May 19, 1999, was going to be one of the greatest days of my life -- and it was all going to begin at midnight. Yeah, I was that guy. I was the guy who scoured every nook and cranny of the Internet in an effort to digest every possible rumor about what I might see in "The Phantom Menace." I was the guy who was camped out for hours in an effort to purchase tickets to see "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." I was the guy who then waited in line for hours to ensure halfway decent seats to "The Phantom Menace." I was the guy who cheered the 20th Century Fox logo. I was the guy who cheered when "STAR WARS" flashed on the screen, accompanied by John Williams' very famous score. And, for a brief moment in time, I was the guy who loved "The Phantom Menace."
When "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" first premiered on May 19, 1999, it had been 16 years since the last new Star Wars movie. So, yes, there was a lot of anticipation and speculation. That's a stark contrast to this week, which finds "The Phantom Menace" being re-released in 3D to a collective shrug amongst even the most die hard "Star Wars" fans. That's a far cry from the lead up to its original release, which caused a very young Internet to explode with crazy rumors about the new film; rumors that were, for the most part, not true.
"Red Tails" is a Lucasfilm production that's loosely based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a band of African-American pilots who fought in World War II. While watching the new film, it was hard not to notice that "Red Tails" is quite similar to another Lucasfilm production about a band of pilots who fought for the Rebel Alliance: "Star Wars." Just how similar is "Red Tails" to the original "Star Wars"?