Quote:It's an interesting argument. I find a lot to like in both Temple and Crusade and I guess I didn't focus on the negative or didn't want to. The mine cart chase is one of the more preposterous things in Temple, but I still enjoyed it. Aside from the heart ripping, that is. Crusade: for some reason, any of the humor coming from Indy or Henry I enjoyed, but that of Marcus and Sallah pulled me out of the movie. But not enough to ruin it.
In Temple Indy solves nothing, he is simply thrust into one situation after the next, he prevails, but he did not place himself in that situation. For example he literally falls out of the sky into the village that is having its kids stolen. He's not there for a purpose, it's just where he happened to be when the raft stopped. All the other scenes are setup pretty much in a similar fashion. Then top it off with Kate Capshaw's useless character whose main roll seems to be to scream, and Short Round's ridiculous action scenes, and... well Even Spielberg apologized for the film, that says enough for me.
Compare it to Raiders in which Indy is the one solving the mystery; Indy is deciding where to move to next in pursuit of the Arc; and Indy is always one step ahead of the bad guys.
Quote:What did you guys think of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? This is the one that lost me a bit. "Nuke the fridge" and CGI monkeys seemed a step beyond any previous stupidity, although other parts of the movie didn't bother me. The maguffin being aliens instead of magic didn't bother me. Mutt didn't bother me. Maybe I'm too forgiving.
That one was so bad I can't even recall much of it.
Quote:I'm actually not very familiar with Barry Windsor-Smith's bibliography. The main thing of his that I read was the Weapon X collected edition which I enjoyed. Once when a local comic shop was closing I scored a deal on his album-sized "Barry Windsor-Smith's Storyteller" which I mostly enjoyed. But I never read his Conan or any other seminal work.
Another artist that is universally loved who I didn't get was Ditko. But when I finally read his Doctor Strange I did a 180 on him.
Big Bang Theory had the girls do a great hilarious deconstruction of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ruining the movie for the guys: Indy doesn't really accomplish anything positive other than killing some bad guys. It is his fault the Germans get their hands on the Ark because they were digging in the wrong place. If he gave up or failed then, it might have been taken to Berlin and opened there, killing Hitler and ending WWII several years earlier. Instead, it gets opened in the desert. And, it doesn't end up in a museum but a warehouse.