My doctors have instructed me to take a few days off from translating due to a sprain in my traducza oblongattica, so I’ve decided to cover some of the other categories in the blog.
It didn’t take long for me to warm to the idea of a fourth Indiana Jones film. As a child I dreamed of one day wearing a dusty fedora and turning back the nazi hordes who dared to defile the sanctity of our nation’s museums. I could definitely stand reliving those adolescent fantasies. Of course the whole innocent joy of seeing the aging Harrison Ford pick up the whip again got blogged down in cynicism and for months now I’ve been swimming upstream against the pre-release backlash. Ford is too old, Shia LePoof is in it (Shy-a-gay-guy also acceptable), The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a shitty title and of course, OMGWTFOEITS where my nazis at!? I heard it all and I weathered it all because Steven Spielberg said all the right things in the various interviews he’s given since announcing the project.
Most importantly that he “ignores George Lucas” which is brilliant. Not that George doesn’t have great ideas to contribute, in fact came up with the Maguffin for this film, but when left to his own devices the man is especially skilled at… fucking things up. See: Star Wars Prequels.
So anyway, I nearly got teary eyed watching The Official HD movie trailer on the movie website this morning. It was SO good to see Indy back again. More than any of the other dinosaurs that have been pulled out of storage over the last few years (seriously why don’t we just make presidential hopeful McCain an action star), Indy works just as well as an older gent as he did as a young-ish fellow. He’s always been a little dusty and a little grittier than his fellow action heroes. Seeing him drop one-liners and swing to and fro in the trailer squared me with the universe. It, in fact, made reaparations for apartheid, the atrocities comitted against the Indian nation and that whole slavery thing.
Shia’s Greaser Character: I thought you said you were a teacher?
If Indy Jones is waiting at the pearly gates for me when I die, I will enter Kingdom come hapilly, especially if there are crystal skulls to discover.
I declare today Indiana Jones day! We weren’t using today for anything else were we?