Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Star Wars

I still call it the 1st Star Wars movie, but since it came out it has become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It'd been years since we had last seen this, and we decided it would be a fitting end to our Peter Cushing Appreciation Day. Peter Cushing is Grand Moff Tarkin. The film also stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Alec Guinness. It is written and directed by George Lucas. We watched the Han Shot First version. You know... the real one.


The New York Times has a positive review. Time Magazine calls it "the year's best movie". Variety says it's "magnificent". The BBC says it "remains one of the most memorable and glorious fantasies ever made." Roger Ebert considers it a great movie and closes by saying,
If I were asked to say with certainty which movies will still be widely-known a century or two from now, I would list “2001: A Space Odyssey,'' and “The Wizard of Oz,'' and Keaton and Chaplin, and Astaire and Rogers, and probably “Casablanca''. . . and “Star Wars,'' for sure.

Moria loves it and says,
Perhaps what made Star Wars such an enduring classic – and there is no doubt about this for when Empire magazine conducted an All-Time Best readers poll in 1997, Star Wars emerged as the No. 1 film – is less to do with myth and pastiche than it is simply out-and-out entertainment.

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