A Violent Delight: Reviewing Michael Crichton’s ‘Westworld’ (1973)
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Recently, we started a new podcast here at Geeks Of Doom called Violent Delights. It follows HBO’s reboot of Westworld, which began airing and streaming on October 2nd, and takes a deep look into the themes and storytelling that take place on the show. We couldn’t possibly hope to understand what Westworld 2016 could become without taking a look back at the original Westworld (1973). Here’s how this 43-year-old iconic film stands up to the scrutiny of fall 2016.

Anyone who’s ever delved into a DC or Marvel comic has noticed that, for the most part, while the world those stories take place in may be nearly identical to our own, it’s just slightly…better. The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers both took place in New York in 2012, but both stories employ superior technology and characters with the goodwill to use them well — to take their power, however gained, and employ it in opposition of the selfish, the greedy, and the grim for the embetterment of all those who are too weak to stand up and face those threats themselves. We call these people heroes.

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Honest Trailers: ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’
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The new trend in Honest Trailers is to preview the big release of the upcoming weekend. After Pitch Perfect and Entourage the last two weeks, the Screen Junkies guys debut this afternoon The Lost World: Jurassic Park trailer, mocking Steven Spielberg’s 1997 sequel to the legendary 1993 hit Jurassic Park. In fact the sequel thing is the first thing they poke fun, relating Lost World to one of the unnecessary Jaws sequels. Narrator Jon Bailey also asks a question I always pondered:

“Why isn’t the title Jurassic Park 2: Lost World?”

Be sure to check out the video below.

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‘Jurassic Park’ Actor Confirmed For ‘Jurassic World’
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One of the first things that came to mind when hearing about the next Jurassic Park movie, titled Jurassic World, was whether or not any familiar actors/characters from previous installments would be finding themselves surrounded by genetically engineered dinosaurs once again. The answer to this question is yes, at least one familiar face will be returning…though probably not someone you’d expect.

In Michael Crichton’s original novel the character Dr. Henry Wu, the rock star geneticist brought in by John Hammond and tasked with bringing dinosaurs back to life, is an important one. In Steven Spielberg’s 1993 movie adaptation, his role was much, much smaller. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that Wu, played by the same actor who played him in the ’93 movie, BD Wong, will be back.

You can read why Trevorrow is bringing back Wu and why you shouldn’t expect to see any of the big actors from previous movies below.

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Recreate ‘Jurassic Park’ Hacking Scene With Jurassic Systems

Remember that scene from Steven Spielberg‘s original Jurassic Park where Newman sabotages the park’s high-tech security measures in order to steal some dinosaur embryos and Samuel L. Muthaf***in’ Jackson! tries briefly to restore order before telling the Oscar-winning director of Gandhi that he can’t get the park back online? I’m pretty sure it was in the trailer.

Jurassic Systems is an interactive HMTL5/Javascript site created by programmer Tully Robinson that allows you to recreate this scene. When you visit the site, will be taken to the main page where the Jurassic Park scene is available to watch as a YouTube embed. It’s advised that you watch this scene before proceeding to the fun part because you will need to know the three commands Jackson’s character enters before that annoying little animation of Newman’s sweaty, bulbous noggin on a cartoon Elvis body (never noticed that part before) wagging his finger and saying, “Ah-ah-ah, you didn’t say the magic word!” Enter the three commands in the correct phrasing and order and….well, you know what happens next. The system also accepts these five basic commands: “access,” “system,” “ls,” “display,” and “help.”

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Exclusive Excerpt: Michael Crichton’s ‘Easy Go’
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On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Titan Books is set to publish four novels by Michael Crichton, which were written under the pen name John Lange between 1966 and 1972 while he was at Harvard Medical School. Now, the books are back in print for the first time in decades, and we have an exclusive excerpt from one of these titles, Easy Go, which you can check out right here below.

Take a read from the book and let us know what you think!

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