DATE: 1/02/2004 08:47:00 AM
A Lighter Note - James Lileks devotes today's Bleat to a discussion of movies, both good and bad. His description of 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' is right on the mark:
Last night I watched half of the third Indiana Jones movie. I haven't seen it since it was in the theaters, many millions of years ago. Better than I remembered, and certainly better than that bitter, nasty, violent, shrieking, interminable 'Temple of Doom.' What were Lucas and Spielberg thinking? How could anyone watch the first movie and think 'it's good, but it needs a small boy talking pidgin Engrish and a scowling harpy whose screechy voice can knock barnacles off a ship. Also, someone should pull someone's heart out of someone's chest.' The third is so much better. It has Nazis. An Indy movie requires Nazis. I recently got the trilogy on DVD and was heartened to hear both Lucas and Spielberg admit on the documentaries that they don't really like the second movie all that much. Nice to know someone in Hollywood is capable of shame.