SPACEBALLS
1987, MGM/Park Circus, 96 min, USA, Dir: Mel Brooks

“May the schwartz be with you.” Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis head up the cast in Mel Brooks' hilarious riff on STAR WARS, which is as much a satire on that movie's impact on the film industry (with particularly sly jabs at corporate merchandising) as it is on STAR WARS itself. Brooks is a riot in two roles (including the Yoda-inspired "Yoghurt"), with diminutive Rick Moranis marching around as “Dark Helmet,” Dom DeLuise voicing the pepperoni-and-cheese blob Pizza the Hut, and Daphne Zuniga rounds out the cast in the Princess Leia part (here, Princess Vespa).


JURASSIC PARK III
2001, Universal, 92 min, USA, Dir: Joe Johnston

Bizarre and wealthy thrill-seekers Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) convince Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) to travel with them to Isla Sorna, the second InGen dinosaur lab. An unexpected plane landing finds the party in the midst of creatures unknown - and lethal - to the lab workers. Things go completely haywire when Dr. Grant discovers massive Velociraptor nests, and vicious dinosaur mothers willing to protect their young at any cost.


THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
1997, Universal, 129 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

Jeff Goldblum returns from JURASSIC PARK and is joined by Julianne Moore and Pete Postlethwaite in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Crichton's best-selling sequel. This time, an expedition of scientists, businessmen and game hunters travels to the island where the dinosaurs of the first film were bred, with predictably terrifying results. Both more action-packed and more playful than its predecessor (with plenty of tributes to Howard Hawks and HATARI!), this is one of those rare sequels that equals and at times even surpasses the original.


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