Billy And The Cloneasaurus: ImportantCool Reviews Jurassic World

Jurassic Park 3 was the first film I ever walked out on. Just got up and left right in the middle. It was July 2001 and I loved exactly three things: dinosaurs, going to the cinema, and not wasting what little money I earned.

Yet, I still couldn’t get to the end of that movie. I shuffled through the sticky-floored foyer of Loughborough’s Curzon Cinema, past the film’s silver and red promotional cardboard cutout of a non-distinct pterosaur, and got on with my summer holiday.

Back home, I still had the dinosaur magazines I’d collected as a child, and the balsa wood model triceratops skeleton which came, a bone at a time, with the week’s edition at the local shop.

As I said, I loved dinosaurs. But I no longer loved dinosaur films. If Jurassic Park 3 was the death throe of a franchise that started off jaundiced and sustained itself simply by placing T-Rexes in ever-increasingly incongruous situations, then I was fine with that [1].

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Intergenerational Report: The Mad Men Finale

After the runaway, viral success of The Intergenerational Report on House Of Cards, associate Austin Mackell asked co-writers Jeff Hewitt and Kenny Laurie whether they wanted to get the band back together and write about the Mad Men finale. Before they could even say, “You’re goddamn right we do – where’s the groupies?” Mackell was off and running, doing the writerly equivalent of getting to the rehearsal studio two hours early by committing his thoughts to paper before the final two episodes had even aired.

Each writer carried out their own investigations into the end of the Mad Men era (19 July 2007 – 17 May 2015), before reporting back to the group. True to ImportantCool methodology (which includes but is not limited to radical journalistic transparency), each writer’s complete findings are available to read as artefacts, the links for which are at the bottom of the page. Continue reading