Day 1 - 1/1/09 - Movie #1
BEFORE: For me, this is the no-brainiest of the no-brainers. Perhaps the film that forced my hand in declaring 2009 a movie year. For the first time, Mr. Lucas + Mr. Spielberg (+ Mr. Ford) collaborated on a film, and rather than increase their box office, I chose to send them my money by purchasing a DVD. Sorry about that guys, I know you were worried about me.
THE PLOT: Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.
OK, first sequence down, and we've got all the Cold War / 1950's references - Commies are the new Nazis, aliens landed in Roswell, Elvis, nuclear testing, Howdy Doody - tune in next time when Indy battles hippies at Woodstock on his "Quest for the Silver Bong". And hey, nice cameo by the janitor from "Scrubs"!
AFTER: Well, that was certainly thrilling - I can't wait to play the video-game version! I don't really see why the "South Park" creators had such a problem with the film, saying that Lucas and Spielberg "raped" Indy's legacy - what was that all about? Good to see Karen Allen again, but Cate Blanchett was so much hotter as a Russian spy!
Today, I set out on a quest of my own - to seek out new entertainment and appreciation for films - 1 down, 364 to go!
RATING: 8 out of 10 fire-ants.