Category: George Lucas

Why Raiders succeeds where Temple doesn’t

With the long-awaited fourth movie in the Indiana Jones series hitting theaters this week, the obvious question is: Will Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull be a worthy successor to the iconic Raiders of the Lost Ark? The answer, of course, will be up on the screen, but in thinking about what creators Steven Spielberg and George Lucas need to do to recapture the early Indy magic, it’s worth looking back at how the previous stories have succeeded — and sometimes failed.

Originally published on May 4, 2008. Read the complete article.

Can ‘Star Wars: Episode III’ be saved?

We’ve got one more year before George Lucas finishes up his Star Wars prequel trilogy with the as-yet-untitled Episode III, and he certainly has his work cut out for him. Not only does he have to resolve the ongoing storylines of Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones in such a way as to lead directly into Episode IV, the original 1977 Star Wars, but he has to overcome two of the most soul-killingly dull storylines ever put on film. I mean, really — I’ve seen more interesting films on sandwiches I left in my fridge too long. Is there any way for Lucas to salvage the series in a single movie? It would take a great disturbance in the Force, but it’s not impossible.

Originally published on May 18, 2004. Read the complete article.

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