July 6th, 2008

Doc Savage

Curse You, Lego Indiana Jones!

It's a great game.  It looks like a lot of fun.  But, due to my own concerns about C-Monster's ability to handle cinematic violence of the 'heads go all splodey' variety, the game basically spoiled the entire experience of watching "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for him.  I knew it was going to happen, but it still really bummed me out the way every moment of dramatic tension was deflated by C explaining in advance how the situation would be resolved.

Obviously, I should've let him watch the movie sooner.
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Foundational Movie Day

Today seems to be one of those days wherein I watch movies that have had an undue impact on my tastes and interests.  First up was "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with C-Monster.  I first saw it a few days after my high school graduation and it immediately usurped "Star Wars" as my favorite film of all time.  It's still there, even after Mr. Jackson's pretty trilogy, so I guess that's saying something.  Even though I've got every scene memorized, along with most of the dialogue, it still holds up for me.

On the other hand, as I type this, I'm watching "Conan the Barbarian."  A few months ago, I attested that I found "The Scorpion King" to be a much better barbarian action film than this exercise in pseudo-Nietschean Howard pastiche.  I'm seeing nothing here to change that opinion.  Yes, it's got some decent action sequences.  Yes, the effects were pretty good for the early 80s, and Mako is a hoot, and there are a few good lines that weren't cribbed from historical figures, but by and large, this thing is just an unholy mess.  I mean, ultimately, it's Conan versus the Hippies.  Given the director's crazy right-wing leanings, this doesn't entirely surprise, but the years have not been kind to this film.  And that's not even bringing up Arnie's "acting."

Still, I certainly loved it to pieces at one time.  But man, it does not hold up for me.
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