There’s a cliche out there where people call extremely intense movies “nail-biters”. Well when I watched “Jurassic World” for the first time it was no cliche – I found myself literally biting my nails in anticipation as the dinosaurs wreaked havoc.
Though I’ve written before about how disappointing sequels and remakes can be, “Jurassic World” exceeded my wildest expectations.
I rarely get scared during movies. I don’t even bother seeing a lot of horror movies; not because they’re too scary for me, but because they’re not scary enough.
But I was literally on the edge of my seat as Chris Pratt fought valiantly alongside a T-rex. My nails cut into my wife’s hand as I watched the raptors’ claws attack the guests at the park. “Jurassic World” was so well done that it actually gave me goosebumps and had me jumping around out of fear.
Now it’s obvious the Indominus Rex, the terrifying dinosaur which causes so much chaos in “Jurassic World”, isn’t really alive.
In fact it’s not even a real dinosaur. And of course the threat of a dinosaur attack probably isn’t coming around in this lifetime (fingers crossed).
So why did something fake give me such a fright? If I was being honest I’d tell you fake thing things scare me all the time.Continue reading →
No movie company has ever had a run of success like Pixar.
Starting with “Toy Story” in 1995 all the way up to their latest production “Inside Out” (which is on track to be possibly their biggest film ever), their success rate has been unprecedented. Even their worst movies (like oh, I don’t know, “Cars” maybe) are still pretty great.
As someone who’s been on the Pixar bandwagon since seeing “Toy Story” in theaters 20 years ago, I’ve seen 3 clear reasons why this movie company has been so incredibly successful connecting with kids from age 5 to 105.
I think if churches put these 3 Pixar practices into place we could be more successful in connecting with our audience as well: Continue reading →
In case you haven’t heard, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will be reprising their roles in “Dumb and Dumber To” as Lloyd and Harry, a pair of imbeciles who happily stumble their way through life oblivious to the calamities their stupidity ensues.
After 20 years of waiting for a sequel, this is really happening. There’s even a trailer and everything:
Welcome to Episode 19 of the POP GOD POPcast – an exploration of into the lives of people seeking God in the present tense.
This week we’re doing something a little different with the podcast – a preview of this summer’s biggest movies. My good friend and fellow movie buff Josh Gibbs sits down with me as we break down the movies we’re most (and least) excited about. We give our thoughts on Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Age of Extinction, 22 Jump Street, The Fault In Our Stars, TMNT and many more sequels, superheroes, cartoons, and even chick flicks.
Listen to the podcast here:
Enjoy this exploration into the movies which will inspire a whole slew of POP GOD posts over the summer. I challenge you to seek the presence of God out in these blockbusters as well.
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the best sequel of all time.
You may argue otherwise. But you would be wrong.
The first Terminator movie is a decent 80s action flick. It’s more focused on Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese, and their struggle to protect her unborn (and unconceived) son than it is the Terminator trying to kill her, played in an almost comically wooden fashion by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In fact, the famous “I’ll be back” line from the film is just a throwaway line the Terminator offers as he assesses how to break down a doorway to get to Sarah Connor. (Also, dig that rad 80s synthesizer score!) Continue reading →
Hollywood is obsessed with the resurrection right now. And I don’t mean a sequel to “The Passion Of The Christ”.
I’m talking about the resurrection of past successes. Take a look at just a few of the movies and tv shows getting ready to relaunch after years of dormancy:
Star Wars Episodes 7/8/9. Anchorman 2. A Dumb and Dumber Sequel. The Boy Meets World continuation Girl Meets World. The Veronica Mars movie. A new season of 24. Another new season of Arrested Development. Seriously – that’s just a sampling of the classics Hollywood is resurrecting.
You’d think I might be uncontrollably excited about a few of these. Anchorman is probably the funniest movie of the past decade. Dumb and Dumber is my favorite comedy of all time. But I’m pretty much dreading these sequels. Continue reading →