Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’
Photo: Paramount Pictures

He’s America’s James Bond: a beloved, swaggering sociopath

Jones. Indiana Jones.

According to legend, George Lucas pitched his friend Steven Spielberg on a character named Indiana Smith, a swashbuckling, globetrotting adventurer. The idea intrigued Spielberg because he had always wanted to make a James Bond movie, but without the “hardware.” He also suggested the swaggering archaeology professor’s last name should be Jones instead of Smith.

Forty years after making his debut in the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones is as popular as ever. So much so, the actor who originated the character is currently shooting the fifth sequel. …

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Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, and the cast of ‘In The Heights’
Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, and the cast of ‘In The Heights’
Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s debut Broadway musical explodes on the big screen

The Hollywood adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony-Award-winning musical In The Heights is in love.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, it’s a movie in love with New York City, specifically the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, which is way uptown, far from the rich folks downtown. It’s in love with the working-class Latinx and Caribbean immigrant communities that call the Heights home. It’s in love with singing and dancing and laughter. The movie is in love with the Spanish language. It’s in love with pan caliente and café con leche.

In The Heights is about the love of family and…

Nick Nolte and Barbara Streisand in ‘Prince of Tides’
Nick Nolte and Barbara Streisand in ‘Prince of Tides’
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It’s Barbara Streisand whispering “cry, cry” to Nick Nolte

I did something I haven’t done in a long time because of the pandemic which was spending time at the apartment of a pair of old friends — a married couple who I am quite fond of — and it was during a long conversation about life that was full of laughter and honesty that I was told to watch the Academy Award-nominated Barbara Streisand directed romantic drama Prince of Tides starring Barbara Streisand and Nick Nolte. And so I did.

How Prince of Tides came up exactly isn’t that important. Maybe I was talking about therapy? Or musicals and…

The cast of the sitcom ‘The Munsters,’ which ran from 1964–1966.
The cast of the sitcom ‘The Munsters,’ which ran from 1964–1966.
Photo: Universal

The rocker-slash-horror movie director is a huge fan of the series

Rob Zombie is adapting the classic ‘60s sitcom The Munsters for the big screen.

He made the announcement on Instagram. “Attention Boils and Ghouls!,” he wrote. “The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!”

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Jeff Bezos will be the first billionaire to blast off planet Earth

Imagine, in the near future, a child pointing to a flickering light moving across the nighttime sky and thinking it’s a shooting star, when in fact it is just Elon Musk’s intimate party satellite, one of a half-dozen pleasure stations in orbit around the Earth. Each owned by a different insanely rich guy who will be too busy sipping bubbly in zero gravity through a straw to look down upon us mortals.

For now, it seems, the future of spaceflight belongs to thrill-seeking billionaires.

In an Instagram post today, 57-year-old Amazon founder Jeff Bezos revealed that he and his younger…

Bo Burnham in ‘Inside,’ a comedy special on Netflix.
Bo Burnham in ‘Inside,’ a comedy special on Netflix.
Photo: Netflix

‘Inside’ is a funny/sad meditation on pandemic anxiety

I think it is entirely appropriate to make Bo Burnham’s new Netflix special Bo Burnham: Inside all about me—I, too, spent most of the pandemic locked away in a series of rooms, including my own mind. I spent most of that time staring into screens rather than staring out windows. Scrolling. Retweeting. Liking. I took a bazillion selfies, every one of them sad. Inside is itself a sort of selfie.

I’m not the exact demo for Inside. Which is fine. I don’t know if art has to be a mirror. I’m not a 30-year-old man like Burnham, and I know…

Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe in ‘A Quiet Place Part II”
Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe in ‘A Quiet Place Part II”
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Shhh. The monsters can hear you…

I don’t know why A Quiet Place Part II works, but it does. The plot is simple enough: ferocious aliens who hunt solely by sound invade the Earth and slaughter anyone who makes the slightest noise. You’ve seen — and heard — it before. The gentle crunch of leaves is a death sentence.

The returning cast is small but they deliver, especially charismatic Millicent Simmonds and Emily Blunt, who tip-toes gracefully. Cillian Murphy is a welcome addition to this story of post-apocalyptic survival against murderous extra-terrestrials.

A Quiet Place Part II continues to focus on the Abbot family, but first…

Art: MRCokeley Design

The return of the movie theater (thank God)

I saw my first movie in over a year last week, and it was the fighter jet action classic Top Gun. I was vaxxed and masked (except when I was inhaling popcorn.) But if I lived in Los Angeles instead of New York, I would have preferred seeing Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning comedy-drama Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’ on the New Beverly Cinema’s big screen, which has been dark for most of the pandemic. The movie itself is highly problematic — a casually sexist, and racist, late ’60s daydream about two dudes who meet the Manson family — but I…

Photo: Disney

This ‘101 Dalmations’ prequel is surprisingly good, darling

I have never seen either Disney’s animated 1961 classic 101 Dalmations, or the live-action 1996 remake starring Oscar-winning actor Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil, the best-named baddie in all the Magic Kingdom.

Disney is constantly reinventing and recycling its intellectual properties but I could have cared less about who Cruella was, once upon a time. I guess there were 101 Dalmation superfans out there who have been patiently waiting for a big-budget Cruella De Vil origin feature film but I watched it with new eyes on Disney+. …

Michael Keaton as Batman, in the movie of the same name.
Michael Keaton as Batman, in the movie of the same name.
Photo: Warner Bros.

Specifically, Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight

I burned my ‘man card’ this year. Sure, it entitled me to perks like exclusive access to power and money. But masculinity has entirely too many rules made up at random.

My ‘man card’ was issued to me at birth by a high priest of the patriarchy during a secret ceremony. I had no choice in the matter: I was born to dominate, and one of the many preconditions of my privilege is that I can never show weakness. The card reads “homo homini lupus.” That’s “man is wolf to man” in Latin. …

John DeVore

Writer/editor. CONAN, Esquire, Sirius XM. 2X James Beard Award winner. I created Humungus, a blog about movies, TV & feelings.

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