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    Sacreligious! Watch Raiders then Crusade. The Last Crusade is by far the better film, It's beautifully with a cracking script, whereas Raiders is just a lot of fun. ('though Karen Allen is hot).

    This isn't up for debate.
    Agreed, it's not up for debate. Raiders is twice the film any of the others are, and I like the others.
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    The trouble with Crystal Skull is that it hasn't any quotable lines, or dazzling moments, or surprises, or action sequences that young or old wouldn't mind watching over and over again. Think the Nepal barfight from Raiders; it's the finest scene of its category in film history.

    I know that Lucas and Spielberg are hit-or-miss these days. But when I learned that Michael Kahn edited, I accepted that each of these men needs to retire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
    The trouble with Crystal Skull is that it hasn't any quotable lines, or dazzling moments, or surprises, or action sequences that young or old wouldn't mind watching over and over again. Think the Nepal barfight from Raiders; it's the finest scene of its category in film history.

    I know that Lucas and Spielberg are hit-or-miss these days. But when I learned that Michael Kahn edited, I accepted that each of these men needs to retire.
    Actually, the most quotable line in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the Star Wars recurring line, "I've got a bad feeling about this."

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    Quote Originally Posted by htb View Post
    The trouble with Crystal Skull is that it hasn't any quotable lines, or dazzling moments, or surprises, or action sequences that young or old wouldn't mind watching over and over again. Think the Nepal barfight from Raiders; it's the finest scene of its category in film history.

    I know that Lucas and Spielberg are hit-or-miss these days. But when I learned that Michael Kahn edited, I accepted that each of these men needs to retire.
    I think the motorcycle chase in Crystal Skull is the equal of pretty much any action sequence in any of the first three films. The difference is, again, that the first three have had time to become iconic in people's minds, and so the contest is rigged. It's just like how people reminisce about the "good old days", even if they're better off now.

    I never cared much for Lucas, I always thought he was a hack that got lucky once with the first Star Wars film. But Spielberg (and by extension, Kahn) has made some exceptional films in recent years and I see no reason to put him out to pasture because there have been a few clunkers. It's only because he's trying to live up to "70s and 80s Spielberg" that the current Spielberg suffers by comparison. Anyone else who had Spielberg's 90s and 00s filmography would be roundly praised.

    Just as an experient, let's look at his recent work. I'm going to arbitrarily pick the last 15 years of his career, since I think Jurassic Park is what a lot of people see as his last great action movie.

    Schindler's List
    The Lost World
    Amistad
    Saving Private Ryan
    AI: Artificial Intelligence
    Minority Report
    Catch Me If You Can
    The Terminal
    War Of The Worlds
    Munich
    Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull


    In that list are a Best Picture winner (Schindler's List) and two other Best Picture nominees (Saving Private Ryan and Munich). Note that the nomination of Munich was as recent as 2005. I'd say that all on the list are at the least above average, and all but three (Lost World, AI, The Terminal) were widely praised upon their release.

    Again, any other director with this filmography would be considered among the best. A director that might be past his peak can still make some amazing films, and Spielberg has. Just cause he's not batting a thousand anymore doesn't mean he's done.

    Edited to expand my film nerd rant
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    I saw the Dark Knight last night. It kicked such major ass that it's hard to take in so soon.

    When the movie was over, there was wild applause.

    Ah.. Joker & Two-Face were excellent characters.

    I wasn't *particularly* moved by Batman's character, but I love Christian Bale, especially in American Psycho.

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    ^^ I really hate the stupid "deep and scary" voice that Batman suddenly takes on when he's yelling at the bad guys. Kind of cheesy. But yeah, that movie was awesome anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I think the motorcycle chase in Crystal Skull is the equal of pretty much any action sequence in any of the first three films. The difference is, again, that the first three have had time to become iconic in people's minds, and so the contest is rigged. It's just like how people reminisce about the "good old days", even if they're better off now.

    I never cared much for Lucas, I always thought he was a hack that got lucky once with the first Star Wars film. But Spielberg (and by extension, Kahn) has made some exceptional films in recent years and I see no reason to put him out to pasture because there have been a few clunkers. It's only because he's trying to live up to "70s and 80s Spielberg" that the current Spielberg suffers by comparison. Anyone else who had Spielberg's 90s and 00s filmography would be roundly praised.

    Just as an experient, let's look at his recent work. I'm going to arbitrarily pick the last 15 years of his career, since I think Jurassic Park is what a lot of people see as his last great action movie.

    Schindler's List
    The Lost World
    Amistad
    Saving Private Ryan
    AI: Artificial Intelligence
    Minority Report
    Catch Me If You Can
    The Terminal
    War Of The Worlds
    Munich
    Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull


    In that list are a Best Picture winner (Schindler's List) and two other Best Picture nominees (Saving Private Ryan and Munich). Note that the nomination of Munich was as recent as 2005. I'd say that all on the list are at the least above average, and all but three (Lost World, AI, The Terminal) were widely praised upon their release.

    Again, any other director with this filmography would be considered among the best. A director that might be past his peak can still make some amazing films, and Spielberg has. Just cause he's not batting a thousand anymore doesn't mean he's done.

    Edited to expand my film nerd rant
    I don't know, I think Crystal Skull was a lot better than Temple of Doom. It still had the Indiana Jones spirit that Temple of Doom lacked.

    I actually thought A.I. was one of Spielberg's best movies. War of the Worlds wasn't that bad, either. Not his best, but certainly not his worst. Although I never understood why everyone thought Dakota Fanning was such a great actress in that movie, considering all she ever did was scream -- she reminded me of the little girl in Aliens.

    The Lost World was probably one of Spielberg's worst movies. I thought it was awful and hardly Spielberg quality.

    Saving Private Ryan was just relentlessly boring, and it was nowhere near as gory as I had imagined, so I was sort of let down. Munich was also boring, overall.

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    Last year's Giants/Packers NFC Championship Game on the NFL Network.

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