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Justified Season 4, Featuring The Kid From Jurassic Park (All Grown Up)


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Justified Season 4 premiered on FX last night (January 8, 2013), featuring Joseph Mazzello -ring any bells? It shouldn't really, considering he's done very little since playing the little boy Tim Murphy in Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park. Spielberg - up for 10 Baftas with Lincoln - hired Joseph after deeming him too young to play the role he'd originally been promised in Hook.

Anyway, he's all grown up and plays Preacher Billy in the new season of Justified. Billy is a charismatic new Harlan County figure who lures the local citizenry into his "revival meeting tent," says Yahoo News. Once he's got the patrons in, he talks them out of spending their money and the drugs and alcohol sold by crime boss Boyd Crowder. Of course, Crowder - played by the Emmy nominated Walton Goggins - is none too pleased with Billy's interfering and decides to do something about it. It all promises a tension packed season four for one of television's most underrated dramas.

Ok, so maybe we were a little hard on Joseph Mazzano, who actually landed a couple of decent roles in recent years. Justified is his third television role, following appearances in Spielberg's The Pacific and as Geoffrey Fairweather in the Ridley and Tony Scott produced miniseries Coma on A&E. He also played Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz in The Social Network and wrote, directed and produced the 2007 family drama 'Matters of Life and Death'. 

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Joseph Mazzello Hollywood, California, United States FX's 'Justified' Season 4 premiere held at Paramount Studios Saturday 5th January 2013

The Social Network Review


Excellent
The story of Facebook is given a dramatic twist by the combination of Sorkin's brainy script and Fincher's brawny direction. What emerges is the tale of a computer nerd who only understands relationships if they're online.

While at Harvard in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) and his best pal Eduardo Saverin (Garfield) came up with the concept of linking the students in a virtual network that honed the concept of MySpace into something more personal.

The problem is that it springs from a project Mark is working on for beefy twin rowers (Pence and Hammer) and their techie pal (Minghella), who immediately launch a legal battle against Facebook. Later, Mark links up with slick Napster founder Sean Parker (Timberlake) to push the site further, but he loses Eduardo in the process.

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Picture - Joseph Mazzello New York City, USA, Friday 24th September 2010

Joseph Mazzello Friday 24th September 2010 The 48th New York Film Festival - 'The Social Network' Premiere - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Joseph Mazzello Sunday 22nd August 2010 Audi hosts a cocktail party to kick-off Emmy week held at Cecconi's Los Angeles, California

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Picture - Joseph Mazzello Hollywood, California, Tuesday 24th February 2009

Joseph Mazzello and HBO Tuesday 24th February 2009 Los Angeles Premiere of HBO's new mini series 'The Pacific' held at the Grauman's Chinese Theater Hollywood, California

Simon Birch Review


Weak
One scarcely knows where to begin to elucidate the tragic story of Simon Birch, but suffice it to say that Simon is a 12-year-old dwarf imbued with an astonishing sense of morality and heroism that affects everyone around him. The Triumph of the Kid has never been more overwrought, and Simon Birch just takes movies like Radio Flyer, The Mighty, and Unstrung Heroes and ratchets them out to the hilt. Pithy and over-emotional, watch little Simon (Ian Michael Smith) wreck the school play, try to play baseball, ogle girls' chests, and save the entire student body from drowning in an icy river. Then go vomit. Jim Carrey makes a (poor) cameo. Also note that the film is based on author John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Irving also wrote the book responsible for that ungodly piece of junk The Cider House Rules.

Jurassic Park Review


OK

When John Hammond, the rich billionaire who creates Jurassic Park, says he "spared no expense," we might as well be listening to Steven Spielberg, the film's prolific director. Jurassic Park cost somewhere in the vicinity of $63 million to make but that seems like nothing compared to the return, which was only a hair under $400 million. This is when we really knew what Spielberg could do: He could make a blockbuster better than anyone in the world. Jurassic Park isn't his best film by a long shot, but its mesmerizing entertainment and proof that the man is the go-to guy for action and adventure.

The beginning sets the pace perfectly: While transporting a cloned dinosaur into the titular theme park, a worker is pulled into its cage and ravaged while the other workers prod the beast to no avail. It's the following lawsuit that makes the park's owner, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), want to bring in married paleontologists Alan and Ellie (Sam Neill and Laura Dern), theorist Ian (Jeff Goldblum), and his lawyer Mr. Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) to consult and give the park their seal of approval. When they first arrive, they are amazed by the dinosaurs and charmed by Hammond, his money and his technology. They are also charmed by his grandchildren, Tim and Lex (Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards), who come right before the security breaks down. Soon enough, the dinosaurs are loose, eating humans (and each other) with rampant glee.

The main attractions, obviously, are the dinosaurs and the wizards at Stan Winston Studios and Industrial Light and Magic, who did the special and visual effects for the film. For the raptors, specifically, they give the creatures such a fluid range of motion that the carnality of their attacks gives off a vibrant feeling. Spielberg has a knack for mixing visual fireworks with a solid storyline, but he still has trouble with his characters and making them deeper than mere sketches of people. It's easy: Hammond is the rich guy who learns his lesson, Alan is the logical, surprisingly adept hero, Ellie is his equal but understands more emotional things, Ian is the comic relief, Lex and Tim are the innocents, and the lawyer is a meal. But none of these characters really go beyond these archetypes, although the actors try their hardest to give the lines depth (special kudos to Dern and Neill). David Koepp, assisted by Michael Crichton, has crafted a great story in his screenplay, but he never gives enough care to the details of the characters.

It's been argued by a lot of people that Spielberg is a hack; that he treats his controversial films (Schindler's List, Amistad) with the same do-anything rush of his action/adventure films (Minority Report, the Indiana Jones trilogy). Maybe they have a point, but there is no arguing that Spielberg is an important director and a potent storyteller. Jurassic Park serves as an example of his control of story and imagery but also shows off his lack of character development, which has only really been cured in Jaws, indisputably his best film. His next film, Munich, was written by Tony Kushner, the famed author of Angels in America, which might make for a deeper drama from Spielberg. Either way, I guarantee that the producers spared no expense.

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