The Return Of Indiana Jones
I was able to recently catch Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. This was probably the weakest of all the Indiana Jones movies, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad movie. I will probably end up watching it a second time. I’m a hardcore Indiana Jones fan, and anything with Harrison Ford (or his likeness) donning a fedora and a whip beatin’ the Nazis (or similar era bad guys) gives me nolstalgia of a time I have not lived. Quick trivia: What is Indiana Jone’s middle name? No cheating, no Googling or Wiki.
Well, the Crystal Skulls themselves are more pseduo-scientific claptrap like psychics, horoscopes and homeopathy, which does contribute to the frailness of the film. I know all the Indy films involved “supernatural” elements, but this one had UFOs and aliens. It’s too modern of a superstition for an IJ flick. Anyways, you can find an entertaining article speaking of silliness about the skulls and Indiana Jones by clicking here.
Of course, it’s no secret that George Lucas had turned down a draft of “The Crystal Skulls” written by Frank Darabont, even though Spielberg had approved it. Makes one wonder if that would of been a better film. (In fact, I got a chance to read the Darabont screenplay. And it’s way better, trust me. Google it.)
I’ve played LucasArts “Indiana Jones & The Fate Of Atlantis” various times over. Although, my interests in Indy games went into hybernation after “Atlantis” (LucasArts has also released original titles like The Infernal Machine and The Emperor’s Tomb, but I am anticipating the yet untitled Indy game in late 2009 supposedly utilizing the A.I. engine of Grand Theft Auto IV). Then, there were the Indy novels. Pulp entertainment that had lived up to the Indiana Jones name for adventure; they had helped me get through sleepless nights. There were 12 titles published, but I had only read the first six by Rob McGregor. I had made the buggling retarded mistake of selling them on ebay, all six for only about 10 bucks. This was two years ago. Now, I find that all 12 are being bid up as high as $80 because of the timing of the new movie. But, although they have been spoken of as being rare books, that is untrue. You can still find them at your Barnes & Nobles or Borders, or on Amazon.com reprinted for $6.99 each. And the original artwork covers are still intact. I’d highly recommend them to those who are hungry for more Indy adventures.
But even more obscure trivia – “Into the Great Unknown was a story from Star Wars Tales 19 and collected in Star Wars Tales Volume 5. It is the only known comic to combine the worlds of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.” A plot that involves an encounter between Indy and Han Solo (both played by Harrison Ford in their respective movies, as if you didn’t know). Don’t worry, it’s okay, you purists. It’s considered non-canon… but, I’m sure you’re curious what the plotline is Go Here