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.
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”.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on DVD
It’s Here! It’s Here! 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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. The 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.
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"
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.