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May 21, 2010 6:42 AM Subscribe
Impressive. Most impressive.
posted by grubi (153 comments total)
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Thirty years ago today, one of the most popular films of all time
was released to theatres.
Often described as "dark" and "moving," it has had its own cultural impact from commonly-misquoted quotes
to introducing an entire generation of moviegoers to the concept of a plot twist
That film? The Shining
The Empire Strikes Back
(now retconned as Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
), as well as introducing a dash of color
to the saga and being well-known as the best episode of same-said saga
. Both Roger Ebert
and Chuck Klosterman
acknowledge its quality. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 97% "Certified Fresh" rating
, it's so well-regarded by critics. The best theory for why it stands out from the rest of the Star Wars saga? George Lucas anded over the reins of screenwriting (first to Leigh Brackett and subsequently to Lawrence Kasdan) and directing (to Irvin Kirshner, of The Eyes of Laura Mars
fame and one of Lucas' filmmaking mentors), allowing competent professionals to handle the stuff Lucas wasn't so hot at (words, storytelling).
May the Force be with you.