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Wednesday
Apr102013

Visual Index ~ Jurassic Park's Best Shots

By now you know the drill. Each week on Hit Me With Your Best Shot we ask interested bloggers to select one shot they think of as best from the pre-assigned movie and tell us why. (Next Wednesday is A Star is Born (1954) which was coincidentally just the focus of a Mad Men scene) This week's movie is Steven Spielberg's '93 blockbuster JURASSIC PARK (just discussed on the podcast) which is currently in rerelease. Great movies back in theaters is the only upside to the 3D craze according to The Film Experience.

So let's helicopter in to that island of intentional amusements and unexpected terror. The 13 blog collective's choices are  after the jump

Mt HollywoodMusings and Stuff

My New Plaid Pants

The Red Headed InvasionAlison Tooey
We Recycle Movies

Coco Hits NYCFilm ActuallyThe Film's The Thing
Film GeekAntagony & EctasyDancin Dan on Film

I Am Derreck

My choice arrived late (but here it is!)  because, like John Hammond whose attempts to show his guests the wonders of Jurassic Park went awry, my own day did not go even remotely according to plan. Chaos theory, anyone?

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Love these. I really, nearly picked that Gattaca dinosaur myself. Here is my late entry:

http://thered-headedinvasion.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hit-me-with-your-best-shot-jurassic-park_10.html

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaika

Fun reads, as always.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

Ugh my schedule's been so hectic this week, I had no chance to watch this again. I'd promised myself not to miss any episode this season :(

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

I couldn't be kept away from this one; one of my big guilty pleasure movies.

My review and pick for best shot is here:

http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/56144.html

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterallisontooey

Great shots. I always enjoy reading these. Looking back at the film, it's almost shocking how many iconic images exist.

http://james-wwwmusingsandstuff.blogspot.com/2013/04/welcome-to-jurassic-park.html

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Love these articles! It's nice to see how personal this film is to so many people.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher8

Here's mine: http://dancindanonfilm.blogspot.com/2013/04/hit-me-with-your-best-shot-jurassic-park.html

I really enjoyed seeing this on the big screen for the first time, even with the oft-distracting 3D. It does kill me that if it weren't for the third dimension, this probably never would have been re-released. At least, not in such wide distribution. SIGH. The plight of movie lovers!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

It's times like this that make me wish I had my own blog/whatever--I love this movie and all these choices are great, but nobody's picked my choice yet. (For those interested, it's the shot of the four main characters watching the raptors get fed--Hammond's still excited and hopeful and trying to get everyone else on board, and you can see the first cracks in the facade of excitement begin to show in the faces of the visiting experts.)

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank1414

Apparently the site ate my last post. I posted my pic for best shot at my journal, here:

http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/56144.html

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterallisontooey

Frank1414 - Make a blog! I specifically created a Tumblr so i could participate in the HMWYBS for Moulin Rouge.

Great choices! I love this movie very dearly so i had fun finding a best shot and reading all these entries. I'm also surprised that no one chose the "Objects are closer than they appear" shot so far. I thought that would've been a really popular one.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

I shall now attempt to post for the THIRD time and say that I have a best shot over at my journal, under the title "I think that I'll be coming back again and again."

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterallisontooey

I could have sworn I posted this last night, but here it is now!

http://dancindanonfilm.blogspot.com/2013/04/hit-me-with-your-best-shot-jurassic-park.html?m=1

I really enjoyed seeing this on the big screen for the first time this past weekend, despite the oft-unnecessary 3D. It kills me that without that extra dimension, though, this never would have been re-released, at least not with this wide a distribution.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

So many of these shots have become so iconic over the past twenty years that it would be extremely difficult for me to choose one as my favorite or best. Great job, all.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Two things:

a) your readers are soooo young!, and 2) I am NOT looking forward to the .gif of the Raptor jumping up into the screen when they're in the overhead rafters. Raptors!!! Shiver!!!

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Sigh, I wish I'd rewatched this in time to participate - this is one of my favorite movies of all time. But I REFUSE to watch it in 3D. I'm with denny - why couldn't they have released it in 2D as well? That I would definitely have paid money to see.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterprincesskaraoke

re: that shot of the Raptor with the coding projected onto it.

It's only these articles that made me realise that that's what it is. I always thought (until about 10 minutes ago) it was the light coming in through the grate above him. But now seeing a screen shot it's pretty clearly letters.

This series has now made me feel stupid :(

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Jack

don't worry, The Jack, you're not the only one. i've seen the movie well over a hundred times and i never noticed the letters. yikes!

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Also, that should be a "above her" not "above him".

Clearly all these years as a Jurassic Park fan have taught me nothing.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Jack

Don't feel bad at all Jack. It took me multiple viewings to catch on to that.

(possibly 3rd viewing): "Cool shadow".
4th viewing: "Are those letters?"
5th viewing: "Those are definitely letters."
6th viewing: "Why are they all G's, T's, and A's? Gattaca?"
7th viewing: "OMG, it's DNA!"
8th viewing: " Well how in the hell is that even reflecting on the raptor..."

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

Derreck -- your 6th viewing. LOL!

denny & princess -- the 3d didn't do anythign for me. and you'd think with something like this it would. 3D is so pointless. except for getting good movies back in theaters.

April 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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