By: Elisabeth Rappe, reposted from May 22nd, 2009
There's been a lot of digital ink posted about how this Memorial Day weekend marks the tenth anniversary of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace ...or as Drew McWeeny so eloquently put it, the day fandom lost its way. So many have already said it so well that it feels cheap to join the conversation with my own memories of disappointment.
Instead, I thought it would be fun to discuss the good times you had at the movies in all the Memorial Days gone by. Box Office Mojo has a list of the major Memorial Day movies beginning with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, and Cinematical's ongoing Our Favorite Summers series should help jog your movie memories. Some of the ones listed are probably films you've long forgotten (Enough? Really, 2002?) or disassociated with the blockbuster season such as Braveheart or Insomnia.
My own personal favorite has to be Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. I think it was the first midnight showing I ever attended, the place was full of Jedis, Twi'leks and Slave Leias and smelled a bit like geeks who had spent too much time waiting in the sun. My friends and I decided to one-up them and hastily assembled "the worst Star Wars costumes ever," which were a scattered collection of bathrobes, one monk's robe, a poncho /serape, and an Imperial Guard helmet. It speaks to the weirdness of the crowd that no one even remarked on it. I remember that the midnight crowd collectively loved the movie (something I've heard again and again to the point that I'm convinced they were piping in drugs all over the country to keep word of mouth positive) only to wake up the next day wondering what just happened. Oh well. It was fun for a handful of hours ... and I'll always remember my group with their arms folded Obi-Wan style inside the sleeves of their paisley and plaid bathrobes.
Your turn, readers ... and hopefully there's some tall, alcohol laden tales out there.