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10 years of Flick Filosopher: in which I use the Force

If there had been any doubt at this point, in the year since I’d launched The Flick Filosopher, that I was a full-bore geek, it was laid to rest when I reviewed the original Star Wars trilogy:

Lucas needn’t have bothered with special editions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi last year — he could have just rereleased the originals, and the lines at movie theaters would have been just as long. I won’t reveal how many times I waited outside in the freezing cold of a New York winter with lots of normal moviegoing grownups (and just a few lightsaber-toting fanatics), all of us waiting for a chance not to see some gussied-up special effects but to hear that thrilling Twentieth-Century Fox fanfare, to read that scroll that starts (still disconcertingly) with the words “Part IV,” and soak in these movies that all of us surely owned on video with a crowd of the devoted, hoping for a religious experience. We weren’t disappointed.

That’s because we were still a year away from Episode I

review of the Star Wars trilogy, posted 08.10.98

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