(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movies: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Where You Can Stream Them: Netflix
The Pitch: Two blockbuster films from a bygone era when all you needed was a dashing leading man, a lighthearted spirit of adventure, and a bunch of well-directed, two-fisted action sequences to make a movie a blockbuster.
Why They’re Essential Quarantine Viewing: We live an era where intellectual property has overtaken the movie star. People aren’t excited to see Robert Downey Jr. – they’re excited to see Iron Man. Audiences won’t flock to see the next Daisy Ridley movie, but they certainly love Rey and her pals. The past 20 years have seen most stars decline, as high concepts, directors, and shared universes have displaced the basic appeal of watching someone who owns the screen spending two hours…well, owning the screen.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Mask of Zorro were both loving throwbacks to bygone styles when they were first released. Now, these films, built on the smoldering shoulders of Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas respectively, are relics of another age themselves. But what incredible relics!
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Thankfully, the non-existent war between Steven Spielberg and Netflix is over before it really began. That means we can get back to burning money by buying collectible art, enamel pins and t-shirts inspired by the legendary filmmaker’s movies.
This week we have an entire slate of new prints from Karl Fitzgerald honoring the entire Indiana Jones trilogy. Plus, Mondo has a whole batch of new Jurassic Park goodies, including a new print by Matthew Woodsman, enamel pins by Scott C., and an awesome t-shirt designed by Bruce Yan. Check out the new Indiana Jones trilogy prints and all the Jurassic Park paraphernalia below. Read More »
Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re still struggling with what to get that movie lover in your life, a recently released batch of prints paying tribute to movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Blade Runner and Die Hard are available for purchase today.
Get details on each of the prints and find out where and when you can get them below. Read More »
Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the release of Ready Player One, we ask “What movie defines your childhood? What nostalgic favorite floats to the top of your brain whenever your think back on your early film fandom?”
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The Indiana Jones trilogy is easily one of the best film franchises of all time. Yes, we’re only talking about the trilogy, because as long as we don’t acknowledge that there may or may not be a fourth movie, then it can never find us. And that’s exactly why a new print coming from Bottleneck Gallery does the exact same thing.
Gabz, the same artist who delivered an amazing Star Wars trilogy print back in November of 2015, has given the same treatment to the Indiana Jones trilogy. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade are all featured with no crystal skulls to be found (okay, there might be one if you look really hard). Check out the Gabz Indiana Jones trilogy print below and find out how you can get one. Read More »
Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with absolutely nothing going in the headlines this past week, no sir, not at all, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie scene where a Nazi gets what’s coming to him?”
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(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.)
This weekend, the 1,026th incarnation of King Arthur on film hits theaters. This time, the old sword-wielder of myth comes courtesy of the Guy behind Snatch and Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie promises a visually lush trip into 6th century England where Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) will reach out to grab his destiny unless Vortigern (Jude Law) keeps him evilly from it.
This is a hardscrabble Arthur. He’s denied his birthright as exalted ruler, and has to grow up on the rough streets of Londinium before pulling the famous sword from the almost-as-famous stone that brings him power and responsibility (the great version of one usually conjures the other). King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, like many modern riffs on ancient tales and Ritchie’s own Holmes series, will attempt to inject rock and roll into the Middle Ages.
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Even though Harrison Ford has proven to be rather resilient in his old age, bouncing back from both having his leg broken on the Millennium Falcon and a plane crash on a golf course, that hasn’t made fans any more forgiving of what some consider to be one of the most egregious scenes in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That’s right, I’m talking about nuking the fridge, the scene so bad that it became the new way of describing “jumping the shark” in pop culture.
But what if I told you that there was an intriguing fan theory going around that may actually make that scene forgivable? Does that sound like something you might be interested in? Find out more about this Indiana Jones theory below. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
This Thursday, NBC will air a massive star-studded comedy event for Red Nose Day. Its aim is to raise money for children of poverty in the United States and the guest list is a who’s who of worldwide celebrity. The show will feature all kinds of comedy skits and one that made its way online early features Pitch Perfect 2 star Anna Kendrick remaking Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Check out the Anna Kendrick Indiana Jones video below. Read More »
Whether you’re giving or receiving, there are few things better than a gift. It feels great to get one, it feels wonderful to give one, it’s just a nice thing. Gifts in movies are kind of the same. They represent a bond between characters that can be layered with meaning. The person getting the gift can be either appreciative or disappointed, the person giving it either sincere or malicious. There’s just so many ways you can go with it.
Being as it’s the holiday season, we decided to pick out our favorite gifts in movie history. Not necessarily the best ever, just our favorites. That means not all of these are “good” gifts. Some, in fact, are awful. But it’s the act of giving them, whether in the context of an overall film or series, that makes them awesome and memorable. So, below, we count down our 25 favorite gifts in movie history. Read More »