Castro Theatre to present a full day of Indiana Jones
The Indiana Jones films were conceived by producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg as tributes to the movie serials they saw as children at Saturday matinees. So the Castro’s all-day marathon of the 1980s trilogy on Sunday, Oct. 14, could be construed as fulfilling the filmmakers’ original intentions. Start with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) — perhaps the most perfect action film ever made, an in-harmony collaboration of strong script, dynamic characters, slam-bang stunt work and mesmerizing images.
Then move on to the black sheep of the family, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), much maligned by critics but crucial to Jones’ character development (read my full-throated defense of the film from 2014).
Finish it off with the dream pairing of Ford and Sean Connery in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), which overcompensated for the darkness of “Doom” by being a bit too light, but is solid and winning nonetheless.