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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

All fairness? I don’t know what K is smoking but it is totally not fair to stick me with Temple of Doom and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Am I right people? Plus, she got to do her favorite Indy movie, so in all fairness, I should get to do mine!

Ok, enough venting. Like I said, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is my favorite in the series. I love Harrison Ford’s Indiana, but throw in Sean Connery as his dad, and I am at a loss to figure out how to make it better. Oh yeah, bring John Rhys-Davies and Denholm Elliott back as Sallah and Marcus Brody respectively, and make them even funnier than before, and this is almost the perfect action movie, at least in my book.

This story opens with a little look into the back story of Indiana Jones. We find out that Indy’s father is obsessed with finding the Holy Grail, which has the power to give eternal life, and we see where his hatred of snakes stems from (“I hate snakes, Jock! I hate ‘em!”). This opening scene sets the stage for “the Jones’ Boys” quest for the Holy Grail. This involves slogging through catacombs in Venice, hitching a ride on a Zeppelin, and contending with Indy’s old nemeses, the Nazis.

In Raiders, the best parts of the movie were when Indy and Marion were sparring. In this one, the sparring is also terrific, except it’s between Indy and his dad. Alison Doody is gorgeous as Dr. Elsa Schneider, but she is just no match for Sean Connery.

OPI Berlin There Done That

OPI’s Berlin There Done That is a brownish-grayish cream polish (is it just me, or does it seem like I am always wearing creams?)  The formula is quite good and was pretty much opaque after just two coats.  Although I don’t love the wide brush, I have tiny little nails, but I am getting used to it and not slopping polish all over the place, at least not too badly.

I can’t say why, but I have become a sucker for these seemingly odd colored cream polishes (like Orly’s Mirror Mirror or OPI’s Skull and Gloss Bones).  They are colors I didn’t think I would like initially, but once they are on my nails, I sort of loved them, and this is no exception. ~K

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As someone who was raised in the ‘burbs, I have to say that I think it’s people who live in the city that are crazy. But that’s not the point of this movie. The point of The ‘Burbs is to showcase the bizarre, the paranoid and the just plain nuts in quiet suburban life. Tom Hanks stars as a mild-mannered inhabitant of a peaceful cul-de-sac, on a stay at home vacation. Bored to death, he starts watching the goings-on of his neighbors, particularly the creepy family next door who don’t take care of their house or yard and only come out at night. When one elderly neighbor disappears under suspicious circumstances, the entire street gets in on the stakeout, which quickly escalates into a full-blown witchhunt.

Tom Hanks is always likeable, even when he’s acting bat-crap-crazy, like he is here. I never want to see a movie where he’s the villain, I just wouldn’t buy it. Would anyone? I was very excited to see Carrie Fisher here as his long-suffering wife. Princess Leia is the coolest, right? Corey Feldman puts in an appearance as one of Tom’s cohorts and it just made me want to watch The Goonies (a much funnier movie than this one). This isn’t the greatest piece of cinema to come out of the ’80’s, but it provides a great bit of nostalgia from the decade that produced me.

In honor of those neighbors that have kept me up into the wee hours (and vice-versa) I present to you China Glaze’s Up All Night. This is a dark navy shimmer, almost black indoors, but gorgeous in the light. This could probably have been a one coat polish, but I did 2 for this picture, just to make sure I didn’t have any bald patches. Lovely formula, lovely color. ~K

If The Voyage Home was the funniest Star Trek movie, then The Final Frontier is the saddest (and I don’t mean in a touching way…more like in a poorly conceived way). Of course, I haven’t seen The Next Generation movies yet…but I digress. The Final Frontier is about a rogue Vulcan (spoilers! he is Spock’s half-brother) who has the strange ability to take away the pain of others and this essentially make them his minions (go figure). This particular Vulcan believes he has received a vision from God and sets out to find this ersatz deity. On the way, he hijacks the Enterprise and drags the crew along on his quest. Suffice it to say, things don’t go very well. (spoilers! they don’t actually find God…I know, shocker!)

For the first fifteen minutes, I thought I was watching a really bad rip off of Star Wars, what with the desert planet and the whacky aliens hanging out in a space pub. I know that Star Wars owes a lot of what it is to Star Trek, but this was pretty blatant copy-catting. I kept expecting Han Solo to walk onscreen, say “Oh no, they didn’t!” and start shooting people (but only because they shot first, right?).

The best part of this movie is the banter between the three leads (Kirk, McCoy and Spock). I especially liked it when the two humans try to teach their Vulcan companion the fundamentals of camping. (“Roasting marsh melons”? I laughed for like ten minutes.) I really wish they had managed to get a better story for some of these Star Trek movies. It’s always great to see the old crew together again, but it seems like such a waste.

My nail polish for TFF is NYX Girl’s Deep Space, which has a black jelly base and small, flaky bits of glitter in pink, purple and blue. This is three coats and a topcoat. My picture doesn’t do this polish justice, but it was very hard to capture the shimmer just right. I think the lower left corner of the bottle conveys it best. So pretty, and just what I hope deep space looks like. ~K

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