Monday, June 25, 2012

Tomorrow night the Mayfair presents our encore presentation of 'Indiana Jones and the Projector Quest', the double-bill screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom, and part of our ongoing fundraising efforts to get a fancy-smancy new digital projector so we can continue to screen new films in 2013.

Temple of Doom takes some flack from some Indy fans. I've never concurred with this thought. There seemed to be a thought that the mystical stones weren't worthy to the legacy of the ark of the covenant and the holy grail that Indy was after in the films that came before and after. There were some that were against Indy having a Robin-esque kid sidekick to assist on his adventurings. Some thought that Willie Scott is an unworthy successor as love interest to Marion Ravenwood.

I thought that the Indian mystical voodoo mythology was cool. I was the perfect age when the film was released to identify with Short Round and wish to be him. Willie is of course not as awesome as Marion (who is maybe my favourite female movie character of all time), but I can understand the want to show Indy interacting with a different type of romantic lead for the prequel tale.

I also think that Temple of Doom is the kind of film that was hit with a lot of negativity, and then when it is looked back upon, folks realize that it is not that bad after all. Saying that Temple is not as good as it's Indy predecessor is a bit unfair, an impossible film to strive to match considering it's universally praised as one of the greatest movies ever made. I can guarantee that Temple of Doom is better than pretty much every action adventure film that came after it...except for maybe Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (which we couldn't get 'cause Paramount destroyed the film print...but that's a whole other rant).

Indy Double Bill - Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom - starting at 7pm on June 26th at the Mayfair.

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