April 26th, 2004
|10:09 am - Revelations|
It's amazing how much you can see when you look.
Yesterday we had our second bookclub meeting and it went smashingly. I think I learned a bit about myself and my motivatations. It was refreshing and cathartic. Reminds me of the Dilbert when Dilbert is trying to "fix" Liz and she says, "I didn't know I was broken." and he says something like, "Just a little damaged."
Broke into the Indiana Jones collection this morning and started watching Raiders which is far and away my favorite. I got to wondering if the NAZIs under advice of Belloc leaked their "top secret communique" to the US Gov. so they'd mobilize their top archeologist associated with Ravenwood to find him so he could be followed. Otherwise how do you explain Ole'Eyes on the plane. Scott had a counterproposal. He hypothoesised that the NAZIs had set Various Eyes on US archeologists to see if any of them made a move, but then, how would they know where they were going, what they were doing, etc. No, that doesn't follow. And then where were the other eyes? Were they pulled? Was our Eyes allowed to go to Cairo because he succeeded? (or conversely because he was wearing half of the headpiece to the Staff of Ra.) No, I was originally swayed by Scott's idea, but it seems to break down the more I think about it.
Anyway, it's all good. I know I had more to say, but can't remember what.
Current Mood: enthralled
Current Music: Styx "The Best of Times"
Temple Of Doom is my favorite Indie movie XD
I got this great shirt at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. It's red, with a really horribly drawn picture of Indiana Jones on it and it says READS Raiders.
I love that shirt.
I wonder if it will appeal to me more this viewing. I don't think the other Indys approached the quality and amusement level of the first. Even though Sean Connery is a minor diety.
I suppose Indiana Jones is like Star Wars (and I'm not even refrencing Harrison Ford.) Everyone has a favorite! XD
Temple of Doom makes me laugh. Then again, I laugh at just about anything. *is laughing now in fact*
Yep. Just like Star Wars.
Most people like A New Hope, but I myself prefer Return of the Jedi.
*is aware that none of this makes sense*
The intellectuals prefer The Empire Strikes Back. I think I prefer A New Hope too. Maybe it's an issue with sequels. I'm trying to think of the sequels I like. Offhand, I can't.
To quote one of the greatest films of all time, Clerks, "All Jedi had was a bunch of muppets."
Too right. New Hope was needed to kick it all off the ground, and Empire fluffed up the plottage, but Jedi is the end. And the end, is really the ultimate point to any film or trilogy of films. If you don't reach the end of the struggle, the film has no meaning.
Unless it's those stupid Scary Movie films.
That's just ignorant.
James Bond movies don't suffer sequel slump. (Well, some of them do. Some of the writing is quite bad.)
I'll keep thinking. 8-)
There's definitely the difference between an arc and a single plot-line story. Like Matrix wanted desperately to be an arc, but the story wasn't engaging for me. I found myself not actually caring whether humanity was free or not. I really liked the first one, but the other two presented characters that just didn't hold my attention, although I was still facsinated by the matrix itself and the other technologies around the machine world.
I've never been a James Bond fan, sequels or not XD
He just doesn't swing it for me.
Now, I have mixed feelings on the Matrix. I understood the plot, very very well, and I sat through it till the very last real of the third film, and I enjoyed it, but they overshadowed the films original intent and lesson, with the usually fare of murder, fight sequences, and drawn out slow-motion gimmicks.
True, the fight sequences and slow motion are what made the Matrix popular in the first place, but at some point it should have become more about Neo's purpose, and less about Neo's ability as the one.
Sequels are almost always a drag, unless it's something like Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings, which weren't even films to begin with. Then it works, but most times it doesn't.
I like films like Clerks, and Haggard because they're fun, to the point, and they leave nothing open for some stupid ass sequel garbage pumped out by the matriarchs of the movie production companies. Maybe I'm cyncial, or maybe I just like low-budget low-key films. I dunno.
DAMN THE MAN.
save the Empire!
Empire Records, yet another classic and stupid sequel free film.
Not to mention that the second and third went totally overboard in the CGI/special effects department to the point where it was insanely distracting. I thought the first Matrix was a good movie. The second two didn't do much of anything for me, although (again) I thought the third better than the second.
I thought Empire was the weakest of the original three (I guess I just don't like the second movie of trilogies) and the first was the best. I liked Jedi a lot better than most people I've gotten into discussions about this with.
Raiders was the best, although I think Last Crusade was the better written film and Sean Connery and Harrison Ford interacted incredibly well together. I think the originality of Raiders put it over the top. And the snakes, much as I hate snakes. Indy was cool and exciting but not perfect which differentiated him from the random adventurer. I think Temple of Doom was the weakest, and think I would think so even if it didn't give me nightmares.
"Why does it always have to be snakes?"
Temple of Doom gives me serious nightmares. But very few people found themselves watching it mere weeks after suffering through a flood that looks exactly like the flooding scenes near the end of the movie.
It was a Friday night and my parents decided to go to services and leave us home (which was unusual). I was 11, my sisters 10 and 5 respectively. I was sitting in the living room watching TV when all of a sudden there was a little drip-drip nearby. Just a little leak, I thought. Odd but not earth shattering. I got a bucket and thought nothing more of it. Then a second plop-plop started, and soon there were five or six slow but steady leaks throughout the room. Then the first one became a stream, then more of them did. I called the synagogue and told whoever answered it was an emergency and asked them to get my parents. My parents came on the phone and didn't believe me when I told them all hell was breaking loose and told me they'd be home after services. I still remember running into the kitchen and grabbing plastic bags and scotch tape and running frantically around the room taping the vents and holes on my TI computer and the new color TV (our first) and new VCR (also our first) and the like. I was damned if I was going to have my gear damaged. By this time the water was ankle deep and threatening to overflow onto the rest of the first floor (the living room was about 4 inches lower than the rest of the floor). As I ran back to the kitchen for more bags an entire third of the ceiling fell off in one large piece, missing my head by less than an inch. Water was falling from an entire edge in rapid sheets. I tried calling my parents again but they were apparently annoyed and wouldn't take the call. Both of my sisters were upstairs and had no intention of moving from there. When my parents finally got home and opened the front door water gushed out at them.
It turns out my baby sister left the sink running in my parent's bedroom's bathroom and the pipes in the house (which was new when we bought it six years earlier) had never been properly sealed so the excess water started breaking through the cracks between sections of piping and basically overwhelmed them.
When I saw Temple of Doom a few weeks later I had serious flashbacks and started screaming in the theater.
|Date:||April 26th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)|| |
I can't believe there's even an issue..Raiders and Empire..period :) Raiders 'cause it was definitely the best, although Crusade was very good it just can't replace the fond memories I have of watching Raiders.. and Empire is the best 'cause even though it's a story arc it still manages to be a full movie and I'm sorry but Han Solo is seriously HOT and he's got way better scenes in Empire Strikes Back. Who can forget 'I love you!' 'I know.' *sigh* beauty :)
I don't get the whole James Bond thing..I find the movies extremely boring. Great theme songs though.
I have weird taste so I wouldn't trust much I say. For instance, I HATE the three most cherished movies of all time..Wizard of Oz, It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind..HATE them. Couldn't pay me enough to sit through any of them. Only movie I hate more is Shrek.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is still good, though, right? Seriously, I like WoO, but GwwW is too dramatic for me, and It's a Wonderful Life I've never actually seen all the way through. By the time I discovered it, everyone around me was sick of it, so I was never allowed to turn it on to see what the fuss was all about.
I grew up on Bond and it was a bonding thing with my dad, so maybe that's it. Also, I read the books and they seriously freaking rock. I love action/adventure movies.