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Jurassic Park as a Means of Discussing Fractals, Chaos Theory, and Scary Movies

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Jurassic Park as a Means of Discussing Fractals, Chaos Theory, and Scary Movies
Jurassic Park as a Means of Discussing Fractals, Chaos Theory, and Scary Movies

With the arrival of the 20th anniversary, 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, what I’d like to convince you of is that the film watered down, significantly, the soul of the novel from which it was based (and we’re talking about a Michael Crichton page-turner for Christ’s sake). Instead of being the kind of decadent, lost-in-the-jungle, labyrinthine cinematic fever dream it could’ve been—one in which the production of the film would’ve eerily re-enacted and factually re-performed the hallucinatory chaos of what it was trying to fictionally record (a la Coppola’s Apocalypse Now or Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, and their respective making-of docs, Hearts of Darkness and Burden of Dreams), Spielberg’s Jurassic Park instead played it safe, and did so in a way that was slick, corporate, and patronizing to its audience. And one of the ways it punted artistically was to almost entirely purge from Crichton’s novel its heavy theorizing about chaos theory and fractals, which, in those days (the late ’80s/early ’90s), had just made its way into the intellectual mainstream. I’d like to briefly make the point that this was a grievous mistake (for the movie), because chaos theory and fractals have everything to do with scary movies, and horror and terror and the kind of man-eating monstrosities Spielberg and his team put so much goddamned time and money into making look realistic.

HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 7 (25), "Oscar (sic) Schindler’s Cock Glove"

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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 7 (25), “Oscar (sic) Schindler’s Cock Glove”
HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 7 (25), “Oscar (sic) Schindler’s Cock Glove”

Hello Dear Non-Listeners!

We’re back like Death Metal Disco and thrice as evil. But this time, we’re bringing in the big guns—ok, fine, our imported guns—as we recorded on the Fifth of November with Faisal A. Qureshi (Nerve’s Screengrab among other things). As for the annoying buzzing noise during the first ten minutes, that is what happens when your co-host keeps fiddling with his cellphone next to the recording device.

This episode is our minor tribute to the late Michael Crichton. We think back to previous works like Jurassic Park, as well as directorial efforts such as The Great Train Robbery and—shockingly—Runaway. Of course, it all devolves into weird praise for Kirstie Alley, Vadim grumbling about something or other, and me ignoring W. for a second week. At the same time, we learn why Faisal came to a podcast that he wasn’t even aware of! (Kidding.)

Lo, this is Episode 7—“Oscar (sic) Schindler’s Cock Glove.” Thanks again to our guest, who went on with us to our second favorite bar—Holiday Cocktail Lounge—and was pleasantly surprised by the scum-like surroundings we like to inhabit.

Join us next time when Mike D’Angelo comes back to talk Afterschool and if you see either Vadim or me at the bar, please, buy us a drink! And give us jobs if you work for The Onion. John Lichman