Drama Rod Lott
Vanguard director Takashi Miike is not one to repeat himself, and in Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, he hasn't — not really. Yes, the film is the Japanese filmmaker's follow-up to 2010's 13 Assassins;
yes, both are remakes and focused on samurais. But they approach the
genre from such varying ways that other than excellence, the
similarities end there.
Optical illusions, 3-D art and the abstract conspire to blow
your mind as the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm in Norman, goes Into the Void. Opening
Saturday and running through July 28, the exhibition of optical art is
curated by University of Oklahoma students. Admission is free. For more
information, call 325-3272 or visit ou.edu/fjjma.
For its 20th birthday, ‘Jurassic Park’ gets a 3-D coat.
To celebrate 20 years, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park returns to theaters starting today, this time with a conversion to 3-D.
Does the 3-D add anything? No. Does the movie still work? Yes.
So ubiquitous in our current pop culture is the 1993 blockbuster that there’s no need for me to rehash its plot beyond “man clones dinosaurs.” (For kids, all one has to say is “dinosaurs,” and they’re onboard.) It’s been ages — 19 years, I’m guessing — since I last saw it before this week, and it was a pleasure to revisit its big set pieces, which have stood the test of time.
What hasn’t aged well is the film’s opening — basically, everything before chaos reigns on the theme-park island. It takes too long to get to the goods, and this chunk of time stands as Park’s weakest portion. The 3-D is not only an unnecessary addition, but actually proves problematic by spatially disorienting viewers during scenes of action. Spielberg’s frames wow enough because of how realistic the dinosaurs look (and still do); they’re not in need of the View-Master treatment.
It didn’t bother my 8-year-old, however, and I suspect he’s the real reason Universal Pictures has reopened Jurassic Park’s gates: Now, a whole generation exists that wasn’t around to see the movie when it first broke ground ... or to see 2001’s Jurassic Park III, for that matter. Certainly the studio wishes to prime this batch of youngsters so they’ll be in line for Jurassic Park IV (reportedly with Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow at the helm), and just judging from my son’s case, it’s safe to say they’ve wildly succeeded. —Rod Lott
Horror Rod Lott
The first 3-D movie I ever saw was 1953's House of Wax, but in a revival run in the early 1980s. My uncle took me and my brothers to it one night at Northpark Mall, and I recall him having to tie the big glasses on my youngest brother's small head with shoelaces.