Saturday, July 29, 2006


Today I'm going to be starting a series where I go over my favorite movie from each year going back a full quarter century.

First stop: 1980. My fave movie of this year totally blew me away. It warped my fragile little mind. Well, not quite. But it is one of the reasons I am such a big movie fan to this day. I missed "Star Wars" when it originally rolled out in 1977 (I was 6 at the time), but I would not be denied in 1980 when "The Empire Strikes Back" ("Star Wars" sequel) came to town. Visions of other worlds (a snow world, a city in the clouds), Yoda philosophizing on a jungle planet, heroes (Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, 3PO) that were so easy to root for, an inspiring operatic music score, the evil Darth Vader who had no qualms about killing his own men, the fight against an oppressive empire, and brilliant special effects. It really was totally unlike anything I had ever seen before. The top money maker of 1980, my favorite movie of that year: "The Empire Strikes Back".

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