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Star Wars is 30 Years Old

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the how-old-does-that-make-you dept.

Star Wars Prequels 223

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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30 years old (5, Funny)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272229)

and like most of its fan base...still a virgin....

Ha (5, Interesting)

Mycroft_514 (701676) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272319)

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 (5, Funny)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272345)

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:Ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272677)

The grandparent post just said he was married.

This does not refute the great-grandparent's statement.

Re:Ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272853)

It means that he had sex about 10 times (honeymoon, and some attempts for children). After that she said "What's the point" and ran off with the postman.

Re:Ha (3, Funny)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272377)

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 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272397)

Umm... Your blowup doll doesn't count.

Re:Ha (4, Funny)

HaeMaker (221642) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272511)

So, you took your divorce lawyer to the Phantom Menace?

Re:Ha (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272627)

Yeah, I took a date to it too. Our 29th wedding anniversary is on Sunday.

Re:Ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272669)

Your old!!!

Re:Ha (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272757)

What about my old?

Re:Ha (4, Funny)

jfengel (409917) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272749)

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:30 years old (0, Flamebait)

nuzak (959558) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272693)

> and like most of its fan base...still a virgin....

Dude, Lucas started groping up Star Wars when he threw in the Ewoks. After the prequel trilogy, Star Wars is about as much used goods as Michael Jordan's shoes after a game.

Re:30 years old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272733)

I don't understand. Can you explain that analogy in cars?

Re:30 years old (4, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272957)

I understand your Star Wars reference, but who is this "Jordan" that you speak of and what game does he play? Why would his shoes wear down from playing a video game?

Re:30 years old (2, Funny)

nuzak (959558) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273493)

Way to make me feel old, kid. Now get off my lawn.

Re:30 years old (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272711)

Star Wars is for FAGGOTS!

Star Trek 4-eva!

8=========D~~~~

Re:30 years old (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273101)

I think your mistaking Star Wars with Star trek. It's a easy mistake.

Re:30 years old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19273153)

I think you should shut the fuck up if you know what's good for you......DICK HOLE!!!!

FP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272237)

Ta Da!

YFI: Do or do not. There is no try. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272931)

Next time, just do not.

I feel a disturbance in the force... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272241)

...it's like a million geeks all came at once, and then were silent.

(got to remember to check pa)

star wars virgin (2, Insightful)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272243)

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.

Re:star wars virgin (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272365)

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:star wars virgin (2, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272719)

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.

Re:star wars virgin (1)

dryueh (531302) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272421)

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 (3, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272427)

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:star wars virgin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272791)

After all, what reference is more prevalent in pop culture, the droids or "Luke, I am your father"?

That's not the question you are looking for.

Re:star wars virgin (1)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272465)


I think he's trying to hard to look oblivious. This quote:
Darth Vader is out of the picture - without any mention of what happened to Luke's dad, mind you
sounds far too contrived.

God Smack Your Ass !! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272247)


God Smack Your Ass !!

The Good Times & The Bad Times (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272271)

Let us all thank Mr. Lucas for the good times and the bad times.

From the first time I saw A New Hope to that fateful day May 19, 1999 when I was raped in the middle of a public movie theater in my hometown. Well, I wasn't raped actually, but that's what I've repressed the memory of seeing The Phantom Menace with. Please don't make me recall the actual movie, please!

May the force be with you.

In the words of a man greater than I, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272279)

"....Impressive."

Am I the only one who.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272299)

..read "On May 25th, 1977 the first film of the Star Wars Saga was released to HATERS."? Maybe it's a sign of the times..

Funny slashdotters (3, Funny)

packetmon (977047) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272323)

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 (5, Insightful)

ghaltmann (998674) | more than 7 years ago | (#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.

Re:Star wars (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273341)

>> Lets forget all the weird flames and just think about what a great adventure Star Wars has been.

Yeah, but no spoilers please!

I'll tell you why... (5, Insightful)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 7 years ago | (#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 (4, Informative)

thewils (463314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272419)

Yikes, there's even a site [leiasmetalbikini.com] devoted to it...

Specialized knowledge (2, Funny)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272495)

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:Specialized knowledge (2, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272727)

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.

Re:Specialized knowledge (2, Funny)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273335)

Yeah! They're like short elves with round ears.

Re:Specialized knowledge (1)

Booshi (938070) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273137)

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


I beg to differ! Most if not *all* slashdotters are familiar with the concept of girls...probably MORE than most. HOWEVER...going past concept into the realm of actually *touching* one is a concept so frightening that it causes caffeine to ooze from their pores in massive amounts. Thank goodness duct tape is moisture resistant.

Re:I'll tell you why... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272851)

Ah, nerds. Everything you like is inherently superior. All who oppose are fools.

So unique, just like everyone else.

Let's give her mind credit instead (3, Insightful)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273205)

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

nice (1)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272357)

My mom was pregnant with me when she went to see the first star wars movie. Waited in a line that stretched several blocks.

Maybe thats why I became such a geek. ...30 in a few months... yay =/

Re:nice (0, Flamebait)

svendsen (1029716) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272475)

Well had it been 30 years later and your mom saw Episode 1 she would have miscarried you.. :-)

Re:nice (1)

doubleofive (982704) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272613)

My mom was pregnant with me when she saw Return of the Jedi... Shows how young I am.

Re:nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19273477)

Maybe thats why I became such a geek

it's sad that you equate star wars with geekdom. you're nothing more than a wannabe and you're hardly even that. star wars is for turds, not nerds.

Despite Still Being Overhyped, To This Day... (4, Interesting)

morari (1080535) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272403)

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.

Would be free to download right now... (1)

ProteusQ (665382) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272407)

except for endless copyright extensions. (I know I'm offtopic, but the fans should be owning this film by now, not George "Greedo Shot First" Lucas.)

I'd like to say a couple things on this... (3, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272409)

Luke!
Carrie!

Star Wars is like a fine wine... (3, Interesting)

VE3OGG (1034632) | more than 7 years ago | (#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.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272509)

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.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (1)

servognome (738846) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272631)

yes, exactly the same thing...every.single.week. Cold and bitter.
Then eventually consume enough that taste no longer matters.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (1)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272753)

Maybe you should try Guinness, it's smooth and creamy unlike that cheap misspelled impostor.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272837)

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 will burn, but you can enjoy it for the raw effects on your mind/body. A well-aged bourbon goes down easy, and you can still enjoy the alcohol effects. An over-aged bourbon has a bitterness to it from an excess of tannins, often has trace amounts of toxic wood alcohol, but you still enjoy it for the alcohol effects.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272615)

Firefly is kinda like Jack Daniels...

Real men drink Jim Beam.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272971)

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.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273023)

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.

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (1)

aarku (151823) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273209)

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

Re:Star Wars is like a fine wine... (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273295)

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 store-brand soda, and Enterprise being carbonated water (i.e. bland), with Babylon 5 being Pepsi (for the intense Trek/B5 rivalry) and Farscape being Mountain Dew (since it's so vastly different.)

30 years old. . . (1)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272451)

and still lives in his parents basement.

Careful calculation... (3, Insightful)

Duncan3 (10537) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272485)

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!

Re:Careful calculation... (1)

ender- (42944) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272901)

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".
That's almost exactly what I thought, even though I only vaguely remember it. I was 3 years old, and my mom took me to see it. The only thing I remember from seeing it in the theater was the scrolling text at the beginning, and Leia getting pissed off and saying, "Will someone get this walking carpet out of my way?"

Of course, I've seen it a few times since then. :)
Damn, I'm old. :(

I just saw... (1)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272487)

I just saw a guy in a Wookie costume. What's that you say? The convention is in LA? Wow guess that's what happens when it's sunny in Seattle, the hairy lumber jacks come to town. :-P

Seriously.. (0, Troll)

methodic (253493) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272493)

Who cares. Star Wars was great back in the day, Lucas ruined the Legacy, get over it. The same is happening to the Terminator, but at least you can't blame Cameron, as he has nothing to do with the ruining. Lucas on the other hand can eat dicks in hell.

Re:Seriously.. (3, Funny)

TheGeneration (228855) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272953)

Who cares. Star Wars was great back in the day, Lucas ruined the Legacy, get over it. The same is happening to the Terminator, but at least you can't blame Cameron, as he has nothing to do with the ruining. Lucas on the other hand can eat dicks in hell.


As a gay man who is excitedly anticipating his time eating dicks in hell I would like to file an official complaint that I would have to share the dicks to be eaten with that sloth fat ass Lucas. That Porker? would undoubtedly take more than his fair share of cock.

Big deal. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272505)

Star Wars sucks. It's just a bunch of over-hyped action-fantasy Hollywood stuff for a bunch of guys with no life whatsoever beyond living and breathing Star Wars and probably comic books.

Especially when you look at the recently made ones, it becomes obvous that it's a more of a corporation at this point than any sort of genuine creative work, the sole aim of which is to sell as much worthless collectible crap; movie tickets; "special, limited edition box-set dvd's with 25 hours of commentary, special features, deleted scenes and other pointless shit you'll never even watch, but provides a big shiny package they can charge $75 for" to people who collect said items.

Get a life. Jeez.

Re:Big deal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272623)

Get a life. Jeez.

And yet you seem to have enough time on your hands to complain about it. Why are you so threatened by the possibility that someone might enjoy something you don't?

Action figures (2, Interesting)

quokkapox (847798) | more than 7 years ago | (#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.

Happy Birthday Star Wars! (1)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272573)

You've given me much joy over the years, in fact I'm going to watch it tonight.

Really? (1)

Das Auge (597142) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272593)

The way it's been shitting all over itself, you'd think it would be older...

Depends (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272871)

An old joke but a good one. "What do you give a movie franchise that can't help shitting all over itself?" Punchline: Depends [depend.com]

Could it be...!? (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272597)

Another Ewok Festival of Light special!?

30 years (3, Funny)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272657)

30 years - how many parsecs is that?

Re:30 years (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272825)

Duh, that's 9.197855060199961 parsecs.

You noob.

Ahh... (5, Insightful)

u-bend (1095729) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272709)

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!

Just think.... (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272751)

then, kids's pc's were very primitive and modems were rare as hens teeth. I had built an Altair 8800 in high school and was quite inspired by the droids ;) It really spurred on the quest for artificial intelligence in 8080 assembly code.

Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272785)

Most. Overhyped. Movie. Ever.

In other Star Wars news... (2, Funny)

fohat (168135) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272795)

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...

Good LORD that was a GREAT year in film. (1)

Applekid (993327) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272805)

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?

Re:Good LORD that was a GREAT year in film. (1)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273243)

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.

Re:Good LORD that was a GREAT year in film. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273575)

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?

1882 was as good if not better. (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273399)

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]

And 1982 was even better than 1882 (1)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273483)

fsck! It's always one second after I hit submit I see my typos.

Who cares. (1)

TheGeneration (228855) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272807)

2 good movies out of 6. I want my money back. What's to celebrate?

Celebrations. Seriously? (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272887)

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"?

what the hell (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 7 years ago | (#19272899)

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...Star Wars lingo/trivia/imagery/etc. has become a mainstay in popular culture, even to the "uninitiated" (i.e. the non-geeks)

Anyway, to close up this unbelievably dumb post, happy 30th!

Now let's get shit faced at a Cantina, eh?

mediocre sci-fi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19272979)

Saw the first Star Wars movie when it came out, never bothered to see the others. To someone like myself who spent his formative years immersed in the classics of sci-fi, this stuff was clunky, awkward space opera, the acting as hammy as it comes, the plot too confusing and silly to be interesting, the ideas incredibly primitive compared to Asimov, Heinlein, and others in the golden age of science fiction.

Stars Wars Tech on History Channel May 28th 8pm (4, Informative)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273017)

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.

And still copyrighted for another 65 years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19273087)

Since it's only fair that Lucas gets 1000x the money that he put into this, he (and the corporations that survive him ) needs another 65 years of payments.

XM (3, Funny)

Chysn (898420) | more than 7 years ago | (#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."

Extended Universe (1)

p4rri11iz3r (1084543) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273157)

The real power Star Wars holds over me lays in the expanded universe. Am I the only one who, when Star Wars is mentioned, not only thinks of Luke, Leia, Han, and Vader, but also Mara Jade, Corran Horn, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Talon Karde. IMO, if your Star Wars experience is limited to just watching the movies, then you are missing out. There is some absolutely great Star Wars fiction out there. I highly recommend Timothy Zahns "Thrawn" trilogy and "Hand of Thrawn" duology, as well as Michael J. Stackpole and Aaraon Allston's X-Wing series. Heck, even Kevin Anderson's "Jedi Academy" trilogy is pretty good (and a nice precursor to the video game of similar name).

Star Wars is the Dark Side - Period (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19273199)

Wonderful Special Effects. Poor material, especially after the first released movie.

Please take if off the pedestal.

See:

http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/1999/06/15 /brin_main/index.html/ [salon.com]
http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/1999/06/15 /brin_side/index.html/ [salon.com]
http://www.davidbrin.com/starwarsarticle1.html/ [davidbrin.com]

Hidden Fortress (1)

rlp (11898) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273325)

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.

Re:Hidden Fortress (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273511)

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

Star Wars marathon (1)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273383)

Looks like there's a Star Wars marathon [blogs.com] in Australia... storm trooper Olympics, w00t!

I stopped watching Star Wars because.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19273447)

Niggers can't survive in space

Flash Gordon (1)

RexRhino (769423) | more than 7 years ago | (#19273559)

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]
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