Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark ★★★★★

Screened this for my international school in China. We did a full on movie matinee experience and started with a pair of wild Roger Rabbit shorts. Installed a killer surround system for this event, and our classroom rumbled and roared. It was almost surreal to see this again with a fresh audience that cheered and screamed at all the right moments. Holds up better than I could even imagine. Such a perfect example of narrative setup and payoff, and so tightly edited. It's under two hours. That's mostly unheard of with contemporary blockbusters, especially those associated with Spielberg. The cool thing is that I was able to introduce this to my Chinese students as a picture made by the director of Duel, which got them even more excited. 9.9/10

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