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Old 08-30-2007, 11:51 PM   #196
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Nah, he gets old quick too. Temple of Doom truly is the bastard child of the Indy franchise. It has its moments, but they're few and far between. The only really awesome character in that one other than Indy is the crazy Kali-Ma dude.
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:52 PM   #197
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Does he even have a name until Indy says it on the bridge?

I love the screaming face on his helmet that looks like Whoopi Goldberg.

Ironically, Temple of Doom might've been the Indy movie with the most Lucas influence, I remember reading that somewhere but don't take my word for it.
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According to imdb the character's name is Mola Ram.

News to me.
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Ironically, Temple of Doom might've been the Indy movie with the most Lucas influence, I remember reading that somewhere but don't take my word for it.
Not surprising of true...loaded with stupid plot points and setpieces that could only come from Lucas' sorry skull.
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But it does have the mine cart race....that makes up for a lot of the crap.

And I also loved the scene in the trap door room....Indy can't believe how stupid Willie is being, and the way he says 'We. are going. to DIE!' through the hole in the wall is hilarious. And then she finally finds the switch and stops the ceiling from falling, only to back right up into the first switch in a fit of screaming, starting the ceiling falling again. Indy, as usual, gets everyone out by the skin of their teeth, grabbing his hat just as the door slams shut.

It was like something out of a Marx brothers skit.

Deciding between Temple Of Doom and Last Crusade for me is difficult...Last Crusade is a better story with better supporting characters, but Temple Of Doom seems to have more/better action sequences.
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But it does have the mine cart race....that makes up for a lot of the crap.

And I also loved the scene in the trap door room....Indy can't believe how stupid Willie is being, and the way he says 'We. are going. to DIE!' through the hole in the wall is hilarious. And then she finally finds the switch and stops the ceiling from falling, only to back right up into the first switch in a fit of screaming, starting the ceiling falling again. Indy, as usual, gets everyone out by the skin of their teeth, grabbing his hat just as the door slams shut.

It was like something out of a Marx brothers skit.

Deciding between Temple Of Doom and Last Crusade for me is difficult...Last Crusade is a better story with better supporting characters, but Temple Of Doom seems to have more/better action sequences.
Temple of Doom reminds me way too much of Return of the Jedi in the way it fails to balance amazing set piece (also in Jedi's case the epic Luke/Vader/Palpy story) with ridiculous slapstick (Willie and the Ewoks both need to burn in Cinematic Hell.) That being said, there's too many things done right in both films for them to be failures.

Speaking of Spielberg, saw Empire of the Sun in English class the other day... damn. Made me re-watch some of his others and do a new set of rankings:

1. Schindler’s List
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Jaws
4. Jurassic Park
5. Empire of the Sun
6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
7. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
8. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
9. Munich
10. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
11. Minority Report
12. Catch Me If You Can
13. Saving Private Ryan
14. The Terminal
15. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
16. Hook
17. War of the Worlds

still need to see Always, The Sugarland Express, The Color Purple, Amistad, and Duel for it to be a complete list. Fuck 1941.
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I'm not entirely sure I'd put Schindler's List at the #1 spot, and well...actually my list would look a lot different from yours, but at least you put the wretched War of the Worlds at the bottom position.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:34 PM   #203
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Schindler's, Jaws, and Raiders are basically interchangeable and I'm sure after I re-watch E.T. and Close Encounters they'll be higher. War of the Worlds is the only movie on the list I genuinely dislike.

Saving Private Ryan goes down on the list every time I see it, there's just something missing after the opening sequence. I never fully buy into the characters other than Tom Hanks' Capt. Miller.

I also forgot about The Lost World, pretend it's before War of the Worlds.
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Let's see here:

1. Jaws (not a single misstep in this entire picture, it's pure Spielberg doing what he does best)
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (see above, just make it not quite as amazing)
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. Schindler's List (would be #1 if not for the last 20 minutes)
5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
6. Poltergeist (would probably be #2 if he has really directed it)
7. Munich
8. A.I.
9. Jurassic Park
10. Minority Report
11. The Last Crusade
12. E.T.
13. Catch Me If You Can
14. Hook
15. The Temple of Doom
16. Duel
17. War of the Worlds
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Should a Top 5 spot be cleared for Interstellar? I'm leaning towards a 'yes.'
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The top 5 is a top bunch to crack.

I'm praying to God it will though.

And the new camera system the Wachowskis are using on Speed Racer nearly has my member at full salute.
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:05 PM   #207
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Everything about that movie screams awesome to me:

the cast, the Wachowskis, and it's fucking Speed Racer!

The world needs a Johnny Quest movie and everything will be alright.
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Christ, Lance, Saving Private Ryan at #3? If you can see through the worst moments of Schindler's I would think you'd be equally tough with Ryan, which is flat out RUINED by the bookends. The lack of three-dimensional characters other than Hanks (what Lemon said) and a weak screenplay doesn't help either. It seems to me that people are so blinded by the technical achievements in the Omaha Beach sequence that they can't objectively watch the rest of it. It's like having sex with someone who's loud and acrobatic for 10 minutes and then lays there for the next 30. Would you say they're good in bed?

I can't participate in this listmaking because I have so many problems with many of the films I even partially enjoy. The only three I can say I admire unequivocally are Jaws, Close Encounters, and Raiders, in that order. I think A.I. contains his best work, and wish it and Minority Report didn't end so horribly because so much of them were good. Catch Me If You Can and Always were nice, old-fashioned modest affairs and therefore unmarred by Steve-O's usual tendencies. After that I can't even begin to rank these half-baked productions, like the entertaining but awful adaptation of Jurassic Park, the well-intentioned but uneven Color Purple, the emotional blackmailing of Schindler's List & Saving Private Ryan, etc. I hated E.T. even as a kid, and if you actually thought The Lost World, Hook or War of the Worlds were actually good films I feel very, very sorry for you.
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lazarus, have you seen Empire of the Sun or Munich?
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The bookends of SPR might not have been entirely necessary, but they also don't cause the movie to break down to a complete cheese-fest (ala Schindler's final rant) or utterly break the illusion of the film like the colour sequence at the end of Shindler's. THe SPR bookends were just short little bits that gave the audience a glimpse of whether of not Ryan actually did "earn it". And while that might not be a good choice (I don't really care either way to be honest), it doesn't break the film in any way like the end of SL does.
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