Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sharpies and Dungeons

Pom, pom, piddly pom... I am having the most marvelous days since I have started to not have to work before five. In the late afternoons I feel I've had a great day and am completely charged up to do a few hours of concentrated work. Yesterday I sat on the balcony garden to draw a load of roughs straight into the brilliant layout dummy the designer printed for me. I used a sharpie pen, which is normally too scary and final for me, but I ended up with some scrawls that did the job just right.
Today I planted out my tomato plants into separate pots (they grew too big for the joint pot) and pinched out some shoots, then I went to the library and got some more fantasy books and an autobiography of Sir Alec Guinness, and worked on a picture book script for a bit... and now I can stretch and yawn and then do some more work. Mh!

I also went and saw the new Indiana Jones - I thought I could take it (I decided to just remind myself of the dafter parts of "Temple of Doom" whenever disappointed in any way) but I must admit that the first hour or so made me experience a physical reaction I've not had in a movie before. My hair was actually standing on end all over as I felt a part of my childhood seep away that I hadn't known was that important... when the film started and that CGI prairie dog came popping into the picture looking like it had taken a wrong turn en route to Narnia I sort of screamed inside my mind, surprised about what a wuss I was.
I did rather enjoy it in the end - one thing, because my favourite lady - Marion Ravenwood - returned, and secondly because I made myself imagine that it wasn't a movie but a comic or a novelisation or a video game. But every time the theme music kicked in I felt like something uncanny and dreamlike and disturbing was happening, like it was me who was staring into the eyes of a long-dead yet glowing alien skull, adn like I should really run away before it was too late...
Anyway, I think I'll re-watch "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ASAP. That is one of the three films I remember watching with my mum without her falling asleep, and with my dad and us both laughing... and I remember trying to write a screenplay for Indy 4 with my best friend, we figured that if it was brilliant enough it would get made... I spent many days in the library researching, and staying up late drawing maps for a dungeon that would hold the Staff of Aaron which could part the sea and decide wars and would turn into a snake when thrown on the ground (genius! ideal!), and there was a writhing pool of water-snakes and some truly awsome traps... well I remember thinking they were awsome... I think I would have agreed that alien skulls would be more awsome, but, but, but... but...

13 comments:

Viviane Schwarz said...

Indiana Jones afterthought: I liked the skull-shape that seemed to appear in the mushroom cloud, very Asimov. (Made me half expect that there would be some connection between nuclear power and the alien skulls, like the mystical power they are searching for turns out to be nuclear power - bad luck! - but what ho)

Eric Orchard said...

OK, that was the best review I've read yet. I feel totally compelled to go to it now. i think I'll go Sunday.

Viviane Schwarz said...

Goodness me, in that case, what were the other reviews like?

If the Star Wars prequels didn't hurt you, this one probably won't do no harm neither. I recommend taking a little Indy Action figure for comfort...

I can't wait for it to come out in Lego, myself, that'll make it make sense in my mind.

Viviane Schwarz said...

I do still feel a bit sort of upset when I think about that film, even though it was fun.
Very odd sensation.

But then that's how I felt about the Lord of the Rings movies, too... I just loved the books so much as a child and couldn't stand seeing it all made different and shiny, and everyone raved about them and went to see them six times over and I just wanted not to hear a word about it or see any part of it secretly. By now I have forgotten almost completely how I imagined it all as a child, except "The Hobbit". If they ever make that film I'll never watch it, I'd be so sad to lose that memory.

Viviane Schwarz said...

It's probably all in the timing.

Anonymous said...

I was appalled by Indy 4 - I agree, when the music played it felt like parody. The emotions that music used to conjure up were just NOT AT ALL present in the film itself. Remember in The Last Crusade, at the beginning, when River Phoenix dons the hat, and then his face raises up, and it's Harrison? Shivers, and not one moment like that in the new one. Dreadful. I think it was after he flew a few miles in the fridge that I realised it was all over. But Indy was reliably charming, as was Marion.

Viviane Schwarz said...

Yes! I spent a patience-testing time going on and on and on comparing Indy moments - army of seagulls beats army of monkeys! Et cetera.

I bet they would have loved to have the special effect power of this one for the climax of "Raiders", but it's not the effects that make it great, it's that they have to close their eyes all through it... all these clever things...

Eric Orchard said...

I saw it and thought it was great! you guys are all just too grown-up....

Eric Orchard said...

And it has a paranormal scientist, Viviane. Paranormal...

Viviane Schwarz said...

I know, I know... I truly think I have a movie appreciation gland missing or something. Paranormal scientists, magnetic aliens, it should have been so brilliant!

I think I just wanted more snappy one-liners. I want every movie to be Ghostbusters.

Viviane Schwarz said...

They aren't making Ghostbusters 3 are they???

Eric Orchard said...

However...A part of me was a little suspicious that the producer had one eye on a potential video game.

Viviane Schwarz said...

Totally! I can't wait for the Indy Lego game to come out, that'll waste weeks of my life... and have BRILLIANT levels in the last part! Yayy!!!! :D