Ken's Nostalgic Indiana Jones Adventure - Part 1!
by Ken Evans
May 19, 2008
I think I can speak for all of us here at FS.net when I say that we love movies. No wait, that is an understatement. We really, really LOVE movies! We aren't like some critics who have the most fun when they are tearing apart a film. Nor do we dread going to watch a movie after having already seen six others over the last couple of weeks. We still get excited and giddy over news of some upcoming film or someone being cast in a certain role. For me personally, I'm not interested in wordy writing or hyper-critical articles and reviews. We will always bring our love of film to everything we do while still telling it like it is.
To show you exactly what I mean, I decided to document the journey I undertook through the first three Indiana Jones films last Saturday evening. Preparing for any upcoming release that has prequels is one of my favorite things to do. I have done it for all the major collections like Star Wars, Matrix, Rambo, Rocky, Die Hard, Predator, Alien, and Terminator, not to mention doing it just based on a director. I love reliving the previous films again to see the changes and direction the next movie in the series takes. Indiana Jones is no different and it happens to be one of my favorite series ever! So let's begin.
I started the day by sleeping in, knowing that the task before me would test my endurance. After eventually waking up, I decided to head to the local supermarket to stock up on some supplies. I tried to think of what Indy would buy to make sure he was prepared for anything. So I stocked up on Indiana Jones cereal, Indiana Jones candy bars, Indiana Jones cheese crackers, potato chips and energy drinks.
After arriving back at home, I gathered everything that I had that is Indiana Jones related and surrounded myself with it on the couch. I needed to be immersed in the Indiana Jones universe and be totally consumed by it. With everything in place, I popped in Raiders of the Lost Ark and felt goose bumps pop up all over my skin as the theme song filled the room. I poured myself a bowl of Indiana Jones cereal, hit the button on my Xbox 360 controller, and felt myself get sucked in just as the Paramount mountain logo faded to become a real mountain. My Indiana Jones marathon had finally begun!
Throughout the day, I periodically stopped for short amounts of time. I had to pop in UHF to watch the opening that Weird Al dedicated to the Raiders of the Lost Ark opening. My wife made it home from work just in time to start Temple of Doom. My brother-in-law was only able to make it through the first film. Even my cat, Gizmo, decided to watch a few minutes of The Last Crusade. I was able to watch all three movies plus all of the extra features by the time the evening was over. Did you know Tom Selleck was chosen to be Indiana Jones but decided to do Magnum P.I. instead? Do you know the name of the club Indiana is in during the beginning of Temple of Doom? Have you ever noticed the fly that crawls into Belloq's mouth when Indiana shows up to blow up the ark with a rocket launcher? I can now say yes to all of those questions and my love of Indiana has grown even stronger as a result of this experience.
My day was a success! This is the kind of thing we do here at FS.net. We are extreme fans and we get just as excited as you about movies from the past, present and future. We like to share our excitement and get you guys pumped up for the things that we are anticipating. So please, share with us your excitement. What do you do to get yourself pumped for an upcoming blockbuster?
Tomorrow I'll be looking at all of the individual films and sharing my feedback on each of them. Check back again tomorrow night for Part 2 of my Nostalgic Indiana Jones Adventure!