With CREED II currently in theaters, it seems like a good time to talk ROCKY. I first became a fan when my family rented a VHS tape of ROCKY III from a video rental place. I was completely taken in by this fast paced romp with three fights, featuring Mr. T and Hulk Hogan. We … Continue reading Rocky!
Do not wait for home video! FREE SOLO must be seen on a theater-sized screen, or you will rob yourself of the full effect. This is the best documentary I've ever seen. On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold climbed El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without ropes or any safety gear. The only known person … Continue reading FREE SOLO: A must-see in the theater!
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). The debut of Star Wars superstars Lando, Yoda, the Emperor, and Boba Fett. This is me, towards the end of April 1980, less than a month before the original release of EMPIRE: I was well aware that "Star Wars 2" was on the way, and had already sent four cut-out … Continue reading THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK – some thoughts and memories
#2 on the list? STAR WARS (1977). I first remember becoming aware of STAR WARS by looking through a book my older brother had. I didn't know how to read at the time, but there were a ton of cool pictures that I spent a lot of time looking at. Anything that had robots and … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movies #2
Whew! We made it to my top 3. But really, for all practical purposes, I think of the original SW trilogy and RAIDERS as a 4-way tie for first place, so I'm splitting hairs here. And I'm giving 3rd place to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981). I only saw this once in the theater, … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movies #3
There are only four movies left to add to this list - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and the original STAR WARS trilogy. These aren't just my four favorite SW/IJ movies. These are my four favorite movies period. The thought of not putting any of them in the #1 spot is painful. So here we … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movies #4
#5 on the list is INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989). Only saw this once in the theater, but wow, what an amazing experience! Packed with so much first-rate action and humor! First of all, Sean Connery as Dr. Henry Jones is without a doubt the best supporting character in an IJ film. His … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movies #5
My choice for #6 on the SW/Indy list is: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015). I saw it five times in the theater, and there is no other SW movie, outside of the original trilogy, that catches lightning in a bottle with the characters like this one does. The interaction between Poe and Finn, and then … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movies #6
Good morning, and welcome back! Today I'm adding #7 to my list that ranks the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) Sadly, I never saw this in the theater. I'm not sure if my parents had caught wind of the ripping-out-the-heart scene and decided to pass on … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movies #7
My choice for #8 on the SW/Indy list is: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005). I saw this five times in the theater, and I know many fans are not crazy about the prequels, but I have to say that I enjoy this movie a lot. The first 23 minutes is an outstanding dose of SW … Continue reading Ranking the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movies #8