Don't read this post until after you've seen the movie. Unless you don't mind the movie being spoiled for you.
If you've ever spent much time with me, you know that I love hamburgers. Especially ones that are grilled out on someone's back porch or maybe their deck. I love'em. I like to slightly toast the bun. I love just enough Mayo, pickels, onions, tomatoes, and even lettuce. You can keep the mustard, but that doesn't matter. I love hamburgers. I always have, ever since I was a little kid when my dad would make them out in our back yard. Hamburgers are the perfect summer meal.
I also love Indiana Jones. However, while watching this movie I felt like they were trying to force feed me gobs and gobs of absurd portions of what they think makes Indy great.
Picture me sitting in a room with George Lucas and Steven Speilburg, I begin to explain to them my love for hamburgers. They sit there and take great notes onwhat I love about hamburgers. I tell them every last detail about how I like to prepare my burgers: how much mayo, where the pickles should go, how thick I like the meat, the kind of bun I prefer, everything. They take these notes and go away for a few years.
On day I hear that George Lucas and Steven Speilburg are going to come to my house and make a burger for me. You can probably guess that I would be totally stoked about this. I wait patiently for that day to come.
And then the day arrives...
I get home and there they are on my back porch, with the burger. It's already made, and it's HUGE. This burger is the size of a small Volkswagen. Mayo and pickle juice are running off of it in every direction. The beef alone probably weighs 30 pounds. I look up at George Lucas and say, "Mr. Lucas, I really appreciate you making me this burger, but why did you make it so big?" And he replies, "What? I thought you loved burgers?"
I say, "I do love burgers, but not like this one. It's too much. If I try to eat that it'll make me sick."
Then they both grab me, and strap me into a chair. Then they pry my mouth open and start shoving the burger into my mouth. The whole time saying things like, "You said you love mayo." and "MMMMM, Isn't this burger so good?" "Don't you just love burgers?"
That's how I felt watching this movie. Aliens? Swinging with the monkeys in the trees as fast as cars drive? 13 alien skeletons coming together to make a whole alien that burns the bad guys eyes out with KNOWLEDGE!!!????
There were defiantly moments of greatness, especially in the beginning. But it all started going down hill the moment the ATOMIC BOMB WENT OFF AND INDY SURVIVED BY GETTING INSIDE A REFRIGERATOR LINED WITH LEAD! Might I remind you the same Atomic Bomb disintegrated an entire car moments before he emerged from the slightly dented fridge. You're probably saying right now to yourself, "Oh, come on. It was fun." Kinda. But if these guys are going to write their own rules for this movie, I expect them to play by those rules.
Get over yourself Lucas, and stop ruining everything I hold dear from my childhood. And shame on you Speilberg, you let him talk you into all that crap.
I do have to say one more time - there were a few moments of greatness.
My favorite line: "Stop being a baby, and find something to fight with!"
Posted by Taylor at 10:25 AM
Monday, we shot a video that involved a Pro Wrestler. It was awesome. George and I both got body-slammed, I got the wind knocked out of me, and I got to shake the top rope like the Ultimate Warrior used to do when I was a kid. None of these things were actually apart of the video shoot. Some times I forget how fun my job is, today is not one of those days. Enjoy
Posted by Taylor at 7:55 PM
I was first introduced to Andy Kaufman my freshman year of college. I'd never heard of the guy before. All I knew was that Jim Carrey had been cast to play Kaufman in the up coming movie Man On The Moon. My roommate Jared knew a little about him, I think, cause he loved REM. The only two things Jared and I watched in our dorm room were pro-wrestling and Comedy Central. Piggy backing the hype of the movie, Comedy Central had a Andy Kaufman special that Jared and I watched for the first time very earl/late one night when we should have been sleeping or studying or whatever. Anyways...
Last night Travis and I watched a few Andy Kaufman clips on YouTube. After Travis left, I sat back down and watched more and more and more and more. I was reminded how much I like the guy.
All day today I've been thinking about why, exactly, I like him and his humor so much. I think it's cause he did what ever he wanted to do. Literally, show-biz was this guys playground, and he never even considered playing by the rules. I bet there are alot of people out there who hated him. He was mean. He was ridiculous. It never seemed that he even cared weather or not other people thought he was funny. It's like he was doing his comedy for just himself. And sometimes people thought he was funny. Maybe he was a little crazy, but I think he kind of had to be a little crazy do be as funny as he was.
Here's a few videos of him preforming. I'm well aware that this post doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of why he was so popular, or why he did the things that he did. I don't think I've come up with any conclusions yet. I'm just fascinated by this guy. He was fantastic.
I wish I could do that kind of stuff.
Posted by Taylor at 10:41 PM