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Ali_with_an_i


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I LOVE Star Wars! How come we never talk about it? Are you telling me that no one here loves Star Wars? Where are all the fans at? [Confused]
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To coin a phrase "Hated it".

I can remember SW playing a full year at the local movie joint and thinking "who would waste their time seeing such a dumb movie over & over?" OTOH standing in line for repeat viewings of "Saturday Night Fever" made perfect sense...so I did, 3 times.

Meanwhile, I've seen "Spaceballs" about 200 times, so go figure.

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I am with you Ali, where is everyone, there are thousands of people on this site, and billions with computers, how come more people don't remember stuff and write more about it??

My son loves Star Wars...I did get rid of my Return of the Jedi arcade game....boo hoo...it was taking up space I plan to use for something else now. My contractors said they knew someone who might be able to fix it, so I said "may the force be with you"!

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Haha, good one Isis. Yeah I wonder where all the SW fans are. That really changed movies and helped popularize sci-fi.

After SW was released, Star Trek became more popular than it was before. Suddenly everyone loved sci-fi.

I still think it was one of the best films ever made. They don't make them like that anymore. I don't like alot of the sci-fi that is out today. It doesn't have a rich stor like SW had.

Hipster, you liked Saturday NIght Fever? I think that is one of the stupidest movies ever made. I love JOn Travolta, and I think he made the film, but I just don't get it I guess.

Maybe I should watch it again. If you don't mind my asking, what did you like about it? I hear so many people saying it's a great movie but I don't understnad why. Maybe it's just over my head. I was born in the 70s, so I don't know that much about the time and the culture. [Frown]

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Roger Ebert explains the mystique of SNF and I'd be happy to share it with you. He really hit at the heart of the "coming of age" theme, questioning one's existence vs. one's hope for the future. OTOH the movie made me laugh out loud too since I hung out at places like that with people like that.
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There were some parts in SNF that I liked. I need to sit down and watch it the whole way through. Now that I'm older, it might make more sense to me. Thanks for the insight Hipster! [Cool] [Smile]
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Ali: I should have been more specific. What I meant was I have a copy of Ebert's summary that I can e-mail...it's too long to post here. A snippet:

''Saturday Night Fever'' was Gene Siskel's favorite movie, and he watched it at least 17 times. We all have movies like that, titles that transcend ordinary categories of good and bad, and penetrate straight to our hearts. My own short list would include ``La Dolce Vita,'' ``A Hard Day's Night'' and ``The Third Man.'' These are movies that represent what I yearned for at one time in my life, and to see them again is like listening to a song that was popular the first summer you were in love."

That last line is very powerful to me...it's probably the central reason I love movies so much...they seem to conjure a specific personal reference. If you want the rest of the article, let me know how to get it to you.

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Part of what Roger Ebert's summary that HipsterMom27 forwarded:
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"Saturday Night Fever" was Gene Siskel's favorite movie, and he watched it at least 17 times...[snip]
I remember watching about 10-15 years ago on Siskel & Ebert's show. Siskel once said that if there was one movie prop item he always wanted to own, it was John Travolta's white suit from that movie. He also said that he once went to bid for it in an auction, but lost out to someone else who placed a higher bid.

On that same show, Ebert said that if there was one movie prop he wanted to have, it was either the Rosebud the sled in "Citizen Kane" or the black monolith in "2001: A Space Odyssey".

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I saw that too about Siskel wanting John Travolta's suit, too bad he didn't get it. I felt so bad when he died. I used to watch Siskel and Ebert all the time, I always hated Ebert, now the new guy he has is a total dip. There isn't anything worth reviewing now anyway so who cares what they think.

I love Saturday Night Fever. I love how real it was. When their friend(Bobby) is so sad because he got that girl pregnant..that was real, and like now, who cares, do people actually worry any more, and then he seemed suicidal, but then fell off the bridge by accident, that scene in that movie, is so scary to me. I love the music. I love the Bee Gees. I hated Stephanie- the girl in it...uck..she couldn't even dance, and she was nothing to look at. Did you guys know Fran Dresher had a cameo in it, talk about someone who aged better than most, she looks great now, and was nobody you'd even notice in that movie.

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Fran D rocks...she's my role model for being a hot older chick. "So ah you as good in bed as you ah on that dance floowah?" Great line.

I believe Siskel finally got the white suit.

SNF is so much more than trite boy-loves-girl-to-music-backdrop. Tony's struggle with self-image against his parents criticism ("ya muddah's sauce don't drip"), Bobby coping with "my girlfriend Pauline's" unexpected expectation and Catholic pressure to "do the right thing", etc., are all big points. I wasn't too crazy about Stephanie either (miscasting), but I thought her own "delusions of grandeur" were so apparent that she came across as a big phony.

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