The Steel Wheel
Rolls for Empire
October 13th, 2003
The following was written by a dedicated fan of Star Wars known to you now as The Steel Wheel. Or you can call him John, if you'd like.
Top 100 Movies of All Time
On Saturday night, after the restaurant was closed I had a conversation with a guy at the end of the bar waiting for a couple of his friends to finish their shift. It turns out that this guy used to be an employee but was let go for offering too many relaxing and soothing “back rubs”. Anyway, we got on the conversation of movies and the guy starts to tell me that he has his top 100 movies memorized. In addition, any year that I name, he can name the Oscar winner (best actor) and best picture! So he tells me that his number one movie is Casablanca, number two, Gone with the Wind, and number three, The Godfather. . And continues with the likes of Singing in the Rain, The sound of Music, and finally to Star Wars, A New Hope, at number 9.
At this point I am more annoyed and disturbed than amazed but I had nothing else to do, so I ask which of the Star Wars films he thinks is the finest. He replies, “Episode 4, of course.” Now, just plain pissed off I let him know that Empire is far and away the finest of the series. He disagreed, but anyone who has Singing in the Rain and The Sound of Music in their top Ten doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
There is no argument in my mind that Empire is the tour-de-force of the series. We are introduced to the complex relationships of the main characters, the mood and tone are decidingly dark and foreboding, the soundtrack is brilliant (if you don’t have the Empire double disk soundtrack I’ll burn it for you), and the film’s special effects were huge advances over what had been done before. Yes, the acting is a bit campy, but the overall story is compelling and engaging. The characters are over-exaggerated for a reason.
My Top Ten Reasons why Empire is the Finest
1. The Empire triumphs
Long live the true Spirit of Star Wars!
P.S. West Side Story is a better musical then either of those moron’s two picks….not that I like musicals or anything….
P.P.S. - Lieberman is the Sith Lord
Is it just me or does Joseph Lieberman (democratic senator, and candidate for president, or should I say chancellor) have a striking resemblance to the Dark Lord of the Sith?
I think it is safe to say that these two are one and the same.
He says he will not let this republic that has stood for 300 years be split in two. Hmmm….we’ve heard that before.
We must warn the Jedi Council.