(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: the Steven Spielberg pulp masterpiece Raiders of the Lost Ark.)
Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark might be one of the greatest films of all time. It’s a breathless action film wrapped up in some of the best dialogue ever written. It somehow takes the tropes of ‘30s adventure films, crosses them with Edgar Rice Burroughs and movies like Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Casablanca and then ups the ante even further. It’s the sort of movie that’s a Swiss watch of structure and adventure. It’s the dream of any filmmaker to make a movie with one-tenth the spirit.
But what effect did it have on Star Wars? On the surface, one could point to its conception by George Lucas and say that’s enough, but going deeper is a lot more fun.
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In the latest edition of Ordinary Adventures, Peter & Kitra return to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Resort to investigate a new mystery… a mysterious artifact in Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities has gone missing.
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Bottleneck Gallery, one of the world’s best pop culture poster purveyors, is teaming with Vice Press for a new Amblin art show called Amblinesque, which pays tribute to the movies of director Steven Spielberg and his Amblin production company. Talented artists Matt Ferguson and Foley have created some spectacular new takes on films like Back to the Future, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins, and E.T. Check out a few of the new posters below. Read More »
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 »
Who doesn’t like Indiana Jones? All of the movies featuring Harrison Ford as the archaeologist and adventurer just recently hit Netflix, but if you don’t have time to sit and watch them, maybe this incredible Indiana Jones LEGO creation that took over 300 hours to build will hold you over for the time being.
Master builder Caleb Watson built an incredible Raiders of the Lost Ark LEGO diorama that recreates the opening scene where Indiana Jones retrieves the Fertility Idol that is kept safe by a series of traps. It’s 8-feet long, contains moving LEGO minifigures, and even has some Easter eggs referencing the other Indiana Jones movies and a certain Star Wars movie too. Check out the Indiana Jones LEGO diorama below. Read More »
It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over – the year just flew by! Just kidding, it was an endless slog. But the end is here, which means it’s time for a new year, and new titles on Netflix. As is par for the course now, Netflix is more interested in bringing you their own originals than classic films and shows – but there are a few familiar films nestled among the list. Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in January 2019.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video essay explores how Shaun of the Dead creates comedy with substance by staying true to its characters. Plus, see how the script for Coco compares to the final cut of the movie for a key sequence from the film, and watch the face melting effects from Raiders of the Lost Ark recreated with crayons. Read More »
Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark is unquestionably one of the best adventure movies ever made, and every inch of the film has been examined and analyzed by film lovers since it came out in 1981. But I just discovered something new about the movie that I’d never heard before. During the scene in which Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood reunite for the first time in years, Marion has her hands full – but she’s not carrying what it sounds like she’s carrying.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Gallery 1988 always has outstanding pop culture artwork up their sleeve, and their latest exhibition has some of the most unique pieces we’ve seen in a long time.
Super Secret Fun Club is the latest artist to bring a new show to Gallery 1988, and with it comes a special focus on “Wax Packs and Card Backs.” What that means is that artists delivered some unique action figure style creations, an extensive series of film and television characters given the Garbage Pail Kids treatment, and some awesome enamel pins too.
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On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be holding its 90th ceremony. The Oscars are the Super Bowl for cinephiles. Though the true relevance of the ceremony is often questioned, it still carries prestige as the pre-eminent film awards event.
Looking back through nine decades worth of Best Picture nominees, it’s clear there were a number of years where two or more iconic films were up against each other. 1994, for instance, featured an especially sticky three-way grudge match between Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and The Shawshank Redemption (Gump’s gotta go, but Shawshank? Never.) There are other years, however, where one nominated title pops up as a clear cut above the rest, and the fact that it did not win seems like an egregious miscarriage of movie justice.
You can’t always fault the Academy for its short-sightedness. Time has a way of showing what really matters.
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