Personal Favorites: The Empire Strikes Back

Pop Cultural Studies

empire-strikes-back-2In science fiction cinema, (for whatever reason, this happens most frequently in SciFi) there are what I call “the Holy Sequels.” Great second installments in beloved franchises which surpass the original, or in the case of certain franchises, are held on an equal level to a superb first entry. The Holy Sequels are Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens, and of course, the greatest of them all, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Director Irvin Kershner was hesitant to direct the film at first, having concerns about trying to follow up one of the greatest films of all time. But in following it up, he ended up making one of the greatest films of all time.

This movie did so much for science fiction, for movie sequels, and for Big Reveals. For what it’s worth, Flickchart…

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People are Monsters: The Best Kind of Horror Movies

The Horror genre more or less requires some kind of monster to build the tension and set the movie into motion. There has to be violence, there has to be suspense, and there almost always have to be a monster which creates the violence and tension. The audience desperately awaits that “monster moment,” in which… Continue reading People are Monsters: The Best Kind of Horror Movies