Just as I was thinking that 2018 has been a down year for comedies, along comes “Juliet, Naked,” which got a limited release in theaters and is now on home video. It’s the sixth Nick Hornby book to be adapted for the screen, and my personal favorite. (And no, I’m not forgetting “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy.”) Featuring the pitch-perfect cast of Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd, it left me misty-eyed with laughter and sadness – sometimes within the same scene – and features a funny yet sober examination of extreme music nerdery.
“Jurassic Park” might not seem like a candidate for lots of spinoff material – and indeed, the franchise has contented itself with blockbuster films as of late. (The latest, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” lands Friday, June 22.) But there have been enough comics released through the years to pad out a list of distinct “JP” yarns. Here’s a ranking of every “Jurassic Park” story, from the worst comic books to the best of Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton.
(Updated in December 2018 with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”)
“Jurassic Park III” (2001) is a stripped down B-movie that has a blast playing with the saga’s tropes, one classic character and dinosaurs old and new. It’s the first movie not based on a novel (although “The Lost World” diverted from the novel, it still had the heft of a novel adaptation) and it didn’t feature a comic book adaptation or a “making of” book (there were toys, though). Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams stepped aside, handing the reins to the capable-but-less-celebrated Joe Johnston and Don Davis, respectively.