Indiana Jones and the Pirate Muppets of Dagobah

"Look, Mutt. I see a long-running franchise in your future and, well, I've got a bad feeling about this."

I read the news today — oh, boy... Walt Disney Studios has bought the marketing and distribution rights for future movies in the "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount Pictures, the companies said Friday.This gives Disney control over the future of the series, adding to the ownership rights it acquired when it bought Lucasfilm in in 2012 and clearing the way for the studio to make more "Indiana Jones" movies if it chooses to do so.Okay, so now that Disney owns the Muppets, Star Wars, a … [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 reason to … [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...]

My Kind of Loser.

To continue this week of celebrating the 30th anniversary of my favorite adventure movie, here's an excerpt from my memoir of dangerous moviegoing... the book called Through a Screen Darkly: •The Paramount Studios logo — a crooked, rocky peak — fades out, replaced by a real-world equivalent, a stone pinnacle jutting into an ivory sky. We’re looking at it through a gap in the trees that edge the screen. A silhouette steps into the frame, classic and unmistakable: a bullwhip slung from his bel … [Read more...]

30 years later, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is Still, For a Lot of Moviegoers (Including Me), the Big Screen’s Greatest Adventure.

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Apparently, I'm not the only one...Here's Ryan Holt: … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Reviews “Prince Caspian,” “Indiana Jones,” “Mongol,” and More

For all of those people who wrote to me asking, "What do you think of Bella? Isn't it great? Don't you love it? Isn't it the best movie of the year?" Well, I've finally delivered a review. It's here, in this podcast. … [Read more...]

What Does Indiana Jones Mean to You?

One week from today, I'll be seeing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Time for me to put aside the heavier viewing fare and relive the joys of being a wide-eyed teenager. … [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...]

Frank Darabont on Horror Movies and His Rejected Indy Script

Two highlights of the new MTV interview with Frank "Shawshank Redemption" Darabont, who is directing Stephen King's The Mist: MTV: You obviously are a great lover of the horror genre. What do you think of films like "Hostel" and "Saw"?Darabont: The torture-porn thing is pretty distasteful. I'm just not into it. Horror unfortunately tends to go in these cycles where it puts itself back in this ghetto. I just don't find anything amusing about people getting tortured. I wish we weren't making … [Read more...]


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