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Indiana Jones and the Adventure of LEGO Minifigs

When “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was first released, I was still in grade school. I remember sitting in the back seat of my mother’s old (yes, even old by that day’s standards) Volkswagen Rabbit and being told that while she and Dad would be seeing the new movie in theaters, my brothers and I would not. I guess there were scenes which might have frightened us – like when Toht’s face melts away and Belloq explodes when they open the Ark. Yeah, that was kinda spooky.

I do believe I was given permission to watch Raiders when it ran on television (under adult supervision, of course). Certainly, I had seen the first Indiana Jones movie before the second one (“Temple of Doom”) came out of Hollywood. A group of boys from school and I went to see it together with my mom acting as chaperone. Can’t say I was all that impressed with the Indy sequel, though. There were certainly a few exciting parts – like the white-knuckle mine cart chase – but I wouldn’t say that it’d be my type of adventure movie. The corresponding MAD Magazine parody (“Inbanana Jones”) was funny, though.

Then, there was “The Last Crusade.” I wound up seeing this in theaters a few times, actually – it was easily my favorite of the three Indiana Jones movies that had been produced to that point. I enjoyed the score, the characters, the plot, and the mythology. It was a bit depressing to think that this would be the last time I’d know anything of Indiana Jones on screen.

I did catch a good part of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles when it ran on television (but don’t remember seeing every episode in the series). To me, Harrison Ford was Indiana Jones – young or old. And older he certainly is in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Ancient astronaut theories continue to tickle the imagination – and though the Skull plot would seem far fetched for some, I was one of the few who liked it. The Indiana Jones characters seem to live in a parallel universe, anyway – their history unfolds much like ours, but who can say whether or not this piece of their history is closer to our truth? The Nazca Lines exist, the Mitchell-Hedges skull exists, and we certainly did nuclear testing in the southwest.

Well, let’s hope that LEGO exists in Indiana Jones’s universe, too (even if his own brick likeness does not):

Thanks for taking a small bite out of my Amazon wish list! Later, I happened to receive a rather stark (no gun, no whip) Indiana Jones, Mutt, and an Irina Spalko minifig – though recording a separate video for them seemed to be a bit odd after I did this one.

At least I can say I’ve held a crystal skull… made of plastic!

LEGO Inception

LEGO Inception

Here’s my synopsis of the movie, Inception:

  1. You’re dreaming.
  2. No, you’re not – this is real.
  3. No, this is a real dream.
    No, the dream is real.

  4. No, you’re dreaming that the dream is real.
  5. No, the movie reel is showing you that the dream is real.
  6. No, the movie is a dream.
  7. No, you’re dreaming of the movie.
  8. No, you’re really dreaming of the dream of a movie.
  9. No, you’re really not dreaming of the dream.

The end.

Oh, and the scene from above was discovered at this year’s BrickCon. Were you there? No, you were just DREAMING of being there. Fail!

Catfish Movie

Someone working with Universal Pictures on the release of Catfish (the film, not a pescoid) reached out to me last night. Apparently, Catfish did quite well at Sundance!


Here’s the scoop:

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding and began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. Nev, a 24-year-old New York City photographer, was contacted on Facebook by Abby, an eight-year-old girl who asked permission to paint one of his photographs. After she sent him her remarkable painting, Nev began an online friendship with Abby and her family, eventually falling in love with her older sister, Megan. When Nev uncovered some startling revelations about Megan, the boys set off on a road trip to find out the truth.

Nev, Ariel and Henry had no idea that their project would turn into the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives.

A reality thriller, CATFISH centers on a riveting mystery that is a product of our times, where social networking, mobile devices and electronic communication so often replace face-to-face contact. The film is a powerful story of love, deception, and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

It’s hard for a brief description or trailer to really do the film justice – and the shocking reveal and payoff of the last 40 minutes are quite extraordinary – which is why we’d like you to see the film for yourself. We’d love to get you in on the conversation about CATFISH, particularly as it pertains to issues of authenticity and social networking, and the way in which we meet and learn about each other in the digital era. And, just for pure entertainment value, the film also happens to be an amazing ride.

So, yeah – I’m gonna go catch Catfish next week. Apparently, you can request the movie in your area, too.

Is Sweeney Todd a Geek Musical?

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Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a fantastic movie. Johnny Depp is such a phenomenal actor, no matter what the part calls for. He is funny. He is diabolical. He is a pure genius.

However, it’s not only Depp who can figure out who (or what?!) his friends are. At the end of the day, all I need is my iPhone, my iPod touch and my iPad. With these by my side, I shall never be alone!

Buy Your Toy Story 3 Tickets on Facebook

Disney has decided to try something new for Toy Story 3 ticket sales. They’ve created an app on Facebook that lets you buy your tickets without having to leave the site. In return, you’ll be helping to create hype among your friends for the movie. The application is called Disney Tickets Together. It’s an excellent example of using social media in innovative ways.

Killer at Large, King Corn, & Food, Inc.

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Someone in our chat room asked me if I had watched any movies lately that I would recommend to everyone. I’ve seen a few seriously good films that dealt with technology in some way – even though it wasn’t in a way you might expect. Three movies in particular stand out: Killer at Large, King Corn and Food, Inc.

Corn production in the United States has exploded in recent years, in direct correlation with obesity rates. Corn is the heaviest subsidized crop in America. As we use more and more corn in our food supply, the amount of obese people also started to rise. You may think this is a conspiracy theory. However, ask a farmer what the best way is to sell their cattle at the market. The answer is that you have to fatten them up. How do you do that? You feed them more corn.

I don’t have anything personal against corn. But if you really want to get a better handle on what’s happening to society, you best understand what’s happening with our food supply. It’s a huge deal – we all have to eat. It’s not only about cutting junk food out of your diet. Problems exist in nearly all food we buy unless we eat organically.

America has become stronger because our food costs less. It’s cheaper to buy a candy bar than it is to buy a stalk of broccoli. You may get energy and calories from the candy, but are those calories worth anything?

Even a few decades ago, we didn’t see much high fructose corn syrup on the market. It has been proven that there is a direct link between the amount of high fructose corn syrup in the diet and the rate at which Americans are contracting Type II Diabetes.

I’m not trying to tell you how to eat or live your life. I’m just trying to open your mind by pointing you towards these movies. Expand your mind and then decide how you want to live your life.

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This Video Will Go Viral: Scarface School Play

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I came across this genius video earlier on Mashable, and I’m thankful I did. No way I would have wanted to miss out on this. This Jaydon kid is going to be in the big time soon, mark my words.

Jaydon’s school put on a production of 1983 box-office hit Scarface, which starred Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. This show was a remake from a movie that first hit the silver screen in the 1930s. It follows the rise of Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who, along with his friend Manny, builds a strong criminal empire in early 1980’s Miami.

While Al Pacino was brilliant in the original, he has nothing on young Jaydon! You have to watch it to believe it… several times in a row.

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A Christmas Story

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Even though I’ve seen the movie a million times now, I still need to watch “A Christmas Story” every year. I don’t have the lines memorized or anything, but… it’s as much a tradition as egg nog and flying lugnuts.

JibJab is so much fun! You really should try it yourself sometime!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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It’s a Wonderful Life

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Have you ever actually watched the entire movie? I did – once. It is a wonderful life, but it would be so much more wonderful if they updated the movie with 3D effects and Dolby Surround Sound.

JibJab is so much fun! You really should try it yourself sometime!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Have you seen the trailer for the ‘9’ movie yet? I happened to catch a teaser for it in theaters earlier this year (and couldn’t wait to see more). I figured anybody who loved Sci-Fi / Fantasy as much as I did would likely want to see the movie, too.

Yep, this is one I’d want to see on opening night. It’s already captured my imagination, and I’m hopeful we’ll see more from the 9 universe soon enough.

I’ve loved just about everything Tim Burton has touched:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Corpse Bride
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Beetlejuice
  • Family Dog