The Lost World: Jurassic Park is episode 93 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Pod Me If You Cast miniseries covering the filmography of Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks era. Posted January 28 2017.
The debut of our new mini series on the filmography of Steven Spielberg begins with 1997’s Lost World: Jurassic Park. Post-Oscar wins for Best Director and Best Picture, Steven took four years off before directing this sequel. In that time he founded his own studio DreamWorks. Griffin and David would argue this level of creative control is the biggest blank check that any filmmaker has ever had. Presenting Pod Me If You Cast.
But seriously what IS chaos math? Why does this film unfold similarly to a video game? What does Isla Nublar roughly translate to?
Ushering in a new miniseries! With... kind of a dud.
Spielberg, post-Oscar. He took a few years off from filmmaking to hang out with family, release a computer game themed around himself (?), and most amazingly start up a new movie studio from scratch. When he comes back, he eases back in with a sequel to his massive hit Jurassic Park - but is this a case of Steven Spielberg trying to imitate Steven Spielberg?
Griffin and David begin with a briefing on the Michael Crichton books and how his Lost World book came to be. Things went awry right off the bat because the book sequel had to sort of be a sequel to the movie. Moreover Crichton layered in an homage to Arthur Conan Doyle, and Spielberg went for a Godzilla tribute... it's just a lot to cram together, under a very sweaty premise.
What's the definitive ranking of the four Jurassic Park movies (as of January 2017)? What can we learn from an epic Pete Postlethwaite monologue that is played in full? How heavily does the absence of Sam Neill weigh? Is this whole film just a monster-movie version of We Bought A Zoo? Stay tuned for the post-credits scene where they brainstorm the possible names for this miniseries.
Milestones and Ephemera
- A tough impersonation assignment: Jeff Goldblum
- Merchandise Spotlight!
- The Griffin and David pitch for Men In Black II: dynamite (later explained in a mailbag episode)
- And as always, kick Colin Trevorrow in the dick.