Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

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Five years ago this week, I was so excited about seeing Harrison Ford return to the role of Indiana Jones — and even more excited about seeing Karen Allen return to the role of Marion Ravenwood — that I had a great time watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Sure, it was disappointing in some ways. But I was so glad to be in the company of Indy and Marion that I gave the film a very positive rating and hastily turned in my review to Christianity Today. Then I saw … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part Three: Oh, My Aching Skulls!

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[This is Part Three of a series. Don't miss Part One and Part Two.] As the summer of 2008 approached, you could hear the Internet crackling with energy like the Ark exploding with the wrath of God. Fans were having anxiety attacks, racked with worries and questions about the new episode in Indiana Jones' adventures. Would Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull enhance the trilogy's legendary status? Or would it, like the Star Wars prequels, tarnish a beloved franchise? Would … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part Two: The Biggest Loser

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[This is Part Two of my series on the heroism of Indiana Jones. If you missed it, here's Part One.] - Perhaps it’s not so much Indy’s virtues or successes that distinguish him. Consider, instead, his failures. Has there ever been a hero so prone to failure as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Let’s review: Indy gets the golden idol from the temple, then promptly loses it to his nemesis, and never gets it back. He gets his old girlfriend back, then gives her every … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Fall of My Favorite Hero, Part One: King of Heroes?

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My favorite adventure movie of all time is coming to IMAX screens for a short while, a special release to get consumers charged up about the approaching Indiana Jones blu-ray collection. Since the movie has risen again, I thought I'd resurrect something of my own... an essay that I wrote about Indiana Jones for a Christian publication a couple of years ago. The editor decided this wouldn't suit his publication's purposes, so I put it away and forgot about it. Stumbling onto it this week, I … [Read more...]

Film Forum: Sex and the City; Reprise; Stuck; Bigger, Stronger, Faster; Body of War; Savage Grace; The Edge of Heaven; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull;

SEX AND THE CITY Courtney: Most of the few Christian voices speaking to the growing single segment of the population offer ten easy steps to find our soulmate. As if it's that wondrously simple. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, however, show how challenging it really can be for intelligent, accomplished, and admittedly neurotic women to find lasting love. They, unlike many Christians, don't insult my intelligence. Instead they speak to the complexities of relationships in a … [Read more...]

Ebert defends Indy’s Standing-O; C.S. Lewis on Mysticism

Indy's standing-o Indiana Jones IV got a standing ovation at Cannes. And Ebert thinks it was genuine. - What did C.S. Lewis have to say about mysticism? Listen to this intriguing podcast at The Kindlings Muse... William Butler Yeats once said, "The mystical life is the center of all that I do and all that I think and all that I write. . ." This same thing could not be said of CS Lewis, whose faith was grounded in reason. In this episode of The Kindlings Muse @ the CS Lewis Center … [Read more...]

The Browser, 5/9: Evangelical Manifesto; Koehler on Cannes; Dude still abides!; Neil Young hates mp3s; book reviews; Marion Ravenwood

The Evangelical Manifesto On the remote chance that you may not already have read it, I should post the news that An Evangelical Manifesto was published and presented earlier this week, on May 7. The Steering Committee for the document includes... Timothy George Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University Os Guinness Author/Social Critic John Huffman Pastor, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA Chair, Christianity Today International Rich Mouw President, … [Read more...]

Smile, Marion!

It's not hard to see who's happiest about being included in this family photo! (Photo from Hollywood Elsewhere, where Jeffrey Wells is doing the usual... condemning a film that isn't even finished yet.) … [Read more...]

Marion Returns

I can't tell you how happy this photo makes me. Marion Ravenwood is on the set of Indy IV. (Hollywood Elsewhere) … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones 4 is Getting Interesting

If you had told me early on that Indiana Jones 4 would star Cate Blanchett and Ray "Sexy Beast" Winstone, I would never have voiced my pleas to leave the trilogy to rest in peace. … [Read more...]


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