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December 2007

Review Rodeo (12/25/07)

Avpr "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" a complete insult to nerds everywhere.

Walk_hard Laughs are wild in "Walk Hard."

There_will_be_blood "There Will Be Blood" is as close to perfect as can be.

Great_debaters Take an anti-Tyler Perry pill with "The Great Debaters."

How_much_do_you_love_me I heart Monica Bellucci.

National_treasure_2 "National Treasure" sequel is a great sleeping pill.

Sweeney_todd Blood flows like a river in "Sweeney Todd."

Charlie_wilsons_war Cocktail hour blues in "Charlie Wilson's War."

Smiley_face Comedy goes to pot in "Smiley Face."

Orphanage "The Orphanage" scares...occasionally. 

Ps_i_love_you Hilary Swank romances the dead in "P.S. I Love You."

Water_horse Take your kids to "The Water Horse" and let them know you hate them.


The Road to Indiana Jones: Part 2.5

As with any summer blockbuster in the modern age, the flashy merchandising is a huge part of the experience. The “Indiana Jones” saga is no stranger to shameless tie-ins, but this is the first time Indy is feeling the heat from all sides, making pop culture ubiquity a must.

This month brings the first wave of Lego sets themed to the trilogy’s finest moments to toy store shelves. In May, more sets will find release with scenes from “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Of course, early peeks have floated up online. While I’m not too concerned with spoilers, others might be.

So, SPOILER ALERT!

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Book images have been revealed as well...

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Candy...

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And even breakfast cereal...

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The Road to Indiana Jones: Part 2

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And now we have a poster.

Ok, so it isn’t a trailer. Now word comes that a teaser won’t see the inside of a cinema (or the early peek of YouTube-happy camera phone) until February because, and this is just a theory, Steven Spielberg hates us all. Ahh, what can you do. With Christopher Nolan’s raging "Dark Knight" glimpse, a "Narnia" sequel peek, and the Wachowskis’ brain-freeze "Speed Racer" trailer in theaters, it would be a hard event to top. Maybe Spielberg is right to hold off just a bit longer.

So, for the holiday movie rush, a teaser poster for “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” has been issued to goose the fanboys and stun the Diet Coke-sucking unaware. There’s an uncomfortable history of iffy Indiana Jones teaser artwork to pore over, with “Temple of Doom” handed something resembling a discarded Warhol idea and “Last Crusade” saddled with that awful “The Man with the Hat is Back” tagline. Yuck.

With one-sheet wizard Drew Struzan designing the poster (he’s an Indy vet), “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” wisely keeps a strapping Harrison Ford at the forefront, as if to say, “Yep, he’s 65 years-old. Suck it.”

Overall, the poster bears a striking resemblance to a "Temple of Doom" design (one that happens to be a personal favorite), mashing up certain terror with an unbeatable heroic pose. It’s fantastic to see this sort of feeling reinstated for the new picture.

It seems extra bonus points will be awarded to anyone who can figure out the alien-like image settled between the eyes of the crystal skull. It’s known that Lucas and Spielberg are taking cues from 1950’s sci-fi cinema for the sequel, but will they go all the way to extraterrestrial realms?

No doubt, this poster is a treat and officially kicks off the excitement factor the last year was only hinting at.

Bring on the damn teaser trailer!