For three years, I blogged about movie challenges that I set for myself: a different movie every day (2009-2010), how many movies I watched a year (2010-2011), and how many NEW movies I watched in a year (2011-2012).
Now it's more a catch-all for my entertainment musings. The title, of course, is how James Bond takes his martinis.
The answers to the last two years' questions were 199 movies in a year, and 135 new movies in a year (one every 2.7 days). In case you were curious :-)
Friday, November 13, 2009
November 12, 2009
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) #37 on my Top 100 List A lot of people say that this is the best of the original trilogy - and while I love it and it's in the top half of my Top 100 list, it's actually my least favorite of the original three. That being said, I adore playful and mischievous Yoda, the art direction for Cloud City is beautiful (made more so by the special effects added into the Special Edition), and this is the one where Han and Leia get together. Their exchange before Han's carbonite bath is beautiful simply because it's so minimal. There's no flowery language or hysterical tears. That's not either character's style. Another thing - George Lucas (say what you want about him) is very, very good at setting up tableaus to end his films just before cutting to credits. The Phantom Menace, A New Hope, and Return of the Jedi do this best, but all of the SW films have it. Check it out next time you watch it! My Netflix rating: 5 stars