Ten years ago today, I'd waited in line for eighteen hours at the Irvine Marketplace 10 to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. At midnight on May 19, 1999, I scrambled into the theater to watch the most-anticipated movie of all time. The movie was disappointing, but the excitement prior to the release was incredible. I'm not ashamed to say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
It's been thirty-two years since George Lucas' magnum opus opened. We can't thank him enough for creating it, nor can we beg him enough to leave it alone.
Both photos above were shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair (a magazine which has had an odd love for Star Wars over the years). Anybody who can score me a big print (at least 36" wide) of the 2nd photo will have my love and devotion for life.
In other Star Wars news, the long-awaited Fanboys debuts on DVD today. It's the story of five friends who head out to see The Phantom Menace before its debut - at Skywalker Ranch, and before one of them succumbs to cancer. Starring Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington, and Chris Marquette.