Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Wanted Dead Or Alive

I’ve been thinking about doing a Indiana Jones video for a while and came across this vid by Jesuit.

A video in tribute to the latest Indy adventure concerning a Crystal Skull. Footage from all the first three movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade) set to Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead or Alive. Because Jonesy is a cowboy with his steel horses and whatnot. Inspiration came from an Adam Monroe video I saw set to Behind Blue Eyes, a splitscreen masterpiece which I've recreated best to my ability before slapping some Olde film grain effects on top. As usual with film grain effects though, Youtube butchered it into undetailed blurriness.

It is a perfect example of how to cut clips to the beat of the song.  I would love to see a follow up video to Bon Jovi’s ”Blaze Of Glory”.

Get more here: Bon Jovi, Indiana Jones.

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Will Aliens Be the New Vampires?

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With the success of recent films like the Transformers movies and District 9 (and to a lesser extent, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is the 26th highest grossing film worldwide), it seems like Hollywood is going alien crazy, giving the green light and putting a lot of alien-based stories in development — more than ever before. In a couple years, will aliens be the new vampires?  -(via /Film)

Will Aliens be the New Vampires?

No, the rise in interest in alien movies is just part of the Hollywood system.  The very same system that will also decide people aren’t interested in Aliens as much as Vampire’s.

Hollywood has a past track record for starting many projects to hedge their bet on what the next big fad will be.  Many of these projects get dumped or shelved after the sales numbers come in.

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The sales numbers are not so good for alien movies.  Transformers and Indiana Jones are franchises in their own right and won’t be thought of by the studios as alien movies.

There are also a lot of superhero movie projects in the works.  Could the superhero movie be the next thing?  With such a diverse story and setting potential there is a lot more that could be explored in this area on the big screen.

Vampire movies are still bringing in a lot for the studios.  Do you think they will continue doing more of them?  I hope not, it pains me to say that but with so many bad ones out there I would like for it to be given a rest.

What would you like to see as the next movie phase?

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Art

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I love this poster... Eric Tan did an amazing job in creating this poster for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  He successfully captured all of the major plot points and elements from the movie.  I love the subtle touches used to give the poster a feel like one from the 40's with the filmed in color banner and the limited color scheme.

I agree with Tan that this is also my favorite of the Indiana Jones films.

(via /Film)

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Speculative Fiction Movies Dominate top 25

Get your copy of The Dark Knight on DVD and help support the project IMDB presented their top 25 searched for films of 2008.  They wanted to go for a ranking that was not based on box-office performance or critical assessments.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how many speculative fiction movies were on the list.

  1. The Dark Knight (2008)
  2. Twilight (2008)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  4. TR2N (2011) Tron 2, I still don’t really care for the name
  5. The Expendables (2010)
  6. Iron Man (2008)
  7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  8. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  9. Juno (2007)
  10. Transformers (2007)
  11. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  12. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  13. Sex and the City (2008)
  14. Into the Wild (2007)
  15. Superbad (2008)
  16. Cloverfield (2008)
  17. Terminator Salvation (2009)
  18. Wanted (2008)
  19. Dragonball (2009)
  20. Quantum of Solace (2008)
  21. The Departed (2006)
  22. Star Trek (2009) This is J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek
  23. The Godfather (1972)
  24. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  25. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

SF moves took up 60% of the chart with only 1/3 of those movies being ones that have not been released yet.

I find these search reports to be fascinating like a snap shot of what is on peoples minds and what they are curious about.

(via IMDB)

Randal Graves and the Empire Top 100

randaltop100 Randal Graves from Kevin Smith’s brilliant film Clerks has is number 92 on Empire’s Top 100 Greatest Movie Characters.

Why He's On The List: Randal is the voice of countless generations - anyone who's had a shitty customer service job in their early twenties will understand his attitude, wishing they could have articulated their frustration with his artful profanity and supreme disregard for, well, anything. But the key to Randal is that he doesn't necessarily hate his job, it's just that he remembers not to care (Empire).

Also on the List:

It is great to see how many Speculative Fiction characters make the list, especially in the top 10.  It makes me wonder if we should make our own list.

(via News Askew)

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What Costume Will You Wear For Halloween?

Neo With Halloween fast approaching are you still looking for that knock out costume?  Rotten Tomatoes would like to help.  They put together a great costume guide on 16 different movie characters.  Each character or set of characters is set on their own page but they put a nice thumbnail navigation at the bottom of each page making this a pleasant experience.  The 16 characters to choose from are Jay & Silent Bob, Indiana Jones, Juno MacGuff, The Fox, Carrie, John Rambo, Marty Mcfly, Zohan, Nurse Joker, Neo, The Dude, Goo Yubari & the Crazy 88, Margot, & Richie Tenenbaum, The Grady Twins, and Toshio and Kayako. The guides are great and include a nice picture of the character, a huge plus when trying to get the costume right.  A list of things that you will need for the costume which is a helpful reference.  For instance if you want to dress up like Jay you would need long blonde hair.  A list of movies they appear in so if you really want to get into the character you can watch them in action and pick up their nuances taking that cosplay to the next level.  They also include a classic line which can be used to better act out the character, a nice feature but too short for best cosplay.  For instance on the Jay and Silent Bob page they include the line “Snoochie Boochies” a classic Jay line but for Bob they should have included Bob’s classic line which would be “______ *shrug*.”

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Now all I have to do is decide which one to go as

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD

It’s Here!  It’s Here! indiana_jones_and_the_kingdom_of_the_crystal_skull I know what I want for my birthday, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD.  It’s out on DVD October 14 2008 as a 2 disc special edition, Blue Ray and as a super pack Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures Collection (Raiders of the Lost Ark/ Temple of Doom/ Last Crusade/ Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).  I’m pleased to see the cover art is better than some of the other pictures that were being vetted but I still think they could have used something better.  Unfortunately the cover for the super pack was not nearly as nice as the last super pack they did.  The extras include behind-the-scenes material on visual effects, stunts, makeup and the far-flung locations where the movie was shot.

I should warn you… Hi I’m Brian and I’m a fan of Indiana Jones.  This was a great Indiana Jones movie not the best but definitely up there.  The reviews of this movie is mixed and mainly it’s because people either got it or not.  Fans loved this movie because it kept with the over the top swashbuckling adventure we have come to love and expect from an Indiana Jones film.  If you are not a fan of this then I am pleased to see you have read this far and would recommend sating your interest by starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark.  My full review can be read here: Exploring: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull picks up 18 years after The Last Crusade.  Indiana gets pulled back into action chasing after the mythological Crystal Skull trying to keep the soviets from getting it first. His journey takes him from Connecticut, through New Mexico, the Jungles of Peru and Mexico City.

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Exploring: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Review of: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Overall Rating: 10

Well worth the wait, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was an amazing movie experience. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg pulled it off again and created another Indiana Jones movie that fans will be proud of. They were able to bring back the over the top wild ride packed full of exploration, history and the sense of humor we have come to know and love from the Indiana Jones move series.

They brought back an amazing cast for the film: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchette, John Hurt, Karen Allen, & Ray Winstone. Each of them really brought their characters to life making them believable. For those concerned about Harrison's ability to pull off Indiana Jones then their fears will be put to rest. For me the biggest concern was not in the appearance of Harrison Ford but it was in Harrison's ability to pull off the vitality of Indiana Jones. When we first see him it is a little jarring but that is actually due to the makeup used to make him look dirty and distressed so he would look appropriate for the situation that Indiana Jones was in. Then shortly into the movie Indiana has to get himself out of a very difficult situation where he explodes into action running, jumping, ducking and dodging.

Lucas brilliantly weaves in the disparate historical events, mysteries, and cultural idiosyncrasies of the late 40's early 50's. For more information about the story line and to watch the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull check out the May theater or renter post.

Likes

  • How Lucas took a moment to address what happened to Marcus & with Indiana's dad.
  • Naming Shia LaBeouf's character Mutt I found hilarious since Indiana was the dogs name and a Mutt is the name of a mixed breed dog. Lucas puts it in and doesn't draw attention to it except for one cafe scene where Indiana without realizing it makes a similar critique about the bizarre nature of Shia's name that Indiana gets in the Last Crusade.
  • I love that Indiana Jones used the very same reference name of Jr. and Henry that he complained about his father using in the Last Crusade.
  • Maintained the spirit, vitality, adventure, and humor we have come to know and love from Indiana Jones movies
  • How all of the ancient traps and secret compartments maintained a Rube Goldberg feel to them with all of the moving parts and gears.
  • How they did not allow it to become a move about the Aliens. Instead the story keeps it's focus on the the message, the exploration, and the archeology.
  • The very touching scene where Lucas pulled a tip of the hat to Joseph Campbell where he has Indiana teach the follow your bliss message.
  • The nice way we were brought up to speed on what happened in the intervening years with out stopping the flow of the main story.
  • I loved how Lucas was able to put in a lot of wonderful edifying life messages without becoming preachy or taking from the flow or experience of the story.

Dislikes / Concerns

  • Shia LaBeouf' did not make me believe he was a greaser. His acting lacked some of the cultural Idiosyncrasy and toughness that a real greaser would have. He "acted" tough but was way over compensated. I'm still debating with myself if it was a flaw in the acting or a brilliant attention to detail tied into the back story of the character with him being a poser to the greaser community.
  • I got terribly concerned with the passing of the torch scene at the end of the movie. Thankfully Lucas zigs when I expected him to give into the Hollywood typical zag. If he would have zag it would have ruined a great movie and I commend Lucas for not giving in.

Hype Wars: Indiana Jones v Hellboy v Dark Knight

Is this the year that viral marketing jumps the shark? Viral hits are organic, they just happen, rising out of no where to take the Internet by storm. What is painfully clear this year is either how hard it is to do viral marketing or how bad the studios are at it. Dark Knight Movie PosterThis season's spate of "viral advertising" has had the exact opposite effect on me then it was intended to have. Take Indiana Jones and the Dark Knight as two examples of all that is wrong. I have seen many articles around the net about the attempts from the Dark Knight marketeers to get a viral campaign up and running, but I have never seen any of these items in the wild.

When the only time your viral video gets play is when bloggers are trying to explain what you are trying to do, then your viral videos have failed.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullThen there is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which has to be the most botched hype machine ever. The sheer amount of over promising and under delivering that these guys have down has done the unthinkable: It has cooled my interest in Indiana Jones, leading me to skip most articles I see in my feeds because I am almost certain it will be just another picture of a hat on a box or another cobweb picture. The videos have even been dull. I an tired of getting excited about the newest tidbit they announce only to say, "That's it?"

Hellboy_2_poster The one bright spot in the malaise of botched viral marketing is Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. When I saw the comics I thought they were alright, the first flick was alright, but nothing that really excited me. The slow drip drop of information about Hellboy 2 turned my head.

At every turn, they have under promised and over performed on each and every item they brought out. My anticipation has grown to the point where I have even started reappraising the first film.

What these studios need to learn is that if you promise me the most amazing picture ever and it is nothing but a hat on a box, it will have demoralizing effect on the people that want to be excited about what you are doing. When you put out a new trailer, make sure it has new footage in it.

More important than any of that, follow Scotty's rule, always under sale what you have so the word of mouth will rise up to proclaim the glory of content. Oh, yeah, and make the content itself worthy of praise.

May "Theater Or Renter?"

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For May we have four movies:

Iron Man: [Watch trailer here]

Release Date May 2nd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi.

The story from the official site: Tony Stark a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devasting weapon. Instead he builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. when he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications he puts on his powerful armor and vows to protect the word as the superhero Iron Man.

Other posts related to the movie: Iron Monger v Iron Man

Speed Racer: [Watch trailer here]

Release Date May 9nd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Family, Sport.

The story from the official site: Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and fearless. His only real competition is the memory of his brother Rex Racer who death in a race left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. When Speed's family racing business is threatened he has to beat Royalton in the very same race that took his brother's life, a cross-country rally called The Crucible.

Prince_Caspian_movie_poster The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: [Watch trailer here]

Release Date May 16th. Official Site. Listed as Adventure, Family, Fantasy.

The story via Wikipedia: 1941: a year has passed in our world since the first adventure ended, but in Narnia, almost 1,300 years have passed, and now it is time for the Pevensie children to return and make history. The villainous King Miraz prevents the rightful king, his young nephew Prince Caspian, from ruling the land of Narnia. Caspian uses Susan's magic horn that was left in Narnia to summon the four Pevensies to help him and a small army of Old Narnians reclaim his rightful throne.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: [Watch trailer here]

Release Date May 23rd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Adventure.

The story from the official site: It's been 18 years since the Last Crusade and Indiana gets pulled back into action chasing after the mythological Crystal Skull trying to keep the soviets from getting it first. His journey takes him from Connecticut, through New Mexico, the Jungles of Peru and Mexico City.

More Young Indiana Jones Available April 29th

Get The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Vol 3 box set from Amazon here The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Vol. 3 box set is available on April 29th! This is the third season that follows the adventures of a young Indiana Jones. I remember watching and enjoying the series when it was on TV back in the 90's. There are 10 discs in the set including seven episodes and a ton of documentaries.

The plot of the series:

The series was designed as an educational program for children and teenagers, spotlighting historical figures and important events, using the concept of a prequel to the films as a draw. Most episodes feature a standard formula of an elderly (93-year-old) Indiana Jones (played by George Hall) in present day (1993) New York City encountering people who spur him to reminisce and tell stories about his past adventures. These stories would either involve him as a young boy (10, played by Corey Carrier) or as a teenager (16 to 21, played by Sean Patrick Flanery). In one episode, a fifty-year-old Indy (played by Harrison Ford) is seen reminiscing. Initially, the plan was for the series to alternate between the adventures of Indy as a child (Corey Carrier) and as a teenager (Sean Patrick Flanery), but eventually the episodes featuring Flanery's version of the character dominated the series. The series revealed that the elderly Jones has a daughter named Daphne, and a grandson named Spike. (via wikipedia)

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Indiana Jones' Crystal Skulls On Sci-Fi

The Sci-Fi Channel will air a special on May 18th at 9pm titled Mystery of the Crystal Skulls with Lester Holt. In this special they will look into the real mystery and mythology surrounding the crystal skull. indianjonesfullposter

Mystery of the Crystal Skulls follows Lester as he searches for the real story of the 13 quartz crystal human skulls. Ancient artifacts of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations, the skulls are rumored to unleash “untold energy” and reveal secrets of mankind’s survival.

Although I think that the show will be brilliant and having additional information about he crystal skulls will add to the experience of the new Indiana Jones movie. I doubt that knowledge will aid in revealing any of the plot points in the movie. George Lucas already disclosed in an earlier interview that he will side with the skulls origins being that of either alien or Earth monster, borrowing from 40's - 50's monster B movies for the inspiration.

This sounds like it could be a really neat show. I loved it when the History Channel would put on shows that would look into the real historical events when associated to a popular movie. I hope that they don't shy away from the mythology and the mystery going for a more Beyond Bizarre type format or Ghost Hunter format for the show since it will be on Sci-Fi channel instead of on the History Channel.

(via Blend Television)

New Indiana Jones Features

Indiana-Last-Crusade-Movie-Indiana Jones to be released on May 13th as individual movies on DVD! I have the box set but I may have to get these because of all of the bonus material that is being released with each disc. * Temple of Doom: An introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas | Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Frank Marshall reminisce about snakes bugs and rats | Locations | Storyboard sequence | Galleries |Illustrations & Props | Production Photographs & portraits |effects / ILM | Lego Indiana Jones game demo and trailer.

* Raiders of the Lost Ark: They don't say what they are yet but I could guess: Story board sequence | Galleries | Illustrations & Props | Production Photographs | Effects / ILM | Lego Indiana Jones game demo and trailer. since these bonus features will be on the other two movies

* Last Crusade: An introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas | karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, & Alison Doody reunite for a discussion | Steven Spielberg, George Lucas & Writers discuss how they created Indiana Jones | Story board sequence | Galleries | Illustrations & Props | Production Photographs | Effects / ILM | Lego Indiana Jones game demo and trailer.

(via Indiana Jones)

Swinging With Indiana

ij4-icon10 The New Indiana Jones Trailer is out! There isn't much in the trailer with the first 1/2 consisting of clips form the previous films but the last 1/2 I found to be confirming. It looks like they kept the same spirit of Indiana (not the dog) where he has cool moves but that they don't always work. I chuckled at the clip when, while running to catch a truck he skillfully lashes out his whip and gracefully swings to land on the back of it but then misses and lands in his pursuers truck... classic. I am really looking forward to seeing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which will be in theaters May 22.

See it here via Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones and Inspiration

Vanity Fair put out an outstanding article where they interviewed George Lucas, Harrison Ford, and Steven Spielberg about the new movie to come out "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" to be released May 22. In the article they give us a nice look at what we can expect from the next Indiana Jones installment. The article also included some cool new pictures. cuar01w_indianajones0802The film was shot at several locations: New Mexico, New Haven Connecticut, Fresno California, Hawaii, and in the Studio.

Some other things we know about the film is that it is set 20 years latter in 1957 during the Cold War where Dr. Jones is against the Cold War Russians.

cuar02w_indianajones0802Karen Allen returns in her role as Marion Ravenwood who was Indy's love interest from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Shia LaBeouf's also has a role in the movie which is not known yet but is suspected to be as Indy's and Mrs. Ravanwood's child but that rumor is not confirmed. As vanity fair puts it "Rising star Shia LaBeouf joins the cast in a role that no one connected with the film will confirm is the love child of Indy and Marion"

cuar03w_indianajones0802 The Seed (MacGuffin) for the idea that would drive the story was first realized while shooting and working on the young indiana jones series. Lucas said "...I was doing Young Indiana Jones, and I was actually with Harrison, shooting a little piece for it, and I was up in Wyoming, where he lives, and I came up with this MacGuffin..."

Ford and Spielberg did not like the original idea but Lucas wasn't going to give up. Over the years he kept pushing it and after going back and forth for a while they came to a script that all parties were happy with.

The inspirational source for the Crystal Skull will come from the 50's B movie classics. As Lucas said "...So instead of doing a 30s Republic serial, we’re doing a B science-fiction movie from the 50s. The ones I’m talking about are, like, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Thing. So by putting it in that context, it gave me a way of approaching the whole thing.” This should mean that the Skull would be of alien or monster origin but we will have to wait till May 22nd to find out for certain.

(via vanity fair)