Remembering Michael Crichton at year’s end

Posted by · 12:07 pm · December 28th, 2008

One of my wish list items that happened to be under the tree this Christmas was Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear,” an anti-global warming thriller that is likely to both infuriate (given the politics) and keep me turning the page (given Crichton’s story-telling skill). It’s been a while since I flipped through a Crichton book, […]

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Michael Crichton, author of ‘Jurassic Park,’ dies at 66

Posted by · 10:49 am · November 5th, 2008

I truthfully wasn’t even aware that Crichton was struggling with cancer.  But apparently, the awful disease has taken him from us. I remember being charged on Crichton’s work after seeing “Jurassic Park” in 1993.  Sure, he already had fans from the days of “The Andromeda Strain,” “The Great Train Robbery” and, later on, “Disclosure,” but […]

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Sweet buzz for ‘Button’ effects

Posted by · 3:54 pm · October 16th, 2008

Fresh on the heels of Gerard’s visual effects Tech Support column this morning, I got an email from an industry friend who keeps his eye on the tech races and, indeed, the Oscar races in general.  It seems “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which was always going to be a delicate effects balance, is […]

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Spielberg and blockbusters

Posted by · 7:26 am · April 25th, 2008

Can he do it? After becoming (in his own eyes) a serious filmmaker with “Schindler’s List,” “Amistad,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “A.I.” and “Munich,” is Steven Spielberg able to re-create the magic he almost always brought to his pure entertainment blockbusters? It takes a look at his journey as an artist to even attempt a reasoned […]

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