Category Archives: Movies

E.T. Phones Home Again

It’s nice to know that movie studios have their priorities in the right place.

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” the tear-jerking tale of a boy and his alien, will be re-released in 2002 for its 20th anniversary. Why mention this now? Because the toys are already being announced. Maybe they’ll go dig up some of those five million extra copies of the Atari 2600 E.T. game that were supposedly buried in the desert and sell them too…

Beautiful Women, Beautiful Scenery (Tomb Raider Bit)

The beautiful woman is, of course, Angelina Jolie, who plays Lara Croft in the upcoming “Tomb Raider” movie (adapted from the ridiculously popular series of video games). The beautiful scenery is Angkor Wat, a famous and truly stunning temple complex in Cambodia. Put ’em together and you get permission from the government of the latter to film the former.

Given the political climate of Cambodia, and the political hoops that were likely jumped through to make this happen, was it really worth it? Is this small touch of authenticity worth the money and time and political favours that were likely necessary?