35mm Steven Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK at the Vista, Los Feliz

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Part of the Secret Movie Club’s GODZILLA AND FRIENDS series. SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY MATINEE: Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 10:30a, The Vista: JURASSIC PARK (1993, Universal, dir by Steven Spielberg, 35mm)

While Godzilla has had more incarnations than a Hindu God including the U.S.’s most recent reboot which is about to give us its second chapter, Steven Spielberg may have provided us the greatest Godzilla movie outside of Japan when he made JURASSIC PARK in 1993.

Yes, Jurassic Park is about a dinosaur amusement park. But it traffics (in wildly successful fashion) in the same thematic ocean as Godzilla as it focuses on humanity’s hubris at thinking it can control nature. Whenever humanity tries to do that, nature screams and claws and bites back.

And you lose an arm, a head, and lots more.

Spielberg has often stated that he re-made his feature film debut Duel about a man’s life and death struggle with a big rig truck driven by a faceless homicidal driver twice to save his career in moments when it treated to go off the rails. First of course as JAWS (where the truck became the shark) and then again here as JURASSIC PARK (where the truck became the T-Rex).

This isn’t to say that Spielberg just rehashed Duel. He didn’t. But he went back to basics to re-find his cinematic center. And if that isn’t proof positive of a kind of cinematic genius and wisdom, it’s hard to say what is.

Also, perversely, Spielberg shows that the best way to make a modern day GODZILLA movie is to not make a literal GODZILLA movie. But a spiritual GODZILLA movie.

Jurassic Park is filled with head-slapping Spielbergian tension and his genius at constructing a sequence. It is also filled with his trademark ability to balance sequence, spectacle, tension, and world-building, with his equal attention to heart, story, and character.

As with so many Spielberg movies, Jurassic Park becomes a story about a person’s ambivalence but eventual embrace of the family unit as the center of human meaning, forged and crafted under extreme stressful situations.

Let’s kick off SUMMER 2019 in style with one of the all-time great summer movies. Come join us for Spielberg, dinosaurs, great moviemaking, John Williams’ music, and heart.

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer


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Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's afterwards a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

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You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

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CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

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