DRAGON TEETH (Book Review)

Written by: Michael Crichton

Released in the UK by: HarperCollins, 1st June 2017

285 pages


 

BARE BONES

Following buccaneering adventure Pirate Latitudes and shrink-ray techno-thriller Micro, Dragon Teeth is the third posthumously released and previously undiscovered novel from prolific author, screenwriter and director Michael Crichton since his 2009 passing. Despite exhibiting a wealth of research, this historical Western archaeology lark is – by some degree – the least accomplished of the three, and a far cry from the bestselling scribe’s other dinosaur adventures.

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The Monster (Film Review)

15 – 91mins – 2016


 

BEASTLY BEHAVIOUR

“Mom tells me there is no such thing as monsters. She is wrong.”

Angling as often for heartache as it is for horror, it is not hard to see why writer/director Bryan Bertino’s supernatural indie genre flick is also categorized as a drama. There is an eponymous otherworldly beastie (which looks like a cross between an Alien Xenomorph and Gozer from Ghostbusters), but the title could just as easily be a metaphorical judgement of the diabolical parenting Zoe Kazan’s alcoholic single-mother Kathy provides for her mature-beyond-her-years daughter.

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LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape (Netflix Review)

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PG – 28mins – 2016


 

RE-AK A-TAK THE BLOCK

“DNA, the building blocks of life.”

Expanding on the success of last year’s franchise-spanning LEGO Jurassic World videogame, The Indominus Escape is a bright and frivolous half hour comedy short which is neither prequel or sequel to Colin Trevorrow’s record-breaking 2015 JP revival, more a tongue-in-cheek retelling. Not being cannon it’s hard to be certain, but it manages to both retrofit key scenes from the film (gyrosphere; raptor pen fall, Indominus gene reveal) and dialogue from the classic theatrical features (“Spared no expense!”) into a kooky new story.

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Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (Cinema Review)

15 – 98mins – 2016


 

BROS BEFORE HO-LIDAYS

While still in the young, wild and hunky bracket of his 20s, former Wildcat warbler Zac Efron has oft been cast as the rebellious, self-destructive type – whether ruining his own relationship (That Awkward Moment), his neighbours’ sense of community spirit (Bad Neighbours, Sorority Rising) or his career (We Are Your Friends). As the titular Dave in his latest comedy, the charming Disney alum plays the (slightly) straighter sidekick to his “loser” brother, Mike (Adam Ice Age: Collision Course DeVine), more akin to his enabler role in the deplorable Bad Grandpa.

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