Monday, November 29, 2010

In Memoriam: Irvin Kershner (1923-2010)

Oh no again!

Filmmaker Irvin Kershner died today at the age of 87. Over the course of his career, he directed at least one great movie and a few pretty entertaining ones. The great one, of course, is the second Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back, which is on my list of the top ten best films ever made of all time ever. For that film alone he earned himself a spot on the Geeks Hall of Fame. But he also made his mark on the James Bond series by directing the much maligned but actually not that bad Never Say Never Again, that brought Sean Connery back to the role after about twenty years or so. He also directed the much maligned but still better than part 3 Robocop 2.

Go honor his memory by listening to his fantastic audio commentary on the Empire Strikes Back DVD. He was a smart guy and a fantastic director who deserved a better career.

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