Spielberg and Crichton’s swashbuckler

Posted by · 12:43 pm · August 27th, 2009

I’ve been of the mind for quite some time now that a good (operative word) pirate film is way overdue.  The “Pirates of the Caribbean” films are fine and all, the first one especially.  Blending the mythos of a pirate story with that of, essentially, a ghost yarn was a brilliant way to make the […]

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8/27 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:32 am · August 27th, 2009

• Steven Spielberg to take on Michael Crichton one more time with “Pirate Latitudes.” [USA Today] • Anne Thompson is on Toronto doc watch. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Mike Leigh starts in on his “Happy Go Lucky” follow-up. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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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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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Doubt,’ Danny Boyle and a bit of politics

Posted by · 8:00 pm · November 7th, 2008

In a week in which there were more important things going on than the movies (an outlandish notion, I know), these were nevertheless some of the highlights: • Several takes from the AFI Fest, including disappointment in “Doubt” … • … but hearty cheers for “The Wrestler.” • We caught up (twice) with the thoroughly […]

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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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