Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Essential Films Podcast #23 - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)



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What is thy bidding, our masters? On today’s adventure, Adolfo and Mark learn about the ways of the force and resist the Dark Side as they discuss the 1980 STAR WARS epic: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK! On this week’s show:

The lack of hype for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
How we first experienced EMPIRE
The 1995 THX Remastered VHS tapes
The film’s most famous line is often misquoted
George Lucas as an independent filmmaker
Hiring Irvin Kershner as Director
The early versions of the story
The 1997 Special Editions
The proper order to watch the Saga
George Lucas is Kermit
Who knew the twist ending ahead of filming?
When did Lucas know Leia was Luke’s sister?
How do you pronounce “AT-AT”?
Switching out Emperors
Why is talking to a Muppet NOT goofy?
“I know.”
The reaction from fans in the 1980s
The differences of the original cut VS the special editions
“Despecialized” Editions

FILMS REFERENCED:

STAR WARS (1977)
SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978)
RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
ROBOCOP 2 (1990)
CLERKS (1994)
STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999)
STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002)
EMPIRE OF DREAMS (2004)
STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005)
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017)
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

BONUS CONVERSATION (iTunes Version ONLY):

THE WARRIORS (1979)
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018)

LINKS:
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Alamo Drafthouse Menu: https://drafthouse.com/nyc/news/eats-assemble-avengers-infinity-war-specials-are-here
HOW FANS REACTED TO EMPIRE STRIKES BACK IN 1980: https://io9.gizmodo.com/heres-how-fans-reacted-to-the-empire-strikes-back-in-19-1821551259
ISLE OF DOGS Alamo Drafthouse Menu: https://drafthouse.com/nyc/news/japanese-inspired-canine-approved-isle-of-dogs-specials-are-here

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