Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

On May 14th, 1944, George Lucas was born. This man grew up to become the creator of one of the most beloved franchises of all time: Star Wars. In honor of his birthday, I have decided to do the first Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope.

The film starts off with a scroll explaining what is happening in a galaxy far, far, away. From there we are introduced to Princess Leia as her ship has been taken captive by Darth Vader. Leia is apart of the rebellion that is trying to stop Darth Vader. Just as everything is happening, Leia leaves a message in R2D2, a droid, in hopes of finding help. R2D2 and his pal C3PO are able to evade capture from the empire. However, they are taken captive by Jawas who take them to Luke Skywalker and his uncle to buy. By coincidence, Luke lives near to the man who Leia hoped her message would get to. Luke ends up following R2D2 to Obi-Wan-Kenobi, an elderly Jedi who knows more about the rebellion than he lets on. After finding the aunt and uncle who raised him dead, Luke ends up going on a mission with Obi and the droids to defeat the Empire. Along the way they meet smuggler Han Solo and his pal Chewbacca who they hire to transport them on their ship the Millenium Falcon. Along the trip they attempt to go to Alderaan, only to find it has been destroyed by the Empire. From there, they find ¬†themselves in trouble when they learn that Darth Vader’s evil men have a tracking device that has hooked onto the ship. Luke learns that Leia is on the ship, so he, Han, and Chewbacca all go to save her, while Obi attempts to disable the device. Obi manages to do disable it and heads back to the ship. However, he runs into Darth Vader who kills him in a duel. The Falcon is boarded by the remaining crew, including Leia, and leave the Death Star. However, they are being followed again leading the rebels to end up in a battle. With the help of Obi-Wan-Kenobi’s spirit, Luke is able to embrace the force and help defeat the Death Star. Lukes act of heroism is rewarded by Leia, along with Han and Chewbacca for assisting in defeating the Empire…. for now.

Star Wars has gone on to become one of the most beloved franchises of all time. We are introduced to people in an imaginary world in space all from the mind of George Lucas. On May 14, 1944 this genius was brought into the world. The cinema that we know today, as well as many Star Wars parodies, would not be here if it was not for George Lucas’s imagination and dreams.

Friday the 13th

May 13th this year fell on a Friday, thus making it one of the most unlucky days of all. I was unavailable to do a blog post yesterday, so here is my movie for Friday the 13th. The 1980 horror film by the same name: Friday the 13th.

In the beginning of the movie we are introduced to a young couple in the 1950’s. The two are camp counselors at Camp Crystal Lake where they are killed by an unknown assailant. Flashing forward to the present day, which was 1980, we learn that Camp Crystal Lake has been closed since the camp counselors were murdered. We learn all of this through Annie, who hears about it from the townspeople who call Camp Crystal Lake: Camp Blood. Annie is informed by the man who is driving her up that Steve Christie, the owner, has tried to open the camp time after time. However, each time something has prevented him, like the water being poisoned. The man drops Annie off as she continues to hitchhike to Camp Crystal Lake. Sadly, she is picked up by the killer and killed before she can arrive.

After Annie is killed, we are introduced to the rest of the camp counselors and the own Steve Christie. As with any other traditional horror film, one by one each of them are picked off. Eventually, Alice is left alone to fight off the killer who has come her way. After finding the dead bodies of the rest of her friends, she meets Mrs. Voorhees. Upon meeting her, she tries to calm Alice down. Alice starts to fear for her life when she realizes that the kind and somewhat grandmotherly Mrs. Voorhees is the killer. This leads Alice and Mrs. Voorhees on a chase where Alice ends up decapitating her. Once this over, Alice takes a canoe out onto the lake only to wake up the next morning. From halfway across the lake she sees the police officers as they pull up. She smiles with relief. But, this turns to terror as Mrs. Voorhees son Jason, who drowned at the lake and is the reason his mother went on a violent rampage, jumps out of the water and grabs Alice down under. Alice wakes up in the hospital only to be informed that everyone is dead and she is the sole survivor. Upon asking about Jason, she is told that there was no boy found. Leading Alice to realize that he is still there.

Friday the 13th is a classic thriller that had all the elements for a horror film. May 13th, 2016 fell on a Friday, the day when bad things are supposed to happen. In 1980, we were introduced to a horror movie franchise by the name of Friday the 13th.