Still listening to theme music.
There’s a part of me that hopes that there is no answer, here.
— John Tabin (@johntabin) December 13, 2012
Or, more accurately, that the entire point was to just dump the envelope into the University of Chicago internal mail system, content in the knowledge that surely somebody would notice, and marvel. Which is what happened, after all. (more…)
I feel I must correct Ed Morrissey on a tertiary point, here:
When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain? 1959?
Much as some are loathe to admit to its existence, it must be admitted that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had Commies for the villains, and that there were explicit instances in the movie where Commies were forthrightly punched (they were, indeed, the highlights of the film, which Lucas managed to bring off successfully enough to avoid me declaring kanly upon his house*).
So there was at least one. Almost by accident, but at least one.
*I fully grant, as the very wise Ken Hite notes, “that the McCarthyism that has Indy’s Dean so Broadbent out of shape a) was a spent force by 1957 in our history, but b) turns out, on the merits, to be completely justified, given the number of Soviet agents running amuck in America in the movie’s history.” Nonetheless, it was all right.
(H/T: @baseballcrank) Dear sweet merciful Jeebus no.
In the UK to promote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, LaBeouf talked to the BBC and revealed that he had spoken recently with Spielberg about another Indiana Jones movie: “Steven just said he cracked a story on it before I left. I think they’re gearing that up.”
Now, I admit freely that both my wife and I enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… well enough. We had low expectations – “Do not do to this franchise what Lucas did to Star Wars” (i.e., murder it and prop up the corpse on the front porch) – and Lucas managed to exceed them, more or less. There were aliens. Commies were punched. They brought back Marion. LaBeouf’s character didn’t even offend me. I did not declare kanly against Lucas. Everything was… acceptable.
So that’s where it should end. Before Lucas drags down Spielberg with him.