Age matters not: “The Empire Strikes Back” turns 40…

40 Years Ago, In A Theatre Not Too Far Away… This May (no, not May the 4th…the 21st) marks the 40th anniversary release of one of my all-time favorite movies, “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980).  The film was primarily written by George Lucas and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (who would write many other…

Revisiting “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in cinema…

Whip it good. This week, my wife and I took in a screening of the 1981 Steven Spielberg/George Lucas classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at our local cinema.   I hadn’t seen “Raiders” theatrically since the summer of 1981, when I was all of 14.   This time, nearly four decades later, I was a…

So be it, Jedi: “Return of the Jedi”, 35 years later…

Time flies like the Millennium Falcon through hyperspace. Looking back 35 years (gasp!), I still tend to regard “Return of the Jedi” as the first genuine misstep of cinematic Star Wars (the runt of the original trilogy litter).   I realize it  is a favorite for some, and I’m not trying to challenge or argue anyone else’s opinion…