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The Empire Strikes Back Is Now A National Treasure!

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Every year there are 25 movies added as national treasures by The National Film Registry and they’ve been doing this since 1989.  Today they came out with their newest list of movies to be added this year.  Most of them suck, but we did get a few good ones here and there, including one of the chapters of our nerd-video-Bible, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!  Here is the full list of movies added this year.

Airplane (1980)
All the President’s Men (1976)
The Bargain (1914)
Cry of Jazz (1959)
Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Front Page (1931)
Grey Gardens (1976)
I am Joaquin (1969)
It’s a Gift (1934)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Lonesome (1928)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Malcolm X (1992)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Newark Athlete (1891)
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
The Pink Panther (1964)
Preservation of Sign Language (1913)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Study of a River (1996)
Tarantella (1940)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

So The Empire Strikes Back joins its episode four brethren, Star Wars: A New Hope on this prestigious list of films.  Maybe next year we’ll see Return of the Jedi.  If so, they’re kind of prolonging it, don’t you think?  Just put the trilogy on there and leave it at that.  I doubt we’ll be seeing any of the first three episodes joining the ranks, and if we do then I think it would be safe to say George Lucas has been calling in some *ahem* favors to get his movies on the list.

So what are your opinions?  Was the right choice made?  What movies do you think should be added to the registry?  Here’s a link to the complete list from 1989-2009.  What would you include, or remove from the list?

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