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Star Wars is 30 Years Old 223

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javipas writes "On May 25th, 1977 the first film of the Star Wars Saga was released to theaters. Thirty years later, and celebrations are being held all around the globe. Wired has a series of articles entitled The Empire at 30, and many fans are posting about this particular birthday. For example, you can see the best 30 clips made by fans to celebrate this anniversary. The BBC is chronicling the journey of one man who had never seen Star Wars before. IGN has a rundown on some of the highlights of the Celebration convention, running this weekend."
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Star Wars is 30 Years Old

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  • by svendsen (1029716) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:11PM (#19272229)
    and like most of its fan base...still a virgin....
    • Ha (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Mycroft_514 (701676) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:16PM (#19272319) Journal
      On this day 30 years ago, I took a girl to go see it as my first date. We were all riding back from our high school senior picnic, and she asked about the book I was reading (the novelization), so I took her to the movie.

      The second movie I took my fiancee too, and by the third movie we were married.

      So much for your theory.
      • Re:Ha (Score:5, Funny)

        by heinousjay (683506) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:18PM (#19272345) Journal
        Why is it that people get so defensive about the fact that they have sex? I mean, congratulations, dude. You've managed to complete your default bodily programming. You win. I guess.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by svendsen (1029716)
        Wonder what would have happened had it been episodes 1 - 3 instead the 4 - 6 you borught her too.

        Episode 1: she just wants to be friends
        Episode 2: She will now only hang out with you in a group setting
        Episode 3: Mace + Restraining order
      • Re:Ha (Score:5, Funny)

        by HaeMaker (221642) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:26PM (#19272511) Homepage
        So, you took your divorce lawyer to the Phantom Menace?
      • Yeah, I took a date to it too. Our 29th wedding anniversary is on Sunday.
      • Re:Ha (Score:5, Funny)

        by jfengel (409917) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:39PM (#19272749) Homepage Journal
        And the way Lucas appears to be milking it, it sounds like the mourners will be able to catch it on the way home from your funerals.

        (Mazel tov on the 30th anniversary of your first date with her.)
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        On this day 30 years ago, I took a girl to go see it as my first date. We were all riding back from our high school senior picnic, and she asked about the book I was reading (the novelization), so I took her to the movie.

        I think I still have my copy. I remember it was a gold-colored paperback.

        I believe Star Wars was the second movie I ever saw (or possibly the third, with Rocky and Tora, Tora, Tora being the other contenders). I was not quite 11 years old at the time, and it made a huge impression. Though I was already reading stuff like LotR, Heinlein, Einstein, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, I think Star Wars did
        more than anything else to cement my love of science fiction/fantasy.

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by Mycroft_514 (701676)
          Still got my copy somewhere too. And Yes, it was a gold colored paperback.

          Oh, and yes, the opening credits in the first movie said nothing about Episode 4 in the original theather edition.
      • by MS-06FZ (832329)

        On this day 30 years ago, I took a girl to go see it as my first date. We were all riding back from our high school senior picnic, and she asked about the book I was reading (the novelization), so I took her to the movie.

        The second movie I took my fiancee too, and by the third movie we were married.
        Wow, you took that girl and your fiancee to the second movie? Did they mind? Were all three of you married? (Are you from Utah or something?)
        • Just to clarify. I went on my first date to the first movie.

          By the time of the second movie, I was engaged - no where did I say they were the same girl.

          However, the one I took to the second movie is the one I married. We just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary last week.
    • I think your mistaking Star Wars with Star trek. It's a easy mistake.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Game_Ender (815505)
      Check out 'Chad Vader - Day Shift Manager' [youtube.com] it more funny than you would believe.
    • by Richy_T (111409)
      The First will be with you, always.

      Rich
  • star wars virgin (Score:3, Insightful)

    by stoolpigeon (454276) * <bittercode@gmail> on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:11PM (#19272243) Homepage Journal
    that was pretty funny - but i'm having trouble believing that he not only hasn't seen the film but was so clueless about plot, characters, etc.
    • I don't see it that far. I just recently watched Planet of the Apes for the first time. Other then that the only think I knew about it was Ape men and a statue of liberity. And the name Dr. Zaion. From the simpsons Planet of the Apes musical. There are other movies that have influnced modern culture like Star Wars that a lot of people never watched. Or events that happened in real life that people missed and concepts become part of our lexicon but not knowing why. Terms like Drinking Koolaid.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by drinkypoo (153816)

        And the name Dr. Zaion. From the simpsons Planet of the Apes musical.

        Except it's Dr. Zaius.

        You may hand in your geek card at the door.

        • Female Nurse Ape: Ooh, help me Dr. Zaius!
          Apes: [in unison] Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius
          Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius
          Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius
          Oh... Dr. Zaius
          Ape: Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius.
    • by dryueh (531302)
      Tony Long, over at Wired, posted a similar article [wired.com] that address those very concerns. From that article: To say I went into the movie clueless, though, wouldn't be accurate. You can't have lived in this world for as long as I have without being exposed to some of the fallout from this pop-culture phenomenon. Just like you can't avoid being exposed to radiation from time to time. ANYWAY!
    • Re:star wars virgin (Score:4, Interesting)

      by eln (21727) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:22PM (#19272427) Homepage
      I think this guy was a friend of the reporter looking to get himself in an international news story.

      2 and a half minutes into the movie he says he gets his first glimpse of the droids he ALREADY KNOWS are called C-3PO and R2-D2, but he doesn't know which is which. So obviously he's had at least some exposure to Star Wars before, even if just through pop culture references. However, I have a really hard time believing that he was able to glean the (rather cryptic) names of two droids from pop culture, but didn't know that Vader was Luke's father (he ends the article apparently still under the impression that Vader killed Luke's father). After all, what reference is more prevalent in pop culture, the droids or "Luke, I am your father"?

      I think this guy knows more about the franchise, but is concealing that knowledge to make for a better story.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Rycross (836649)
        I don't know about that. People are frequently floored when I tell them that I don't know who movie star X or pop singer Y is. Its possible for people to be disconnected from certain spheres of popular culture if they simply don't have any interest in them. Additionally, I can't recall Star Wars being often quoted outside of nerd culture, despite it having mass appeal.
      • At least, in a semi-twisted pint of .. uh, I mean Alec Guiness-kind-of-way.

        The evil force which Vader was totally suppressed the existence of Skywalker. Pretty much like trauma-induced multiple-personality disorder.

        Like, we all know that video didn't ACTUALLY kill the radio star, but it certainly suppressed it to the point where it might as well be dead.

    • by elrous0 (869638) *
      That guy is so obviously full of shit.

      First of all, Hand was presented the obvious love interest for Leia, even in the first film (though there is a bit of a "love triangle" game between her Han and Luke). He's obviously just having a bit of fun with it, and already knows about Luke and Leia.

      Secondly, he calls it a "cliffhanger," when it was no such thing. The first Star Wars film was a self-contained film, and didn't set up for a sequel (that was Empire Strikes Back). Even the "Vader recovers control o

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        > First of all, Hand was presented the obvious love interest for Leia,

        No offence, dude, but Carrie Fischer was hot enough in the late '70s that NOBODY would have thought that the hand-solo was her primary sexual outlet.

        I'll bet she could've even gotten a rise out of that pansy droid, '3PO.

  • by packetmon (977047) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:16PM (#19272323) Homepage
    You trying to jedi mind trick me to believe I was a kid when this came out... We'll I've been using wifi since... since... since... [slashdot.org]
  • Star wars (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ghaltmann (998674) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:16PM (#19272327)
    Aside from any witty comment or terse flame I'd just like to say that I'm very happy to be a Star Wars fan.

    Star Wars has been such a great story and adventure since I was a child and I hope to continue that legacy. I still remember seeing the movies for the first time and the magic I felt.

    Lets forget all the weird flames and just think about what a great adventure Star Wars has been.
    • by Himring (646324)
      Lets forget all the weird flames and just think about what a great adventure Star Wars has been.

      [pause]

      Now back to bashing the last three -- no, four -- movies....

  • by iknownuttin (1099999) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:18PM (#19272349)
    The Cult of Leia's Metal Bikini

    Who knew a slave-girl costume could cause such a stir?

    It wasn't the slave girl costume. It was the girl! The girl was built like a girl: not some emaciated waif. Carry Fisher had this cute tummy and hips and real boobs - not a body by Joe Schmoe, MD, Hollyweird, CA!

    Geeze! And the irony is that, IIRC from one the Star Wars behind the scenes DVD extras, the producers wanted to or did send her to a fat farm.

    • Leia's Metal Bikini (Score:5, Informative)

      by thewils (463314) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:21PM (#19272419) Journal
      Yikes, there's even a site [leiasmetalbikini.com] devoted to it...
    • The girl was built like a girl: not some emaciated waif.

      Yeah, but this is Slashdot. Few slashdotters are familiar with such esoteric concepts as girls. Fewer still are familiar with how girls are shaped.

      This is not the specialized knowledge you are looking for...

      ...laura

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Kelson (129150) *

        Yeah, but this is Slashdot. Few slashdotters are familiar with such esoteric concepts as girls. Fewer still are familiar with how girls are shaped.

        Actually, I suspect more slashdotters are familiar with how girls are shaped (or at least a subset thereof) than they are with the concept of actual girls.

    • by GuyMannDude (574364) on Friday May 25, 2007 @01:06PM (#19273205) Journal

      It wasn't the slave girl costume. It was the girl! The girl was built like a girl: not some emaciated waif. Carry Fisher had this cute tummy and hips and real boobs - not a body by Joe Schmoe, MD, Hollyweird, CA!

      My personal opinion is that this was so iconic because of how dignified Leia remained even in such a degrading and revolting situation. This is a princess and leader of the rebel alliance. A gangster has essentially stripped her naked, put her in chains, and routinely licks his lips with his revolving, rotten tongue. And through all of this, she remains cool headed, keeping her mind of the mission and playing her part. When Luke shows up at Jabba's lair, Leia gives him a look that doesn't convey embarrassment or anger but almost a sense of amusement as though only she and Luke are in on the joke that Jabba's about to fall for.

      That was an unusual amount of strength for a woman to show in the 80s. Hell, even nowdays the movies show tough women as having a huge chip on their shoulder. Leia simply got the job done without worrying how she looks and she was willing to sit through anything. It's a bit interesting to compare how she faces adversity in this situation versus the trip to trash compactor in the original movie where she's nowhere near as calm and confident. Everyone focuses on how much Luke changes during the original trilogy, but Leia changes just as much.

      Sure, there's a sexual aspect to the entire situation as well, but I don't think that has much to do with Leia's body. Quite frankly, it's fairly unremarkable. It's the fact that Leia remains calm and collected even in such an awful situation that makes her sexy, not her body. You can see better looking women every day just walking down the street. But how many everyday women would be able to act as heroic as Leia did?

      GMD

  • by morari (1080535) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:21PM (#19272403) Journal
    The films have at least aged rather well. The effects and general cinematography don't feel all that dated. Of course, I tend to think that the sloppy CGI in the "special remastered" version is what looks old. Then again, I'm one to shun CGI in almost any instance, so biases persist.
  • by VE3OGG (1034632) <VE3OGG@@@rac...ca> on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:23PM (#19272441)
    In the beginning, you take a sip of it, and find that it is pleasureful, subtle, and full of aroma.

    Next, you have a bottle of the same vintage and let it age 20 years. It is suddenly a whole new wine, with greater complexity, and a much sharper taste.

    Finally you decide to finish off that old bottle that has aged another ten years... too bad it has turned to vinegar...

    Now Star Trek: TNG -- that is like Guiness. Great at any time! Always aged to perfection!

    Firefly is kinda like Jack Daniels... Really good, but hard to follow up with anything else ;-)

    Thanks George,

    Sincerely someone who saw Episode I 5 times in the first week trying to find some of the greatness that I saw in the originals.
    • Now Star Trek: TNG -- that is like Guiness. Great at any time! Always aged to perfection!\\

      yes, exactly the same thing...every.single.week. Cold and bitter.
      • yes, exactly the same thing...every.single.week. Cold and bitter.
        Then eventually consume enough that taste no longer matters.
      • Maybe you should try Guinness, it's smooth and creamy unlike that cheap misspelled impostor.
      • yes, exactly the same thing...every.single.week. Cold and bitter.

        Well, right there's your problem. ST:TNG is best enjoyed tepid, just like Guiness. That way, you actually get to appreciate the flavor, which the slight bitterness accentuates. When you drink it cold, all you can taste is the bitterness.

        This is why American-style lager is best served ice-cold -- so you can't taste it.

        So, to bring this back around to Star Wars, I'd say that it's less like a fine wine and more like bourbon. A young bourbon

        • by geekoid (135745)
          Actually, I have had Guiness tepid..it still sucks ass. I am pretty convinced it's a ritual thing. Guys like Guiness therefore I must drink Guiness. Also, In order to drowned out the part of my brain that is telling my it really sucks ass, I will tell everybody, not mate how relevant, it is the only beer.

          So I recommend drinking it cold. specifically to try and hide the 'taste'
          For the record, I only drink the classic American beer when I am on the river and it is 125 degrees out. Mostly because soda is too h
          • Re: Guiness... well, to each their own. I grew up on the stuff, so I really enjoy the flavor; it's what I expect stout to taste like.

            For the record, I only drink the classic American beer when I am on the river and it is 125 degrees out.

            Agreed. Though any super-hot activity would qualify for this, such as mowing the lawn on a blisteringly hot day.

            Otherwise, when I drink, I drink whiskey, like a man should.

            Out of curiosity, what whiskeys do you enjoy? Style/brand etc? I'm always looking to try new s

        • by drsquare (530038)
          Guinness doesn't taste bitter. In fact it doesn't really have any flavour at all.
    • by mobby_6kl (668092)
      It's more like a shitty cheapass russian vodka. The first time you drink it, you think it's the best thing ever because that's the first time you got seriously hammered. Twenty years later though, you can see all the shit floating around in the bottle and can taste the horrible aftertaste it leaves in your mouth.
      Then they take you to the hospital to get your stomach pumped out.
    • Now Star Trek: TNG -- that is like Guiness. Great at any time! Always aged to perfection!

      Now I don't know where you get your guiness but it's shouldn't taste like cheese and ham with an unhealthy dose of fantasy. I'd liken TNG to Budlight. Those who haven't had anything else like it in a unhealthy manner. Those who have had better liken it to horse piss.
    • by aarku (151823)
      I crafted the greatness to kick in around the 100th view in theaters or the 7th copy of the DVD you buy. Keep at it, fan!
       
      Toodles,
      George
    • by Kelson (129150) *

      Now Star Trek: TNG -- that is like Guiness. Great at any time! Always aged to perfection!

      TNG came out not too long after Coca-Cola experimented with the disaster that was "New Coke." The original series and Next Gen were often compared to Coca-Cola Classic and New Coke. Around the time DS9 came out, I recall someone talking about "Classic Trek, New Trek, and Diet Cherry Trek."

      A while back I was involved in a discussion on what soft drinks Voyager and Enterprise [hyperborea.org] were. We came up with Voyager being sto

    • by Himring (646324)
      Someone around here has a drinking problem. I won't say who....

  • by Duncan3 (10537) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:25PM (#19272485) Homepage
    If you're old enough to remember Star Wars coming out, you're too old to think anything right now except "30 years, wow I'm old". If thoughts of action figures pop into your mind, or if you're still living in your mom's basement, SEEK THERAPY IMMEDIATELY.

    It was a movie, and a good one, but move on!
    • by symbolic (11752)
      It was the stuff that great myths are made of, and they share a quality of timelessness.
    • by billdar (595311) *
      I can dig it. I was born the same year it came out, so for the past 18 or so months I keep getting reminded I'm reaching 30.

      The plus side is having had the early start I should pull out of this shame spiral in time for cake!

    • by Himring (646324)
      "30 years, wow I'm old"

      Age is relative. To put it better, age is different between men and women. Men look as old as they feel. Women look as old as they are....

  • Action figures (Score:3, Interesting)

    by quokkapox (847798) <quokkapox@gmail.com> on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:29PM (#19272569)

    Ah, nostalgia. When I was a kid, my little sister used to break the heads off of my Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker action figures. I chewed on their retractable lightsabers too, I think, but I grew out of that phase.

    My friends and I got even by playing badminton with the severed heads of her Barbie dolls (which aerodynamically resemble shuttlecocks).

    Now I feel OLD.

    • by Tarlus (1000874)

      I chewed on their retractable lightsabers too, I think, but I grew out of that phase.
      I didn't. Those things are good.
  • You've given me much joy over the years, in fact I'm going to watch it tonight.
  • 30 years (Score:4, Funny)

    by Bloke down the pub (861787) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:33PM (#19272657)
    30 years - how many parsecs is that?
  • Ahh... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by u-bend (1095729) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:37PM (#19272709) Homepage Journal
    Another Slashdot Star Wars story. Full of regrets, memories, happiness, bitterness, fanboy defenses (in dwindling supply), and unmitigated acrimony. The inevitable TNG and Firefly comments are waiting in the wings. The virgin and lack-of-girls comments are prepared. A flame war is set up and somewhat monitored by our guardians. Aaaaaaaaand... ACTION!
  • by fohat (168135) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:42PM (#19272795) Homepage
    Lego Star Wars to come back with all six movies in one game [arstechnica.com]

    Caught the Lego story on Digg today. Nice timing. I remember the first time Star Wars was re-released to theaters. My brother got caught running a red light on the way to the Uptown. I told him that the force was not with him. He didn't think it was very funny, especially when the cop found out he didn't have his license with him...
  • A quick glance at the ol' wiki [wikipedia.org]:

    A Bridge Too Far
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    The Goodbye Girl
    High Anxiety
    Saturday Night Fever
    Smokey and the Bandit
    The Spy Who Loved Me
    Star Wars

    How come we just don't get years like that anymore?
    • by hondo77 (324058)

      As usual, the past is looked at with rose-colored glasses. Also on the list, which you overlooked:

      • Exorcist II: The Heretic
      • In Search of Noah's Ark
      • Orca
      • Rollercoaster

      Some more that aren't on that page:

      • Boogievision
      • Breaker! Breaker!
      • Satan's Cheerleaders
      • The White Buffalo

      Don't worry, in 30 years people will look back fondly at the 00's. They always look back fondly 30 years later.

      • by geekoid (135745)
        why you do have a point, when was the last time there was a year with 8 GREAT movies that a great many people went to see?

    • A few of fanboy favorites:

      Bladerunner
      Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn
      Conan the Barbarian
      Tron
      Poltergeist
      ET
      The Dark Crystal
      48 Hours
      Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
      John Carpenter's The Thing
      Fast Times at Ridgemont High
      Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
      Pink Floyd The Wall
      Rocky III

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_movies [wikipedia.org]
    • by Petrushka (815171)
      We do, it's just that for more recent years you remember the drek more vividly than the great films. Consider 2000: which of these stands out more in your memory --
      • Billy Elliot, Chicken Run, Chocolat, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Dancer in the Dark, Gladiator, Memento, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? --- or
      • Battlefield Earth, Bedazzled, Charlie's Angels, Dude, Where's My Car?, Dungeons and Dragons, Gladiator, and so on

      ? (... and yes, putting Gladiator in both lists was intentional)

  • 2 good movies out of 6. I want my money back. What's to celebrate?
  • Thirty years later, and celebrations are being held all around the globe.


    Seriously? I mean, other than PR operatives for LucasFilms and some paid Stormtroopers, does anyone really care enough to attend a "celebration"?

  • Happy birthday to...Star Wars? LOL I guess...I dunno who else to direct that to.

    I'm 23 years old and have always loved the original 3...saw them for the first time when I was 6 and have been hooked ever since. No trilogy in the history of movies has ever spawned so many books, video games, etc. as Star Wars has...from those three movies came about a MASSIVE universe full of interesting creatures, ships, and languages.

    Not to mention the 1977 release of A New Hope created an entirely new race of geeks/nerds
  • by foniksonik (573572) on Friday May 25, 2007 @12:54PM (#19273017) Homepage Journal
    Just FYI for those who enjoyed "The Science of Superman", the same guy, Michael Dennin (a friend of mine from Church [Catholic if you're interested] will be hosting a show on the technology of Star Wars, Mon. May 28th 8PM on the History Channel.

    Here's a link: Star Wars - The Legacy Revealed [history.com]

    Michael is a professor of Physics and Astro-Physics at UCI and an all-around great guy.

    Cheers Michael, if you read /. Great work.

    Oh Yeah, that show kicks off the whole Star Wars History Channel event which starts at 9PM.

  • XM (Score:3, Funny)

    by Chysn (898420) on Friday May 25, 2007 @01:00PM (#19273109)
    I heard an ad on XM Radio the other day about the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars. It wished Star Wars fans well with a phrase sure to draw their ire: "Live long and prosper."
    • by elrous0 (869638) *
      ...it was as if a million Star Wars geeks suddenly cried out...and were suddenly silenced.
  • Hidden Fortress by Akira Kurosawa is 49 years old. Hidden Fortress, a film set during Japan's feudal civil wars was the inspiration for Star Wars.
    • by geekoid (135745)
      OK, SW has been out too long for that knowledge to garner you any geek points, at all.

      What, do you think "Hidden Fortress" was the first time that story had been told.

      Next, will you dazzles us with your geek knowledge by knowing Kirks middle name?

      I am laughing at you, as are my co-workers. We laugh. At you. Ha Ha HA
    • The reason reason only some people know about Hidden Fortress is simple - where are the action figures, or playsets?
  • Looks like there's a Star Wars marathon [blogs.com] in Australia... storm trooper Olympics, w00t!
  • I wonder what would have happen, had George Lucas been able to get the rights to Flash Gordon from Dino De Laurentiis as he originally wanted, and made a Flash Gordon film instead of Star Wars!

    I guess we would have been deprived of this masterpiece:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=uQVLFn2PTzY&mode=relate d&search= [youtube.com]
    • by geekoid (135745)
      but, "he is the king of the impossible! He's for everyone of us!"

      "This unprecedented solar eclipse is no cause for alarm."

      hehe, sorry everyone has there bad movies they love.
  • The local paper here invited readers to submit their memories of Star Wars first appearing in theatres; one of the comments is mine (but I won't tell you which!)

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07133/785788-254.st m [post-gazette.com]

  • I was probably 2.5 years old, it was the summer of 1977. My parents were taking me to a drive in movie theater (when they still had they all over the place) to see the Muppet movie.

    I was in the backseat of his truck, standing on the seat so I could see. But I wasn't watching the Muppet movie. I was turned around, looking out the back window, across the lot, even though I couldn't hear any sound, I was watching a completely different movie on another screen just visible thru the trees, completely engrosse
  • ...it's now just a little over 10 years since all had to start yelling "Han Shot First!"
  • My college roommate and I drove for two hours to get to the Creve Coeur Cinema (since torn down) to see this movie. The lobby was packed prior to the show; the word-of-mouth had been very, very good. I'd read the book already (first edition, IIRC there was no hint that it would be a movie), but everything on the screen blew me away. Since then, I've been married twice and had more kids than I can count, but I can still give myself goosebumps by merely recalling the Millennium Falcon's first jump to hyper
  • http://svextra.com/blogs/gmsv/2007/05/star_wars_e p isode_vii_the_empire_wises_up.html [svextra.com]
    May 24, 2007
    Star Wars Episode VII: The Empire Wises Up

    George Lucas has always had an ambivalent attitude about all the creative fan activity that orbits around his "Star Wars" universe, embracing some that stays within the limits of homage, sending the legal storm troopers after any he feels damage the image or profit from his art, and generally guarding his properties like they were the plans for the Death Star. But starti
  • So now it's not to be trusted?
  • And saw it in the theaters eleven times: this was before VCRs and DVDs, and if you wanted to see something more than once, you paid more than one.

    And I loved it, immediately. I had all the toys I could, fell in love with Carrie Fisher and dressed as Luke Skywalker for Halloween. I waited impatiently for the release of Empire and Jedi, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole time.

    But, I gotta say, as an adult the movies haven't held up that well for me. My favorite is Empire, because it's the darkest and best plo

  • A few months ago I noticed an R2D2 mailbox standing on the corner. I immediately assumed that it was just a leftover from when the last prequel was released way back in 2005. Then on the news I heard something about these being _new_ mailboxes promoting Star Wars. I was baffled, why spend money on this sort of thing now?

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