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109. Star Wars (#22)

Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, this week joined by special guests Marianne Cassidy and Grace Duffy, The 250 is a (mostly) weekly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released every second Saturday at 6pm GMT, with the occasional bonus episode between them.

This time, George Lucas’ Star Wars.

A long time ago in a galaxy far away, the Empire and the Rebellion struggle for control of the cosmos. Against this backdrop, three unlikely heroes ascend, embarking upon a mythic journey that will reveal dark secrets and promise new hope.

At time of recording, it was ranked the 22nd best movie of all time on the Internet Movie Database.

Show notes:

4 Responses

  1. 22? That’s awfully high, isn’t it? Raiders of the Lost Ark is better in my opinion.

    • I suspect everybody on the podcast would agree. That said, it is a hugely influential and epoch-defining piece of pop culture.

    • I like Raiders well enough as a fun popcorn flick, but it’s pretty shallow. Indiana Jones doesn’t really have a character arc. There really isn’t much in the way of themes or big ideas. Star Wars fares much better. Both Han and Luke have major arcs, there’s a good deal about faith versus technology, etc, not to mention the groundbreaking special effects and fun action. Given all that, #22 actually seems a bit low to me.

      • Raiders has better pacing, better acting, better action, and snappier dialogue. And I wouldn’t say Star Wars has depth either. It’s a very simple tale at its core.

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