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29
Dec
08

Indiana Jones: The Complete Soundtrack Collection

 

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If you know me, you probably know that I’m obsessed with Indiana Jones. I even argue for the quality of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (*gasp*). No, it’s not as good as the other ones, but it’s still a worthy addition to the series. Anyway, I’ll get to the topic of the post.

This Christmas I received the Indiana Jones Complete Soundtrack Collection. It’s packaged quite nicely, with a faux leather case and gold Indiana Jones accents embossed on the sides. It includes all three original movie soundtracks with never before released music. Since 1989, the first three film soundtracks have not been available. They probably wouldn’t have been either, if not for the release of KotCS. The collection also includes extra music and exclusive interviews from George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and John Williams. 

The Temple of Doom soundtrack is my personal favorite. (What a coincidence, considering Temple of Doom is my favorite film.) Short Round’s Theme is a fantastic composition, as is the ‘trek music.’ And, of course, the End Credits. There never was a better theme song than Raider’s March. (Although Moby’s ‘Extreme Ways’ for the Bourne films is up there.)

So if you’re into Indiana Jones, this a definite must have.

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21
Oct
08

Actors in the Lime: Jeff Goldblum

Well, if you’re any kind of a prophet you probably saw this coming. I made the Director Spotlights so I’ve got to do something for actors. The first one is quirky actor Jeff Goldblum. He played mathematician (chaotician, CHAOTICIAN, actually) in Steven Spielberg’s excellent science fiction films Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park: The Lost World. He also played David Levinson in Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster Independence Day (good, solid summer fun if you haven’t seen it yet). However, after 1997, he kind of fell from star status. He receded into the background. He’s still a very solid actor, however. He brings to life so many quirky quotes, and his character Ian Malcolm is unforgettable. Perhaps his most famous Jurassic Park line, as he walks up to a pile of dino-droppings: “That is one big pile of s**t.”

Personally, I think he would be an excellent choice to play the Riddler, should the sequel to The Dark Knight actually get made. He has the quirkyness yet intelligence to do very well in that kind of role. (The Riddler was never a Joker-like character in the comics, by the way.) He’d be TONS better than the overrated Johnny Depp, as much as I like him.

02
Jul
08

Movie Review: Indiana Jones Still Wins the Day

Although it’s been probably about two months since I saw the movie, I still haven’t written a review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. (WARNING! EXTREME SPOILERS AHEAD!) The movie begins with Indy and his sidekick, Mac, after being captured by Russians, being taken to a warehouse in the middle of Nevada. The Russians want Indy (Now Colonel Indy, after having served in World War II) to help them find the mummified remains of some object that Indy helped to study ten years ago. Truns out to be an alien. The opening to this movie is excellent, especially with the cameo of the Ark of the Covenant, the MacGuffin of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy ends up finding his son, Mutt Williams (played by Shia LaBeouf, a potential legend of an actor) and he is reunited with old love interest Marion Ravenwood, the mother of Mutt. Now, before I go on, I must say that Crystal Skull is not better than Temple of Doom or Raiders of the Lost Ark (perfect movies, in my book) but it surpasses The Last Crusade. The alien theme was appropriate in this movie for the 1957 setting, which was an era of great public interest in extra-terrestrial visitations. The 50s were the decade of science fiction, with some of the most notable movies ever made having come out of that era (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and the alien itself was well-designed. The movie did, of course, have its cringeworthy moments, but the ant scene is a worthy addition to the creature features of the previous three films. All in all, I give this movie an 8/10.

29
Apr
08

Look-Forward to Movies of 2008

Yes, here I go again, talking about movies. As I’ve stated before, I’m a huge movie buff, and I have a list of must see movies before the end of the year is out. I’ll start with my favorite one to look forward to and go down the list.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

As I’ve also stated before, I love the Indiana Jones movies, and I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Personally, I hope this one outshines every other movie this year (which it most likely will) and Spielberg and Lucas will team up for another sequel. Both George Lucas and Harrison Ford have hinted at the possibility of a sequel. The only thing that could ruin this film for me is if Indy and Marion (reprised by Karen Allen) get married, Indy gets killed, or Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt Williams turns out to be Indy’s son. I’m rather looking forward to the science fiction aspect of this upcoming film.

Expelled

This movie will probably end up as one of the most controversial films in history. It’ll also probably be at the top of everyone’s Worst Movies of 2008 list. (Those lists mean nothing at all, by the way. Classics such as Raiders of the Lost Ark are often found on those kind of lists.) But Expelled is on its way to being one of the most eye-opening films of the year. It won’t be a great success money-wise, but in the long run I believe it’ll be a gem.

Iron Man

This movie looks really, really good. I think it’s only one of the two opponents of Indy 4. Robert Downey Jr. looks as if he’ll give the most riveting performance of a superhero yet. It looks to be a blend of Batman, James Bond, and Fantastic 4. The CGI looks astounding, the actors seem to be well-chosen, and the story is one of the most beloved by comic book enthusiasts.

 

The Dark Knight

R. I. P. Heath Ledger. I believe that the tragic actor will give one of the most memorable performances ever as the all-around favorite villain The Joker. Now, to get this straight out, I simply dislike Christopher Nolan, the director of this film. His style is ok, but his casting techniques are downright arrogant. And his approach to these films. I believe he achieves something he doesn’t meant to. But this movie is going to be a success. It is the other big contender for Indy 4. This movie will be a hit for sure. What with the hype around Heath Ledger, there are going to be a LOT of people racing to see this movie.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

This movie is going to seriously disappoint die-hard fans of the book. That’s just the simple truth. The trailer looks awesome, but it already shows FAR more action than was in the book! There were no large amassed armies with catapults in the book! The fight scenes were between Miraz and Peter, and now it looks as if Caspian is going to be fighting his uncle himself. And the trailer obviously shows Caspian and Trumpkin the dwarf going to fetch the Pevensies. Now, there are some things I’m fair excited to see: improved sword fight scenes, and most of all, Reepicheep. The BBC version of Reepicheep was just terrible. I can’t wait to see Disney’s take on him. But if the rumors of a Caspian-Susan kiss scene are anywhere near to the truth, then this movie is going to be a gigantic stinker.

18
Apr
08

What Have They Got in There, King Kong?

The character that says this line is one of my favorite movie characters, up there with Indiana Jones and Captain Nemo. Ian Malcolm has a wit that I admire (and try to copy. I’m a nerd.) I absolutely love the way he says things matter of factly–“Oh yeah, ooh, aah, that’s the way it always starts. Then later there’s running…and screaming…” Anyway, to get to the topic of the blog. The Jurassic Park movies often fall into the horror/adventure genres, when really they should be in science fiction. Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park: The Lost World, often gives powerful scientific messages in his novels. In these two books, he warns the scientific community to be careful about the power of genetic engineering. It is, as Ian Malcolm describes it, “The greatest force the world has ever seen, and you’re handling it like a kid who’s found his dad’s gun.” Now again, Steven Spielberg isn’t exactly religious, but this is a powerful quote, and I believe it means more that he meant for it to. Genetic engineering opens the world up to thousands of extreme possibilities. Possibilities that could, depending on how they are used, could destroy or benefit mankind. In Jurassic Park, Crichton and Spielberg paint a picture of how these possibilities could destroy mankind. Genetic engineering, I believe, is best left alone. It is God’s tool, not ours, and to use it as He would is “playing God,” as Dr. Alan Grant says in Jurassic Park ///.




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"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've seen C-Beams... glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost... like tears... in rain. Time... to die." ~Roy Batty (Blade Runner)
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