Friday, January 15, 2010

January 14, 2010

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
#33 on my Top 100 List
Indiana Jones might be one of the most terrible archeologists in the world. He destroys temples, he mistreats artifacts, and he has that pesky problem of letting priceless historical pieces fall into the hands of the Nazis. However, these may just be the most fun adventure movies of all time. Harrison Ford plays Indy as a man who can is absolutely believable both as an adorably dorky history professor and a whip-wielding badass adventurer. Karen Allen is by far the best girl (sort of like a Bond girl, but there is no acceptable pop culture term for her - Indy girl? Doesn't work) of the series, which the producers obviously knew since she was the one they chose to bring back for the newest installment. Speaking of the newest Indy movie, the only moment that was its saving grace was its reference to this one, when the lost Ark of the Covenant makes a brief appearance at the beginning. You know how much I love continuity! The special effects are a little Ghostbusters cheesy, but this does include possibly the best stop-motion face-melting scene in the history of cinema.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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