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Nuking the Fridge

jumpthesharkIt seems that a new alternative to the infamous “Jumping the Shark” expression has been found by UrbanDictionary in “Nuking the Fridge“.

Nuke the fridge is a colloquialism used to refer to the moment in a film series that is so incredible that it lessens the excitement of subsequent scenes that rely on more understated action or suspense, and it becomes apparent that a certain installment is not as good as previous installments, due to ridiculous or low quality storylines, events or characters.

The new phrase is lifted from a moment in Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystall Skull, where…

… near the start of the movie, Harrison Ford’s character survives a nuclear detonation by climbing into a kitchen fridge, which is then blown hundreds of feet through the sky whilst the town disintegrates. He then emerges from the fridge with no apparent injury. Later in the movie, the audience is expected to fear for his safety in a normal fistfight.

According to new geek guidelines, Nuking the Fridge should be used for moments in movies where quality reaches an incredulous low, and Jumping the Shark used for television.

As Peter Sciretta at /Film summarises ,

Jump the Shark is a reference to a scene in an episode of Happy Days when Fonzie literally jumps over a shark whilst water skiing. The scene was considered so preposterous, and is considered by many to signify the moment in time when the show became unappealing to its core audience.

Indiana Jones Riddled With Inaccuracies?

SNF13SPDA_682_485398a It’s been circulating the Internet this week that there are at least fifty inconsistencies or inaccuracies in the latest Indiana Jones movie.  Many casual viewers have reacted with shock and horror to this, seemingly assuming that any movie helmed by a Lucas/Spielberg team would rise above this.

Then again, I beg the question, just how many movies with a sixty-five year old action hero with Crystal Skulls and a tad of science-fiction is going to be a masterpiece of historical continuity? 

Nonetheless, the list comprised by MovieMistakes.com is an interesting little read, if you’re into that sort of thing.  If you are, you’re pretty much as geeky as we are.

The Fate of Harrison Ford’s Film Fems

009_422-001harrison-ford-posters EmpressEve over at GeeksOfDoom.com has posted a great little article on the fates of the leading ladies in Harrison Ford’s major movies.

So you’re the female lead in a Harrison Ford action movie, you might want to hire a bodyguard because peril surely awaits you. Here’s a look at some of the dangers Ford’s previous fems faced and the fate they ultimately met.

Well worth a quick glance at, if you’re interested.

Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review

372jones2Perhaps the only disappointing thing about ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ is the realisation that once you leave the cinema, you are struck with the fact that it is not actually real.  The gripping plot, incredible action and real sense of being a part of the action makes the final result a movie that truly makes you wonder why you aren’t chased by Russian women with guns, gold and the Order of Lenin.

Harrison Ford, taking a major jump back into the centre spotlight after what seemed like a waning career, truly re-entered the world of surreal archaeology (who said history was dull?) and has left again a legacy with which James Bond, National Treasure and all other actions movies will surely be compared.

Due to the age of the title character, the action moves from one great historical conflict to another. The fall of Nazi Germany rules that era out, but rise of Russia resulted in Jones’ new setting: the Cold War. This was a gamble taken by Spielberg and Lucas in the latest movie, as it almost sounds blasphemous that Indiana Jones doesn’t fight Hitler and the Nazis. However, the gambit paid off with the introduction of the Russian female bad girl and the surprising, and continual, shift of loyalty.

From the outset of the movie, there was typical Indy subterfuge, confusion and intense action: Russian spies, Indy getting beaten up, and then of course that fantastic moment when we know this is truly an Indiana Jones movie – Jones pulls out the whip. The action is alive from the start, and we are pulled along a tangled web of scrutiny, confusion, shocks and surprises (just as Jones himself is) until the final (and perhaps too obvious) climatic scene. It leaves you with a sense of complete satisfaction that this movie really was worth the five quid and two hours of your life. In fact, it wouldn’t be a waste to see it again…and again and again…

18933101Swashbuckling hero, archaeologist Professor Henry Jones Jnr. sets off on a quest for the lost city of gold. Faced with Communist opposition, a young college dropout as his aid and a complicated set of principles from his closest ally, Indiana has to keep one step ahead of his enemies to ensure that the secret powers of the hidden city are kept away from those who may misuse them. The complicated, seemingly mindless, ramblings of an insane colleague are all that Jones has to spur him on. But, the hero being the intrepid Indiana Jones, there is always a solution, and it just so happens that he comes to the right conclusion literally thirty seconds before his counterparts. ‘Atta boy Indy!

Indiana, wearing stuffy professor clothes of the typical ‘50’s teacher, soon switches to the clothes that tailors across the world have orders to make specially, some even with the nick out of his hat from the second movie, and, when all else fails, Indy has the trademark whip at his disposal. Needless to say, the fear of losing the whip or that hat is just as contemptible to Indy as it would be that the Russians would get there before him. However, the trademarks of the movies are the things that have kept us enjoying, for over twenty years, the stories of another Alan Quartermain.

indy_010208_04-thumbFrom gunfights, to quicksand, to fisticuffs – Indiana Jones has it all. One startled viewer, albeit new to the Indy movies, said afterwards, “Fantastic! Brilliant movie! Mind you, I’m still unable to stop clenching my butt.” This is truly not a movie for the light hearted; with ants in multitude, men jumping out from anywhere and of course the usual Mayan men with bones through many of their facial extremities. Another viewer said, “Gross. Completely gross. I mean, what was with the bugs and the snakes and…” The list continues. Scary? Yes. Kinda twisted? Yes. A must see nonetheless? Oh yes.

The masterfully crafted blend of intricate plot lines, a confused love story, countless twists, typical Indy action, and any amount of insects and bugs and hidden surprises that characterise this type of action movie makes ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ without a doubt, the must catch movie of the year.

But will the new movie replace ‘The Last Crusade’ in our minds? Well, I don’t think so. Both movies were a fantastic two hours of screen play, however, they are generally very different, and of course, number four has no Sean Connery, with which to keep us amused. However, the decision to keep much of the same cast as before ensures that, with the same inspiring music, ‘The Temple of the Crystal Skull’ will at least stand on a par with the Indiana Jones classics.

Times Unimpressed by Indiana Jones 4

indy4cratesposter2Spoilers are contained herein.

Today’s edition of the times features a somewhat negative review of Indiana Jones 4, giving the new Harrison Ford movie a mere 2 stars out of 5.

According to their reviewer, Kevin Maher,

It’s not very good. In fact, it’s the worst in the series. It is a tribute movie to everything that’s gone before, but one that’s devoid of a life and a mission of its own.

Secondly, the film has no resonance.

The movie tries to compensate with character, but everyone is cartoon thin.

General response to the movie has been reasonably high, currently sitting at 80% approval at Rotten Tomatoes.com

Maher does admit however that the film is not entirely without merit.  Warning, the following quote contains spoilers.

Finally, there are hints of greatness. Indy sinking into Amazonian quicksand while explaining to Mutt the difference between wet and dry quicksand is one. Indy, now a retired war hero, being persecuted by McCarthyite witch-hunters is another (it’s dropped after the first act). The opening warehouse chase scene, a genuine taste of inventive old-school Spielberg, suggests a bravura action adventure movie to come. Sadly, we can but dream. And wait for the inevitable Indy 5.

You can read the entire review over at the Times website.

Minor News Roundup

A few interesting tidbits appeared on /Film’s minor news round-up today.

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This dazzling new teaser poster for Indiana Jones has appeared online.

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According to TrekMovie.com, the famous truck from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, is currently for sale at a whopping $5,595.

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Finally, according to CinemaBlend, LOST star Matthew Fox (Jack on the series) knows how the hit series will end, but has been sworn to secrecy.  If this is to be believed, he’s the only cast member who knows.

Like I say, there are more news updates over at /Film if you’re interested; they’re worth checking out.

Indiana Jones Reviews Begin to Filter Online

harrison-ford_l/Film have posted a magnificent little round-up of all the latest Indiana Jones reviews filtering onto the Interweb.  I’ve included the cream of the crop below.

“I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you. And I can also say that a critic trying to place it into a heirarchy with the others would probably keep a straight face while recommending the second pound of sausage.” Roger Ebert

“This is a 90-minute story pumped up to 123 minutes, not so much on steroids as on Frappucino, and the chance sing the old four-note tune again.” Lisa Schwarzbaum, EW.com

“KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is very much an Indiana Jones movie and it’s a really hard movie to dislike. Everybody is having a ton of fun and it is really infectious. The film has its weaknesses, though.” Quint, AICN

“There’s a lot of magic in this film. A lot of it. I don’t think you have to be a chapter and verse fan of Indiana Jones to love it. Yes, LOVE IT. I think you just have to let go, believe and be willing to have another adventure with INDIANA JONES… because nobody, anywhere does it like Indy.” Harry, AICN

“Once you get past the initial reintroduction, though, it’s obvious that this fourth film in the Indy series really has no idea where to go. Except for the opening — which literally starts the film off with a bang — and a couple of dazzling chase sequences, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is about as unfocused and meandering as the title itself.” Christy Lemire, Salon.com

“If only Steven Spielberg had said “No thanks, George, I’m not into corpse fucking.” Then a trusting, wide-eyed, helplessly nostalgic audience might’ve been spared the shockingly listless spectacle that is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” “Everyone who’s written a positive review of this movie will regret it in a year.” Jeremy Smith, CHUD

“If you want to get prepared for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, don’t go back and watch the other Indy movies. Pull out The Lost World instead. Both films are directed by the same Steven Spielberg – bored, only mildly engaged and seemingly going through the motions. In both cases the result is superior to your average dumbass summer blockbuster, but when weighed against Spielberg’s filmography and the previous films in the franchise comes up sorely lacking.” Devin, CHUD

“There’s an unsettling amount of science-fiction in this Indy film and I don’t want to say who included it but my guess is that he may have raped your childhood back in 1999 (unfortunately, the statute of limitations has run out so tough luck). And yet, considering the time period of the 1950s and the space race with the Soviets (the new baddy army now that the Nazis are kaput), science fiction elements don’t automatically ruin this film but their inclusion is just sloppy and in bringing Indiana Jones out of the 1940s, they’ve lost the reason for why they brought him into existence.” Matt Goldberg, Collider

“He may be more grumpy and he may not be much of a dresser, but the glimmer hasn’t entirely gone out of Harrison’s eyes.” Josh Tyler, CinemaBlend

“…wraps up in a spectacle of fantastic implausibility. You can’t go into this movie expecting anything but. This is the ride you paid for, and by god, I’m happy this ride exists. So, you go with it, and you aren’t disappointed most of the time.” Matt Dentler, indieWIRE

“This is the Indiana Jones film people have been waiting for.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

More reviews can be read over at /Film.