The character — and the films — of Indiana Jones were formative in our relationship with grand movie-making and story-telling. In the first series of The Next Reel (then “Movies We Like”), we discuss just how Raiders of the Lost Ark changed us, how Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom changed the filmmakers, how Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade changed our fathers, and how Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull changed the franchise.
It’s nonsensical, silly, and surreal sci-fi mumbo jumbo that amounts to nothing. That being said, the long-awaited return to Indiana Jones and his adventures still manages to take viewers on a wild ride, even if it steers off course most of the time.Listen Now
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas both approached their 1984 follow-up to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” from a dark place while they were simultaneously going through divorces. Perhaps because of this, or perhaps because they were trying to create something different, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” has always been the ugly red-headed stepchild of the series, having a schizophrenic imbalance between goofy campiness and gruesome horror.Listen Now
Everything about Steven Spielberg’s 1981 adventure film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” is iconic. From the unforgettable lines that are so easy to quote, to the brilliant characters saying them and the pitch-perfect actors playing them, to the countless scenes full of adventure and danger, to John Williams’ score, to Jones’ hat and whip.Listen Now