Indiana Jones, ‘Jurassic Park’ and Obviously Veronica Mars Star in the Top 10 Movie Stories of the Week


Star Trek Into Darkness Borrows From The Empire Strikes Back

Star Trek Into WaterYes, we do have a Star Wars slot this week, though it’s focused on Star Trek Into Darkness, which got a new trailer last weekend. And that trailer may intentionally be showing fans why we can trust J.J. Abrams with the Star Wars Episode VII — or at least trust that he’s seen the old movies. I pointed out the obvious homage: “There’s a scene in which Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are in a small ship being chased around what looks like a trench on the surface of the Death Star, and they squeeze through a tight spot reminiscent of when the Millenium Falcon eludes two TIE Fighters on a large asteroid in The Empire Strikes Back. Also, the Enterprise crew appears to venture underwater… Maybe they’re looking to recruit Jar Jar Binks?”

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Why Can’t a Woman Direct a Superhero Movie?

PunisherWarZone-Still1Monika Bartyzel’s Girls on Film column has moved over to The Week, and her first entry over there is on the issue with Hollywood not trusting superhero movies to women. She wrote: “There is, perhaps, no genre that offers a more telling example of Hollywood’s gender imbalance. If studios only selected directors with proven technical experience and box-office success for superhero films, the discussion wouldn’t be about women directing them — it would be about women directing the action films and pulp fare that would lead them to superheroes. But that’s not the case. Women with similar resumes to the men listed above aren’t even considered for these high-buzz films — let alone given the opportunity to sign on or refuse.”



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Raiders of the Lost Ark Could Have Been Like Inglourious Basterds

Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAXIn another of their hilarious and pointed movie lists, Cracked highlighted 6 Movie Plots That Could Have Been Solved in Minutes. One of these is Raiders of the Lost Ark. The easier and shorter course of the story would have resulted in the swift end of the Third Reich, a la Inglourious Basterds: “Instead of stealing and re-stealing the Ark from the Nazis, Indiana Jones and the U.S. Army should have been rooting for them to find it. Their best case scenario is that the Nazis mission goes exactly according to plan: find it, ship it off to Germany and open it in a lavish pageant in Berlin with the whole Nazi high command in attendance. That was what they had planned to do all along. All the top Nazis in Berlin, including Hitler, front and center at the grand opening of a device that has a reputation for melting the faces of anyone in its vicinity.”



David Bowie and the Criterion Collection

MCDLATE EC074Landon’s latest Criterion Files column was tied to the release of the new David Bowie album, as he looked at the singer’s movie career through the Criterion Collection, including his being covered in Portuguese in The Life Aquatic. On his supporting role as Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ: “That Scorsese (according to his Criterion commentary) considered casting Sting as Pilate speaks to the unique ability of popular musicians who act in films to bring a certain gravitas to a cinematic performance without making a living primarily or exclusively through that medium. And I can’t think of a stronger case for this phenomenon than Bowie himself.”



10 Iconic Props That Made Cameos In Other Movies

IntroToPropsOne of the most interesting lists yet from David is this week’s look at recycled movie props, mostly for the purpose of homage and often as barely noticeable Easter eggs. He noted ties between Predator and Terminator 2, Batman and Little Shop of Horrors, and Die Hard and The Hunt for the Red October. And here’s the link between Psycho and Halloween H20: “Not only do we have Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role in a Halloween movie, but we also have her doing it across from her mother Janet Leigh, yet another iconic horror queen. Sure – it’s not the first time mother and daughter did a scary movie together, just look at The Fog, but it is the first time we get to see Janet Leigh get in the very same car that drove her to the Bates Motel all those years ago.”

More on Psycho and Hitchcock:
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The Ultimate Movie Vomit Mashup

Tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day. Meaning it’s a good time to watch a supercut of people puking in film:


Rather than a reject, Christopher Campbell is a film school dropout. But he has since gotten a master’s degree in cinema studies and has been blogging about movies since 2005. Earlier, he reviewed films for a zine (a what?) that you could buy at Tower Records (a what?). He is married with two children.

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