How you feel about Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series, will depend entirely on how old you were when the very first one came out in 1993. If you were somewhere under the age of 25, you are probably secretly quite excited to see the dinosaur residents of Isla Nublar rear their ugly heads once more in this latest incarnation. Everyone’s favourite comedy-schlubb-turned-action-hunk Chris Pratt stars as a raptor wrangler who seems to have borrowed Han Solo’s wardrobe and appears to have met his match in a new genetically engineered super-saur whose brain and brawn puts the famously dim-witted T-Rex in the shade. Relative newbie director Colin Trevorrow takes the chair, though Steven Spielberg, acting as executive director, may well have done some organ grinding. If, however, you were over 25, or weren’t yet a twinkle in anyone’s eye in 1993, you probably don’t know what the fuss was about. Consider this your opportunity to find out.
Out on Friday 12 June, jurassicworld.com
So you’re two super-successful bands, Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, and you decide to join forces. What do you call yourselves? Franzisparks? Sperdinand? How about (snort), FFS? The tittering-behind-the-hand mentality looks set to continue as the band release their first self-titled album today, which includes the singles “Piss Off” and “Collaborations Don’t Work” and “Call Girl” (full lyric, “Why don’t you call, girl?” – arf). The music, at least, they appear to be taking seriously, with a spiky, electro-pop sound that seems to distill the essence of both bands and brew them into something intoxicating and new. They’ll be touring Europe starting, naturally, in Glasgow on 16 June and taking them through to the Berlin edition of Lollapalooza on 12 September.
FFS by FFS is out today, 8 June (Domino), ffsmusic.com