Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

September 10, 2007

Is the new title of the Indiana Jones 4 movie, according to Shia LaBoeuf’s announcement at MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Huh. Well, that’s… nice.

Here are other worrying, and encouraging, details about the new Indiana Jones movie:

1)  It will star Shia LaBoeuf (Transformers), John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter), Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, Lord of the Rings), Ray Winstone (King Arthur, Sexy Beast, Beowulf), Harrison Ford (if you don’t know who he is, I can’t help you) and Karen Allen, who played “Marion Ravenwood” in Raiders of the Lost Ark and will be returning to the role in this film.

2)  It will NOT star Sean Connery, who gives the excuse that “retirement is just too damned much fun.” I see. But The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was worth the break from retirement?

3)  Spielberg is directing again and George Lucas exec-producing.

4)  The script was written by David Koepp, no stranger to big-budget action flicks (and Spielberg) with his screenplays for War of the Worlds, Spider-man (1 and the upcoming 4), Jurassic Park and Lost World, and Mission: Impossible.

5)  It will be released in the summer of next year, May 22, 2008. According to Firstshowing.net, also released that month will be Iron Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (the new Judd Apatow film starring Kristin Bell from the now defunct “Veronica Mars.”)

6)  Other possible titles for Indy 4 included (according to slashfilm.com): Indiana Jones + City of Gods / Destroyer of Worlds / Fourth Corner of the Earth / Lost City of Gold / Quest for the Covenant. I don’t know about you, but I’m much more excited about a movie that’s about a city of gods or, even more so, a lost city of gold, than one that’s about some sort of crystal skull. Come on, El Dorado: Indiana Jones style? Awesome.

7)  Intriguingly, there is actually a ride at the DisneySea Park in Tokyo named Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull. It’s not even a new ride either. Could the Indiana Jones 4 team be pulling a Pirates of the Caribbean for this new installment?


Movie plot holes from the summer’s blockbusters

August 27, 2007

This past week, Empire magazine posted a blog entry on plot holes in the summer’s biggest movies. Here’s a summary of what they said (with some of my own comments added in, just because, you know, I can. Ah, the beauty of blogging):

SPOILER ALERT

The Transformers

[H]ow in the name of Cybertron does helicopter Blackout get from a Middle Eastern desert to America’s West Coast in roughly 20 minutes?

That may be true, but what about all that focus at the climax of the movie on getting Shia LeBoeuf’s character to a helicopter in order for him to spirit away the all-important Allspark? Um, maybe I’m missing something, but how on earth would him getting to a helicopter keep the Allspark safe against machines that can transform themselves into fighter jets and their own helicopters? That must be one mighty government helicopter… oh, no, wait, it’s already been destroyed by the massive, towering robot. Oh well.

Live Free or Die Hard

It’s not easy, but I can just about swallow ninja baddie Mai Lihn getting barely a scratch after being crunched by John McClane’s car… [But then there’s the] pursuit on the freeway, a missile’s fired and the overpass splits, forcing McClane to ditch his big rig and leap onto the fighter jet. The plane explodes and McClane miraculously leaps to safety. Question is, how’s he going to track down the baddies again? Well, as it happens, he doesn’t need to. He gets to his feet, walks forward five steps and spots their van entering a warehouse right in front of him.

Yes, he just happens to spot the van. But, as they mention, that’s after he evades a fighter jet while driving a big rig truck – granted, a vehicle known for its maneuverability and speed, but still a bit of a big target, no?

Spiderman 3

[I]f Flint Marco and all his clothes – buckles and zips included – turns into sand, how come his locket stays metallic?

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

The pirate lords have held a council in which they elected to fight Beckett’s armada to the death. So why, at the film’s climax, when they have massed their ships and stand on decks, swords in hands, do they decide to just sit there and watch two ships fight inside the maelstrom instead of sailing into action?


Movie mistakes: Hmm, that doesn’t look like DC…

August 21, 2007

According to a post on dcist.com, there’s a long history of movies set in DC that don’t accurately portray the city, from the new release The Invasion and Live Free or Die Hard to The American President and The Exorcist.

While this is definitely unfortunate, how can we leave the big cities of Chicago and New York out of this hatefest? Herewith, some of the dishonorable mentions:

  • Angel Eyes: The movie takes place in Chicago, but early on you can see Toronto’s CN Tower in the background.
  • Spiderman 2: A raised subway in the middle of midtown Manhattan? See The Gothamist’s thoughts on it.
  • Spiderman 3: Like Gotham City and Metropolis, Spiderman’s New York is clearly another New York that isn’t. Yes, that’s right, although Spiderman 3 is set in New York, some scenes were shot in Cleveland for, I believe, financial reasons (ahem, I mean, because the two cities look so much alike…) and it shows in the film. According to IMDB.com: “A part of the movie features the Cleveland Trust Rotunda in the background where one can easily read “Cleveland Trust” inscribed on the Romanesque structure, although the movie is supposed to be set in New York city. Two other unique Cleveland landmarks are also briefly visible – Terminal Tower, and the marquee entrance to Playhouse Square Center.”
  • Independence Day: In an important scene, it looks as if the Empire State Building lines up with the center of a major street. This is impossible. The Empire State Building is at the corner of Fifth Ave and 34th street, there is no street that dead ends into it.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding: According to IMDB.com, the Toronto skyline, along with its mail trucks and restaurants, can be seen in certain scenes. Unfortunately, the movie is set in Chicago. Ah, Toronto, the new Chicago.

If you’re a New Yorker already irate at some of the mistakes above, and want more reasons to yell at movie studios, go here. It’s a quite impressively long list of geographical mistakes in movies that take place in New York.

For general movie goofs at IMDB.com, go here.