Comic Con is usually where a lot of bombshells about upcoming projects are dropped, glimpses of the next hottest movie are seen for the first time and to a pop culture geek like me, this is the time of year that you have a geekgasm over all the tidbits flowing out of Comic-Con San Diego. I can predict that it probably won’t be the biggest story to come out this weekend, but its interesting none-the-less:  Steven Spielberg confirmed that Jurassic Park IV is coming!! While this isn’t necessarily the first time we’ve heard of a fourth installment, it’s the first time that Spielberg said anything about it!

Not to do a full 180 on an article I wrote earlier this year on the Pros and Cons of Jurassic Park IV, while I’m excited to hear this news, I still firmly believe in all my “cons” for making a 4th movie. At the same time, I also firmly believe that dinosaurs on the big screen are better than no dinosaurs on the big screen. Here are a few reasons why this is good news:


Life After Potter (AKA: Places To Get Your “Potter Fix” From Here On Out)

Over the weekend, the final film installment of the Harry Potter series raked in 169 million dollars within 4 days for it’s opening weekend (not a bad way to end a franchise huh?). However, with this film’s arrival comes the realization that Harry Potter won’t be on the silver screen any more. For fans of the movies as well as the books, this can be a hard pill to swallow, seeing that Potter has dominated our cinemas for the last decade.

Admittedly, I didn’t really get Potter fever until later into the movies around when Goblet of Fire came out. I had very rabid friends that were into Potter (one serves as a correspondent for this very site, another is now my wife!)anyway, when I tagged along to movies I enjoyed them, but honestly I didn’t know a Weasley from a Malfoy, but as the films got darker, I got more and more into Potter and by the time The Order of The Pheonix hit, I was comfortable with having Potter fever.

Working at a call center, I resorted to reading to keep my sanity and it wasn’t long until I decided to read the Harry Potter series. Before that, I got a little bit of Potter fever by working the midnight release of the book Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows at one of my various, college part time jobs at a bookstore. To see fans both young and old dress like their favorite wizards really opened my eyes to the unstoppable juggernaut that is Harry Potter.

So it’s without ego, that I say the following: even though the final Potter book hit the bookshelves a few years back and the final film adaptation of the everyone’s favorite boy wizard is now showing on the silver screen….this is by no means the end of Harry Potter! Here’s a few things that will make The Boy Who Lived….live on for years to come:


Thank You, Jo (Or: The Final Thoughts Of A High-Functioning Potter Aficionado)

(Minor spoiler alert: Photo of Neville near the bottom)

Dear Jo,

Thank you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your story. Thank you for Harry.

In it I – we – are lost in an excitement that always presents itself each time we open “Philosopher’s Stone” to start a re-read of the series. An excitement that takes us on a joyride of emotions as we turn the page and find friendships, heartarche, pain and sorrow, the bliss of a Quidditch victory for Gryffindor and the first kiss of a beloved character.


Highlander: The Franchise That Wouldn’t Die (aka: Brad’s Decent Into Madness by Watching The Notoriously Bad Highlander Sequels)

When it comes to movie franchises; automatically visions of Indiana Jones, Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Batman comes to mind. One that probably doesn’t, is the Highlander franchise. It had the makings of an awesome film franchise: Immortal swordsmen engage in mortal combat until only one remains….and the only way to kill them is by beheading!!! Totally sounds badass right? I don’t know about you, but watching a series of movies about bloodthirsty swordsmen sounds awesome! Sadly, the Highlander franchise represents all the things that can go wrong in launching a film franchise. It had a strong start, but churned out a franchise that not only gave us very muddy, confusing and horrible sequels and spin-offs, but like the immortals peppered throughout, it’s a franchise that simply won’t die. I took advantage of the movies being available on Netflix and wrote an in-depth essay on the franchise! If you haven’t been introduced to this world, my advice is this: Watch and love the first movie, become a fan, but for the love of God, do NOT watch the sequels. Without further adieu: here’s my movie-by-movie analysis of Highlander..