With this summers Indiana Jones and the Arthritic Knee (we think thats the title) looking to be a franchise-stretching, mid-life crisis-inspired, cash-grabbing dud of Terminator 3-like proportions, we suggest you check out the work of someone who was earnestly and admirably inspired to create by the Indiana Jones saga: 12-year-old Chris Strompolos. Well, Strompolos is in his late thirties now, but he and two cohorts, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, were just 12 when they set out to create a shot-for-shot remake of 1981s Raiders of the Lost Ark. They finished at age 19, and the final product, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, is screening today at the Aurora Picture Show with Strompolos in attendance.
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Called the greatest fan film in history by Wired magazine, The Adaptation amazes with both the kiddy cuteness of its stars and the precocious ingenuity with which they re-create a George Lucas production of a Steven Spielberg film with just their allowances and parents basements. 3 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Saturday. 800 Aurora Street. For tickets and information, call 713-868-2101 or visit www.aurorapictureshow.org. $6.
Sat., March 29, 6 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 3 p.m., 2008