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30 Years Ago Today: Indiana Jones chooses wisely

Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeHave the adventure of your life keeping up with the Joneses.

Indiana Jones is at it again, this time with dad in tow in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Harrison Ford appeared again as the main character, while Sean Connery joined the cast as Professor Henry Jones and River Phoenix played a teenage Indy in the third film in the series.

The movie was recognized with an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing, beating Black Rain and Lethal Weapon 2. It was the third Oscar for Ben Burtt, who took home an Oscar in 1981 for Raiders of the Lost Ark and in 1982 for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Last Crusade is set largely in 1938, placing it after the events of Temple of Doom (1935) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1936). The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was set in 1957. With over 767,000 users voting, Last Crusade has a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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35 Years Ago Today: Indiana Jones pushes the boundaries of the “PG” rating

Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomIf adventure has a name…it must be Indiana Jones.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom burst into American movie theaters on this date in 1984. The film received heavy criticism at the time due to violent scenes, which led director Steven Spielberg to suggest a new rating between “PG” and “R.” In July, the Motion Picture Association of America introduced the “PG-13” rating.

Harrison Ford reprises his role as the titular character in the second installment of the Indiana Jones series, a prequel to the 1981 blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark. Temple grossed over $333 million worldwide, and was the third highest-grossing film of 1984, behind Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters. Wow, 1984 was a great year for movies.

The film featured a score by the inimitable John Williams.

If I were forced to rank the Indiana Jones movies thus far, I would have to rank them in the order they were released. Raiders of the Lost Ark is far and away the best, although I have to say I have enjoyed them all. Yes, even Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Random Awesomeness (part 204)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Mötley Crüe music.
I can’t believe it’s over.

Top 10 Actors

A few weeks ago, 30-Year Old Cardboard made a list of his ten favorite actors. I decided I would steal the idea, but never got around to it…until now. Here we go…

Honorable mentions: Henry Winkler (the Fonz!), David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor), John Schneider and Tom Wopat (Bo and Luke Duke, respectively), and Christian Slater. I will watch just about any program or movie that features these guys because they are simply awesome.

10. Michael J. Fox – From television (“Family Ties” and “Spin City”) to the big screen (Back to the Future and Teen Wolf), he has been one of my favorites. Netflix streaming alert: Teen Wolf!

9. James Franco – I had trouble deciding where to go with Franco. Was he really top-10 worthy? Then I looked at his credentials again, and it’s a no-brainer. “Freaks and Geeks” was awesome; he is the only Harry Osbourne in my mind; his portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in Howl was fantastic. I have the 2001 TV movie James Dean in my Netflix DVD queue…hoping it gets a streaming date soon (because there are so many other DVDs in my queue, and it’s just easier to watch a stream).

8. James Earl Jones – He was the voice of Darth Vader, yo. Need I say more? Okay, I will: Field of Dreams, The Sandlot, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, AND The Lion King. That’s right, he was Luke’s daddy and Simba’s pop.

7. Tommy Lee Jones – This man is the definition of cool. Mr. Jones (that’s what people who are not his friends have to call him) is not only a great action actor, he can also pull off an occasional comedy. Check out Man of the House if you don’t believe me. (You thought I was going Men In Black there, didn’t you?)

6. Bill Murray – One of the funniest funnymen in history. His minor role in Zombieland was one of the highlights of that movie, and it’s a very strong 5-star movie in my mind.

5. Neil Patrick Harris – Who knew little Doogie would grow up to be such a hilarious dude? “How I Met Your Mother” is one of the very few television shows I watch today. He also does a lot of voice acting for cartoons (especially comic book cartoons). Netflix streaming alert: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Don’t let the title scare you off. It’s hilarious, and also features Nathan Fillion.

4. James Dean – If Mr. Jones is the definition of cool, Mr. Dean is the definition of Mr. Jones’ daddy. Rebel Without A Cause is and always will be one of my favorite movies. Netflix streaming alert: Giant.

3. Robert Englund – Yes, the guy that played Freddy Krueger. While A Nightmare on Elm Street will forever be his claim to fame (and rightly so), Englund has done some other great work. One of my favorite non-ANOES roles is Mayor Buckman in 2001 Maniacs, a gory flick released in 2005. There is also his role as Willie on the original “V.” Netflix streaming alert: “V: The Original Miniseries.” (Maybe Netflix should be paying me for all these plugs.)

2. Kiefer SutherlandThe Lost Boys. Flatliners. Young Guns. Chuck Norris loses. Netflix streaming alert: “24.”

1. Harrison Ford – All my friends liked Luke Skywalker, but I was a Han Solo guy all the way. And then Indiana Jones…wow. One of the first DVDs I ever purchased was The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble. There are so many other movies that he has been in that I love…What Lies Beneath, Firewall, Regarding Henry, and even Hollywood Homicide. You read that right. I love Hollywood Homicide. Netflix streaming alert: Hollywood Homicide. Oh yes.

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