Monday, October 24, 2011

Movie Mondays: Raiders of the Lost Ark

If you guys have been around these parts for a while, you'll know that back in the dim dark past, I did archaeology at uni. So it'll come as no surprise to anyone that I LOVE the Indiana Jones movies (with the exception of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It's an abomination and shouldn't be considered an Indiana Jones movie in any way...). Sadly, real archaeology is rather more sitting in a hole scraping soil off broken glass than it is finding lost cities and golden idols and the Holy Grail. Which may be in part why I became a museum curator... 

Ahem. I digress. During the week, I rewatched Raiders of the Lost Ark, as it's a) awesome, and b) on the AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies list that's part of my Day Zero Project. If you haven't seen it, WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN SINCE 1981????? 

Things Raiders involves that are totally awesome:
1. Harrison Ford. With a bullwhip and a brilliant hat.
2. The whole opening scene in Peru.
3. A dude getting killed by a plane propeller.
4. John Rhys-Davies.
5. An evil monkey.
6. A very young Alfred Molina. Albeit for five minutes.
7. Ghost beasties that don't approve of the Nazi Party.
8. Face melting. (I actually found a GIF that I was going to use here, but in the end, it was too gross and I couldn't bring myself to do it to you!)
9. One of the most brilliant and hummable theme songs of all time.
10. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
11. Secret chambers leading to buried treasure. 
12. Ridonkulous chase scenes.
14. Guns are better than swords.
Source. Apparently this scene happened because Harrison Ford had dysentery
 and didn't want to do the choreography they'd planned!

Plus? The following lines:

- "Professor of archaeology, expert on the occult, does one say it? Obtainer of rare antiquities." 
- "Indy, why does the floor move?"
- "Asps... Very dangerous. You go first."
- "Archaeology is not an exact science. It does not deal in time schedules."
- "You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together. I've got nothing better to do!"

What's your favourite Indy movie?

K xx


  1. The last IJ movie did have a great quote in it - about how if you want to be a good archeologist you need to get out of the library -
    I think RotLA is prby my fave. I also love that he is afraid of snakes. And how they discuss that Indiana was the dogs name.

  2. Oh god, I can't choose between Lost Ark and Last Crusade! I don't think ANYBODY really likes Temple of Doom. LOL

  3. love Indiana Jones.. that and Back to the Future are my must have wet weekend watching! love them

  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark is definitely my favourite. So many classic moments!

  5. They're all great - but mostly the Last Crusade. Firstly, we were allowed to watch it during RE at school. Secondly, Harrison Ford. Thirdly, SEAN CONNERY.

  6. I never really got into Indy movies (I can just see the shock/horror on your faces!) but this list is truly full of awesomeness!

  7. I've only seen the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. WTF AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?

    That movie was terrible.


  8. hahah perhaps it's a good thing I haven't seen the latest one then!

  9. @Lyndsy - that line was the best thing about Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!
    @Stace - Agreed. No one likes Temple of Doom.
    @Mum's the Word - Back to the Future is one of my favourites too!
    @Emma - Right?!
    @Kat - Last Crusade is actually my favourite Indy movie too. I figured I'd watch Raiders because it's on the AFI list. But Last Crusade is my favourite by a long shot.
    @Vanisha - OMG, they're so awesome.
    @Lozzz - It's terrrrrrrrrrible. I have no idea why Cate Blanchett decided to get involved...


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