The Mummy (1999) – Stephen Sommers

While the updated version of The Mummy blasts into theatres this summer, the 1999 reboot was on the list of recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for follow-up titles to Raiders of the Lost Ark. This version, directed by Stephen Sommers, stars Brendan Fraser, Oded Fehr, Rachel Weisz and Arnold…

Magnum, p.i. (1988) – Legend of the Lost Art and Transitions

  This is it, the penultimate entry for Magnum (Tom Selleck). This week’s installment starts off with a great sense of fun with Legend of the Lost Art. Selleck was originally in line to play Indiana Jones before Universal optioned the series, and this seems to be a little bit of a nod to that….

Hot Docs 2015: Raiders! – Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen

  Screening today at the Hart House theatre at 9:30 is a documentary that completely encapsulated my youth and filled me with awe, and a fire to create. Back in 1981, a film came along that changed many a young viewer, myself included, Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. It affected a number of…

Trailer Tracks: High Road to China (1983) – Brian G. Hutton

  When Universal exercised its contract with Tom Selleck, he missed out on the opportunity to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but he did have the brilliantly successful television series Magnum, P.I. to make up for it. During a hiatus, he shot this period piece action adventure film with Bess Armstrong…

Trailer Tracks: King Solomon’s Mines (1985) – J. Lee Thompson

  In the early 80s, thanks to Raiders of the Lost Ark, the high adventure movie was seeing a huge comeback, and everyone was trying to cash in on it. And they thought it would be a great idea to bring back H. Rider Haggard’s Alllan Quartermain to the screen again. Starring Richard Chamberlain, Sharon…

Trailer Tracks: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Steven Spielberg

One of the biggest influences on my childhood, if not my entire life, alongside Star Wars, is this homage to the adventures of yesteryear, Raiders of the Lost Ark… that music (John Williams), that cast (Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies), those stunts (Vic Armstrong)!!! Often imitated, and sequel-ized, but never matched…

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Edgar Wright

  The 101 Action Movies gave me a chance to settle in and enjoy (yet again) this hilarious action comedy from the same team who brought us the amazing Shaun of the Dead. This time around Simon Pegg is playing Nicholas Angel, a London cop, who according to his supervisors, played by Martin Freeman, Steve…