I enjoyed Star Wars IV-VI (the first three), then the last three were bad enough ruin a lot of the earlier fun.
But a co-worker just made me a star in a jibjab program that lets you “make your own Star Wars movie“. Upload jpgs of Star Wars fanatics’s faces and they’ll be in the mini-movie.
1977. “Star Wars” is released, and that mildly entertaining triviality is trumpeted by even the educated as one of the best movies of all time. The only thing outstanding about it was its state-of-the-art digital special effects, a feature most impressive in the year of release, and looking tawdrier every year thereafter. Even Lucas knows this, as he re-worked the visuals on re-release over twenty years later.
I was working at a movie house in Appetite City at the time, projecting the movie 300 times, so I knew it and its flaws all too well.
If that is what contemporary intellectuals consider a great movie, we are doomed. Better or weightier movies released that year include “Annie Hall,” “The American Friend,” “A Bridge Too Far,” “Stroszek,” the underrated “Serpent’s Egg,” “The Man Who Loved Women,” “Julia,” and “Equus.” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” was nothing but teasing with unanswered wonder.
Granted, movies are so expensive and so many people contribute to the end product that it is truly impressive that any excellent films are made at all.
I like spectacular films over slice-of-life films. Whatever the art medium is, my preference is to get from it whatever other arts can’t provide. So in film I’m very much an “exploding mutant alien” slack-jaw.
And, I like any competent modern SFX film over any of Lucas’s. Despite the winning performances of the actors in Star Wars #4-6.
But the “light saber” sound effect is as unforgettable as anything in film history, I’ll give them that.
I don’t deny the influence of “Star Wars”, though for my taste, Lucas and Spielberg made much better action with “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
That work certainly prepared Spielberg for his period masterpieces “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Schindler’s List.” He did improve.
I’ll take the extreme visuals of a “Blade Runner” or a “Brazil” too, movies which set the tone of brooding urban paranoia for decades. You might find delight in the cinematography of a surprising slice of crime family life titled “Road to Perdition.”
“Perdition” is very good. I don’t usually rewatch extremely moody and somber movies, though. It makes me feel like a peasant in Python’s The Holy Grail:
“Help, help, I’m being depressed!”