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  • Secret of the Incas

    Secret of the Incas

    ★★★½

    Yes, this film’s influence on the Indiana Jones franchise is immediately apparent. Charlton Heston’s character, clad in a brown leather jacket and fedora, gruff yet charming, searching for lost treasure in the ruins of Machu Picchu, is an obvious precursor to Indy himself. The plot is pretty interesting, if not overly exciting, but the main attraction is the location photography. This was the first Hollywood production filmed at Cuzco and Machu Picchu, and the beautiful locations featured here sparked a tourism boom in Peru when the film was released in 1954. If you like the Indiana Jones movies, you’ll surely enjoy this film.

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    ★★★

    It might not be a top-tier M:I film, but there's still so much to enjoy. John Woo is an amazing action director, and the action in this film is very fun, even when it's ridiculous. This film also reminds me of the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond films, and it's probably better than most of them.