Before Crystal Skull, if there was a weak link in the Indy series, it was 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (now it looks like a masterpiece). Set before Raiders, because Lucas convinced Spielberg that Jones should be like Bond with a different girl in every film. The original second movie was going to revolve around Karen Allen’s father, Indiana’s mentor, but Lucas wanted to do something darker. George was going through a divorce and one of the darkest periods of his life, so instead of meeting Marian’s family, we got a Kali death cult in India that kidnapped children and performed human sacrifices. Dark times for George.
Dark enough that the violence in Temple of Doom upset so many parents that the MPAA created the PG-13 rating directly as a result of this film (which is pretty tame compared to most PG-13 films now, but good luck getting the MPAA to do anything about revising the ratings system). I can’t stand Kate Capshaw’s incessant screaming, and the opening club/musical number kind of makes me wince, but you can’t deny the awesomeness of Short Round and a number of the action pieces, especially the iconic mine car sequence, but the best piece in the film is Indy’s stand on the bridge. It’s one of the best moments in the series, hands down.
In the spirit of getting back to our normal columns on their normal schedule, my weekly rant will be making its return despite the fact that I’m fairly certain no one reads it. I have metrics, people. I know what you like. Along those lines, I’ve received several request for the Latest vs. Greatest feature to return (check out the top of the home page for the archives). Here’s the thing. While everything else I write is a byproduct of things that I would normally watch, LvG requires an enormous amount of research and renting a bunch of movies that I normally wouldn’t watch under heavy sedation. That, in turn, costs money, because even with Netflix, Amazon Prime and a Blu Ray library that would make you scream at its obscenity, I still have to rent an average of five to seven movies per column. A lot of you know my current life circumstances, but for those who do not, let’s just say I’m not making bank. SO. My point is, LvG will return at some point, but unless you all want to fund it (sound of thousands of KTers fleeing the site), it’s going to have to wait just a little bit longer. Continue reading Killing Time – March 5, 2015: Hi Mom, Site Notes and Rape in Film……(Not Connected)
Note: Due to an attempt to keep this column PG-13 (at least by MPAA standards), the word “f*ck” will be replaced by the word “woodchuck”.
This is a rant that’s been long in coming, probably since John Malkovich dropped an F-bomb in the third Transformers movie (classy). The MPAA, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that you can still maintain a PG-13 rating with one, possibly two, “woodchucks”. It used to be sporadic (and in a Michael Bay film not even in the top 25 of most appalling things), but this summer X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow and even Hercules (really?) have used their allotted “woodchuck”. Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD, you woodchucking idiots. Continue reading Killing Time August 28, 2014 – What the F*ck, PG-13?