For a man who only recently joined Twitter, Joss Whedon sure has plenty of opinions on pop culture worth sharing. He recently threw his support behind the casting of Batfleck, and earlier this week expressed his disappointment with the ending of The Empire Strikes Backto Entertainment Weekly.
Well, it’s not an ending. It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.
Now, while again speaking with EW (via HuffPo), Whedon reveals his issue with another sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The scene in question has Indy confronting two swordsman, reaching for his gun, but oh! the gun’s not there! Cut to Harrison Ford realizing he can’t beat these guys in the same manner he did that one swordsman in the now famous scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Which, when you think about it, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because, chronologically, Temple occurs before Raiders, so what the hell is Ford’s all-knowing, cheesy grin referencing?
When a fan base has waited so long for another film to be added to one of the most beloved action adventure franchises in the world, it’s expected that fans would, and should be critical with the finished product. Before Steven Spielberg‘s latest foray into the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; if you asked an Indiana Jones fan about the franchise they’d usually respond:
Raider of the Lost Ark, That second movie that I refuse to acknowledge, and Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.
Now the same question gets you:
Raider of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and that nuke the fridge movie that doesn’t really exist, it was just a bad dream.
Finally the guys over at Screen Junkies have taken on this steaming pile of drak and given it the Honest Trailer roasting it deserves. There are questions that needed to be answered:
Why were there aliens in Crystal Skull?
What’s with all the cheap-looking CGI when the franchise is known for its stellar practical effects?
It’s going to be a good September for your DVD player. With the release of The Avengers at the end of the month on September 25, you’ll see the whole week fly-by when on September 18 you purchase Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray. (more…)
A lot of new footage has begun making it’s way online since the Blu-ray versions of the entire Star Wars saga was announced. Included in this new footage is, of course, some deleted scenes or alternative takes. One of these deleted scenes in another version of Han and Leia’s snarky exchange before they evacuate Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. In the film we can tell it’s classic “oh, they secretly like each other banter,” but in this version the sexual tension literally radiates off the screen! Also, Han could have come off as a way bigger jerk, but still just as sexy.
Watch this alternative version below and let us know which you prefer.
If this wasn’t enough new Harrison Ford for one day we’ve also come upon some rare footage from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Here’s the story about this clip, apparently Steven Spielberg was planning a practical joke for Ford, and in the scene where Indiana is kidnapped by the Thuggee, Speilberg launched his surprise. In that scene, Indiana was to be whipped by a dominatrix, who also happened to be a certain famous singer. Then, the rumor has it Carrie Fisher and Irvin Kershner showed up. I don’t know, sounds like a very strange and kinky prank, Spielberg.
You can watch this unfortunately terrible quality footage of the shenanigins, but take solace in the fact this long rumored prank did actually occur. And that’s sort of fabulous.