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The Empire Strikes Back...30 years ago...
Neoavatara ^ | May 22, 2010 | Neoavatara

Posted on 05/22/2010 7:49:14 AM PDT by Neoavatara

30 years.

Three decades.

Man, do I feel old.

Many of you weren't even born in 1980. That is a scary thought. Me, I was 6 years old and a Star Wars fanatic from the first moment I saw the opening scene of the original movie. My generation didn't play cowboys-and-indians, or soldiers on a battlefield...we were Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the rest of the characters from "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away"...

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1 posted on 05/22/2010 7:49:15 AM PDT by Neoavatara
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To: Neoavatara

The best of the Star Wars series.


2 posted on 05/22/2010 7:58:51 AM PDT by Rocko
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To: Neoavatara; fieldmarshaldj; KevinDavis; GSP.FAN

Today is also the 30th birthday of Pac-Man


3 posted on 05/22/2010 7:59:05 AM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: Rocko

I thought it was also. I also like the old SPFX models rather than the modern day CGI.


4 posted on 05/22/2010 8:00:25 AM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: Neoavatara

I went to sleep early, got up about Midnight, went to the 2AM showing at the Old Esquire Theater on Oak Street in Chicago.

Yeah, I was young once.


5 posted on 05/22/2010 8:03:03 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Stephen Decatur: you want barrels of gunpowder as tribute, you must expect cannonballs with it.)
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To: Neoavatara

Thank you for the rush of memories of my youth! I remember how I sat transfixed from the opening scenes to the final credits of ALL the ‘Star Wars’ movies. In my young eyes, they were fresh, original and simply amazing! Even 30 years later(Good grief, has it been that long?), I still have the same opinion.

Long live the Alliance!


6 posted on 05/22/2010 8:04:21 AM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Rocko

I thought the original one was the best but “The Empire” was just about as good.

“Return of the Jedi” started out good then deteriorated. I will say Carrie Fisher cut a nice figure in the slave princess costume.

It was clear to me that Lucas was sending a message and it was tinged in red. Sure enough, many years later he admitted he thought of the Ewoks as sort of like the Viet Cong.


7 posted on 05/22/2010 8:07:06 AM PDT by yarddog
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The best of the Star Wars series.

Which isn't saying much.

Since the Empire's Stormtroopers can't hit somebody 35 feet away with 500 rounds sprayed from their futuristic energy weapons, perhaps they should try throwing rocks instead.

8 posted on 05/22/2010 8:09:45 AM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Neoavatara
I took my four year old daughter to the re-release of Star Wars in 1997. The crowd was mostly, totally, an older crowd, very few kids or teenagers. My daughter was really excited about the movie and during the garbage scene jumped up in her seat and started yelling at Luke to “get out of there”. The laughter went on for several minutes from the entire crowd. I think it pleased them, and me, to see someone getting as excited about the movie as we had been when it first came out.
9 posted on 05/22/2010 8:13:06 AM PDT by wbarmy (I decided to be a sheepdog when I saw what happens to sheep.)
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To: Interesting Times

Well the bad guys never could hit anything. That goes back a long way. Of course it was stupid but remember this was a fantasy.

I loved the light sabers but they are one thing which is totally impossible in any way. Same thing goes for beaming someone up in “Star Trek” totally violated any law of physics and one of those things that if they could do that, they could literally do anything.


10 posted on 05/22/2010 8:13:47 AM PDT by yarddog
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Since the Empire's Stormtroopers can't hit somebody 35 feet away with 500 rounds sprayed from their futuristic energy weapons, perhaps they should try throwing rocks instead.

What, you were expecting realism? Even after seeing the first one?

11 posted on 05/22/2010 8:14:36 AM PDT by Rocko
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I will NEVER forgive Lucas for his incomplete "Triple Triology".

First there was Episodes 4 5 and 6. Then he went back and produced Episodes 1 2 and 3.

Episodes 7 8 and 9 were never produced and .....

12 posted on 05/22/2010 8:18:19 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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I saw it when was 20 years old and vividly remembering walking out of the theater totally blown away with the movie, special effects and sound.

A true tour de force

That opening scene with the ship coming in from the top of the screen which seemed at that time to take five minutes and the walls rumbling and the star cruiser just filling the entire screen really was awesome and great film making

13 posted on 05/22/2010 8:19:44 AM PDT by Popman (Balsa wood: Obama Presidential timber)
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The music absolutely made that movie.


14 posted on 05/22/2010 8:23:14 AM PDT by willyd (Tree planting is a zero sum game unless you find the seed on the sidewalk ;-))
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To: Young Werther

After 1,2 & 3 count your blessings.


15 posted on 05/22/2010 8:23:40 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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I don’t demand gritty realism in a space opera, but you need enough internal consistency to suspend disbelief. Pixar does this superbly. Lucas doesn’t know how or can’t be bothered.


16 posted on 05/22/2010 8:25:14 AM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Neoavatara

If you were that big a fan, you’d know it wasn’t “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”; it was “Long, long ago in ...”


17 posted on 05/22/2010 8:31:26 AM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: Popman

Agree, that opening scene has got to be one of the best ever. To use the modern jargon, it is EPIC!


18 posted on 05/22/2010 8:32:26 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Rocko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwV61t_Tec8


19 posted on 05/22/2010 8:32:28 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Rocko

Agreed.


20 posted on 05/22/2010 8:33:41 AM PDT by rintense
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