Movie Review

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Thoughts and Reflections

I was at work on Thursday, 06.21 when I got a text from my wife, informing me that my brother-in-law was going to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom that night and was wondering if I'd like to join him. Up until then I was excited to see Fallen Kingdom - the trailers looked both hokey but also promising to a certain degree, and I have a special love for the aesthetic of dinosaurs occupying an area where humans used to be. I wasn't expecting a revitalization of the series, but I was expecting something at least as enjoyable as Jurassic World, if not better.

Sadly, I was sorely mistaken.

What follows is my (SPOILER-FREE) thoughts and reflections on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Theater Thursday

Theater Thursday: Young Frankenstein - Part Two

With rehearsals for Young Frankenstein well underway, I was swiftly learning all of the hard work that went into producing a musical. It took everything that was normally part of a stage production and added to it a live musical performance, an elaborate and changing set, complex lighting and sound cues. Late nights became later nights, stressed cast and crew were each brought to the end of their respective ropes on various occasions. Would the production truly be worth all of this work?

In short, yes. But I don't like to do things in short, so let's get on with the final post for the Theater Thursday series as we close out our retrospective of Young Frankenstein...

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Theater Thursday: Young Frankenstein - Part One

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I've completed eleven production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to many people I've acted beside.

In many ways, it felt like every show I've done - from Dearly Departed to Play On! - had been leading up to this. I've said before that the process of doing this next show - my most recent show - felt in many ways like my first production. That is a clear sign that I was growing as a performer, and that this show was expanding my skills in ways beyond my previous shows. I'm talking, of course, about Brainerd Community Theater's 2018 production of Young Frankenstein...

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Theater Thursday: Play On!

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I've completed eleven production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to many people I've acted beside.

With Flowers for Algernon behind me, I was ready for a comedy again. And not just any comedy, but one that I would feel like I truly fit. I'm not talking about a Blithe Spirit - which was fun in its own way - and I'm not talking about a Bill W. & Dr. Bob - where the comedy is only half of the production. No, I'm talking about something that builds jokes from act one onward, with plenty of physical humor, and is just downright fun. And this came in the form of Play On!...

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Theater Thursday: Flowers For Algernon

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I wrap up my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to many people I've acted beside.

I had done a lot up to this point with theater. Comedy, drama, supporting role, leading role, large cast, small cast. I really felt I had run the gamut of what Brainerd Community Theater had to offer. And when I heard that BCT's next production would be Flowers for Algernon, I felt like this was my chance to land the leading role in a drama...

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Theater Thursday: Relatively Speaking

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I wrap up my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to many people I've acted beside.

Being a part of a large, ensemble cast - such as with Jack the Ripper or A Servant of Two Masters, is a very fun and unique experience. There is nothing like a small cast, though, and I was lucky enough to be one of the four actors in the play Relatively Speaking, directed by Erik Steen in 2016...

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Theater Thursday: Bill W. and Dr. Bob

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I wrap up my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to many people I've acted beside.

Some time passed after my last show, and when I heard that friend and director Erik Steen would be directing Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the dromedy about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I had seen the show years prior when Brainerd Community Theater had hosted a traveling theater company, and I knew it would be a good stretch in both my comedic and dramatic capabilities.

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Theater Thursday: The Servant of Two Masters

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside.

As The Mousetrap wrapped up, Patrick had been talking to me about his plans for a summer show. Titled A Servant of Two Masters, it was an old script that he had hoped to take some liberties with, allowing the cast involved to try their hands at some improvisational humor. It didn't take much thought on my part. The chance to do improv on stage? Where do I sign up?!

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Theater Thursday: The Mousetrap

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside.

In early 2015, I received a message from Erik Steen asking if I'd audition for the show The Mousetrap. I mentioned it to my wife, who was visibly excirted because it was an Agatha Christie story and she was currently working her way through Poirot on Netflix. With both her ringing endorsement - and the director singling me out specifically - to boost my confidence, I decided to give it a go, and wound up playing the role of Christopher Wren...

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Theater Thursday: Blithe Spirit

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside.

Following the emotionally draining production that was The Rimers of Eldritch, I was eager to do something lighthearted and fun again. The next play that Patrick Spradlin was directing was a comedy called Blithe Spirit, and it proved a unique experience in its own way...