Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Star Wars Trilogy

Dir: George Lucas, Irvin Kirshner, Richard Marquand (1977-83) (8.9*)
These are the original three, though I really only think The Empire Strikes Back was a very good SciFi film; ironically, it was the one whose screenplay was co-written by a SF author, Leigh Brackett. That was the one that introduced Yoda, the land walkers, the ice planet. The first was good, but little more than a western in space. The special effects increased technically with each film, so that in Return of the Jedi we had a full-on space war raging with hundreds of space ships. I can't get used to the "new" titles (A New Hope?) and re-sequencing, so now the "original" three are 4-6, the "new" three are 1-3... Doh! Did Homer work on these? The casting of James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, and Alec Guinness as Jedi knight Obi-won (he admitted the dialogue "was inane") was a brilliant coup, most of the rest are either sleepwalking (Mark Hamill) or overacting (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher). Still, a lot of fun, if a bit flippant at times. Nearly all technical, but 7 Oscars total


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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