And sad. I’ve said if you look at the top movies of the last decade, and compare it to the top movies of other decades, it’s telling. The 70s contained probably one of the most eclectic expressions of cinematic invention in history. The top movie of 1970 was Love Story, the top movie of 79 was Kramer vs. Kramer. In between was Fiddler on the Roof, The Godfather, The Exorcist, The Towering Inferno, Jaws, Rocky, Star wars, and Grease, Even the 80s, the decade after Jaws ushered in the Summer Blockbuster, had quite a variety.But I notice variety is not the strong suit in the entertainment industry today. Not that it isn’t there. But it seems the exception rather than the rule. The major producers of entertainment, to my eyes, seem to have formula down to a conveyor belt, and despite it all, we continue to buy.
As an extra in honor of May 4 (which had to be explained to me a few years ago by my boys), here’s a little snippet I did reflecting on the different feels of Star Wars over the years.