Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Yippee! It's time for my favorite class, Alphabe-Thursday, instructed by everyone's favorite teacher, Mrs. Matlock. This week we are to write an essay on the letter I.
The first thing that popped into my head was "Indiana Jones"! This movie has a special place in my heart. I was very young, and had just moved to Philadelphia from a small town in Indiana. I certainly was not prepared for summer in the city! Rowhouses with window units could not keep up with the heat and humidity, and there was no relief in going outside, because I was surrounded by concrete! DH and I decided to splurge and go to a mall in New Jersey (free air conditioning!) While we were there, we saw a sign for a "sneak preview" of a new movie called "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark". It was worth a buck to sit in an icy cold theatre, so we went in. I will never forget the feeling of discovery that seeing this movie gave me. At last, I understood what my grandparents and parents had been talking about when they recounted the amazing movie serials they would see every Saturday. The lighting, the production, the score all had that same magical feel. And the map with the little plane moving over it - genius! I just loved the premise of the mild mannered college professor turned swashbuckling hero. He even shared my snake phobia! And I will admit, if Harrison Ford had been one of my teachers I probably would have paid alot more attention in class!
I love the entire Indiana Jones series, although the Temple of Doom was probably my least favorite. But Raiders will always be my number one, because it was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise. And yes, we do have the entire series on DVD, as well as all the soundtracks. But these movies really are best when seen in a theatre, preferably an old fashioned one with a gigantic screen and reclining seats.
Now run to Mrs. Matlock's class to hear everyone's essays. You wouldn't want to get detention for being tardy!