Ready Player One – The Review

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Steven Spielberg is a fantastic director; he directs a science fiction action adventure called “Ready Player One” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller hit. The screenplay is by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline.

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The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery, and danger. It may be Steven Spielberg biggest hit ever.

The Cast

Tye Sheridan

Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “All Summer Ends” & “Mud”, Joe)

Oliva Cooke

Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”)

Ben Mendelsohn

Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” “Bloodline ”, And “Animal Kingdom“)

T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”),

John Shearer

Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies, Ice Age: Collison Course)

Kevin Mazur

Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” and “Dunkirk”)

The movie is 2 hour and 25 minutes long. Bring Pillows and a blanket!

In the movie, be aware the characters depict from pop-culture from the 80s and 90s. Can you identify the icons?  Please comment below.

Did you know Jane Douglas from the video game Outside Xbox is an extra in the film? Watch for her. She’s sitting just behind a guy with the numbers 665312 on his helmet.

Go see it this weekend!

Jurassic Park Kids: Where Are They Now?

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In honor of the 22th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster hit Jurassic Park the film’s child stars, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards.

For Mazzello, now 31, the days spent filming with Spielberg in Hawaii marked “the greatest time of my life,” he recalls. “My time with Steven on Jurassic Park affected where I wanted to go to school and what I wanted to do with my life.”

After Jurassic Park, Mazzello starred in a string of hit movies, including The River Wild with Meryl Streep, and enrolled at the University of Southern California in 2001.

“Steven wrote me a recommendation for USC to go to film school. Believe it or not, I got in,” he says with a laugh. “He’s been there for me throughout my life whenever I really needed him.”

Mazzello reteamed with Spielberg for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific in 2010 and costarred on the big screen that same year in The Social Network, as Dustin Moskovitz. Recently, he guest-starred on FX’s Justified and appears in the just-released G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

The actor, who lives in L.A. and is in a steady relationship, insists he never brings up Jurassic Park as a way to meet women. “The more they know about that, the less I’m into them. You never know what people’s motives are,” he says. “If the first approach or the first meeting is about me being from the movie, then I’m like, ‘No.’ ”

Ariana Richards, 35, who played Mazzello’s big sister Lex, is a professional painter who runs her own studio in Oregon, called Gallery Ariana. “When clients find out I was in Jurassic, they get really excited,” says Richards, who creates portraits and landscapes paintings. And she is expecting her first child. She lives in South America with her husband and she is doing an Art Tour. She loved to attend the movie premiere but due to doctors orders and expecting anytime soon. She can’t come.

Working on Jurassic Park inspired her to paint her first water color painting.

“I wanted to boil down the whole experience of Jurassic into my art. I painted an image of me from the Jell-O scene,” she says. “I ended up presenting Steven with one of my paintings at the end of filming. He still has them.”

Richards married her boyfriend, Mark Bolton, in 2013 in Oregon, where Grammy nominated composer and pianist David Lanz performed at her big celebration.