krpalmer: Charlie Brown and Patty in the rain; Charlie Brown wears a fedora and trench coat (charlie brown)
Not that long ago, I got the seventh and final paperback reprinting the old Marvel Star Wars comics. I might have had a thought or two that this closed a long period where there had always been another one in the series to get, although I'd hope "so now what?" wasn't a serious question for me... and then I happened to notice in a local bookstore a different Dark Horse Comics paperback reprinting a different old Marvel comics series. Taking advantage of a sale, I got the first volume of an omnibus of "The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones."
'Another triumph for decency, culture, civilization--and automatic weapons.' )
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It only took twenty-four years, but at long last I got around to watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom from start to finish. It's a strange thing to say, I suppose. Way back when the movie first came out, my parents offered to take me to it (where none of us had thought about going to see Return of the Jedi the year before), but I remember having already seen the articles in the newspaper about it being "too violent" and raising a fuss about that... although that didn't stop me from learning about the movie "second-hand," via the assorted novelizations, comics, and official magazines. It seemed interesting enough, and yet I never quite got around to seeing it on videotape... in the end, it seemed to be just something "not" done. When I had the chance to augment my family's taped-off-TV versions with widescreen videocassettes, I only bought Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; when the movies were released on DVD as a boxed set, I got the set as a Christmas present and yet kept stewing over a contemptuous comment in the newspaper's video guide about how "most people" would "surely" just watch the middle movie once if at all to reassure themselves of their own contempt... and still didn't watch the movie. (Still, I do remember every so often that there are those whose interest in the franchise begins and ends with Raiders of the Lost Ark itself.)

After Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull rolled around (and I found that I had liked it), though, the thought that it surely wouldn't hurt me to watch that last, unseen adventure began to creep up on me. In fact, it seemed to take less of an effort of will to load the disc into my DVD player and start it than it had "reintroducing" myself to The Phantom Menace after I at last found some like-minded positive Star Wars fans... but, in a sense, the reaction is the same, of thinking that I really shouldn't have let myself be influenced by the opinions of others for so long. I could understand how some could think it "just" an entertaining adventure, perhaps even wonder if the movie felt a little slow in between splashing down in India and entering the Temple of Doom itself... but it did seem to me that people would have to really work at it to find reasons to dislike the whole thing. Of course, some people seem quite intent on doing that sort of thing...

I'm not very fond of many kinds of insects, so I had wondered beforehand just how I would take this particular "nasty animals" scene in the Indiana Jones series. I seemed to be fine watching it, though, although I did have the feeling that I still wouldn't want to live anything like it myself. A few moments did surprise me mostly because they were a little more complicated in the novelization. However, it's possible that the movie's knock-down, drag-out fight was a bit more entertaining to me than I had thought it might, probably because I hadn't quite realised that Indy's opponent had already featured as a prominent "heavy" in the movie. One thought not quite dwelling on the movie itself did impress itself on me, though. The optical compositing special effects did seem a little "obvious," and having remembered that the Indiana Jones movies had been cleaned up for their DVD release, I felt just a little more confident that "Vintage Editions" of the Star Wars movies would have looked "obvious" in the same way even if they'd been restored in the same fashion...
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On the weekend, I took the train into the big city and went on a bit of a spending spree. When I spotted a copy of "The Complete Making of Indiana Jones" for a slight discount off the cover price, I decided to add it to the haul, for all that it meant carrying a great slab of a book around in a somewhat flimsy plastic bag for the rest of the trip... I was familar with its size and heft from having a copy of "The Making of Star Wars," though, although one thing I did wonder about was how much detail this new book could go into about any one film, covering four in the space the previous book gave to one... I also eventually noticed that the new book is just a few pages shorter than the previous, and its typeface seemed just a little larger. However, the coverage generally seemed detailed enough to me, particularly for Raiders of the Lost Ark, which seems obvious enough. It's possible that the section for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade left me wishing for just a little more information, in contrast to how the section for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, ten pages longer, was quite satisfying (and left me with the vague thought that one of these days, it surely wouldn't hurt me to watch the whole movie.)
In some ways, early ideas left by the wayside interest me as much as anything else... )
Secrets of the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull revealed! )
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When it at last started to get really convincing that we really were going to see a fourth Indiana Jones movie after all... a part of my reaction was, in fact, apprehension. The new Star Wars movies had worked out well to my satisfaction, and yet all the yelling and screaming might in the end may have left me a little convinced that it had been a near-run thing, and that continuing to "take chances" would eventually not work out well, even for me. It was exciting to see the trailers when they did turn up, but the apprehension was still there... and for that matter, a different kind of apprehension may have developed that this year was going to see another kind of "2002" experience, with everyone proclaiming that a younger, cooler box-office champion has already been crowned with iron. When I went to an opening-night showing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, therefore, part of my motivation was to share in the "opening night experience" (the theatre was quite full), another part was to form my own opinions about the first Indiana Jones movie I would actually get to see in a theatre before others somehow formed them for me, and another part yet was "Let's just get this over with."
Just to be on the safe side )
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Back at the start of November, I commented about hearing news that the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would soon arrive, and about how I had decided to hold off on reading the mere description of it. As it turned out out, a trailer didn't show up until now... and I have no real idea if it has any resemblance at all to that old description.

In some ways, I'm actually reminded of the first trailer for Revenge of the Sith; it contains a definite nod to the past. (It did, though, leave me wondering about the comments that Indiana Jones didn't so much "save the day" in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade too by my own estimation, as just unwittingly uncover the artifact of power for the Nazis, and then be held back while that artifact takes its own toll on them. The thought has also occurred to me that in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, he actually does more to "save the day" himself, and his thanks for that is to have that movie most brushed off by the fans.) Like that other trailer, it doesn't give away a lot about the story, but in some ways I'm all right with that; it somehow helps me defuse that very well-worn smirking comment that it's much more satisfying to just watch the trailers...
Completely unfounded speculation ahead! )
Still on the subject of trailers, it would be pleasant and convenient if there would be a trailer for the theatrical premiere of the new Clone Wars with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull... although that would, of course, mean promoting a Warner Brothers release with a Paramount picture. (I've got to admit that it's still funny to contemplate a lack of the "20th Century Fox fanfare...") I suppose, though, that for all my excitement at the thought of Star Wars returning to the movies, I'm also conscious of an uncertainty that putting part of a television production on the big screen is somehow "tempting hubris." Still, maybe my strategy has always been to worry now in the hopes I'll feel better later...
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It seems to me that a movie is definitely attracting pre-release attention when not just its trailer but a text description of that trailer becomes a topic of discussion. For all of that, though, I suppose I'd rather first see the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trailer than just read about it first.

Perhaps I've been keeping whatever feelings may develop about this movie in deliberate check, though. It's not like the approach of Revenge of the Sith, where I kept wondering "What will it turn out like? I hope everything works..." There, probably, the fact that I've never watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom start to finish (even as I'm honestly not sure whatever makes people upset about it) may have some small bearing it... although, right now, I'll certainly be interested in seeing the trailer when it is possible to watch it.
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It appears that Dr. Henry Jones Jr. has been denied tenure.

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