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July 16, 2008

Passing on the Indiana Jones Legacy

I'm proud to say that I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark with Lyric and Ollie today and they both loved it. (Of course I covered their eyes for the scary parts, what kind of parent do you take me for!?) And watching this movie again only made me more disappointed with the new one. But let us not talk of such things, let's focus on the magic that is this film.

It's simple, it's engaging, it's got a huge number of incredible sequences (opening in south america with the collapsing temple, the closing stone door, the big stone; the Well of Soulds with the snakes and the fire and the discovery of the ark; the amazing car chase and fight and stunts with Indy going under the car and back around; and of course the final judgement where the Nazis got their just desserts). After seeing Lawrence of Arabia, I realized anew how much of the film was a tribute to that great movie. (Seriously, watch them back to back, Spielberg was just having a great time with it.)

Question: Does Harrison Ford have the greatest slate of films of any actor? Think about it: Star Wars trilogy, Indy movies, Blade Runner... Who's better? Brando? Tom Hanks? Give me some names here, people.

Posted by jason on July 16, 2008 02:42 AM

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The best of the Indiana Jones movies, in my opinion, are the first and third in the series, hands down.

Harrison Ford certainly has a great slate of movies to his credit. I think Tom Hanks is a contender, as well. Who would have thought one of the Bosom Buddies could have pulled off Philadelphia? Big, Castaway, Road to Perdition...these are just a few movies that showcase the range of this guy!

Have you considered Paul Newman? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Long Hot Summer, Exodus, The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Life and Times of Judge Roy bean, The Sting, The Towering Inferno, and The Color of Money, are just the Paul Newman movies I have seen! All of these I have listed are great, but he has a total of 73 movies to his credit. I can't speak to those, but the 11 I listed are a pretty good showing.

Posted by: Kathiek on July 16, 2008 10:29 AM

i think that christian bale will pass ford by the time he reaches that age, although harrison has been in some incredible movies.

Posted by: bsweber on July 16, 2008 06:34 PM

speaking of bale, he's John conner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGCdoHkK-Ms

Posted by: paul on July 17, 2008 03:09 AM

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