Until then, with what can you slake your desire for entertainment? Well, there's a new episode of Generation 16 for starters. Also... how about a new movie review from Harry Plinkett? And it's a review of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull! (Note: the video contains one very loud and disturbing sequence inappropriate for viewing in the presence of co-workers or family members) It's the perfect Christmas gift! Do you remember that warm feeling of nostalgia that washed over you when you saw Crystal Skull? Sure you do, but that wasn't nostalgia for the '80s and watching Raiders for the first time. No, it was nostalgia for 1999 and watching the Phantom Menace for the first* time! Skull brought those same sensations of excitement, hope, confusion, denial, disappointment, anger, and betrayal flooding back to you.
If anything Plinkett goes a little easy on Crystal Skull; he seems far too accepting of Shia LeBeouf's performance in the film, for one. Honestly - has there ever been a less engaging action "star" than LeBeouf? How many actors can duplicate his lack of charisma and screen presence? Jim Belushi, maybe? Spielberg and Lucas almost seem to be making fun of LeBeouf in the movie. The first shot of him in Skull shows him dressed up in 50's biker gear, drawing an obvious (and hilarious) parallel to Marlon Brando in The Wild One. It almost seems to state, "Sorry kids, actors like Brando are hard to find nowadays. Here's the weenie-ish 21th century equivalent. Yes, we know he looks like a kid playing dress-up, but look what we had to work with."
|He's just like Brando, minus the cool and interesting part.
Okay, this post really didn't have much to do with video games. Next time, I'll elaborate on my theory about Rock Operas.
*And probably only time.