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The Man in the Hat is Back!

John on November 28, 2007 at 1:29 am

In 1980 I was 13. Star Wars had come out three years earlier. Jaws two years before that. The best film of my childhood, The Empire Strikes Back, had just come out and I was well on my way to seeing it 6 times in the theater. Like every other kid, I was in love with Spielberg and Lucas movies.

Back then, whenever I got the chance I would buy Starlog magazine. It was nerd before nerd was cool. Anyway, I remember this one issue I picked up in 1980 because in the front was a page of upcoming movies and TV shows. One of the movies mentioned in this particular issue was something called Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Now, I had no idea what the ark was or why it needed to be raided, but the blurb said that Lucas and Spielberg were collaborating on it and that blew my pubescent, teenage mind. The two titans of great film making were combining forces. Surely it was going to be something…well, awesome.

Damn if it wasn’t too! I saw it twice in a week and then bought the soundtrack. The AFI rates Raiders as the 66th greatest film of all time (in 2007). And sure, the second movie was mostly crap and the third was utterly mediocre despite Sean Connery.

But when it comes to Indiana Jones, I’ll take what I can get. I got a fevah and the only prescription is more cowbell Indiana Jones. Fortunately, the new Indy film is coming next May 22nd: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

After all these years, the man with the hat is back. It’s like being 13 again.

Hmmm…Where did I put those D&D manuals, anyway?

[HT: Hot Air]

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