Browse Tag: harrison ford

RECAP: Patriot Games

Patriot Games (1992): Phillip Noyce

One doesn’t expect a family vacation to London to devolve into a worldwide run for cover from a group of irish freedom fighters too dangerous for the Irish Republican Army, but that’s exactly what happens to Jack Ryan.

In this movie, the famed CIA analyst is CIA analyst no more, but he’s dragged back into the fold after he foils an assassination attempt against a member of the British aristocracy.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: Jack Ryan fights an ex-IRA member after killing the man’s brother.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): Steven Spielberg

Five years after the slight letdown of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford return to their franchise’s roots: Nazis, Christian artifacts, and lusting co-eds. We have ’em all.

The Nazis still haven’t started their war, but are only months out. Indy manages to travel to Berlin, and even meets Hitler, in case you didn’t believe he was running things.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: Indiana Jones teams up with his father to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984): Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones movie, busted the block in one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. Of course there’d be a sequel. And of course there’d be more Nazis–oh. No Nazis? Indians, instead? Sure, I’ll watch that.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: After crashing in the Himalayas, Indiana Jones searches for a missing Shankara stone belonging to an Indian village, and uncovers a sinister priest enslaving children and removing hearts.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): Steven Spielberg

Coming at number two on the AFI list of all-time best heroes, Indiana Jones, since 1981, has filled the role of modern American cowboy. Carrying a whip and a fedora, Jones has a signature look that surpasses even Harrison Ford’s other iconic character, Han Solo.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: An American archeology professor fights Nazis to unearth the Ark of the Covenant before it lands in Hitler’s hands.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Star Wars

Star Wars (1977): George Lucas

From the childhood fantasies of George Lucas came a draft of silly space fantasy called The Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Starkiller. Wow. Let’s be glad that he turned that into the simple Star Wars.

What began as a reject film from several studios, including the same Disney that would buy the franchise for $4 billion decades later, became, arguably, the most famous movie ever made.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: A young farmer learns to trust the mystical energy of the Force to help oppressed people blow up a planet-destroying weapon. Continue Reading

RECAP: Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger (1994): Phillip Noyce

Harrison Ford became the only person to play Jack Ryan twice, when he took another turn capably bumbling through a mission for the CIA.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: Colombian drug lords pose a clear and present danger to the United States, and the president decides to fight against them, in secret.  Continue Reading

RECAP: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): J.J. Abrams 

You waited 30 years for this. You suffered through Episodes I-III. You endured tinkering, re-releases, and Jar Jar.

The guy from LOST and Alias and Star Trek wrested the mantle from George Lucas after the Creator sold his rights to Disney. You were excited and nervous and happy and now you’ve seen it.

It took all of 18 days for Episode VII to earn more money at the US box office than any movie in American history. You liked it.

I have only seen the mainline Star Wars films. I haven’t read the books, watched the cartoons, or memorized Wookiepedia, so when I write things like “We don’t know…” or “No one has seen…”, bear in mind that you might know, because you know everything about the Star Wars galaxy, but I’m only talking about Episodes I-VII.

ONE SENTENCE PLOT SUMMARY: With Luke Skywalker missing, Han Solo and some new friends reluctantly help Leia Organa and other Resistance fighters raze a spherical planet-destroying weapon wielded by the First Order, and if that sounds like a movie you’ve seen before, it’s not, OK? Continue Reading