Mr. Plinkett’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review!

December 23, 2011



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  • The little summary of McCarthy is completely inaccurate.  The blacklisting in Hollywood was part of HUAC, which proceeded McCarthy and was in the House – McCarthy was a Senator.  It was a response to Soviet sympathizers trying to blackmail people into making pro-Soviet movies.

    All the news clippings shown in conjunction with “got out of hand” were about people hounding McCarthy and his staff.  The only careers ruined, other than careers of people who were Soviet operatives, were those of McCarthy and some of his staff.

    Paranoia wasn’t rampant.  McCarthy only went after a hand full of people. HUAC involved a few people strong arming others into making pro Soviet movies, and a lot of Hollywood nuts joining the Communist party then refusing to admit they joined the Communist party.  There was no paranoia.  Hardly anyone was accused of being a Soviet operative.  As an aside, the people McCarthy accused of being Soviet operatives turned out to be Soviet operatives.

    McCarthy didn’t even want to name names.  He wanted Soviet operatives out of government positions.  Dem Senators forced McCarthy to name names.

  • John Carter Wiley

    You’re full of shit.

    McCarthy used congressional immunity to make these outlandish claims — claims that normally have resulted in successful libel/defamation suits.

    Of the majority of people brought before HUAC, most of them were not shown to have conclusively collaborated with any foreign power.

    “Innocent until proven guilty” is an American legal tradition, is it not?

    Except that most people who was brought before HUAC were blacklisted without evidence of treason or trial.

    That is “Guilty until proven innocent” — a very Soviet (actually Imperial French) idea.

    Good day, revisionist. I’m so certain defending McCarthy’s inexcusable abused of congressional immunity to ruin careers without judicial review matters to you. Shame you can’t judge the man by his actions, only defend his unprovable intent.

  • Plinkett’s catbox

    I loved the use of Dokken’s “Breaking the Chains” in the background. They need to break with shit plot formulas and stale sequels. You should review that piece of shit BBC documentry “The American” with George Clooney. I want a pizza roll too. Thanks!

  • René Belloq

    I agree with a lot of this review but one point in Part 2 I really disagree with….namely the Less Fast, Not So Furious analogy. If anything in Indy IV worked it was the fact that Indy IS an old man. These movies are tongue in cheek and parodies anyway. Lucas and Spielberg have said one of the things that came off the best about the character is that Indy is not exactly the hero he should be or what we expect him to be. He’s always in over his head and never up to the challenge and this adds an element of humor and tension to his cliffhanger moments. If he WERE the hero we expect he’d NEVER be in over his head and NEVER get the shit kicked out of him. Boring movie if you ask me. That’s really the appeal of these movies and what unconsciously makes them work.

    Having said that making Indy older just adds to the element of fun. Being older and slower he’s even MORE in over his head which is a fun plot point. I wouldn’t exactly want to see a 90 year old Indy traveling the world on a walker but I think a 60ish Indy makes for a nice bookend to this series.

  • Crumb

    THE time you won your town the race
    We chaired you through the market-place;
    Man and boy stood cheering by,
    And home we brought you shoulder-high.

    To-day, the road all runners come,
    Shoulder-high we bring you home,
    And set you at your threshold down,
    Townsman of a stiller town.

    Smart lad, to slip betimes away
    From fields where glory does not stay
    And early though the laurel grows
    It withers quicker than the rose.

    Eyes the shady night has shut
    Cannot see the record cut,
    And silence sounds no worse than cheers
    After earth has stopped the ears:

    Now you will not swell the rout
    Of lads that wore their honours out,
    Runners whom renown outran
    And the name died before the man.

    So set, before its echoes fade,
    The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
    And hold to the low lintel up
    The still-defended challenge-cup.

    And round that early-laurelled head
    Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
    And find unwithered on its curls
    The garland briefer than a girl’s.

  • Krawlie

    I’m digging the Metropolis music you have going on at around 10:00 😀

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  • kendoka53

    By that logic I guess it’ll be *really* fun when Indy gets his wheelchair and has to change his diapers in the middle of the fight and chase scenes.
    Sean Connery, as iconic as he was as James Bond, knew when to move on from the role as he matured into another phase of his life.
    Please stop using the “its tongue in cheek, its a parody, its for kids, etc” line to excuse poor filmmaking.

  • kendoka53

    Boohoohoo, jews and deviants with known communist sympathies couldn’t put their names on their subversive propaganda for a little while because they got canned for being in contempt of Congress.

  • soot

    Review Man of Steel, Plinkett!!

  • FearAndSlothing
  • The Willard

    Twenty-nine? I may losing track now.

  • shouji

    that practical set that you gave them points for is re-used from alien vs. predator.

  • Dani

    I really don’t feel like you can fairly say that Indy was ever in “over his head” in any of the other films, at least no more than any other hero/superhero in any other film. They all get their asses kicked pretty hard at some point (I really can’t think of a single movie in which this is not true- that’s what provides a plot…). I’d say Indy doesn’t differ from them in that respect. However, Indy *is* a different breed of protagonist. He’s not a super moral, upstanding, Captain America kind of guy. He’s certainly not as dark as, say, The Comedian, but he’s much more humanized than most other hero figures without being overplayed (enter Batman). I don’t mind Indy aging, and it being used as comic relief. That in and of itself isn’t the problem with this film. However, if you look at an example of it done correctly (see: Die Hard/Lethal Weapon), and then you look at Crystal Skull…there is something left to be desired in a big way.

  • nombre de usado

    Anybody know what music that is around 46:00? Its like a classical or opera piece, and I cannot find it anywhere. I really like that tune, if you know it and tell me I’ll send you a pizza roll

  • Neither one of the two videos on this page is 46 minutes long.

  • Earth

    9 months later…

    Do you mean the Danse Macabre?

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