This weekend, I somehow got hold of a copy of the original Star Wars trilogy (not that misbegotten, atrocious affair from the 90s), and I had a glorious 6-hour marathon going back to Yoda, Han Solo (ah, Harrison Ford), Chewbacca and the droids.  Yeah, it’s corny and a half.  Yeah, the special effects don’t compare to modern ones.  But it’s so fun!  It’s so energetic!  And Harrison Ford is just…sigh.  (Although I still think Carrie Fisher doesn’t deserve him.  And what the hell is with that bikini?)

I don’t know what it is about certain movies, songs, and books that you associate with your childhood and happiness, but Star Wars is definitely one.  I’m sure I can look back to it happily when stories were a lots less complicated, and all the good guys lived, and even Darth Vader turned good at the end.  It’s no less simplistic now, but it seems so much less innocent as well.

Anyway, here’s the original trailer for The Empire Strikes Back, which is my favourite of the three.  (The first one was just a bit tooooooo cheesy, and I’m still not sure about the Ewoks.)

Are there movies that bring back good memories for you?  Any recent trips down memory lane?

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.