Well, in short, it can’t. So expect a gushing, ‘awesome first date’ review coming up...
This past Saturday I went and saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was showing a great little cinema here in Islington called Screen on the Green, which itself is part of a family of independent movie houses around London called Everyman Cinemas. If you’re ever in London and looking for something to do, consider checking out an Everyman Cinema. It’s a great old fashioned place that, unlike what I’m used to back in Canada, serves alcohol! Obviously, you can’t keep running up to the bar once the curtains go up, but it was very nice to enjoy a Guinness with my popcorn.
Here are a couple thoughts about Raiders I’d like to share with the readers of WGTB. Firstly, Raiders, like its cousin (and my all-time favourite film) Empire Strikes Back, really goes to show that good movies stand the test of time. It is still is a GREAT story. The villains are nasty; Indy and his friends are loyal, strong and true; and the McGuffin is both awe-inspiring and something to get excited about. How could you not? I mean, it's probably the most literal case of Dues Ex Machina you can find in modern film!
It also goes to show that old fashioned special effects still work when combined with great writing. I still get a chill when the Ark is opened and the Nazi’s look inside. The harrowing screams and melting faces, sound and look a little more dated each time I watch, but that’s not important. They make the point that those sorry souls did something B-A-D. And, well, the music. What can be said? Of my favourite John Williams’ themes -- Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Superman – Indy’s still has the best theme and gives me a chill each and every time I hear it.
So all in all, it was a great night for entertainment. If you have a favourite old fashioned movie-house you like to visit please share it with WGTB below. Be sure to pass on an internet link too.