Lightning strikes the clock tower in Back to the Future. Panoramic helicopter shots sweep over the hills of Middle-earth in Lord of the Rings. Jack and Rose hold each other on the bow of the Titanic. These are images that we may see over and over again on our living room TVs, but there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen.
King of the world – or at least the box office – James Cameron has said that watching movies like Avatar on an iPhone “is dumb.” While I won’t totally discount the value of being able to consume entertainment on the go on a portable device, I do agree a massive screen and a quality sound system – not to mention viewing with an audience – is key to the full experience of epic blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.
So as Jurassic Park heads back to theaters for its 20th anniversary this weekend (with an added dimension), let’s take a moment to celebrate a few of the movies built for a big screen and a big audience, starting with the 1993 dinosaur epic now playing in 3-D.