Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is full of winking humor that makes for a great palate cleanser for the child torture of Temple of Doom. But it is the much more tongue-it-cheek style that keeps it from being as immortal a film as Raiders of the Lost Ark. I have also seen this film so many times over the years that I have a personal interaction with it.
Star Wars fans tend to be harsh. We love the franchise and characters so much that when near misses (Ewoks), true misses (most of the edits on the original trilogy by Mr Can’t-Leave-Well-Enough-Alone) and total abominations (Jar Jar Binks) show up we are vocal and even manic. Many are panicked over the Disney take-over of Star Wars and the coming episodes VII-IX. I’m not. I bet they surpass Episodes I-III and lead to great rides in the theme parks. But maybe that’s because I’ve already seen the lowest Star Wars can sink.
As an 8-year-old boy, a year removed from seeing Star Wars when it was first released into the theaters, I discovered true hell. On this day, November 17, in 1978, my family gathered to watch The Star Wars Holiday Special. The variety special that unfolded was so terrible, so ridiculous that I couldn’t even bring myself to watch it all again today for this post. I appreciated the YouTube commentator who said he was too high to watch this. That’s how bad it is.
Let’s share just a few lowlights of what’s been called “the worst two-hours of television.”
“When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change”
The Brady Bunch has it right. Change comes inevitably. And without our help, it may come really slowly or not in the way we want.
Take Moneyball. Billy Beane tries to remake how a Major League Baseball team goes about evaluating players. He is openly thwarted at every turn. According to the movie, if you are ridiculously good-looking (Brad Pitt) and hire a plucky, stat geek (Jonah Hill), it’ll all come out okay.
By the way, the Oakland Athletics never did win the World Series under his regime. They did go to the playoffs a few times, but haven’t since 2006 or even finished above .500. But they are doing well this year, and Beane did change how all clubs evaluate talent so he has a true legacy even if it isn’t actually winning.
Change is a common element of the movies and can inspire us. But there are some things you seem to need.