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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Indiana wants me

I was up late last night after watching the Rockies sadly best the Giants at Coors Field in Denver (that bottom of the sixth was a bitch). So if I weren't already working on a growing sleep deficit from this weekend, I'd be seriously considering going to the theaters at midnight tomorrow to see the new Indiana Jones (actually, I still might). I've been awaiting this new installment -- I adore everything about those movies, and have even forgiven the Temple of Doom for scaring the bejesus out of me at a sleepover when I was 9 or 10. Ripping a guy's beating heart out of his chest cavity may frighten children. Good to know.

Ever since the previews for the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull started airing, I've pretty much been walking around humming this when I need to feel especially victorious. If I had a personal theme song, this would kind of be in the running because then I'd feel awesome all the time.

CONTEST: The soundtrack for the movie is released today, featuring an original score composed by Academy Award winner John Williams. Fuel/Friends has one copy to give away if movie soundtracks are your thing, or if you just have a crush on Harrison Ford. Leave me a comment about some element of one of the Indiana Jones movies that you wanna write a comment about -- a quote, a moment, the time when that dude literally melts and turns into dust because of God's wrath, etc. etc. You choose.

And since I have no mp3 from the soundtrack, this song works very very well. A girl can dream.

Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor

PS - I so just added him as a friend on MySpace

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At May 20, 2008 3:55 PM, Blogger Horst said...

My favorite Indiana Jones scene is when a skilled swordsman shows off Indiana his moves as a invitation to combat. Indy is tired and spent. He pulls out the gun and shoots him.
I was a little girl when I saw this for the first time. I giggled and giggled and giggled.
I love how they followed the same sequence up in a later movie, but his gun is missing.
OHHH indy
SIDE NOTE, my nephew is named Indiana and turns 7 on May 22. He couldn't be more excited for his birthday. His picture with Indy Hat... http://brentandmandygreen.blogspot.com/2008/04/coming-soon.html
Glad you have the fever :)

At May 20, 2008 5:45 PM, Blogger josh said...

Oh man it's so hard to pick just one moment but one of my favorite parts during Last Crusade is when they are on the beach and Indy has no bullets in his gun and the Nazi plane is getting ready to turn for another pass. Suddenly Indy's father gets a serious look on his face, shoves his bag into Indy's chest and pulls his umbrella out as if he were unsheathing his sword. He then begins to cluck like a chicken and open and close his umbrella startling all the seagulls on the beach which in turn cause them to collide with the plane, clog the engines and cause it to crash. I loved the quote when Henry Jones said "I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks, the trees and the birds in the sky". What a great movie moment and whenever I hear the classic Indy theme as he looks at his father with a totally new respect for him I always get a huge grin on my face. Soundtracks are so critical for making a movie work and this series some of the best score of any movie! I'm so looking forward to it coming out this week! Great blog heather, keep up the great work!

At May 20, 2008 5:49 PM, Blogger Court said...

Raiders is far and away my favorite film of all time but my favorite Indy moment comes in Temple Of Doom when Indy is freeing the child slaves from the mines. We see lots of shots of the kids being whipped and worked. We know Indy has just been released from the mind control voodoo Mola Ram had put on him but we don't know where he is. The last time we saw him, Short Round said something to the effect of "let's get out of here" and he replied, "right... all of us."

The camera follows a large thugee master as he abuses a small boy pulling a cart along the tracks. The light on the front of the cart slowly iluminates the tracks as the camera pans up to show a really pissed of Indy with his head lowered. He slowly looks up and the next thing we hear is the Indiana Jones punching sound effect as the guard goes flying in the air.

We've seen Indy fight before, but we've never seen him pissed like this. It's the ultimate Indy bad ass moment.

I also love, from Last Crusade, "Sallah, I said no camels. That's five camels. Can't you count?"

At May 20, 2008 7:00 PM, Anonymous Junior Kimbrough said...

I saw the film last night at an advance screening (one of the perks of working for a toy company with marketing tie-in's). If you loved the first 3 films, you will love this one as well. I had low expectations going in but I enjoyed it a lot. Obviously this will be a big hit and deservedly so.

At May 20, 2008 7:43 PM, Blogger KT said...

Oh man, I can't help but love the moment after Elsa Schneider, the crazy ear nibbling Nazi, falls into the shaky chasm of doom (not to be confused with Khazad-Dum) and Indy finds himself in the same situation of almost dying for the grail. What a great character moment, that you see Indy struggling with the same weakness as his "enemy" and overcoming it with the help of his James-Bond-Not-Really daddy.

It's a telling moment, and highlights why I idolize Indiana.

At May 20, 2008 7:53 PM, Anonymous Pete said...

It's not the years, honey ... It's the mileage.

At May 20, 2008 8:24 PM, Blogger Frank said...

I'll always remember coming in 3rd place at a local video game competition when I was about 10 years old. I had beat a number of older kids and they were so mad they were losing to me and my best friend - who was also 10. My friend came in first and he won a Ninentdo game (the regular 8-bit system), 2nd place won a VHS tape holder, and in 3rd place - I won Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I love that movie and I know I still have it - somewhere.


At May 20, 2008 8:46 PM, Blogger SINEDDIE said...

no need to write on and on...it's the monkey head part....hands down.
Soundtrack please?

(New Mudhoeny is out....I am a happy person!!!)

At May 20, 2008 9:15 PM, Anonymous dy said...

The first VHS movie my family bought was Raiders, it features a trailer for the theatrical release of Temple of Doom. The voiceover says "coming in the summer of '84, the greatest adventure of all time..." Still have the tape, but no VCR.

I was also Indy for halloween one year, probably 8 or 9. I had the jacket, fedora, an a real bullwhip. My mom used a burnt cork to give me five o'clock shadow, but she got pissed when she later found out I tore a hole in one of my button-down church shirts and used a red marker to simulate Indy's bullet wound. Best Halloween costume I ever had.

At May 20, 2008 9:24 PM, Anonymous dy said...

...and a follow-up, in the same sequence previously mentioned in Temple where Indy doesn't have his gun for the sword fight he charges after some of the swordsmen only to encounter a whole bunch more, just like Han Solo does in the Death Star during Star Wars. I also love that Temple of Doom is a prequel.

At May 20, 2008 9:32 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Hi all. I was so happy to see Heather mention this on the front page. I'm a long time reader but this is my first post.

My favorite Indy moment is by far the very last scene in Crusade when just after Indy and his dad have another " don't-call-me-that" moment. His dad looks at him and says "after you, Junior." Indy doesn't even hesitate and then says, "yes, sir." They then ride into the sunset. I love this moment so much because it shows how frustrating our parents can be when it comes to letting go of certain things from our childhoods even though we desperately want them to and how we sometimes just have to understand that to our parents, we will always be the kid they once had.

At May 20, 2008 9:38 PM, Blogger Stephen Kuykendall said...

I realized a few years ago that Indiana Jones influenced me strangely as a child, I idolized the man, but when traveling as an adult I realized what I wore when outside of the U.S. I wear Khaki's, leather shoes and a button-up shirt, it's so versatile from the jungle to an opera and if it's cold you wear the leather jacket, and if you travel that way, you're never confused for the stupid American traveler that I invariable am, but at least I look like an international traveler. Just without the whip.

At May 20, 2008 10:13 PM, Blogger Payo said...

For me, it's the scene in the Map Room at Tanis, in Raiders, when the sun strikes the crystal in the headpiece of the Staff of Ra and reveals the location of the Ark.

There's a look on Indy's face that captures a sense of total boyish wonder. The skeptic realizing that the Ark might actually be there.

I get the same feeling as Indy watching thatscene even now.

At May 21, 2008 1:00 AM, Blogger Nerina said...

ohh, raiders!
I decided to write an indy parody skit for my youth group production this summer, so i got out my copy of raiders and watched it on the way to new york. i've watched it twice in two weeks. i forgot how good it was!!
my favorite moment is about three minutes in, when the guy tries to shoot Indy, and he uses the whip and then you see his face for the first time with the classic "DUN DUN DUNNNN" music in the background. classic!

At May 21, 2008 1:04 AM, Blogger Michael Robert Pollard said...


your obbsesed with the Giants too.
Too cool. next year if we get a real 3rd baseman and a bullpen, we be alright

Maybe we can convert Zito to 3rd base


At May 21, 2008 2:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love when sean connery makes fun of Indy at the end of Last Crusade for being named after the family dog. Knowing that the name "Indiana" came from the Lucas family dog made that scene even funnier. Sean Connery could have easily been mocking George Lucas Instead of Harrison Ford. It brought a real sense of reality to the otherwise unbelievable movie.


At May 21, 2008 10:06 AM, Blogger Dynamic Meter said...

Oh Man, I just remember seeing the first movie in the theater when I was a kid. And at the end, when the ghosts come out and the faces melt. Well that scared the you know what out of me.

At May 21, 2008 11:57 AM, Blogger liz said...

I grew up on the Indiana Jones movies, with The Last Crusade being my favorite. My brother and I used to watch this movie over and over (literally--it would end, and we would restart it) and I can still recite it by heart. My favorite part is the last 15 minutes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when he meets the knight and goes through the process of selecting the correct Grail cup. The knight and his line "You have chosen.....wisely," is still a favorite family phrase. As 2 kids reciting and acting out Indiana Jones while silmultaenously watching it, this scene is the greatest. You've got the drama and horror of the guy whose body ages and decays right before Indiana's eyes after choosing the wrong Grail cup, (as kids grabbing our necks and pretending we are choking) Indiana saving his dad, the internal struggle of letting the Grail cup go or dying, (climbing on the back of the couch and hanging on for dear life while trying to pick up a cup on the floor) and the Knight waving his final goodbye as the building crumbles around him (each of us raising and lowering our arms at the same moment that the Knight did).. it's one of my favorite childhood memories. (P.S. Last Crusade was on tv last weekend when my brother and I went home, and during the last scene with the Knight our entire family did the final wave/goodbye in unison.) Guess some things will never leave you!

At May 21, 2008 1:16 PM, Blogger muruch said...

"No time for love, Dr. Jones"

- Short Round in Temple of Doom

At May 21, 2008 7:39 PM, Anonymous patrick said...

i keep imagining Cate Blanchett speaking English with a German accent in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull even though she's supposed to be Russian

At May 21, 2008 10:22 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

"Asps. Very dangerous. You go first."

Plus in Temple of Doom, Dan Akroyd has a brief (almost non-existent) cameo, leading Indy & Co. out to the plane in Shanghai that they will eventually have to jump out of. You can't really see his face, and he uses a strangely accented voice, but it is Dan "We are from France on a mission from God" Akroyd. It's a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, an obscure walk-on that doesn't so much tie one scene to the next as staple them very loosely together. How left field is that?

At May 22, 2008 1:53 PM, Blogger Snark said...

Lost Arc was the first movie my folks taped using their brand spanking new VCR. They taped all manner of random bits off the tele. Immediately preceding Indi is Billy Joels Keeping the Faith. Huge Indiana fans, my brother and I watched this movie over and over (and not only b/c none of us could properly work the VCR to record anything else). As a result, we may very well be the only people in existence who associate Belloch (sp?) with a red head girl in a Chevrolet.
In the words of Indi's intrepid sidekick Short Round. "You listen to me, you live longer." :)

At May 29, 2008 11:36 AM, Blogger Courtland said...

Did you choose a winner yet? I'd love to see who the choices were. I've got Indy fever. Seen the movie twice already.


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