Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Link: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Summary: After a man sees a small group of UFOs, he become obsessed with trying to understand a mysterious vision of a mountain.

Thoughts: I had never seen this classic Spielberg film before.  Although the effects are quite obviously dated, the film looked great on blu-ray.  I especially loved the look of the mothership UFO at the end, along with John Williams’s classic well-known score for this film.  The filmmaking was masterful; it’s very easy to get drawn into the mysteriousness of what the UFOs are doing as different characters take different approaches to trying to figure it out, our poor main character driven to the edges of his sanity in the process.

Overall, though, I’m not quite sure I understand what it’s all about.  Why exactly did these aliens come?  What are they doing?  What is the government trying to do with them?  What are the main character’s intentions as he walks onto the spaceship at the end?  I didn’t understand the film’s ending at all.

Still, it’s a fun film.  It was easy to get drawn into, and there’s something very engaging about the pacing and tempo of the whole thing, it just sucks you in like a catchy piece of music.  Which only makes the bizarre answer-less ending all the more annoying.

Jurassic Park 3D (2013)

Link: Jurassic Park 3D

Summary: 3D rerelease of the 1993 blockbuster.  A theme park featuring resurrected dinosaurs as the main attraction breaks down, and the dinosaurs eat the tourists.

Thoughts: Jurassic Park has been one of my favorite films since I first saw it when I was a young kid and couldn’t understand most of the subplot.  I just loved the dinosaurs.  I watched the VHS quite a few times over the summer at my grandmother’s house, so before we journeyed home, we went to a used bookstore and bought a used copy, which I continued to watch many times.  As far as disaster action thriller movies go, Jurassic Park gets the tone and pacing absolutely perfect, enough to forgive the many continuity errors and moments of cheesy dialog.  (“Woman inherits the earth!”  Lame.)

Anyway, the 3D was fantastic.  I thought it was amazing how well the photography lent itself to the addition of a third dimension, and I’m surprised they had the technology to convert the film so well.  There were a few little things here and there that looked a bit wonky, mostly the flat eyes of actor close-ups, but overall I was extremely impressed.  Most of the 3D is beautiful.

This will definitely be a 3D film I’ll see in theaters more than once.