A few quick words on “Kong: Skull Island” (2017)

“Kong: Skull Island” doesn’t have the charm and sense of fun of Peter Jackson’s version, but it’s still a first-rate monster movie that I highly recommend.  It’s got a good script, likable characters and terrific special effects.

Parts of it were actually scary.  The first action set-piece is unexpectedly brutal, and there’s a sequence with a giant spider that was a little unnerving, too.  I was surprised at how the filmmakers here so heavily emphasized the story’s action-horror elements.

I had a blast with this, and I’d give it a 9 out of 10.

I have a question — did anyone else notice a reference to “Jurassic Park” (1993)?  At one point, Samuel Jackson’s character tells his companions to “Hang on to your butts.”  Isn’t that his character’s line in “Jurassic Park” when he restores power to the facility, shortly before he gets killed?


“Live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

— Charles Bukowski