Back in March, the AV Club premiered a new feature called Iconography
, which is an illustrated column by Nick Wanserski
examining "pop culture's most fascinating objects". Though the updates have been very sporadic since then, here are the first three entries for your enjoyment: The golden idol
from "Raiders of the Lost Ark", The spinning top
from "Inception", and Link's floppy hat
from "The Legend of Zelda".
Charles Forsman: "After my Raiders/Popeye
strip was so well received I decided to try another combination. After a failed attempt at another combination I decided to try mashing up 2 of my all-time favorites: Spielberg and Benchley's Jaws drawn like Schulz's Peanuts.
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In 1982, three 12-year-old friends began work on Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
. The shot-for-shot recreation was finished in 1989, and received its world premiere in 2003 (prev.
). Watch the first ten minutes
. More scenes via the BBC review
and the Today Show
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Movie trailers: Raiders of the Lost Ark
(1951), starring Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, and Peter Lorre; Forrest Gump
(1949), starring Jimmy Stewart. From the creator of Ghostbusters
(1954), with Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin. via I Watch Stuff
The "Raiders" Story Conference
In 1978 George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Lawrence Kasdan spent five consecutive nine-hour days hashing out the characters and plot for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The 125-page transcript of their meetings, unreleased before now, details their insane
talent and techniques for populist storytelling. (It also makes one wonder what happened to George Lucas, a man who once had a math formula
for exciting cinema.) via Ain't It Cool News, unfortunately
Keys to the Kingdom. Vanity Fair
profiles George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and previews Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
[minor spoiler on page 5]; Q&A with Spielberg
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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.
Harry Knowles reviews a shot-for-shot remake of Speilberg's classic movie done, over the span of seven years, by 10-11-12 year olds. Speilberg, upon seeing it, was "astonished" at its "ingenuity and imagination." There's even a preview