No new movies watched, either in the theatre or at home, so I thought I'd talk about a couple of my favorite movie franchises: Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
I was 11 when I first saw Star Wars. I remember going to it with my folks on a mid-week day and being utterly wowed. I absolutely loved everything about it. I was already a sci-fi fan and this was just everything I could hope for in a sci-fi movie. I watched Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as soon as they were out.
Then came the big gap and finally Phantom Menace was released. To much fanfare. To too much fanfare. I went from anticipating it to not even caring. Yeah, too much hype tends to have me drawing back instead of rushing forward when it comes to movies. So when opening day rolled around, I wasn't even sure I wanted to see it. So I didn't. Not until August when a friend finally dragged me to it, claiming I'd hate myself forever if I didn't see it on the big screen.
Well, I sit there and the Fox banner flashes across the screen, along with the music and suddenly I am 11 years old again. It was magical. It truly was. And let me tell you, when Obi-Wan tells his master "I've got this" and strides into the hanger during the Queen Amidala and party rescue? Damn.
So while the first one - by which I mean the fourth one - by which I mean "A New Hope" though it will always just be Star Wars to me - is still my very favorite of all six movies. I love all six of them. I really do.
I'm waiting for the seventh with some trepidation and lots of hope. Let's just hope they don't hype it to death for me...
I can't remember how old I was when I went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark. I could look it up, I suppose, as I saw it when it was first released in theatres. What I do remember was being on the edge of my seat for the entire movie and loving every adventurous second of it. When the second one came out, I went again with my family, even though I was teenager enough not to usually go to movies with my parents. The third was eagerly anticipated by my whole family and again, even though we now had to work around university and stuff, we all went together. The only one I didn't see in the theatre with my family was the last one.
The third one is my favorite of the Indy movies, but even more than the individual movies, my favorite thing about them was seeing all three with my family and the anticipation of doing so for the second and the third.
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