We Love Movies Sweeps

You could win a YEAR OF MOVIE TICKETS!

We Love Movies Sweeps
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who are at least 18 years of age (or the age of majority in the jurisdiction of their residence, whichever is older) and who have an active email account and Internet access as of 5/5/15. The Promotion Period begins at 9:00:00 a.m. PT on 5/6/15 and ends at 8:59:59 a.m. PT on 8/16/15 and is comprised of 103 separate and distinct Sweepstakes Periods, with each Sweepstakes Period lasting for one (1) day beginning at 9:00 a.m. PT on one calendar date and ending at 8:59:59 a.m. PT on the following calendar date during the Promotion Period. Entries from each Sweepstakes Period will not roll over to a subsequent Sweepstakes Period. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning dependent upon total number of eligible entries received during each Sweepstakes Period. Limit of 1 entry/pp/Sweepstakes Period. One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be randomly selected for each Sweepstakes Period from all eligible entries received during that particular Sweepstakes Period. 103-Grand Prizes: one (1) Fandango Promotional Code worth up to $720.00 USD good toward the purchase of movie tickets on www.Fandango.com or via the Fandango mobile app and valid until 8/30/16 (ARV: $720.00 USD). See complete Official Rules at http://www.fandango.com/sweepstakesrules/welovemovies for complete prize details, retail values and alternate method of entry. Sponsor: Fandango, LLC.

Day 23: 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Raiders of the Lost Ark

I’m outside the Aero, two hours before the Indiana Jones trilogy begins. I’m typing from my black Toyota pick-up truck, which I bought from my friend John for two reasons. It looks a lot nicer than my previous ’86 truck which was tan beige, rusted and a gasket short of the vehicular afterlife. Second, my new truck reminds me of the cool 1985 Toyota Marty McFly pined to get back to in Back to the Future so he could take it and go camping with his girl Jennifer. Yes, I am actually that much of a movie dork.

Why so early tonight? I’m hoping once more to get the bulk of my post done on this So Cal afternoon (it’s a perfect 72 degrees out) so I can not only watch Raiders, but Temple of Doom, too. Last night, I thought about watching the midnight Reservoir Dogs after Ghostbusters (again, beyond awesome seeing a nearly sold-out crowd for an ’84 comedy). But my brain afterwards was being throbby – a sure sign that, Siale Falani Charles Frank Walton, you better start sleeping, too. So I slept eight hours, worked out this morning, ate a healthy lunch and I’m primed now for four hours of Indy, maybe an epilogue here and then sweet beddy bye time.

You might question whether Temple of Doom is worth the extra hours, but I’ll take this opportunity to request everyone go revisit the trilogy. Raiders is unquestionably the classic in the series (has Harrison Ford ever been more sublime? No), but for pure hard-core hijinx, you can’t top the giddy rollercoaster that comes with Doom’s super gross dinner sequence, those creepy crawlies in the cave, the villain attempting to pull hearts out, and for levity, Short-Round doing his “Dr. Jones!” thing all over the place. I much prefer it over the light-hearted knight in the cave in Last Crusade (really? he’s been sitting there how long?) and especially – ugh – Crusade’s Indy in a tie…I’ll even take the close encounter aliens of the last Indy over Denholm Elliot’s cutesy Brody on a horse.

Of course, a million Jones fans disagree, so feel free to comment with your reasoning below. One more thing on Memorial Day weekend…my buddy Nick sent me an article about movie stars who’ve served our country, among them Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood…and looking at Harrison Ford, too…I just hope actors in young Hollywood are taking note.

Something about what was in those stars’ characters shined through onscreen, and in my opinion, we don't get much of that now. I was once at a “True Blood” event with my friend Ryan where we talked to the real soldiers who took part as advisors on HBO’s “Generation Kill” (an excellent Iraq War mini-series starring “True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgard). Anyways, even in Hollywood, there was a certain respect and acknowledgment that needed to be and was accorded these individuals - life's real heroes. Hopefully in the future, maybe we’ll see some of that in our lead actors.

Bring on the Indy...sold-out night at the Aero (marquee also seen in Donnie Darko)...

Turkish for "Have a Very Indy Day"...or something...


Like it? Share it:

Next Article by cwalton

Day 22: 'Ghostbusters'

Day 22: 'Ghostbusters'

Send Me FanText

Thanks for signing up!

By entering your mobile number and clicking "SIGN ME UP!", you consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and authorize Fandango and its service providers to deliver FanTexts and other promotional texts to your mobile phone. Text marketing authorization is not required for any purchase from Fandango. Message and data rates may apply. We will not send more than 5 msgs/month. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting "STOP" or seek help by texting "HELP" to "FNDGO" (36346).