For the ninth week of 2022 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into the subject of a dig whether it’s in archeology or paleontology as it is about finding something to explain ourselves. It is a fascinating subject as it play into people wanting to find something and digging their way to find it. Here are my three picks as it all revolve around Indiana Jones:
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones’ first story involves him trying to find an ark unaware that the Nazis are also looking for it where Jones meets his old flame Marion. It’s a film that is filled with a lot of cliffhangers and other hijinks where Dr. Jones deals with a lot of shit but also knows to always bring a gun or a whip if he’s facing someone with a sword. Let’s also not forget about the thing that Jones hates and fears more than anything. Snakes… why did it have to be snakes?
2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom A prequel of sorts to the previous film as it has Dr. Jones landing in India to retrieve a trio of stones from a poor village as he’s joined by a singer and a young Asian kid as they deal with black magic, a hallway full of insects, strange feasts involving monkey brains, snakes, rituals, and other dark shit. It’s the film that introduced the world to the PG-13 rating as it also has Jones ending child trafficking and other shit.
3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade The third film in the original trilogy (with a new film coming next year) has Dr. Jones once again deal with Nazis but he is joined by his father in Henry Jones as well as a couple of old allies. This time, it revolves around the Holy Grail where the Jones, Marcus Brody, and Sallah go on a quest to find the Grail before the Nazis get it. The film also featured a sequence with a young River Phoenix as the young Indy as it play into the origin of his Fedora.
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