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Topic: Park

Area 407

The found-footage film travels to Jurassic Park.


Rod Lott
Found-footage movies are no longer novel, but they're cheap to make, so expect to see many, many more shoot out Hollywood's pipeline. As long as concepts are tweaked, however, surprises like Chronicle can occur.
Friday, August 24, 2012

In the park

At the first of three public meetings on the planned MAPS 3 downtown park, ideas ranged from Wi-Fi to a castle and moat.


Clifton Adcock
City officials and consultants on Sept. 13 held the first of three meetings seeking public input for design and programming of the future MAPS 3 downtown park. More than 130 people attended the meeting at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, filling the room to near capacity.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012


MAPS 3’s future downtown park — and the city in general — could benefit from a carousel, according to one resident.


Clifton Adcock
A trip to Missoula, Mont., left images of carousels spinning in the imagination of Edmond resident Celia Moor.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Park places

City officials unveil three preliminary designs for what will be the MAPS 3 park.


Clifton Adcock
Consultants working on the MAPS 3 downtown park unveiled three proposed designs during an Oct. 25 public meeting. Around $132 million of the $777 million in MAPS 3 funding is set aside for the project.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Village green

Plans are unveiled for the MAPS 3 downtown park.


Clifton Adcock
Consultants on the downtown park unveiled to the public last week a draft master plan for the project.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Still dino-mite?

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

Hey! Read This:
Safety Not Guaranteed Blu-ray review     

by Rod Lott 04.05.2013 1 year ago
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Thrills! Chills! Spills!

For a dose of adrenaline, rush into these summer-ready activities.


Rod Lott, Sarah Lobban

 And remember, safety first!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wiggle your ears

Get down to The Verve Pipe and other “kindie” music mainstays at the youth-minded music fest Wiggle Out Loud.


Molly Evans

Wiggle Out Loud
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Bicentennial Park
500 Couch Dr.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013