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The 30 Reasons Why We Love Indy
We count down all the best things about the Indiana Jones films

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The 30 Reasons Why We Love Indy | 5. John Williams' Score
5. John Williams' Score

If John Williams had only composed the Raiders March, then Indiana Jones would have its place in film music history assured. But, with the possible exception of Star Wars, no film franchise has thrown up so much incidental score that is familiar to even the most casual film fan. The cues for the Map Room, the Basket Chase, The Ark Of The Covenant, the Temple Of Doom chant, Short Round and The Grail Theme are all instantly recognisable, an object lesson in how to marry images to memorable music. Williams' craft and skill make the exciting bits more thrilling, the scary bits more terrifying and the romantic bits more passionate. If you want a real benchmark for his contribution to the series, just watch Raiders' truck chase with the sound off, then on the difference is 120ccs of pure Johnny Williams adrenaline.

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1 RE: Bias
The 4th was not the best More

Posted by Lost4812162342 on Thursday October 18, 2012, 18:15

2 RE: Bias
And I never realised Helen had had the erm, 'operation'. More

Posted by matty_b on Tuesday October 16, 2012, 07:51

3 RE: Bias
L: Deanobeany The reason you love the indy films? every single one of your man-child reviewers is between the age of 28 and 40.ew up watching these movies and have an unmoving bias and nostaliga for them, Your magazine holds Back To The Future, Die Hard and Indiana Jones (original trilogy) as the greatest example of cinema. hat Kim Newman must've had a hard paper round. More

Posted by horribleives on Tuesday October 16, 2012, 06:36

4 RE: Bias
L: Deanobeany The reason you love the indy films? Because every single one of your man-child reviewers is between the age of 28 and 40. You grew up watching these movies and have an unmoving bias and nostaliga for them, Your magazine holds Back To The Future, Die Hard and Indiana Jones (original trilogy) as the t example of cinema. ]   They don't actually. Odd dates too. A 40yo would have barely been 10 when Raiders came out so for it to be as successful as it was (top 20 inflation adjusted box office of all time) it clearly had a much wider appeal than a bunch of 10yos.    Also - slightly sexist. Not all Empire reviewers are male. More

Posted by elab49 on Monday October 15, 2012, 12:50

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Glad to see this article focuses mainly on the original trilogy and not on that bag of sh*te Skull. And what was that bit about Spielberg 'using practical effects and stuntmen wherever possible' on the 4th film?? Ants? Jeep swordfight? Waterfall? Aliens? Spaceships? Magnetic gunpowder? Fridges? Pyramids? MONKEYS!!!!!!! Christ it's difficult to think of a scene where Lucas.....sorry Spielberg DIDN'T use any CGI. Hang on....was Ray Winstone real or was he this film's Jar Jar Binks?....cos he was equally as annoying! More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes on Monday October 15, 2012, 12:47

6 RE: Bias
L: Deanobeany The reason you love the indy films? Because every single one of your man-child reviewers is between the age of 28 and 40. You grew up watching these movies and have an unmoving bias and nostaliga for them, Your magazine holds Back To The Future, Die Hard and Indiana Jones (original trilogy) as the greatest example of cinema. iased against what? Against you? If you're so down on Empire, why the hell are you a member of the site? More

Posted by Whistler on Monday October 15, 2012, 12:33

7 Bias
The reason you love the indy films? Because every single one of your man-child reviewers is between the age of 28 and 40. You grew up watching these movies and have an unmoving bias and nostaliga for them, Your magazine holds Back To The Future, Die Hard and Indiana Jones (original trilogy) as the greatest example of cinema. More

Posted by Deanobeany on Sunday October 14, 2012, 17:43

8 @ yakface
No there are 3. The 4th film never happened you hear? It never happened!!!! More

Posted by Charles B. Potatoes on Saturday October 13, 2012, 20:38

9 Marcus Brody?
I'm biased obviously but surely he deserves an entry here? And Pat Roach deserved his own entry! More

Posted by Marcus Brody on Saturday October 13, 2012, 20:05

10 Pat Roach
The late great Pat Roach kicking Indys arse in three different characters is the reason alone to love Indy trilogy. And the reason why Kindom of the Crystal Scum sucked so badly. No Pat equals no good Indy movie. More

Posted by Pelle on Saturday October 13, 2012, 14:55

11 all three (27 visual comedy)
there are four More

Posted by yakface on Friday October 12, 2012, 19:57


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