Indiana Jones

Top Ten Memorial Day Box Office Movies

Until recently with big-budget super-hero films opening in late March and April, Memorial Day weekend has long been the unofficial beginning of the summer movie season. When you take a look at the top ten box office movies over Memorial Day weekend what you find is a collection of sadly mediocre, and downright awful, films. Seven of the top ten are sequels. Of the six I’ve written full reviews for only two have received a passing rating. Memorial Day may begin the summer movie season, but, as these ten movies show, it’s far from the best summer blockbusters have to offer.

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  • Title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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“What does God need with a starship?”

indiana-jones-and-the-kingdom-of-the-crystal-skull-posterThe film opens at the height of the Red Scare as Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) fights off Soviet agents, led by Cate Blanchett, who show up to steal a crystal skull from a secret government warehouse.  Indy’s failure to stop the theft brings up questions of his loyalty and he finds himself on forced sabbatical from the university.

Indy quickly finds a new outlet when a kid named Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) asks Indy for help in retrieving another crystal skull found by one of Indy’s colleagues (John Hurt) to save his mother Marion (Karen Allen) from the Nazi’s.

So far so good.  The adventure is in high gear, and even if the crystal skulls themselves are a bit of a letdown after Arks and Grails, at least they’re better than magic rocks which…glow.

However, the film begins to loose steam as the trek through the jungle infuses many themes not present in other Indy adventures which take over the film’s final act.  These include increased mysticism, psychic powers, and even the included mention of Roswell and possibility of extra-terrestrial life.  Now, I know these themes can be found in many of the serials George Lucas enjoyed as a kid, but they are glaringly out of place in a adventure series with strong historical ties like Indiana Jones.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2008

in Home Video, Theme Week

  • Title: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • IMDB: link

“Don’t call me Junior!”

indiana-jones-and-the-last-crusade-posterHarrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones, though he’s not the first one we see in the role in this third installment of the franchise.

The movie starts with a young Indy (River Phoenix) taking on grave robbers near his home.  This short glimpse into his past gives us clues to his fear of snakes, his love of archeology, and where he picked up that trademark hat and whip.  This sequence would also be the catalyst for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series.

Following this opening we jump to the present where Indy is told his father (Sean Connery) has disappeared while searching for the location of the Holy Grail.  With the help of his father’s assistant (Alison Doddy), Indy travels to Venice to continue the search and find his father.

The search reunites the Jones famly for the first time in years and puts them up against Nazi’s, a secret cult desperate to keep the resting place of the Grail secret, and mysteries and clues which must be solved.

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Indy Comics

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2008

in Comics, Theme Week

If your entire experience with Indiana Jones is limited to the feature films you’ve been missing out on part of the character’s rich history.  Aside from the television adventures, Indy has also graced the covers of many comic books over the years.  Let’s take a look at Indy’s adventures in comics over the years.

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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Vol. 3

by December Lambeth on May 21, 2008

in Home Video, Theme Week

  • Title: The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – Volume Three
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Travel around the world and be an undercover and on the inside with Indiana Jones in this glorious collection of DVD’s. Just like the first two releases the third installment has us going on one adventure after another and running into some of the most famous people who shaped our world today. Season 3 slows down a bit and gives Indy plenty of time for the ladies. Interesting how every episode he finds time amongst his secret agent status and historical events to woo many a girl and even get engaged or have planned to be engaged to all of them.

Sadly the TV series had to end sometime and it is quite obvious that the producers were running out of steam by the end. A couple of lack luster editions between The Scandal of 1920 and The Hollywood Follies pretty well stopped the train. Yes, the two are entertaining additions, but not nearly as adventurous or cunning as the others. Well maybe there is one other that stood out like a sore thumb, which would be his little tryst with Vlad, the Impaler himself. I watch thinking, okay where’s the hoax, just like with the Scooby Gang I was waiting for the mask to be pulled off and the string found. I certainly must say Masks of Evil was quite interesting and odd.

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