indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull (2008)

by zEke

Nineteen years later the hero is back. We have waited long, too long maybe, for the archaeologist to come back after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas saw, and explode, his potential back in the eighties. No less than three adventures in a decade. The hero is now older, the hat and the whip stay the same, what about everything else?

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is force to help Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) and her Russian army find an extraterrestrial creature with a mysterious crystal skeleton in a military base in the Nevada dessert. Once back in the Marshall College Jones is contacted by Mutt Williams (Shia LeBouf) who tells him Harold Oxley (John Hurt), and old colleague of Jones, has disappeared after discovering a crystal skull in Peru. No need to explain what follows. Continue reading

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iron man (2008)

by zEke

iron man posterMovies that are based on comic books are on fashion these days. Mostly, because they seem to be profitable enough. Truth is, most of them are just about that and forget about the essence of the stories they tell. Thus, after the initial hype they are forever forgotten. Does anyone remember daredevil (2003), the punisher (2004)? I could keep going, but I will not. Even those who manage to stay in our memory are not more than ephemeral entertainment. Good entertainment, but far from providing anything else, which on the other hand they do not have to. batman begins (2005) might be an exception. All this to say that iron man is one of the latter, good entertainment and nothing else.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is an eccentric industrialist who only cares about the effectiveness of the weapons his company provides to gain peace in the world by means of war, and how to spend his ridiculous fortune. This is until he is captured in Afghanistan by mercenaries who use his very own weapons. To scape he builds an armor. An armor that once back at home and after a severe tuning process turns Stark into his alter ego, Iron Man. Continue reading

indiana jones and the last crusade (1989)

by zEke

indiana jones and the last crusade posterHave you ever tried to whistle blend together the indiana jones, star wars and superman main themes? Neither have I.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is asked by Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) to go after the Holy Grail after his father vanished while searching for a clue to its location himself. Donovan owns an incomplete stone tablet that might hold the key to the location of the chalize and points them in the right direction. Jones accepts and travels to Venice with Dr. Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliot) where he meets Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) and will discover that they are not the only ones interested in the location of the Holy Grail and that the Nazi army are also after it. Continue reading

indiana jones and the temple of doom (1984)

by zEke

indiana jones and the temple of doom posterUn filón encontraron Steven Spielberg y George Lucas en la persona de un arqueólogo de culo inquieto. Uno de tantos.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) se encuentra en Shangai negociando con un mafioso local el intercambio de los restos de Nurhaci por un diamante de un tamaño considerable. Las cosas se tuercen y en su huída Jones, Tapón (Jonathan Ke Quan) y Wilhelmina Scott (Kate Capshaw) acaban perdidos en India. Sin comerlo ni beberlo, y a falta de nada mejor que hacer, deciden ayudar a los habitantes de una remota aldea a recuperar una piedra sagrada. Su búsqueda los llevará a las profundidades de un misterioso templo. Continue reading

horton hears a who! (2008)

by zEke

horton hears a who! posterDr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, was an American children book writer and drawer. Among his books I will mention two that have already experienced the jump to the big screen, how the grinch stole christmas (2000) and the cat in the hat (2003). After watching horton hears a who! one thing becomes clear, cartoons, somehow, they were in the first place, and cartoons, they should have been. No matter how much effort Jim Carrey and Mike Myers put. And then again, when talking about the big screen, it seems that neither adult stories can be told with cartoons, nor children stories without them.

horton hears a who! is a story for children. An excellent one, I must say. It sure has an essence that is able to reach the children every single adult carries within, but that is not the ultimate goal of the story. It is made for children and it is not ashamed of it. That does not mean grown ups cannot enjoy the ride, but they are required to play by certain rules they might have forgotten already. Continue reading

raiders of the lost ark (1981)

by zEke

raiders of the lost ark posterA la década de los ochenta pertenece, a pesar de la inminente indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull (2008 ), el fenómeno que revolucionó el cine de aventuras de la mano de un arqueólogo que repartía su tiempo entre sus estudiantes y el resto del mundo. Revolución que, por más que nos pese a algunos, se atenuó con el tiempo. Y es que el cine de aventuras ya no es lo que fue.

raiders of the lost ark es la primera aparición en la gran pantalla del Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr., por todos conocidos como Indiana Jones. Dos apariciones más en menos de diez años. Es sin duda la caracterización del personaje uno de los secretos del éxito de la saga concebida por George Lucas, primero, y Steven Spielberg, después. Jones es mujeriego, sinvergüenza, perdonavidas, pero adorable. James Bond con un látigo como único chisme y un guardarropía mucho más limitado. Si, Jones es Bond sin afeitar. Y Harrison Ford lo entiende a la perfección y convierte el personaje en una mezcla entre Bond y Han Solo, al que por aquel entonces conocía a la perfección. Continue reading

batman begins (2005)

by zEke

batman begins posterLamentar primero la pérdida de quien encarnará a The Joker en the dark knight (2008). Heath Ledger, descanse en paz. Y gracias, cinematográficamente hablando por, sobre todo, monster’s ball (2001) y brokeback mountain (2005). Curiosamente, también las favoritas de Daniel Day-Lewis, a tenor de su discurso en la decimocuarta gala anual del sindicato de actores.

Pero lo que hoy me ocupa no es otra cosa que masticar batman begins. Probablemente, seguramente, la de Christopher Nolan es la mejor adaptación hasta la fecha de las aventuras del hombre murciélago. Lo es principalmente por una razón, su sobriedad. Sobriedad que la sitúa a medio camino entre la mirada inocente de Tim Burton y la mirada calidoscópica (y dañina) de Joel Schumacher. Es la versión de Nolan la más oscura de cuantas se recuerdan. De hecho, aún recuerdo a Adam West embutido en un traje gris y luciendo los calzoncillos por fuera en la serie de televisión batman (1966). Recuerdo también los pezones de George Clooney, capaces de manifestarse a pesar de vestir éste un traje a prueba de balas en batman & robin (1997). Ha llovido mucho desde entonces. Continue reading