Screen Junkies » steven speilberg http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 8 Of The Coolest Mistakes In The Indiana Jones Franchise http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-of-the-coolest-mistakes-in-the-indiana-jones-franchise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-of-the-coolest-mistakes-in-the-indiana-jones-franchise/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:54:03 +0000 Jason Epstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250982 In honor of the franchise's Blu Ray release...

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In celebration of the impending release of Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu RayTM, we want to take a moment to look back on some of Indy’s most interesting production inaccuracies, while refraining from pointing out all the hardcore factual errors. Because let’s be honest; Jewish ghosts, mind-exploding aliens, heart-stealing Thuggee’s and thousand-year-old crusade knights have always given the Indiana Jones movies no chance of achieving historical or scientific accuracy.

“High-Tech” Safety Measures

The Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Scene: The Well of Souls

The Mistake: As Indy falls to the ground, he’s confronted by a hissing Cobra. But take a careful look (if you own the VHS, as this was taken out of the DVD and Blu Ray versions) and you’ll see the snake’s reflection on the safety glass that had been placed between it and Mr. Ford.

Belloq Eats a Bug While Threatening to Blow up the Ark

The Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Scene: Canyon Stand-Off

The Mistake: Numerous flies can be seen buzzing around the canyon as Indy and Belloq face off, but the most identifiable, and yes, probably the most famous fly in history is the one that can be seen flying into Belloq’s mouth…never to emerge. So, did he eat it? According to actor Paul Freeman, the fly did fly away, but it was edited (as an inside joke) to look like it disappeared into his mouth.

Indy Gets Shot, Doesn’t Notice

The Movie: Temple of Doom

The Scene: Rope-Bridge Stand-off

The Mistake: After his stand-off with Mola Rom and the Thuggee’s deteriorates and he decides to cut the bridge, Indy, now in a vertical climb, struggles to keep from falling as he’s being shot at with bows and arrows. Try as he might, he’s hit with two arrows…that bounce off his back harmlessly. Nice.

What’s the Deal with that Random Unconscious Guy?

The Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Scene: Fight on the Runway

The Mistake: Before it was cut, there was a scene just after the Well of Souls escape where Indy pushes a large stone out of the mummy room and finds an Arab man guarding the exit. So Indy simply knocks the guy unconscious. Though the scene never made it into the film, you can still see evidence of its existence: when Indy initially climbs out of the mummy chamber he looks off to the left where the guard would have been. Then, when Indy and Marion are running from the Well of Souls to the plane, the unconscious guard can be seen in the background.

The Stone Wall Head Bounce

The Movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The Scene: The Library Catacombs

The Mistake: Beneath the library in Venice, Indy and Elsa run into a few obstacles while on their search for the tomb of Sir Richard. One of these is a damaged stone wall they need to get through. Indy uses his shoulder as a battering ram, but you can actually see his head bounce off the rock pretty hard as he’s breaking through. Ouch! Good thing its fake rock, otherwise that could have been the end of the movie right there.

The Nazis Accommodate Indy By Driving Over a Continuous, Body-Sized Trench

The Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Scene: The Truck Chase

The Mistake: While climbing underneath the ark truck, you can clearly see that Indy is laying in a depressed area of the road. This was actually a trench, dug right down the middle of the road to provide stuntman Vic Armstrong with the necessary room to complete the dangerous stunt.

What Magic is This?

The Movie: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Scene: Area 51 Escape

The Mistake: At the end of Crystal Skull’s frenetic opening sequence, Indy’s escapes, hurtling through the prairie from the Area 51 warehouse on a rocket sled, which comes to a pretty abrupt stop in a pool of water. In real life, this would be like a major car crash with no seat belts, yet Indy and Dovchenko aren’t thrown from the sled. While this isn’t the first or last physics conundrum of the Indy films, the weirdest thing here is that you can actually see that the rocket’s chair has seat belt straps on it for just such a ride. We can either attribute this to being overlooked by the props staff or Spielberg just preferring to completely mock the laws of physics with a visibly unused safety device.

Are Those Snakes Dead?

The Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Scene: The Well of Souls

The Mistake: Despite getting a ton of snakes for the Well of Souls scene, Spielberg and Lucas couldn’t seem to get quite enough to really make the floor seem like it was made of them as they’d intended. Running up against a tight time schedule, they improvised by cutting up water hoses and layering them amongst the real snakes. Take a closer look and you’ll see which are which.

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A Stop-Motion Animated Shot-For-Shot Remake Of The ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ Intro, Just Because http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-stop-motion-animated-shot-for-shot-remake-of-the-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-intro-just-because/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-stop-motion-animated-shot-for-shot-remake-of-the-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-intro-just-because/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:48:20 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=239479 Much better than Crystal Skull...

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As the title indicates, this video is a shot-for-shot stop-motion recreation of the intro to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Why? Because it’s awesome, that’s why. It’s about 1000 times more watchable than Crystal Skull. Besides, you don’t need an excuse to combine one of the greatest films of all time with the magic of stop-motion animation. In fact, I’m kind of pissed that this didn’t happen sooner, and if it did, I’m pissed that I never saw it. At any rate, Kudos to Jeff Gurwood for his Indy Animation creation. Huzzah!

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9 Pictures Of Daniel Day-Lewis As Abe Lincoln Being Assassinated http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/9-pictures-of-daniel-day-lewis-as-abe-lincoln-getting-assassinated/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/9-pictures-of-daniel-day-lewis-as-abe-lincoln-getting-assassinated/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 19:49:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=238379 This ain't your great-great grandfathers assassination.

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We have our first picture of Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abe Lincoln. And after comparing it to this penny I found on the men‘s room floor, I have to say he really looks the part. That bodes well for Steven Spielberg, who is currently directing Lincoln in Virginia. But I have to wonder if this early buzz is really going to matter, considering we all know the ending: He gets his head blown off! I apologize if I’ve spoiled the film for any recent immigrants.

At any rate, since we all know the ending, maybe Spielberg should consider spicing it up a bit? Here are 9 suggestions. You’re welcome.

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Casting Round-Up: Ben Affleck, Rosario Dawson, David Strathairn, And Nicole Kidman Find Further Employment http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-ben-affleck-rosario-dawson-and-nicole-kidman-find-further-emplyoment/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-ben-affleck-rosario-dawson-and-nicole-kidman-find-further-emplyoment/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 22:28:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218109 Ben Affleck hired himself, which seems like cheating.

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Like sands through the hourglass, so is the casting news of June 27, 2011:

Ben Affleck objectively decided that he was the best man to star in his next directing project, Argo. He will play Tony Mendez, the CIA operative tasked with extracting six American hostages from Iran in 1979. He thought it was the smart move because he was going to be near those locations anyway, directing everyone for that movie. (Variety)

Nicole Kidman will be joining Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy as a woman who develops a penpal relationship with a man on death row. She will be replacing Sofia Vergara, but considering the timing of Tobey Maguire‘s departure from the project last week, let’s all just pretend that she’ll be filling in for him. It’s funnier that way and not altogether improbable. (THR)

Rosario Dawson will be starring in an indie drama with a decidedly non-indie cast. Fire with Fire, the story of a man who enters the witness protection program, only to lash out against the men threatening him will also star Bruce Willis, Quentin “Rampage” Jackson, Josh Duhamel, 50 Cent, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Vinnie Jones. The indie spirit is alive and well, folks. (Variety)

Finally, David Strathairn will join Steven Spielberg‘s star-studded Lincoln, hitting theaters just in time to qualify for the 2013 Oscars. He will play Secretary of State William Seward to Daniel Day-Lewis‘ Honest Abe. Sally Field will also star as Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd. (Deadline)

 

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Have A Quick Look At The ‘Super 8′ Alien In This New Viral Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-quick-look-at-the-super-8-alien-in-this-new-viral-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-a-quick-look-at-the-super-8-alien-in-this-new-viral-video/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:56:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=215543 OF COURSE there's a 'Super 8' viral Easter Egg video.

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Those not fortunate enough to get an early look at Super 8 (and subsequently berate it) are likely curious about the film’s secrets and what the alien looks like and if Kyle Chandler is nice or not and does JJ Abrams work out and if so how does he find the time. Well, this video should help with some of those questions.

Over the last few months, clips from a 1960′s secret military video were released to various websites. Now on the day of the film’s early release, those clips have been pieced together and feature the early scientific research into the film’s alien. Be advised that the video contains minor plot spoilers as well as a glimpse of the alien. If you want to see the film with fresh eyes, don’t watch the video. But please pour over my words and tell me if you see us sealing the deal tonight. I mean, c’mon. Bus rides and extra value meals add up, you know. (Yahoo)

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