Archive for the ‘Indiana Jones’ Category

Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Serial

June 25, 2008

I thought I’d bet Michael May to this post… It’s common knowledge that the character of Indiana Jones is based on the serial movies of the 1930s. Well, RogerRmjet has cleverly chopped the original Raiders of the Lost Ark up into individual chapters, dropped the color, and added vintage credits to bring us Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Serial, available on YouTube.

This is one editing experiment that works rather well. Apparently the first chapter (“The Golden Idol”) has been posted for about two months, with the latest chapter, number 12 (“Showdown at Sea”) having just gone up about two days ago. Having been around for two months, I’m surprised that I just now came across it. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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Angry Fanboy – 11

May 29, 2008

NOTE: The views of Angry Fanboy do not necessarily support my own personal views. I happened to have really dug Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Though, I do have to agree with him about how Han did in fact shoot Greedo first.

Movie Review – Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

May 23, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – (8 stars)

In 1957, Indiana Jones is thrust back in action, venturing into the jungles of South America in a race against Soviet agents to find the mystical Crystal Skull.

Note: This is going to be spoiler free review. As much as I’d like to cite specific scenes from the movie to prove my points and opinions of this movie I’m not going to hear. But, I’ll discuss these specific points with anybody anywhere over a pint or two.

There has been a lot of “mixed” reviews regarding the latest installment of the Indiana Jones adventures. So, I’m going to start this review off with my first and foremost gripe about the movie — the use of sets. Having seen and enjoying the previous three Indiana Jones movies, as well as countless other movies from other decades and other genres from the same and other creators. But, when you look at the previous three movies from the series — Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — one thing stands out with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and it is the use of sets. The title character is a globe trotting and world weary adventurer, but yet, right from the get go, this chapter had the distinct look and feel of being mostly shot on soundstages and back lots. But, that’s about it as far as my gripes go. Sure, I could nit-pick a bit more, but that’s easy to do when you’ve been involved in a relationship that has lasted some twenty-seven years.

Now that that is out of the way… I liked Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull — a lot. The movie was no Raiders of the Lost Ark — but it also wasn’t the major let down that a lot of “fans” are screaming about. There are three other things that this movie was not — Episode I, Episode II, and Episode III.

There is nothing more ridiculous nor unbelievable about this Indy installment than any of the previous three. I’ll give you that it might not be in the same tone as the previous three movies — but really, none of the previous three movies were exactly the same in tone. This movie may set out a bit further than the rest, but it has been 19 years since the last Indiana Jones movie. A lot has changed in nineteen years — and a lot has changed in Indiana Jones life since we last saw him in The Last Crusade. Maybe I saw the movie in “Indy-colored glasses”, but so what. I really can’t think of any better lenses and frames to view such a movie.

Some of the criticism that I’ve read and/or heard has been that Indy IV didn’t contain specific elements that “fans” wanted to to see. That’s kind of a cheap shot. So what if this or that character wasn’t there nor represented “enough.” That’s what I’ve got the previous three Indy movies for, right? it was interesting to see Indiana Jones in a post-WWII world, McCarthyism era. And, speaking of an older Indiana Jones… Harrison Ford pulled it off just fine. The actor wasn’t sleepwalking through this role like he has recently appeared to do in others. I also bought Shia LaBeouf in this flick as well. I like this kid. (I’m plenty old enough to call him “kid,” trust me.) I’ve heard scoffs about some certain actions that LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams pulls off in this movie. Well, if it were the character of Indiana Jones doing the same things there’d be no second guessing or criticisms. And these two play off each other great. And, after twenty-seven years it was nice to see Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) return. Could she have played a bigger part? Maybe. But, the movie really wasn’t about her and Indy. The movie was about Indiana Jones and Mutt Williams.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is good and fun entertainment with a very dear old friend.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: David Koepp; Story by: George Lucas, Jeff Nathanson
Produced by: Frank Marshal, Denis L. Stewart, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images.

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Indiana Jones And The Mediocre Reception

May 22, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull swings (courtesy of a well-worn leather bullwhip) into movie theaters and cineplexes today. Now, this isn’t my “official” review of the movie. It doesn’t look like I’m going to venture into any dark movie theaters to join in on the adventures of archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones today. I’ve been there and done that for they opening day hype for two of his three previous premieres. I might see it tomorrow. If not then, than Monday — no need to battle the weekend crowds. It’s not that I’m not excited to see the return of Indiana Jones. That character is by far one of my favorite all-time heroes. Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably my second favorite movie of all-time (just behind the other Spielberg opus, Jaws).

What should by all accounts be a triumphant return seems to be being met with mediocre reception — and that’s a shame. Early reviews have been mixed, but leaning toward the negative. While a lot of reviews are saying that “Hey, if you like Indiana Jones movies you’ll probably like this one,” they also seem to be listing elements of the movie that one shouldn’t like. I don’t need any reviewer to tell me what I shouldn’t like. And, I especially don’t need any of the filmmakers to tell me not to get my hopes up. I’m looking at you, Lucas.

I really feel that people are setting themselves up not to like this movie. Have we all really been that damaged by Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

I feel that there’s no need for me to go in with my guard up. My plan is to go along for the ride — a ride that I expect to be fun, regardless of what I have or have not heard.

I don’t want to ramble on too much more about the movie here — I want to save my opinions and thoughts for when I do post my review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So… I’ll sign off now.

Angry Fanboy – 9

May 14, 2008

Today is George Lucas‘ 64th birthday. Can you imagine what he must have been experiencing on his 33rd birthday — just a mere eleven days before the release of the original Star Wars?

May Flix

April 29, 2008

Alright. Now we’re talking. The 2008 Summer blockbuster season officially kicks off on May 2nd. Sure, I’ve only been to the cineplex twice this year so far. But, that’s all about to change in May.

Iron Man (May 2) — Tony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

When I first heard that actor Robert Downey Jr. was cast in the role of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark I was on board. This is great casting. I probably never would have come up with that casting choice, but I’m glad that they did and I’m eager to see how Downey pulls it off. The original Tony Stark of the Iron Man comics has a lot of inner demons — how or if they’re addressed in the movies (Downey has signed on for three Iron Man flicks), and how the actor approaches them will be interesting to watch.

Speed Racer (May 9) — Born to race cars, Speed Racer is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized – the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret – some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line.

I have been waiting for a Speed Racer movie for over twenty-five years. Way back in the day I had my own ideas as to what kind of Speed Racer movie I would make and who which actors would portray Speed, Trixie, Pops, Racer X, and the rest of the Racer clan. No, I’m not going to reveal them here — I was fifteen at the time. Now, while what I have seen in trailers and clips may not be exactly how I imagined a Speed Racer movie to be, what I have seen has been mesmerizing and intriguing. This should be a great popcorn movie.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22) — In 1957, Indiana Jones is thrust back in action, venturing into the jungles of South America in a race against Soviet agents to find the mystical Crystal Skull.

After Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably my second favorite movie of all time. (Star Wars: A New Hope probably clocks in at third.) Now, while I was content with probably never seeing an additional Indiana Jones adventure on the big screen after The Last Crusade some nineteen years ago, I’m glad Harrison Ford is reprising the role nonetheless. Plain and simple — if there’s an Indiana Jones movie, I’m there.

Sex and the City (May 30) — The continuing adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they live their lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended.

Alright, my cool-nerd factor just dropped with the mention of this flick, but it’s on my list of movies that I’m looking forward to. After having my girlfriend turn me onto six seasons worth of syndicated reruns I feel that I have committed myself enough to my relationship with the show that it warrants a trip to the cineplex to see the movie. Now, the question is… Is my girlfriend going to see the movie with her girlfriends, thus leaving me to my own device and having to go by myself?

Now, looking ahead, what does June have in store for us? The Incredible Hulk, Get Smart, Wall-E, and maybe Wanted.

Indy Arrives To Tease

February 14, 2008

Paramount and Lucasfilm have whipped out the teaser trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. You can uncover it over at Yahoo! Movies — and boy, is it sweet!

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There’s a special kind of chill that I get watching Indiana Jones movies, and it resurfaced all half a dozen times that I viewed this trailer within a span of about 15 minutes. This movie is destined to be as classic as the previous three cinematic adventures — trust me.