INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and Adventure

Next on our list of franchises is Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones’ films. We discuss adventure, racism, postcolonial revisionist history, and why we like action heroes to be competent enough to succeed — but only just.


 

This Week’s Watching:
THE HUNTED (2003): William Friedkin, Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio del Toro
LA RUE CASES-NÈGRES (1983): Euzhan Palcy, Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus

Recommendations:
THE BODYGUARD (1992): Mick Jackson, Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston
SCROOGED (1988): Richard Donner, Bill Murray, Karen Allen
ROMANCING THE STONE (1984): Robert Zemeckis, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner
HOT FUZZ (2007): Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

(Incidentally, 5 out 18 [directors and principal actors] is the highest proportion of women we’ve had, since I’ve been listing recs here. 28%. Gender representation in the film industry is rubbish…)

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