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Steven Spielberg said that “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was for the fans. Who was “Raiders of the Lost Ark” for? I suspect it was for writer/producer George and director Steven — an expression of their fondness of old movie serials. I prefer “Raiders” to “Crystal Skull.” When a filmmaker says a film was made “for the fans”, that is the kiss of death. It’s like shrugging off responsibility — chasing your tail trying to guess what some hypothetical fan would like to see. The filmmakers should please themselves first. Make something that they are proud of, something that they care about, something that connects with them, and then the fans will connect with it. Then the connection is real, not hypothetical.

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