Okay, I suppose this is technically "off-topic," but I hope that's okay, considering that it's an older thread anyway, and Jouzinka has already had her question answered and already started watching the movies. This is an innocent and sincere question about certain people's comments in this thread, including yours, Jouzinka, although the question isn't directed at any individual in particular, necessarily.
The Star Wars films (first three I mean) helped me to form my first and most basic concepts of what "great" art is capable of, what great art even means. I'm not saying they qualify as great art, necessarily, but until I was old enough to pay attention to great books, those three movies formed the very epitome of Art with a capital-A.
Several people in this thread have admitted that the original trilogy struck them as either underwhelming or poor in quality. To each his or her own, of course, and it's not a matter of any real importance, but I would really love to know a tiny bit more about what kinds of movies you consider "great" if the trilogy isn't in that category for you.
I'm asking, I suppose, because I imagine that your very definition of a "great" movie must be very different from mine, and that's totally fine, but it's also highly fascinating to me.
In short, if the trilogy isn't any good in your opinion, then what is a good movie? If you can give me just one or a handful of examples of movies you consider great, that would be more than sufficient to give a sense of your tastes, and I would appreciate the responses enormously. No judgment or criticism, I just really want to know.
One caveat also: it would help me a whole lot if you could name movies that are at least a decade old. I know that may sound silly, but the truth is that I've missed most of the "hot," successful films of the last decade, for various personal reasons, so if you can only name recent films, it won't help me at all to understand your tastes.
Also BTW I'd be glad to hear from anyone who considers the original trilogy to be low-quality or mediocre films; the question isn't directed at any individuals in particular, but to anyone willing to answer frankly. Thanks for any responses!