm Top

By the way, it's been known that reptiles & amphibians can change their sex to reproduce asexually for some time....but whatever.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:32pm Top

One of my favorite behind-the-scenes spots involved how they made the dinosaur sounds I don't remember many specifics about it other than the T. rex involved a dumpster/trash compactor in its production.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:32pm Top

Hammond's "feeding them" FREAKS ME OUT EVERY TIME. Hello, psychopath...or is that sociopath?

Aug 8, 2018, 9:32pm Top

>99 lorannen: Thanks for the extra options. Looks like the few I'm trying want me to pay. Oh, well. I've seen it (wayyyy back when it was in theatres!)... probably saw it a few times, actually. Would have been fun to watch again. Maybe next time I'll be able to join in.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:33pm Top

>109 lorannen: Uh-oh! :-p

Aug 8, 2018, 9:33pm Top

>110 kristilabrie: RIGHT?!? Those scientists would KNOW that. Ugh

Aug 8, 2018, 9:34pm Top

>113 LibraryCin: Sorry we're missing you this time around—it's hard for us to verify Netflix availability in all countries (it varies wildly and changes often). I'll try to make sure our next pick is one that's up on Netflix in Canada, too.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:35pm Top

>112 lesmel:

He's watching them. But I wouldn't say he's a psychopath. He's watching them because deep down he's an entertainer--he wants to see the effect. IMHO.

What's the great white hunter's accent? Is he supposed to be South African?

Aug 8, 2018, 9:35pm Top

Death by PowerPoint...even in a supersuper sci-fi dino park.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:35pm Top

I've wanted a pair of Malcolm's frames ever since I laid my eyes on them (pun intended).

Aug 8, 2018, 9:36pm Top

Damn it, I agree with Dr. Malcolm.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:36pm Top

Aug 8, 2018, 9:36pm Top

One of my favorite quotes from the movie (which research reveals is also in the book): "your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should."

Aug 8, 2018, 9:37pm Top

>117 timspalding: Supposedly the head dude at the "game park in Kenya" but I swear the book says he's Australian. Muldoon...Scots?

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:39pm Top

>123 lesmel: He's always sounded Australian/Kiwi to me (there is a difference between the two, but it's hard to tell with his dialogue in the movie). Though, I guess South African could loosely apply..

Aug 8, 2018, 9:39pm Top

"An interactive CD-ROM!"

Aug 8, 2018, 9:40pm Top

I LOVE the dynamic between Tim and Dr. Grant in this movie.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:40pm Top

Note the blue bandana on the kid. Echo of Dr. Grant.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:40pm Top


Aug 8, 2018, 9:41pm Top

>127 timspalding: Oh, Tim is totally a lil' Dr. Grant cosplayer. It's precious.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:41pm Top

My teacher told me about this book by a guy named Bakker (Dinosaur Heresies)

Aug 8, 2018, 9:41pm Top

Hold onto your butts!!!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:42pm Top

>130 timspalding: This is a book I completely missed. I'm enjoying you calling out the name/idea dropping at every turn.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:42pm Top

"God help us, we're in the hand of engineers."

Aug 8, 2018, 9:42pm Top

I just don't know why they didn't get David Attenborough to narrate the park tours.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:43pm Top

“I’m gonna ride with, uh, Dr Sattler.” 😏

Aug 8, 2018, 9:43pm Top

>134 lorannen: What?! That idea is killing me rn. How have I never thought of that.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:43pm Top

Muldoon was played..

THE LINE! hold on to yer butts...

Muldoon was played by Bob Peck. English actor. Fandom wiki says book Muldoon was from Nairobi. But..."The film's script described him as being "grim-faced, fortyish and British; someone whose voice commanded attention."

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:43pm Top

Ha. "The voice you are hearing is Richard Kiley."

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:45pm Top

He's drinking Jolt! Does Jolt! still exist?

God, I love the Nedry dialogue.

Who's the black and white photo on his monitor? Familiar but I can't place him.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:45pm Top

>134 lorannen: ALWAYS wondered that.

OH OH FAVORITE LINE! "Dinosaurus eat man. Woman inherita the earth..."

Aug 8, 2018, 9:46pm Top

"Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth."

Aug 8, 2018, 9:47pm Top

>140 lesmel: and >141 timspalding: Beat me to it. ;)

Aug 8, 2018, 9:47pm Top

All the major characters wear watches.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:49pm Top

More pink shirts!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:49pm Top

>142 lesmel:


"See I'm here now by myself, talking to myself." The vague ridiculousness of the wooing man.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:50pm Top

Checkhov's shaving cream.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:50pm Top

"His book was A LOT fatter than yours..."

"Yours was fully illustrated..."

:) :) :)

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 9:50pm Top

The OTHER scene that makes me wish dinos were alive.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:50pm Top

Macintosh Quadra 700!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:50pm Top

>149 lesmel: I forgot about this, yes! Minus the poop, of course.

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>152 timspalding: Ahhh, my favorite.

Also, what kind of veterinarian wouldn't check their patient's eyes like, first thing?

Aug 8, 2018, 9:52pm Top

>152 timspalding: bahahahaha. wow. I can't unsee that.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:52pm Top

>153 lorannen: Right? Let's ask miketopper.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:52pm Top

>151 kristilabrie: Oh c'mon. What's a lot of poo for a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:53pm Top

>152 timspalding: Bwahahahahahaha

Aug 8, 2018, 9:54pm Top

I like how we see Dr. Sattler being dedicated and smart.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:54pm Top

>156 lesmel: I mean, I tolerated being pooped on by a million seabirds for a summer on a seabird restoration island (we actually had to buy a "poop coat")... so I don't really have much to argue with that!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:54pm Top

>158 timspalding: Amen, brother!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:56pm Top

Hypercard code?

Aug 8, 2018, 9:56pm Top

>159 kristilabrie: Can you imagine explaining your job on the set? "Yeah, so, I made dino poop piles."

Aug 8, 2018, 9:56pm Top

>116 lorannen: No worries! Depending on day/time, how busy I am, it doesn't always work out, anyway! Hard to pick something that's going to be available everywhere!

Aug 8, 2018, 9:58pm Top

"Metriacanthosaurus"—not shown.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:58pm Top

I saw this in theaters when it came out in 3D. It was awful. Nearly ruined the whole movie for me.

Aug 8, 2018, 9:59pm Top

>162 lesmel: ahahaha. "It was a real shit job."

Aug 8, 2018, 9:59pm Top

>164 timspalding: And it IS a Jurassic dino!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:00pm Top

>165 lesmel: Oh my goodness I can't imagine how bad 1993 3-D was. I don't even like 2018 3-D that much.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:00pm Top

My sisters and I used to do the finger wag "you didn't say the magic word" thing at each other all the time and it drove our parents bonkers.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:02pm Top

"Are they heavy?" "Then they're expensive."

Good rule.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:03pm Top

The glass of water. Spielberg is such a genius.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:03pm Top

Well. This was a few years ago. It was "remastered" in 3D. Muldoon's gun is cut off in the raptor hunt scene

Aug 8, 2018, 10:04pm Top

>170 timspalding: Always.

"When you gotta go, you gotta go." You can't argue with that.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:04pm Top

This movie has a lot of cliche wisdom lines.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:04pm Top

I feel like if the TRex or the raptors had been left "jaws style" this movie would have been SO MUCH scarier!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:05pm Top

>170 timspalding: Based on our jungle tour this spring, can confirm this is definitely true of binoculars.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:05pm Top

T-rex is like 50% larger than he should be, right?

The whole vision-is-based on movement thing is a total guess.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:05pm Top

I have NEVER understood the flashlight-wielding insanity of these children...it's such common sense that you wouldn't do that.... why?!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:05pm Top

My only complaint here is that the T. rex didn't turn the side of its head toward the door immediately when Tim shut it, instead of the front. #nitpick

Aug 8, 2018, 10:06pm Top

>177 timspalding: I think you're right.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:07pm Top

The roof glass is too much.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:07pm Top

>181 timspalding: The drowning in mud was too much!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:09pm Top

>181 timspalding: and >183 lorannen: The next scene is too much, IMHO...

Aug 8, 2018, 10:10pm Top

>177 timspalding: My favorite "things we've learned about dinosaurs since 1993" bit is probably T. rex's gastralia, which fully changes the silhouette of my favorite murderbird.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:10pm Top

2 million lines of code seems low, tbh.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:10pm Top

Such a good action sequence.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:12pm Top

Nedry is all of us, when we're in a hole.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:13pm Top

WHAT about that scaly little face says "I play fetch"?

Aug 8, 2018, 10:13pm Top

He's like my dad with the dog we used to have. "I have no food!" (When dog just wanted to be petted.)

Aug 8, 2018, 10:14pm Top

>188 timspalding: I'm not sure I agree, here. He should know how dangerous these dinosaurs are, and he's talking down to them like a dumb, complacent dog? Meh. I don't feel bad for him.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:14pm Top

Dogs =/= dinosaurs.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:15pm Top

There goes one of the great characters of film history…

Aug 8, 2018, 10:15pm Top

>184 kristilabrie: Here's the scene I'm talking about...

Aug 8, 2018, 10:16pm Top

Oh hey, that looks like a baby dinosaur! In the wild! 🤔

Aug 8, 2018, 10:16pm Top

"I threw up" is the most realistic line.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:18pm Top

Damn it, people. Get out of the WAY of the car.

Buster Keaton check…

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 10:21pm Top

Dr. Malcolm's shirt has certainly become very conveniently unbuttoned only down to the waist, yet remains tucked in.

The wardrobe physics in this movie entertain me. Later on, Dr. Sattler's shirt manages to stay tied in a knot during the velociraptor chase, when I can't get my shirt to stay for five minutes while sitting still.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:20pm Top

@ 10:14 why cant i see anymore messages

Aug 8, 2018, 10:21pm Top

>199 joycenclyde2:

Refresh the whole page.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:21pm Top

"Objects in mirror are closer than they appear."

Aug 8, 2018, 10:21pm Top

>201 kristilabrie: One of my favorite jokes!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:21pm Top

There's a little bit of a bad edit when they return to the car.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:22pm Top


Aug 8, 2018, 10:22pm Top

Okay, okay, scene #3 why I wouldn't hate having dinosaurs around today.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:23pm Top

This movie doesn't waste a line.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:23pm Top


Aug 8, 2018, 10:24pm Top

I am HERE for Tim's dinosaur puns.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:24pm Top

>208 lorannen: You know I am.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:25pm Top

Velociraptor forshadowing…

Aug 8, 2018, 10:25pm Top

I'm late, but looking forward to watching along. What's the time code most everyone is on?

Aug 8, 2018, 10:25pm Top

>201 kristilabrie: biggest laugh from me yet 😂

Aug 8, 2018, 10:25pm Top

I love the merchandising commentary in a movie that is ALL ABOUT the merchandising.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:26pm Top


Aug 8, 2018, 10:26pm Top

40:30 left

Aug 8, 2018, 10:26pm Top

>211 trav: I'm at 1:26 in at this point.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:26pm Top

>211 trav: We all pretty much started at 9pm EDT. So, 86 mins?

Aug 8, 2018, 10:26pm Top

thank you.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:26pm Top

>211 trav: I’m at 1:23 but a bit behind the others

Aug 8, 2018, 10:27pm Top

I saw an actual, honest-to-goodness (or, as honest as flea circuses are) flea circus at the airport a few months ago. It was... something.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:28pm Top

Oh, "You never had control, that's the illusion!" So good.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:28pm Top

Aug 8, 2018, 10:28pm Top

I wish I had some ice cream.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:28pm Top

>220 lorannen: Wow. I wish you had video.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:29pm Top

"Spared no expense."

Except on the computer programmer! If you just hadn't been cheap with the computer programmer, everything would be fine!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:29pm Top

And now the ultimate kid scene...makes me gag EVERY TIME

Aug 8, 2018, 10:30pm Top

"I'm not letting go!" You are up a tree and have nothing to brace against.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:30pm Top

Mantatory gross-out scene.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:30pm Top

>226 lesmel: My reaction is very much like Lex's. And yeah, I would sit in my room and play on my computer.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:30pm Top

>225 timspalding: I mean, you're mostly not wrong there. But do you really think if he'd been paid more, he wouldn't have done what he did, given the opportunity?

Aug 8, 2018, 10:31pm Top

She stays in her room and plays on her computer.

Second character I identify with. :)

Aug 8, 2018, 10:33pm Top

The line! The line!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:34pm Top

There's a great scene in the book where someone thinks the dinosaurs are breeding. So they count the dinosaurs with special cameras. (That this could be done is a problem.) They're supposed to have 280 dinosaurs (or whatever). They have 280 dinosaurs. Then someone has the bright idea: "But the program wasn't designed to see if there were extra dinosaurs. It's counting up to 280." So they find the code and they see that it counts up to the maximum. So they raise it to 281. And… 281. So they set it to 500 and it goes up and up and up.

Anyway, struck and stikes me as very true to how code works.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:34pm Top

Also, why are the breakers on the opposite end of the compound from the computers? I always wondered that.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 10:35pm Top

Who puts the CRITICAL breakers across the compound from the main buildings?!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:35pm Top

>233 timspalding: Oooh, never caught that before. Scary!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:35pm Top

>235 lesmel: EXACTLY.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:35pm Top

This CGI was so revolutionary when it came out.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:36pm Top

Always lol at "the pirates don't eat the tourists" line.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:37pm Top

Pirates of the Caribbean line before there were movies.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:37pm Top

Girl power, Ellie!!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:38pm Top

It ought to be him going because IT'S HIS FAULT.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:38pm Top

I would also be taking on a LOT more ammunition if I was heading out to face some dinosaurs on the loose.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:39pm Top

Go Dr. Sattler, go Dr., go!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:39pm Top

Ok. Ellie was THERE when Grant did his scare the kid speech. Why doesn't she warn Muldoon they are gonna come at him from the sides?

Aug 8, 2018, 10:40pm Top

She needs her own gun.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:40pm Top

“If the pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists”

Aug 8, 2018, 10:41pm Top

>245 lesmel: Muldoon probably already knows? Also, kind of short on time?

Grant's spoof of the fence is very much a my dad move. I appreciate it still.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:41pm Top

>240 timspalding: I was going to check that!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:41pm Top

I love the interplay of Hammond and Dr. Malcolm over the schematic.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:42pm Top

>248 lorannen: Love that moment for my dad, as well.

>250 timspalding: Agreed.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:44pm Top

The fake “I’m being electrocuted” thing is not cools

Aug 8, 2018, 10:45pm Top

I never understood the ankle-dragging move of Sattler... was she injured? I didn't see it.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:45pm Top

Aug 8, 2018, 10:45pm Top

I found Timmy's non-death unbelievable when I saw it, but I'm not so sure now.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:46pm Top

>253 kristilabrie: I'm guessing so? That or the cord was partially wrapped around her leg.

>255 timspalding: How so?

Aug 8, 2018, 10:47pm Top

>253 kristilabrie: It's a cut scene. She trips on the stairs or something like that in the book.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:47pm Top

Who was supposed to clean up all this food?!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:48pm Top

If I had just been through what they'd been through, I'd be ploughing through those desserts the same way.

Related: love the jiggling Jello in the spoon before the velociraptors come in.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:48pm Top

>257 lesmel: ahhh, thanks for clearing that up!

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 10:50pm Top

I just love how they film the jello screne. He's normal then he looks scared. But he's not scared because of a dinosaur. He's looking at her. Then we see her, and she's REALLY scared. Perfect.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:51pm Top

I nearly had a heart attack the first time I saw her stuck in the cabinet/whatever you call it, before I realized it was just the reflection. Well played.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:53pm Top

Fragility of technology—the door locks!

Aug 8, 2018, 10:53pm Top

>262 kristilabrie: SAME.

Computerized locks only are a BAD idea.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:53pm Top

Why, why, why doesn't Tim grab the gun for them before he runs to his sister....whyyyy

Aug 8, 2018, 10:53pm Top

"It's a UNIX system. I know this!"

Aug 8, 2018, 10:53pm Top

USR...as in user? I always thought it was a subtly placed USRobotics ad placement.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:54pm Top

Aug 8, 2018, 10:54pm Top

That's one heck of a file system there.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:55pm Top

I always thought the ceiling screens with GATC over and over were a nice touch.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:56pm Top

I'm not sure why they go down--they should go back into the ducts.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:58pm Top

>271 timspalding: To catch the helicopter only, I think.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:59pm Top

I just know I had a picture book with a velociraptor attacking a t-rex just that way.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:59pm Top

The banner is so good.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:59pm Top

I've always wondered when the T-Rex learned to tip toe.... coming out of no where like that.

Aug 8, 2018, 10:59pm Top

See? Kids are good.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:00pm Top

And cut to the scientific linkage from dinosaurs to the modern world....

Aug 8, 2018, 11:00pm Top

Laura Dern's hair is unrealistically washed and glossy.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:00pm Top

>275 trav: Oh yeah. They totally didn't notice the T. rex sneaking up on them, like it does, you know?

Aug 8, 2018, 11:01pm Top

Everyone in that movie should be so sweaty and gross...

Aug 8, 2018, 11:02pm Top

Asked what he was writing, when he was writing the novel, Crichton allegedly said "I'm writing the most expensive movie ever."

Aug 8, 2018, 11:03pm Top

I love this movie so much. My son and I saw it a month or so ago. He then wanted to see 2 and then 3. They are SO much worse. So much. (The glass breaking in 2 is good, though.)

Aug 8, 2018, 11:03pm Top

Ok. The biggest divergence from the book to the film, IMHO, is Hammond. There's a lot of changes from book to film; but this one sticks out badly. In fact, I didn't like the movie initially because of this change.

Hammond in the book is not a nice man. He's a slick shyster that doesn't like his grandkids. He also is a penny-pinching schmo that lies every time he says "spared no expense." And he dies in the book. A well-deserved death, too.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:04pm Top

I remember reading in Chip Kidd's Book One about Crichton not being a fan of the now-iconic skeletal logo.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:05pm Top

I love to look at the names in the credits as a representation of the amazing size and diversity of talent that goes into such things. Hollywood--the staff--is a fantastically diverse place now. Less so when Jurassic Park was made.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 11:09pm Top

I don't recall the book that well. But his his death is memorable. Those tiny dinosaurs are used in Jurassic Park II.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:07pm Top

>282 timspalding: I like 2 for the rolicking adventure film it is. It is good, brainless entertainment. 3 is a hot mess. Téa Leoni deserves a Scream Queen award for the film.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 11:10pm Top

Well, this was fun! If I hadn't seen it so recently, I wouldn't have typed so much, and NEVER first time seeing a film.

>287 lesmel:

You'd think a movie with both Jeff Goldblum AND Julianne Moore would better.

Edited: Aug 8, 2018, 11:08pm Top

Hah. My dog promptly fetched his dinosaur-shaped bone (Stegosaurus, I believe) as soon as I left the movie. He's doing his part to keep us safe.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:08pm Top

Aug 8, 2018, 11:11pm Top

This was great! Folks who got a later start or were busy tonight, feel free to join in any time!

Aug 8, 2018, 11:14pm Top

Anyone else watch, but not type? (Watching and typing is a bit of an art.)

Aug 8, 2018, 11:14pm Top

>288 timspalding: The writers make JM's character TSTL. What expert in predators would wear a bloody jacket through a jungle KNOWING they had probably disrupted the T Rex's territory

As long as I maintain the "brainless summer fun" attitude, I'm good with the movie.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:15pm Top

>289 kristilabrie: LOVE that!!

Aug 8, 2018, 11:17pm Top

My furkids have abandoned me in favor of the bedroom. I am pretty sure that is an unsubtle hint.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:21pm Top

>295 lesmel:


Aug 8, 2018, 11:21pm Top

This was fun. Thank you for organizing. Wish I'd been on time so I could've enjoyed the whole evening. That's such a fun movie.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:21pm Top

One of the resident furballs doesn't care what I do, so long as I remember to feed her. The other one did not like TV shouting and kept demanding treats be dispensed as compensation.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:23pm Top

>292 timspalding: Too difficult to type on my tablet but I was here for the whole thing.

We used to have the Jurassic Park SuperNintendo game. The children never got all the way through. I still hold the record for getting into all the buildings and going through the ship to collect all the necessary items to escape the island. The velociraptors were clunky but could kill you and the T rex swallowed you whole.

Aug 8, 2018, 11:30pm Top

>299 Taphophile13:

Glad to hear you were here.

Aug 9, 2018, 12:24am Top

I wasn't watching the movie, but since I've seen it enough times, I just dropped in now and then to read your comments. It was like I was right there. :-)

Aug 9, 2018, 12:24am Top


Aug 9, 2018, 7:22am Top

>26 lorannen: Wow. Someone referenced the Weird Al song.

I think I'll faint now. :)

Aug 9, 2018, 7:45am Top

Didn't watch the movie but enjoyed reading the comments. Serious flashbacks. The glass of water!

Aug 9, 2018, 8:50am Top

Our daughter, who has recently graduated from college and has been visiting for a few days, suggested last night that we watch Jusassic Park. Odd timing!

Anyway, if anyone’s interested there’s a new book on the latest understanding of dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs: A New History of A Lost World. And yes, he references Jurassic Park.

Aug 9, 2018, 8:53am Top

The whole vision-is-based on movement thing is a total guess.

It's worst then that, it just doesn't make any sense. How can it avoid walking into trees if it can't see anything that doesn't move?

Aug 9, 2018, 9:08am Top

>306 jjwilson61: I remember reading somewhere that T rex depended on smell rather than vision. Remaining still simply decreases a predator's notice which may be why many prey animals freeze but it doesn't make them invisible.

Aug 9, 2018, 9:40am Top

>26 lorannen: That was...trippy! First time viewing of that song!

I wasn't able to watch with you all last night, but I did manage to read (and enjoy) the book in the last few years. When the movie first came out, my children were pretty young and we were very protective, so we didn't see it in theaters. Although, we did go to some sort of children's movie, and during the happy film, we could hear the roaring and screaming of Jurassic Park in the theater room next to ours. It was pretty funny.

When I finally did manage to watch Jurassic Park, it was late at night. I was by myself, everyone else at the other end of the house asleep. In the scene where the velociraptors were stalking the children in the dining hall, my Siamese cat suddenly banged against the outside door near me. Quite loudly. I jumped a mile!

Aug 9, 2018, 9:50am Top

>2 cpg: My son and I just watched Jurassic Park together recently. This morning, we watched this video. Enjoyed both highly! Kind of like Independence Day, I enjoy this movie almost because of all the inaccuracies and unbelievable plot points, rather than despite them.

Aug 9, 2018, 11:17am Top

I mean to do this last night, but was so enrapt with the movie, I forgot:

Vote: Show of hands: who here has read the book?

Current tally: Yes 17, No 6

>305 theaelizabet: Thanks for the recommendation! Always need more dinosaur books.

>308 MrsLee: Clever kitty! Yeah, the claymation video is definitely, well, weird, for lack of a better term, but I was very into it as a kid. Alapalooza (the album this song came from) was the first album Weird Al released after I became aware of and hooked on his music. There are still a number of classic songs for which I don't know the real lyrics—just the parody.

>309 sturlington: I couldn't agree more!

Aug 9, 2018, 11:58am Top

>253 kristilabrie: >256 lorannen: She tripped over a log as she ran from the bunker, twisting her ankle when she fell. She's leaning against the fence just outside the bunker favoring her injured leg.

Aug 9, 2018, 1:35pm Top

Oh, thanks for that! Also lol to the favoring of the injured leg.

Aug 9, 2018, 9:59pm Top

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Aug 21, 2018, 1:25pm Top

What a nice get together idea. I did not attend to watch the movie unfortunately but read the book a couple of months ago and really enjoyed how different it was. It explained more details that left me curious from watching the movie. I didn’t like Jeff Goldblum’s character and always found him annoying but the book explained his reasons much better and I was quite intrigued.

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