Star Wars this week. Mouchette next week. As always, follow along on our iCheckMovies list, and be sure to let us know how you’d rank the movies in the comments below.
Star Wars – May 25, 1977
Director: George Lucas
Producer: Gary Kurtz
Writer: George Lucas
Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
The course of the conversation:
May the Fourth and Revenge of the Sixth. Ouch.
Star Wars. Not A New Hope. Not Episode 4.
We’re going to limit our discussion to just this movie. (No, we’re not.)
Three geeks like Star Wars. Stop the presses!
Perhaps immaturity accounts for thinking A New Hope was a slow movie.
Darths & Droids: Where Jonathan read about the alternate take on Han’s Kessel run.
As geeks, do we do Star Wars a disservice by trying to make everything in the movie perfect?
The rest of the trilogy makes it easy to forget where Han Solo starts as a character.
Mark Hamill was the actor Luke Skywalker needed.
Leia is the strongest character, and Carrie Fisher plays it very well.
Vader’s the bad guy you remember. Tarquin is the real villain of the film.
Despite saying that, the guys spend ten minutes talking about Vader.
Vader is the active use of the Force.
So much of the universe is implied in this first film, and it’s fascinating. Later films get more explicit with the universe, and some of the wonder is lost.
One of the potential troubles with the Special Edition additions is that it loses the build up of suspense and context that make the later reveals so interesting.
Nathaniel disses George Lucas.
Did George Lucas become a slave of his own success?
Han Solo is the prime creator of satisfying character tension in the story.
Thank you, Ralph McQuarrie.
And credit to Lucas for letting Ralph McQuarrie do what he do.
An X-Wing would probably be pointless in space, but it looks perfect.
What’s your favorite Star Wars ship?
We apologize to Trekkers on behalf of Nathaniel.
Podcast compensation is discussed.
The Rule of Cool turned to 11.
It doesn’t make sense, but you don’t really care, do you?
Did Star Wars unite geek culture? Or did it unite us all?
“I like Star War better!” Dammit!
The hosts all try to convince themselves that they didn’t just fanboy out on this movie.
The hosts diverge into talking about Lord of the Rings out of order.
There’s after-credits bonus content if you want to hear Nathaniel agonize over his placement.
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