O2 Reviews: Jurassic World *Spoiler Free*

Jurassic World-2015

Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Screenplay and Story by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan

Summary: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. (Jurassic World IMDb)

The park is now open! It’s been 22 years since the original dino-flick came roaring into theaters and into our hearts. Now it’s a fully-functioning theme park with jaw-dropping attractions, and they spared no expense! The film is that of a park ride itself, full of action and suspense, horror even, all leading up to its climactic finish that’ll have you gripping your seat out of fear, excitement, and awe. The IMAX 3D experience will leave you extremely satisfied and nodding your approval even after the hefty price. (Ahem, first and only movie I’ve ever felt compelled to clap for once the credits rolled.) But don’t think I didn’t have a few gripes about the movie: it had a few bumps, but none that could overpower the non-stop adrenaline this movie brings.

Cinematography 3/3

The picture quality and visuals were stunning. I had a few concerns going in about the dinosaurs being completely CGI and whether or not it would affect the feel of the movie, as the other films achieved amazing things with animatronics. But once the raptors were introduced, I realized how real they seemed. Not once was I taken out of the movie jurassic2because of bad computer graphics or lack of detail. In an age of green screen, this is a powerful statement and for that alone I give it full credit.

Genre/Direction 3/3

Jurassic World has a little something for everyone. I forgot how scary dinosaurs could be, honestly. This turned out to have real horror moments, more well done than most films labeled as Horror. The Indominous Rex comes off as the most creepy, and brutal, villain to come to the screen in recent years. With that being said, it’s also a summer action movie chalked full of all the great science fiction elements of the first film. I was so thrilled to see the amount of throwback teasers, or easter eggs, woven into the movie for all the fans of the original. I may have to write a separate article just for that!

Casting 3/3

Unfortunately, there isn’t any Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, or Laura Dern, but in a way, it was extremely refreshing. Hot off the success of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Chris Pratt is most likely becoming a household name. His sense of humor is real and you easily welcome it among the screams and chaos of the park attendees running for their Jurassic Worldlives. Bryce Dallas Howard plays an integral role in the film, greatly portraying the common disconnect humans may have from the life that thrives all around them. Vincent D’Onofrio, who most recently played Kingpin in the new Daredevil series, acts very well and is perfect in his mysterious InGen role. And of course Ty Simpkins issues a great performance, bringing back the same level of wonderment that the children in the original film had, and basically portrays the audience in the first row of this thrilling rollercoaster ride.

Writing 3/3

The script couldn’t have been better. With all of the nostalgic easter eggs and fresh experiences of the theme park finally in full motion, the movie moved along at a great pace. It never dragged or felt out of character. It didn’t really try to live up to anything, it just was. And that’s what I love about the latest installment to the Jurassic franchise. They knew what everyone wanted to see, and they brought it, no holds barred, while still implementing a level of mystery and suspense that keeps you guessing. There were a few corny moments, one in which Howard’s character refuses to take off her heels the entire movie, but hey, the lengths we go to for fashion, right?

Sound and Score 3/3

The roars and seat trembling foot steps sound great in the IMAX theater. All of the original sound effects are back, bringing to life the characters of the dinos as you know and love them. The score was of course iconic and nostalgic in certain scenes, while knowing when to fade away for the intense chases, leaving you immersed in the action along with the characters on screen. All in all, a good balance of new and old.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the Bechdal Test, it gauges a movie’s treatment of women based on 3 criteria: 1) Does the movie feature two or more named women? 2) Do they talk to each other? 3) If so, do they speak about something other than the male characters?

In my opinion, the film passes, but only slightly. Howard’s character and her sister speak several times, and not about Pratt’s character. But the casting is fairly male dominated. I feel like Bryce Dallas Howard plays a strong enough female character to overcome this fact, but it was still an underlying issue. However, I hope that the movie can be enjoyed for what it is: a movie about dinosaurs.

Other mechanics: Editing 3/3 Costume Design 3/3 Set Design 3/3

O2 Verdict: Toxic/Polluted/Thin/Clean/PURE

jurassic-world-super-bowl-trailer-1Jurassic World is now in theaters! I recommend it for those that loved the original and/or love dinosaurs in general. Horror fans: look out, this one ranks up there with some of the best monster/killer movies ever. And fans of science fiction will love the questions about human morality, the advances in bio-technology, and how we see our place in the food chain. If you’ve got spare cash, check out the IMAX 3D experience. I highly recommend it.

If you have any questions, or want to comment, feel free to message me directly, or express your feelings below. I have all the links to my various social media profiles on my website: stormfallennovel.com. Thanks for reading and look for more O2 Reviews coming soon!

Images taken from google images. I do not own them in any form.

New Chapter Thursday! Storm-Fallen 23: High Alert

In this chapter of Storm-Fallen Gy’ave Khraw reflects on her decision to judge Yarrex so harshly in public while attempting to fulfill her duty as Magistratus to her kin. Myalin and Jozz are rushed to meet the Lorrallen outside the city and run into a friendly face. Tensions rise in this installment as the storm and its demons get closer to the city. Ahhh!

Please comment and let me know what you think. I enjoy all feedback, even if it’s not positive. Thanks for the support and happy reading!

Read chapter 23: High Alert here!

Storm-Fallen June News!

Big update today! I will be covering a lot of different developments as the last update like this was in October of last year on my previous website. Much has happened since then, a lot of cool stuff!

Currently, I’m at 37,700 words. Which is incredible when I think about the fact that I was going to stop at 10K. Now the story has bloomed into something much bigger than I thought possible, 7X – 9X larger actually if I continue at this rate. That being said, if I’m almost at 40K and I’m expecting an 80K-range novel then I’m almost halfway done with the first draft! Super excited! 28652-1

I’m still releasing chapters weekly on Wattpad (or bi-monthly depending on my motivation, haha), as well as revising the first 20, or so, chapters already available. You can read them here: Storm-Fallen on Wattpad.

Just a few days ago I spoke with artist Andreas Rocha (his piece ‘Desert Winds‘ is the featured image) on illustrating the cover of the novel. He will be sending me a rough draft soon and I’m extremely excited to be working with him and to see what he comes up with. You can find his portfolio at andreasrocha.com. His stuff is absolutely amazing. Please check it out.OwReviewspic1

I’m working on developing some useful reviews with a more technical review system. I don’t know if it’ll be thought of as useful, or fun to read, but I thought I’d give it a shot. I have one out now for ‘Welcome to the Punch‘ which was an action movie from 2013 that just came out on Netflix, but I’ll be working on some more current content within the next few weeks. Probably starting with Jurassic World this week! So if you’re interested look for O2 Reviews right here on my blog.

Well that’s about it for this update, I’ll post again soon if anything comes up worth mentioning. Thanks for checking in and please feel free to comment/message me, I will reply. Are you excited to see Jurassic World this weekend?

#ChallengeTheProud Contest

Hey there! So many of you know I use Wattpad regularly to publish my stories and connect with readers and other writers. I believe it is an invaluable resource and I’m thrilled to have discovered it when I did. Because of the social media aspect of the app/website I’ve found it to be much more encouraging to write, as readers have motivated me to stay accountable and continue releasing chapters weekly in hopes of entertaining them. One of these readers I’ve come to know and respect is actually a fellow writer named Julia Proud.

Julia was one of the first people I’d never met in person to give my story a chance. She gave me valuable feedback and genuine encouragement during the beginning stages of my story’s development. I can’t thank her enough for all the kind words and helpful tips she’s given me so far. She’s also a very talented writer whose works I’ve come to enjoy, and I’m impressed at her dedication to the craft. She’s developed quite a following in her #ChallengeTheProud events on twitter in which followers can present a particular prompt (challenge) and she must write a short story based on the prompt/challenge.

A few days ago she unveiled a new website dedicated to the challenge event called http://challengetheproud.com. On this website you can view the 30 short stories she’s developed from the contest and vote on your favorite one. This is the coolest part in my opinion: the one with the most votes becomes a full length novel. The voters even get a free copy of the final edition. That’s great! I love this idea.

If you’d like to participate in the event head on over to her website and check out the process. Don’t forget to subscribe with your email and cast your vote on the story you’d like to see become a full novel. Deadline is June 30th!!! If you’d like to know more about Julia or would like to see more of her work here are some links below:

http://challengetheproud.com

http://www.wattpad.com/user/JuliaProud

https://twitter.com/JuliaProud2014

O2 Reviews: Welcome to the Punch (2013) *Spoiler Free*

Welcome to the Punch- 2013

Directed by Eran Creevy

Actors: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough

Genre: Action, Thriller

Summary: A retired thief and his longtime foe–a police detective–reluctantly join forces when they realize an ongoing conspiracy threatens them both.

1047849_859114In today’s world it is hard for an action film to stand out. If it’s not a highly-anticipated super hero installment, or a big-budget reboot, then it’ll most likely be swept under the rug, barely given a second thought. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy a film as it is, unconsciously comparing it to the one we saw last week, but that’s not our fault. In the end, so many factors go into whether a film is successful, and if it gets swept under the rug, well, there was probably good reason.

Welcome to the Punch is one that falls in that category of ‘Rug Dweller’. But it’s not all that bad. It had potential and there were many things that it did well, if not better, compared to most current films. The cinematography was fantastic, even beautiful. The visual clarity of the film was probably one of the things I liked most about it, with colorful overhead shots of the city and unique camera tricks. Cinematography: 3/3

In terms of genre it was most definitely a standard action/thriller. There wasn’t much brought to the table that I would consider ‘new territory’. The plot was one that we’ve seen time and time again. But the director did try to take what we already new about police thrillers and add a pinch of flavor to it. There were scenes that I literally didn’t blink, especially during the slow-mo scene in the third act, but I’m not quite sure it saved the movie. When it was all said and done, I don’t think the film quite developed its true identity. It seemed torn between whether it wanted to be ‘The Departed’ or ‘Wanted’, not really nearing either film’s level. Directing: 2/3 Genre: 2/3

I was extremely excited to see David Morrissey in something other than ‘The Walking Dead’. He acted incredibly in this film. Actually, the entire cast worked well in this film. There wasn’t a point in the movie where I thought acting was an issue. Mark Strong and James McAvoy were good choices as rivals and Andrea Riseborough did an amazing job at balancing the male dominant playing field. Casting: 3/3

The script was decent and had a well thought out story. There were plot points that I found unbelievable or a bit on the cheesy side. For example, a scene where McAvoy’s character finds glasses at the scene of a crime and knows exactly who they belong to. The movie does try to pass him off as a overly perceptive detective but it just felt too forced and unreal. Writing: 2/3

There isn’t much I can say about the soundtrack/score as there wasn’t much of it. At least, it was fairly forgettable. The sound quality was great, effects and guns sounding true to their nature. But other than that nothing special here. Score: 1/3

welcome-to-the-punch-pic06Bechdal Test: This is a point I feel strongly about and will include in every review. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bechdal Test, it gauges a movie’s treatment of women based on 3 criteria: 1) Does the movie feature two or more named women? 2) Do they talk to each other? 3) If so, do they speak about something other than the male characters? BT results: 1/3. The movie does have two named women, but they only glance at each other in passing. On top of that, both of the women have, or had, an emotional/sexual connection to the main character at some point.

Other mechanics–Editing: 3/3 Costume Design: 3/3 Set Design: 3/3

O2 Verdict: Toxic/Polluted/Thin/CLEAN/Pure

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Welcome to the Punch is now available on Netflix, and in stores to buy. I recommend it for those who like a bit of action and a bit of mystery but not too much of either. It’s worth a watch, but not worth a buy.

If you have any questions, or want to comment, feel free to message me directly, or express your feelings below. I have all the links to my various social media profiles on my website: stormfallennovel.com

All images are taken from google images and I do not claim to own them in any form.

New Chapter Thursday! 22: Trial and Error

Thursday is here again and that means a brand new chapter of Storm-Fallen. This week Nevesa must deal with her injuries after taking on Yarrex all while facing the fact that she is stuck in Khraw until the storm passes. Jozz continues to deal with something that has plagued him since childhood, and Gy’ave does something out of impulse that may affect how the citizens view her rule. Check it out right here: http://www.wattpad.com/133442374-storm-fallen-22-trial-and-error  Continue reading

The website is here!!

Lots of stuff to talk about, so little time! I’m going to try and keep this short.

1) Got the new website up and running for Storm-Fallen news and updates. This will allow me to promote the story more effectively and connect with readers from multiple media platforms.

2) I’m currently revising the published chapters on Wattpad for reasons I shall disclose in the coming months. Don’t worry, I’m still going to publish new chapters weekly! Chapter 22 will release this week.

3) I’m working on my very own entertainment review system. A lot of times reviews can be misleading and/or vague. With O2 Reviews I want to have a dynamic dual rating system that ranks it within its Genre and its Medium. Ex. Friday the 13th and The Walking Dead are both Horror but will also be rated in their respective Mediums as one is a Movie and the other is a Show. It will definitely need some tweaking so if you have any ideas, or want to contribute, feel free to contact me.

And that’s about it for this update. Thanks for reading! I hope you like the website and look out for more content as I post. You can get email alerts if you sign up for them in the menu section.~WM

Hi, Winston Malone here, and I’m happy to present the official site for Storm-Fallen. Here I will post updates on the status of the novel, the newest chapters for you to read, and a ton of behind-the-scenes info on the world of Hedos and what is in store for the future of the series. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to check out the new website, and I hope to see you here a lot more!