Category Archives: Movies General

Spectre Trailer

I am totally ready for the new James Bond film. The best part of this trailer is the part where the theme from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service starts to play. I just need a Chinese release date please and thank you!

Jurassic World Trailer

Like most people who remember Jurassic Park in 1993, I was excited to see the new trailer for Jurassic World, the fourth movie in the franchise. I loved the first movie and Lost World has a special place in my heart, mainly for the “San Diego” scenes that took place in downtown Burbank. I ended up moving near there two years after the movie so it was fun to see the locations in person.

Now when I saw the trailer, these Gyro-mobiles caught my eye (apparently it sorta futuristic)
jurassic-world-gyro-tease

Why did they catch my eye? Because it immediately reminded me of the rolling 76 Ball from The Lost World – easily my favorite bit along with the kid seeing the T-Rex in his backyard.
76ball

I’m just hoping that the movie is as good as the first movie rather than as good as the third movie..

Star Trek III: 30 Years Later

Today is the 30th anniversary of one of my favorite (and least popular) Star Trek movies – The Search for Spock. Directed by Leonard Nimoy back in 1984, The Search for Spock is the story of what happens when everyone gets home from the events in the Mutara Sector in Star Trek II. I remember seeing it in the theaters when it came out and was sad when it ended because that meant I’d have to wait another couple of years for the next adventure.

Over the years, I have really come to appreciate the movie for its relationship building between the characters. Everyone makes big sacrifices on the off chance they can do the right thing for their deceased friend. Looking at the trailer above, I can’t believe there is a HUGE spoiler in it. Of course, given the red herrings they did in Star Trek II, it shouldn’t really surprise me. TSFS is full of great moments (and I’ll be honest some not so great ones..) and I’ve embedded a few of my favorites below. My all-time favorite is Stealing the Enterprise – I have it on my iPhone for whenever I need to watch. The version below might be pan and scan (the aspect ratio seems off), but its the best I could find that still online.

This one below still gets to me….SPOILER ALERT

And the moment I knew everything was OK again..

Late Movie Night

Tonight we ventured over to our friends Eric and Arthur’s place to watch one of Daniel’s all-time favorite movies: 1976’s Logan’s Run. Overall it’s a fun movie but I always struggle with the fact that it takes place around the same time as the original Star Trek series and movies. I guess I’ve always liked Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future better than William Nolan’s, but even then it’s amusing that in the 60s and 70s people had the idea that tights combined with free flowing tops was the best choice for casual wear.

Next up with our friends will be some disaster movies among them one of my all time favs – Earthquake! I’ve already subjected them to The Poseidon Adventure and Towering Inferno so looking forward to Earthquake and/or Airport ’77..

Earthquake! An Event

Last night I had soo much fun heading up to the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater with Tara to see one of my favorite disaster movies of all time, Earthquake (1974), on the big screen. One of my co-workers encouraged me to follow the theater on twitter (@sidgrauman) after I missed the chance to see the Poseidon Adventure. I’m glad I did as when I saw the mention of Earthquake, I knew I had to go.

The added bonus was that the movie was being shown in “Sensurround” like the original theatrical engagement so you could feel the quake as it happens. Que nerd alert! Despite not being true Sensurround (they were short a few speakers) it was still amazing as they had experts there to control it during the show.

Another plus was that Monica Lewis (Barbara) was there before the show signing autographs and introducing the movie with her son. All in all, a great night and I was glad to see it on the big screen as it was meant to be seen!!

Some fun photos from the night
Josh and Tara getting photo bombed:

 The poster:

 Monica Lewis (center) and her son (right) and the host of the show:

Party all night long

Tomorrow night, I will be a guest at Charo’s house in Beverly Hills. What a long strange trip it has been from my Cuchi-Cuchi Hawaiian Style party in 1996 to this point. I am excited and I don’t know what to expect, but Tiffany will be accompanying me and I will have my camera so look for some photos in the next few days.

Work has been going well – I am really happy with what I am doing, and I look forward to an exciting summer! It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since we opened the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at the park. The other night, I found a one-year anniversary pin which will go well with all the other collectibles that I have gathered from the attraction. I really need to get organized and start hanging stuff up around my apartment. It seems whenever I want to do that it is near the time of year that my lease is up, and I think, this is going to be the year I am going to move, and I never do it. Five years later, I still do not have much up on the walls. All I know is that when I actually do move, one of my first objectives will be to decorate the halls.

Another exciting thing is that I have a second website to work on, so its nice to get back into some web work. I am a bit rusty when it comes to web site work, bit it is good to shake the rust off and get some work done. It is a bit challenging to balance my time since I am working long hours, but thank goodness I took the FOCUS class a few months ago!
I did see Prince Caspian last week (I know two movies in a week!). I was a bit let down – not that I thought it was a bad movie, but I think the LWATW was just a better story. It will be interesting to see how the movies will evolve since some of the major characters don’t show up in all the movies. It’s very different than most movie sequels and I feel it will have an impact on how well they do.

Toy Story Midway Mania opens in two weeks at Disney’s California Adventure. I had mixed feelings about it when I heard what it was going to be, but I will be the first to admit it is a really fun ride with a lot of repeatability – something that modern attractions need in order to be a break out hit. If you get a chance, head on down to the resort when it opens June 17 – you will have a blast! (Of course I am still partial to Buzz Lightyear – better game play and the free photos! Sorry, I am totally biased!)

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