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  1. The finale of this movie is just balls. From the moment Shorty wakes Jones out of the Black Sleep, it just sizzles to the very end. That the final climax takes place in the bright sunlight somehow accelerates the adrenaline. I can’t explain why. Maybe because they’re so close to escaping with their lives. The Sword Trick scene… yes it’s funny. But the way Indy takes them out, dueling with the Thuggee’s own arm while in a headlock to Williams’ exotic swashbuckling cue…AND THEN… that bullwhip crack to disarm the other guard. I get chills. Chills every time! Dont even get me started with the Rope Bridge. I’ve seen Temple of Doom a zillion times, and that percussion while ICONIC Jones with the sword threatens to cut the bridge as Shorty and Willie wrap the ropes… it has me eating out of its hands. And finally If this doesn’t make you smile, you’re dead. And then the music when they return to the village. And “I understand it’s power.” It’s just the best.
    8 points
  2. The action in these scenes… it is filmed like a Musical. The staging, framing, camerawork, timing. It’s all so precise, and theatrical. Like a dance, really. Where every move leads to the next so logically. So masterfully blocked out and edited. This shot is absolutely stunning. The timing of the tripwire that gets the first guard, but not the subsequent ones. Jones enters the shot to handle them. But then Willie follows to dominate getting the keys. This is cinematic brilliance. This could easily have lyrics. Look at the choreography telling the story here. So many wonderful cause and effect sequences. It plays almost like a Rube Goldberg machine set to music. As I said, it feels like a musical, which is kinda cool since the film starts with Anything Goes!
    6 points
  3. The entire opening is my favourite of the first three films. So that's up there, but man that entire third act, rescuing the slave children, mine cart escape, the rope bridge and return to the village are just a non stop roller coaster of a ride and everything within those scenes from the sets, use of miniatures, the acting and Williams score are just firing on all cylinders and bring it all together in a way that it's impossible for me to pick a favourite.
    6 points
  4. Well then let's drop calling the film "offensive", shall we? Especially when we're borrowing offense on behalf of other people.
    5 points
  5. It wouldn't be the first time that's happened to me, but no, I tracked perfectly fine. It was a gloomy, joyless look at an Indiana Jones who's lost it all. It's the first film in the series with a genuinely sad ending. Indy will get to spend his twilight years processing his overwhelming grief, struggling to rebuild a collapsed marriage, and being forgotten/left behind by a world that has no interest in him as a professor or an adventurer. Could that have logically been the way things ended up for the character? Sure! But why on Earth would you want to make a movie about it? TOD can be irritating and even offensive at times, but it's still a fun and memorable adventure that's elevated by Spielberg's inimitable cinematic stylings and Williams's dazzlingly chaotic ballet.
    5 points
  6. The McGuffin in TOD is not to get the stones, but to rescue the children, which makes it the most noble, and selfless, thing that Jones has ever done.
    5 points
  7. You know, whatever you think of Willie overall, the scene where she's about to get the diamond and all the ice cascades over it is hilarious.
    5 points
  8. Now 'yer gettin' nasty.
    4 points
  9. I'm no expert, @Mr. Hooper, but the score (or, at least, the 'Main Title') for STAR WARS achieved "true icon status", on May 25th, 1977. In the audio commentary for SUPERMAN, JW asks Tom Mankiewicz what kind of theme was required for the film. He replied: "The kind of theme that's played at half-time at the Superbowl." Low, and behold... I can't recall a single note of INCEPTION, but both STAR WARS and SUPERMAN are indelibly sewn into the fabric of American culture. Fuck INCEPTION; that's iconic.
    4 points
  10. A great cue, but not Anakin's theme.
    4 points
  11. I may gripe and bitch and moan about this film's many flaws, but I can hardly disagree with any of that, @Andy.
    4 points
  12. Almost certainly because TFM is getting a lot of attention because it turned 25 this month, and just had a theatrical re-release. Sadly, at 25, TFM is now too old to date Leonardo DiCaprio.
    4 points
  13. It’s offensive how good it is.
    3 points
  14. As a Brazilian, I found the movie Brazil by Terry Gilliam very offensive. Whatever place that movie is set has nothing to do with the actual Brazilian country On a serious note, I've been loving @Andy's posts on ToD on this thread. You are making me want to see the movie again! Last time I saw the three classic Indy movies was in mid 2018.
    3 points
  15. Something that hasn’t been brought up is how in Temple of Doom, Indy is Belloq. And this never occurred to me until I found this video on Indy’s character arc thru the first 3 movies and it blew my mind. The discussion of his character by these two guys is really good.
    3 points
  16. That Blood of Kali probably tasted offensive.
    3 points
  17. Not to my knowledge. (Sorry, but when the ball's placed on the tee, I have to hit it.)
    3 points
  18. I would vote for Batman Returns for that place.
    3 points
  19. I love this shot of Indy. No hat, jacket, or other gear. An everyday, casual look in just the base layers.
    3 points
  20. Hehe. Yes. While I love Patton, Love Story blows it out of the water, IMO. But sure, yeah, I know it’s a big issue for film music fans.
    3 points
  21. He overheard Orcs talking about "that wierd little balding guy in a loincloth who makes US look normal!"
    2 points
  22. Temple of Doom Ford is the greatest a man has ever looked in the history of this world
    2 points
  23. That was just accurate.
    2 points
  24. Yes, great 'facilitator' for future stars. People like James Horner, James Cameron or Jack Nicholson wouldn't have had the career trajectory they did if it wasn't for Corman. Sad news, but 98.....those are some amazing innings.
    2 points
  25. They all thought: It's a grower.
    2 points
  26. Maybe I’m a dilettante, but to me the score to Batman doesn’t sound like it was composed by an amateur. It was Elfman’s 13th movie, so he had had a lot of practice when Batman came along. But even without it I stand by the fact that Batman is an amazing score, TO ME it’s a masterpiece, that Elfman later managed to top with BATMAN RETURNS. I heard the Batman Suite at the Royal Albert Hall. It literally (and I mean literally) gave me goosebumps it was so powerful and majestic. It almost felt like the walls of the venue were trembling from the sheer power of the music, it’s one of my greatest concert experiences.
    2 points
  27. Legend is an amazing score. To me, it more than makes up for the shortcomings of the movie. It conjures up the whole world in my imagination. Fantasy scoring at its finest. Karol
    2 points
  28. Add STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, BASIC INSTINCT, and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL to that list.
    2 points
  29. Very sad to hear it... Had the chance to meet her on Martha's Vineyard in 2005. So much of the Jaws family is now gone. But then you're reminded that the film was made 50 years ago... Hang in there, Mr. Hooper. (Richard Dreyfuss, I mean.)
    2 points
  30. I haven’t seen GOT, so the theme out of context was not my cup o tea.
    2 points
  31. I watched it once. I'll say this: I emerged with a whole new appreciation for KOTCS.
    2 points
  32. Saw this opening weekend in 1984 and was hands down one of the best movie going experiences I've had. The audience was into it the entire time. Yeah it's brutal at time and a bit sloppy SFX / continuity wise,( the dummies in the raft and the the bridge sequence come to mind, bridge is not above a deep chasm as the above shots make it seem.) but the film doesn't drag and is a solid sequel (prequel if we're being precise) to Raiders.
    2 points
  33. I already had no question that that was the case. It's just the natural ending of the take being used prior, not a different take from what's been released.
    2 points
  34. The opening is the best part of the film, culminating with "Nice try, Lao Che", which is not only my favourite moment in the film, but one of my favourite Indiana Jones moments, period.
    2 points
  35. That's not difficult.
    1 point
  36. Philip Glass, the most overrated composer ever, was extremely boring. Salvation finally came with Stravinsky. Järvi's version is pretty fast but I like it that way.
    1 point
  37. What?! That’s one of my favorite scenes! Ford’s delivery is hilarious(ly good)! I love this scene. Ford is sensational. Also, the “Nocturnal activities” scene is great, and JW is making it even funnier.
    1 point
  38. 50 years from now DoD will be considered a genuine classic making JS a goddamn prophet. So will the SW sequel trilogy, and people will be mad at Disney for killing off Rey and making a wookie the greatest Jedi ever.
    1 point
  39. I NEVER expected to find this in the vinyl collection. I can say with 100% certainty that this not something my dad bought himself (even if he is a James Brown fan), but probably got from someone. But I, on the other hand, have a close connection to this album. A friend of mine bought it on CD in the 90s, I copied it to cassette and listened to it countless times. Fantastic songs, amazing score. Of course, I later bought the DiCola ROCKY IV score CD -- if that counts as an expansion, it's one of the best expansions ever. But ultra-cool to have this vinyl! Moving on to.... Haters may hate (especially over the Oscar ordeal), but I've always felt this is an amazing score. I'm glad my dad acquired it on vinyl. I'm just a sucker for melancholy. In recent years, I've been on a Lai binge, and while nothing can match his magnum opus BILITIS, this will remain a favourite. Very glad to own this on vinyl too.
    1 point
  40. What's your favorite scene from Temple of Doom? Mine is the opening song and the first ceremony!
    1 point
  41. Cruel question. I adore both scores, but BATMAN is absolutely iconic. It was a game changer that put Danny Elfman on the map of film music. It’s one of the greatest scores of all time. THE LAST CRUSADE is amazing, but a third score of a franchise, that followed a classic and an excellent sequel.
    1 point
  42. SUGARLAND is definitely desired by me (it's the most recent Williams score not to have a release, if you discount shorts like A TIMELESS CALL and DEAR BASKETBALL), but it doesn't make my Top 3 either, and I consider myself a relatively big John Williams fan. My top three would probably be: 1. STORY OF A WOMAN 2. Alcoa Premiere Theatre 3. Symphony No. 1 But yes, definitely THE SECRET WAYS too, as mentioned by two people above. It's Williams' THE THIRD MAN, in a way, and that main theme ostinato foreshadows "Duel of the Fates".
    1 point
  43. If that was the solution we'd have had the definitive Blade Runner ages ago.
    1 point
  44. Just remembered another one of those "almost" situations for JW: 1979's METEOR, which he declined, and it ended up being scored by Larry Rosenthal (the director had previously worked with Williams on THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE). In that case, it's not really that hard to picture how it would have sounded. Some disaster tropes, some sci fi tropes, both of which he did plenty of at the time.
    1 point
  45. I doubt Williams was even familiar with Shore's work, let alone jealous.
    1 point
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