Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I have always loved the Indiana Jones movies, and it was with a bit of trepidation that I went and saw the latest. A long time has passed between movies, and it’s one of those sequels that is so long from it’s predecessor you really have to question if it’s relevant any more.

The movie is good, but the legacy of Indiana Jones movies demands something amazing, and it’s not. While I walked out not really disappointed, because I knew not to suspect that it could possibly live up to the legend, I did wonder if the movie stood completely on it’s own, would it have been as popular. I don’t think so – but then again, this is a unique film in the manner in which it will be judged.

Good but not great, three stars.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Being a big fan of Douglas Adams, with “The Hitichhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” my all time favourite book, I had always wanted to read “Dirk Gently”, but somehow just never got around to it. I finally got around to it, and it’s very similar in genre, being a sci-fi comedy, but I felt it was not even close to being in the same league as hitch hikers.

It’s a bizarre story, that claims there is a interconnectedness to even the most seemingly random things, and he uses this to stitch together very random elements together into a barely coherent story. For the overwhelming majority of the book it seems very aimless and just meanders until about the last twenty pages where it all comes together into an odd conclusion. It kind of felt like Adams had a publisher deadline he had to meet so he quickly wrapped things up before the courier arrived.

Guitar Hero III

Guitar Hero 3

The Guitar Hero series has been around for a while, but I now realise exactly why this game is like crack. It is a ridiculously addictive and fun game that anyone can pick up. The beauty lies in the manner in which you play. With a custom guitar-style controller, the game controls are simple to understand, yet complex enough to be challenging, without being too hard to master. At the same time, the results for your efforts – performing a rocking tune, are sublime.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for the third Mummy film came out today, and I have mixed feelings about it. I am a big big fan of the Mummy movies, the first DVD I ever bought was "The Mummy", and so I feel very strongly about the movies. With the teaser out, I started to reflect on whether or not this movie has the potential to live up to it’s predecessors.

As you can immediately tell from the teaser, it has Brendan Fraser back as Rick O’Connell – that’s a big tick, and Jet Li as a new mummy this time instead of Arnold Vosloo’s Imhotep. That’s cool, I can live with that, changing things up a little. A little…

Rachel Weisz is gone, but the Evelyn character is still there, now played by Maria Bello, and if the teaser is any indication, with a bad English accent. Jon Hannah is back as Jonathan, but being the token comic sidekick that he is in the movies, I’m indifferent over his return.

Finally, and most troubling is Stephen Sommers isn’t helming the film – he’s too busy working on G.I. Joe. In his place is Rob Cohen, of "The Fast and the Furious" and "xXx" – neither of which fill me with loads on confidence. Is this going to be another "X-Men 3" situation where the third movie of a trilogy sucks balls because the original director leaves and the studios put another big action director in charge and he cocks it up??

Only time will tell. Please Cohen, don’t do a Ratner.