WHEN: 9:35 am EST, November 24th, 2013
WHERE: In my apartment in Portland, ME
FORMAT: DVD on a 19” AOC LED computer monitor/digital download on an iPhone 3
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Groggy. Chilly/wearing an off-brand Snuggie.
A TRIP INTO THE PAST:
Jurassic Park may be the high water mark for dinosaur blockbusters, but it all started back in 1925 with Harry Hoyt’s The Lost World, a film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 work. In a quest to verify claims of prehistoric beasts alive and well in South America, Professor Challenger’s team of scientists and adventurers found themselves trapped on a deadly plateau where ancient life still reigns.
Comparing The Lost World to Jurassic Park is a fascinating exercise. Both films stand as a testament to mankind’s ongoing curiosity regarding the planet’s past. In the ways they contrast, we can see how much times have changed. (We now know that Brontosauruses aren’t a thing, and that blackface isn’t cool.) Today, I’m going to focus on one odd aspect of Jurassic Park that The Lost World brought to my attention: in the 68 years between Challenger’s expedition and Hammond’s island, man has gotten significantly worse at hunting dinosaurs.