Thursday, September 04, 2008
It's my last year at University. And I'm hanging out in my friend E's room. E was a year below me on my course, and one of those girls that all men adore and all women secretly hate. Absolutely cute as a button, yet still seemingly obtainable, and also sweet and kind and loyal. Sure, I fancied her a bit, too, but I already had one girlfriend confusing the hell out of me. I didn't need to complicate things further. She was always just a mate, and a good one too.
"Hey, check out my new T shirt," she says "Isn't it cool?"
She leaps out of the wardrobe in an olive girl skinny fit Tee. Emblazoned across her chest is Boba Fett, notorious bounty hunter from the Star Wars saga (at that point it was 2000, so we had but four Star Wars movies. How did we cope?). Yeah, it was cool. And, let's be frank, it looked even cooler on her frame. There are few things more divine than cute girls who dig sci-fi...
I was born in 1979, so I missed the movies in the cinemas, but I grew up in the world of Star Wars. I can't even really remember watching the movies for the first time. Like Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and colour TV, it had just always been there. A cultural constant. My mum and gran would come home from flea markets and car boot sales laden down with second hand Star Wars figures. My favourite toy was a rebel snow speeder from Empire Strikes Back I got for Christmas one year.
I went to see the Special Edition remasters at the cinema while I was at school, as I'd never had the chance to see the movies on the big screen. And I was excited by the Prequels, although they couldn't hope to live up to the hype... well, until Revenge Of The Sith kicked some 12 Rated arse. I've always loved Star Wars unconditionally, warts and all. I didn't have the fierce possesiveness of the generation before me (Hello Tim Bisley from Spaced.) I was grateful for my own Star Wars moment.
Back to the present then. I got to see the Clone Wars animation at a press screening recently. And whilst it wasn't up to the quality of the original movies, it had enough of the magic to get me hankering to see them all again. Having held out for ages, waiting for some grand six movie boxed set, I cracked a few days back and bought all the movies on double DVD. So I've been working through them in episodic order. Tonight, after the emotional rollercoaster of Revenge Of The Sith, I got to the original. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. And still, it never disappoints.
The ambition. The scale. The classic lines. The clunkiness. The bit where the Storm Trooper smacks his head on the door frame. It's just wonderful timeless entertainment. I still love Alec Guinness skipping around the Deathstar in devil may care fashion. I still love the interplay between R2D2 and C3PO. I still think Han is legendary and I'm still smitten with Princess Leia (I once started chatting up a girl, who I ended up going out with, partly because she reminded me a little of Carrie Fisher at her prime).
Anyway, I have my personal favourite, The Empire Strikes Back, and Leia dans gold bikini in Return Of The Jedi, left to enjoy. But in the meantime, time for Star Wars disco!
1. Ash - Cantina Band
2. Weird Al Yankovic - The Saga Begins
3. Together - Hardcore Uproar
4. UNKLE - Guns Blazing
5. Neon Neon - I Told Her On Alderaan
6. Mogwai - Star Wars
7. The Prodigy - Full Throttle
8. The Jedi Knights - Air Drums From Outer Bongolia
9. Blur - Strange News From Another Star
10. Fader Gladiator - Battle Of The Planets
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