The Empire Strikes Back

The perfect blockbuster.

Big-budget special effects extravaganzas come and go, but few match this sequel’s combo of action and heart.

Star Wars head honcho George Lucas turns the director’s chair over to Irvin Kershner, the maestro behind such works as Eye of Laura Mars and RoboCop 2, and he makes the film hum.

Paying tribute to what worked in the original, while also upping the stakes considerably, with one of the screen’s great cliffhangers as Han Solo gets frozen, this remains the best chapter in the never-ending saga.

And that there is both the nine-year-old David, and the 49-year-old David, talking.