Movies That Everyone Should See: “Jurassic Park”


For some unexplained reason, most children are fascinated by dinosaurs at some point. I’d be willing to wager that if we were to poll the citizens of the country under 7 years old, paleontologist would be the top answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Perhaps it’s the fact that dinosaurs stir the imagination. Maybe it’s the fact that now we would consider them monsters, but once, they were the dominant species on earth. Whatever the reason, dinosaurs have always held a special place in our hearts, due in part to the fact that so many of us were passionate about them when we were young.

With apologies to any movie which featured dinosaurs previously – In 1993 Steven Spielberg brought them to life on the big screen for the first time.

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What’s up everybody? We’re back!

Another episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank & Fogs is available for you to download!

In this episode, we go over two of the big Holiday releases this season… “The Adventures of Tintin” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”! I also quickly touch on a couple of other big movies out now that I had a chance to see, “We Bought a Zoo” and “War Horse” :D!

As always, you can look us up on iTunes, or you can download it directly, here. Happy listening, and I hope you enjoy!

War Horse

I might have to recuse myself from this review.

Honestly, I’m not the guy you want reviewing a film like this. I’m not the guy that’s going to be “moved” watching teary eyed people talking about their ‘orse like it was %#$&ing Ghandi while the sun sets behind them and weepy orchestral music pours out of every freaking scene.

I’m the guy in the back with his feet up and his arms crossed thinking. “It’s. A. Horse. People.”

That said, if you can stomach the suffocating, sledgehammer sentimentality, “War Horse” is a well put together film that people less cynical than I am will probably like a lot more than I did.

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The Adventures of Tintin

“The Adventures of Tintin” is the story of an intrepid reporter and his scrappy dog who get swept up into a global adventure after purchasing a replica wooden ship from a street vendor. Based on the series of comics by Belgian artist Hergé, “Tintin” is the first animated feature to be directed by Steven Spielberg, and his first full length forray into the world of motion capture technology.

His influence is unmistakable, as Tintin takes off on an Indiana Jones-esque adventure in search of treasure. There are wild action sequences, interspersed with family friendly comedy, and an overarching spirit of adventure.

There were a few missing elements for me which keep me from calling it great, but there’s no doubt that anyone who was looking forward to it will be pleased, and it’s well worth your box office dollar this holiday season.

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Movies That Everyone Should See: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

In 1975, Steven Spielberg released “Jaws”. A legendary motion picture. Based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, the film was a phenomenal success, shattering box office records and literally giving birth to the concept of the “Summer Blockbuster”. It became the highest grossing movie of all time.

So in 1976, Steven Spielberg could do what ever the %#$& he wanted. LOL

The movie he chose to make? A picture that he had already been working on that, until “Jaws”, he had been having trouble finding financial backing for.

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

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2011 Holiday Movie Season Preview!!

This year, the start of the Holiday Movie season is November 18th. That’s NEXT weekend already folks!! That’s when Hollywood releases “Happy Feet Two” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, two movies with valid expectations of large takes at the gate. The start of the second blockbuster season of the year!

Here are the movies coming up this Holiday Season that I’m most excited for. Check out Wednesday, December 21st! “The Adventures of Tintin”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, and “Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol”! That’s going to be a busy day!

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TV Talk: “Falling Skies”

Just putting an article up to see if anyone has been checking out TNT’s new show “Falling Skies”. Next Sunday night will be the Season 1 finale, but it will be preceded by an all day marathon starting at 1:00, so if you’re looking for some DVR fodder, there you go. The show has already been renewed for Season 2, and I’m ready to say it’s worth signing up for.

“Skies” is set in modern day Massachusetts after an alien invasion has defeated the world’s conventional forces. The remnants of humanity have grouped themselves into vagabond bands and paramilitary units. They scrounge for survival and equipment, all the while hiding from the “skitters”. Of course there’s plenty of human conflict as well.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson Present “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”

Ok, everybody. I’ve saved the best for last, and now here it is. Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson together, discussing Tintin, film-making, Their other upcoming and current projects, and some brief discussion of their past projects. It was an incredible thing to be a part of, and I couldn’t be more amped up for Tintin.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for it yet, you can catch it over on Apple Trailers by clicking here.

Meanwhile, here’s Part 1 of the panel video:


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Movies That Everyone Should See: “E.T.”

The year is 1982. Steven Spielberg is the hottest director in the world. Perhaps in history, I don’t know, I didn’t live during Alfred Hitchcock’s prime. But I was there for Spielberg’s, and I remember it vividly. In 1982, Steven Spielberg had recently given us “Jaws”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Sandwiched in between was “1941” (which someday I will address as a “Hollywood Mystery”), but it had to be the least harmful flop in the history of flops. No one saw it, so no one held it against him. It was a comedy, so he was just trying something different… it seemed as if it had never even happened. Everyone was talking about him. Adults, kids, everyone. Everyone was anticipating his next movie. And that summer? The summer of 1982? Spielberg was going to give us not one, but two. “Poltergeist” and “E.T.”

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Waiting for Spielberg


Ok. So, I’m sitting here waiting for Steven Spielberg… But I also get to sit here next to Quint from “Ain’t it Cool News”. How awesome is that? Great guy, very friendly, sharing his experiences about interviewing Spielberg and Coppola…

I asked if he had any advice for people just starting out, and he said, “Just let your passion for movies show through.” I’m gonna try my best. I think I’ve been trying already…


Radio silent now for a few hours. A brief Spielberg summary in a couple of hours!