Category Archives: action

No. 66 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

We are simply passing thru history, but this – this is history

Who is the Greatest Adventurer of Them All? Who handles a bullwhip with confidence, wears a leather jacket and is recognizable all over the world by only his silhouette? No, it’s not E.T. – it’s Indiana (Indy) Jones. Steven Spielberg’s and George Lucas’ professor of archeology and obtainer of rare antiquities still lives on strong 30 years after the first movie. Funny that Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was meant to be a low-cost B-movie, went on to win four Oscars. It is still studied at film schools and has gone to influence such films as Romancing the Stone (1984), Jewel of the Nile (1985), The Mummy (1999) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).

Some things are better left unopened

Steven Spielberg wanted to make a globetrotting adventure and action movie, which would have a James Bond like main character. A movie, which would give homage to the Saturday matinee movies he grew up watching. George Lucas wanted to make a movie, which he would like to watch himself. During the making of Star Wars Lucas had an idea of one globetrotting Indiana Smith. When these two masterminds came together, film history was made and Indiana Jones was born.

                                                          Fair Trade in Action

Tom Selleck was cast as Indiana Jones, but he pulled out to make a little known TV-series called Magnum P.I. Harrison Ford from the Star War movies was cast instead and to this day – even though he has done zillion other movies – Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones.

                                                                                         Whip it!

Fundamental part of this movie is its musical score by John Williams. The music is recognizable even today. You only have to hear a couple of beats and in your mind you can see Indiana Jones riding to catch the truck that’s carrying the ark or running away from a gigantic rolling rock.

Each scene in this movie is good. Unforgettable scenes include the opening sequence with a golden statue, and the underground Egyptian temple filled with snakes. Both are my favorites. You just cannot choose only one. The scene that stands out the most for Steven Spielberg is the “basket chase”. George Lucas on the other hand prefers the “truck chase” scene.

                                                     Giving new meaning to travelling in economy

At the time the special effects were groundbreaking, especially “the melting face”. Chris Wales, the special make up effects artist, says that still today he gets calls asking him how he did it as it had never been done before. With computer technology nowadays, you could make that special effect even more magnificent, even though the basic process would still be the same.

                                                         They thought they got stuck in an elevator with Charlie Sheen

It has been said that this movie has the best screenplay ever written. You cannot find any fault in it. Even though some lines might sound quite corny, they are delivered in such way that they are believable. Remember – this is a Saturday matinée B-movie! It is supposed to be fun and over-the-top.

Steven Spielberg’s direction is genius. The use of silhouettes and shadows is mind-blowing. It gives the movie depth. The tension build up in the “bad dates” scene is perfection. The fast-moving action sequences are chained together continuously. What else would you want from an entertaining movie?

                                                   They’re digging in the wrong place!

So; needless to say – I am a fan of the whole Indiana Jones series. I love them all – even the latest one with Shia LaBeouf as the “future Indy”, but my favorite will always be The Temple of Doom.

It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage

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THE OTHER GUYS (2010)

 

You girls stay here and get your type on

Epic! A movie that should not work – actually works. The Other Guys is a movie full of fast action sequences and even faster humor. It has more funny one-liners than Jimmy Carr’s stand-up and more high-speed chases than The French Connection. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are two mismatched NY police officers – Terry Hoitz and Allen Gamble. One is a peacock, who just wants to fly and the other is a paperwork loving ex-pimp.

Proud peacock – there might be a job opening at NBC

Their big chance to serve and protect to max comes when the two badass supercops P.K.Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) and Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson) run out of luck. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson do a brilliant job as the over-the-top-rock-star-cops. Their entrance is only topped by their exit!

So urgent is Terry Hoitz’s need to prove himself that he kidnaps his partner to force him to go to a crime scene. It does not go according to the plan and they end up with a cocaine-covered car. On the way back it’s Allen Gamble’s time to kidnap Hoitz – with his wooden gun. They start investing Gamble’s huge case about illegal scaffolding permitting, which leads them to discover a financial conspiracy masterminded by a British banker David Ershon (Steve Coogan). At the end of the first meeting with Ershon, Hoitz and Gamble have lost their shoes and made some serious enemies.

There are fantastically funny scenes in this movie like the very quiet fight scene in a funeral and Gamble’s first desk-pop.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The chemistry between Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrel is perfect! I don’t think anybody else could pull off the always-yelling-trying-to-prove-himself Terry Hoitz better than Mark Wahlberg. Special mention to Michael Keaton’s TLC (don’t go chasing Waterfalls) quoting captain Gene Mauch, who has a second job at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Everything in this movie is over the top – the silliness, the stunts, even the stupidity of the bribes. There is a lot of banter between the two main characters; sometimes going into lengthy debates – like the one about lions v tuna. Even then the dialogue does not lose any speed.

Where did you learn to drive like that? Grand Theft Auto

At the end of the movie the mystery remains about why and how did the bad-guys take Hoitz’s and Gamble’s shoes? And why are all the hot women attracted to Gamble? These are never explained. But tell you the truth, they don’t need to be explained. The funniness lies in the mystery.

If you want to be thoroughly entertained and laugh so that it hurts – this is a movie for you!

At the crime scene.lol. Good tweet!