Never tell me the odds!
OK, wrong Harrison Ford character, but Han Solo’s maxim rings true for a group of geeks who spent their teenage years crafting an almost shot-for-shot remake of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Amazingly they completed it despite fatigue and infighting, with the exception of one scene which proved impossible to do on their limited resources.
Lost to time, their impressive tape traversed underground circles and eventually caught the attention of filmmaker Eli Roth, who was captivated by his discovery and introduced the film to geekdom at large. Since then, the boys, now men, have had their ups and downs, but with this new second wind decide to finally cap off their film with its one missing piece, and it’s the resulting documentary that’s the subject of today’s analysis.
At present, the “Raiders Guys” have just finished a coast-to-coast publicity tour screening the film, and it seems a great time to run it by the Two Cents gang. Captivating, hopeful, and in my opinion a perfect embodiment of the Drafthouse spirit, we finish out our Drafthouse spotlight series with Raiders! The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
Next Week’s Pick:
BOYS AND GIRL OF EV-ER-Y AGE, WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING STRANGE?
This is Halloween! And it’s our tradition ’round these parts to run an eclectic string of awesome horror for the month of October. The first title is streaming on Netflix, but the others might need some tracking down. Join us all month as we decide – Trick Or Treat?
Selections and Submission Deadlines:
10/06 – BASKIN (2016) – Streaming on Netflix
10/13 – HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982) – Amazon Video
10/20 – NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT [NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE] (1979)
10/27 – LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3 (1990)
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It’s also pretty amazing that they were able to finish their dream as adults.
The documentary is a lot of fun and I enjoyed it, but mostly I just spent the whole time thinking about how much I wish my friends and I were like these kids when I was growing up.
I’m not sure it’s REALLY the greatest fan film ever made, but this documentary sure was a pretty damn good time. (@thepaintedman)
Now family men, the boys who had buried their childhood project get enthused to wrap the unfinished scene of their boyhood project, burying their personal beefs and overcoming obstacles, now more grown-up in nature – balancing home life and employer expectations with their passion project. It’s an endeavor that easily could have failed, and that makes it pretty darn compelling.
I can see Brendan’s point about how the men who are the film’s subjects might come off as selfish or obsessed. This is in some respects a positive, as Raiders! doesn’t set out to make them saints, but to simply present them as they are – even the rough edges. But having met Chris (Indy) a few times and getting to know him a bit, not only as an audience member but just hanging out and talking movies, and I can attest to his enthusiasm and humility. (@VforVashaw)
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