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March 1, 2000
This Week's Video Picks
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This week my picks are Get Bruce! (1999 - ) and Star Wars (1977 - ).

The first film this week is a documentary about comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. He's responsible for the jokes on all the major award shows from the last decade, and has long been a writer for everyone from Bette Midler to Donny and Marie Osmond. Long segments are devoted to his humorous collaborations with Midler, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg, whom he has a permanent spot next to on Hollywood Squares. It's an interesting look at show business that eventually becomes a poignant tribute to a man who has to find humor in the face of losing countless friends to AIDS.

Get Bruce! is not without a few of his less successful efforts, but they failed to mention a certain project that he worked on in 1978: The Star Wars Holiday Special. The infamously awful TV program that brought back all the principle stars from Star Wars was aired only once, and now lives only on bootlegs. Lest you doubt its existence, you can see an excellent review at Stomp Tokyo that has several screen shots. So, I figured this would be a good excuse to make the original Star Wars - Episode IV: A New Hope a video pick. I'm sure that I don't have to tell you what it's about, but I just wanted to express how much I absolutely adore this film. It's really a part of who I am, and one of the major reasons why I love the movies and have become a film critic. Just in case you forgot, it won seven Academy Awards and was followed by Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and last year's Episode I: The Phantom Menace, with episodes II and III on the way.

For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
Get Bruce! (1999)
Star Wars (1977)

Here's some merchandise for sale at
Get Bruce! (1999) -- VHS
Star Wars (1977) - Special Edition -- VHS
A New Hope/Star Wars, a screenplay by George Lucas -- Hardcover
Star Wars - A New Hope: The Illustrated Screenplay, by George Lucas -- Paperback
Star Wars: A New Hope, a screenplay adaptation by Larry Weinberg -- Paperback
Star Wars, A New Hope: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack -- Compact Disc Home
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