Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

The Reel World’s Indiana Jones “Content”
Make sure to listen to our site’s podcast episode on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
8 Thoughts on the Harrison Ford Episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull
Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

The Indiana Jones film series was never one I gravitated towards much as a child (especially in comparison to my beloved Star Wars).

As such, I do not have a lot of feelings of nostalgia tied up with them. Nevertheless, revisiting them as an old has been interesting and satisfying.

Harrison Ford is obviously one of the greatest and most compelling movie stars of all time, and George Lucas is utterly fascinating as a larger than life cinema entity. (Spielberg is Spielberg.) Here is how I rank the films. Continue reading Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull

The Reel World’s Indiana Jones “Content”
Make sure to listen to our site’s podcast episode on Raiders of the Lost Ark.
8 Thoughts on the Harrison Ford Episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull
Ranking the Indiana Jones Films

Now, I am not an Indiana Jones nut or anything. I am a fan of Harrison Ford though, and that makes any Indiana Jones film intriguing to me. I write all of that to say that I do not really care all that much about Indiana Jones and my initial reaction to Crystal Skull was mild disappointment.

All these years later, I have finally watched it again. It is disappointing. Beyond that though, it was much more remarkably bad than I had remembered. In fact, some of the things that made it bad, have been infecting big franchise films ever since. Continue reading The 7 Worst Parts of Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull

Ranking the Jonathan Glazer Films

Jonathan Glazer has only made a handful of films (so far), which proves the world is not a just place. Glazer has many strengths and one of them is his ability to examine how one’s past can feel like a ghost coming to kill you. It is an idea I found interesting in each of his films.

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 79: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, and for what could be the last time they’ll be focusing on 1980 – 1989.

You could try and drink every time Ben & Matt wander wildly off topic, but you probably wouldn’t survive this one…

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 78: Thief

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, and for what could be the last time they’ll be focusing on 1980 – 1989.

Recorded before the unfortunate passing of James Caan, we discuss his career defining performance and the degree to which Thief feels like a precursor to Heat.

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 77: Airplane!

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, and for what could be the last time they’ll be focusing on 1980 – 1989.

How do you talk about possibly the greatest comedy movie of all time without simply repeating all the joke? By going on long tangents about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, wrestlers-turned-actors and the history of parody movies, of course!

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The Superhero Pantheon: Thor: Love & Thunder

Jerome and Brian discuss the fourth Thor movie. They discuss the mixed bag that is Love and Thunder. What worked? What did? Was this the movie the trailers promised? Jerome even predicts who will eventually kill Thor. 

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 76: The Shining

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, and for what could be the last time they’ll be focusing on 1980 – 1989.

Place your bets now on how many references to The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror there are in this inaugural episode for volume 4. We discuss Steven King’s burning hatred for the movie adaptation of his book, Kubrick’s career and of course the Razzies.

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The Best Inland Empire Writing (that I have found so far)

One of the great joys of watching great and interesting movies is that it can lead to so much interesting writing. The level of writing that makes you feel like you are experiencing the film in a new way or opens you up to new ideas. The type of writing that inspires you think deeper about what you have watched.

One of the best films to read great writing about is one of my favorites, Inland Empire. With the recent restoration supervised by Lynch himself that has led to limited screenings in theaters and an upcoming new physical disc in 2023 by Criterion, it has become a great time to read about Inland.

This article takes a look at some great new writing on the film but also some interesting things written about the film before the recent restoration. This article will be updated in the future as more great pieces are made about this remarkable film (or I just find other great ones that have already been written). Continue reading The Best Inland Empire Writing (that I have found so far)