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The Bad ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies (The Lost World [1997], Jurassic Park III [2001], Fallen Kingdom [2018]): Triple Review

Directed by: Steven Spielberg [LW], Joe Johnston [JP3], J. A. Bayona [FK] ||¬†Produced by: Gerald R. Molen, Collin Wilson [LW], Kathleen Kennedy, Larry Franco [JP3], Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Belen Atienza [FK] Screenplay by: David Koepp [LW], Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor [JP3], Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow [FK] || Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, … Continue reading

The Devil on Your Shoulder, Last Part: Like My Father Before Me

My contemplation on the nature of Jungian shadows, shoulder angels, and facing the temptations of our worst instincts ends with the original Hollywood blockbuster incarnation of negativity: The Return of the Jedi’s (1983) Emperor Palpatine. Arguably the most popular and parodied symbol of evil, authoritarianism, and general villainy in modern pop culture, Ian McDiarmid’s cruel, … Continue reading

The Devil on Your Shoulder, Part II: Let Fear Find You Again

Another series of films that deal with obvious, yet not on-the-nose representations of Jungian shadows or shoulder angels are Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight (2005, 2008, 2012) franchise. In the broadest terms, the trilogy could be interpreted as a thematic analysis of fear, how it can evolve from an enemy to an ally. Batman Begins¬†introduces this … Continue reading

The Devil on Your Shoulder, Part I: You’re Not a Mistake

  “These boys come in here, this is how they survive. They gotta fight for life — kill or be killed. People die in there! Your Daddy died in the ring…”   American writer William Faulkner is credited as saying, “The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.” I … Continue reading