The very best film series seem to exist in a place outside of time, even when they’re set in a very specific period. With its story ties to feudal Japan courtesy of Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress
, Star Wars
played like a classic, mythical adventure set against a vividly realistic futuristic backdrop. The same could be said about The Godfather trilogy or George A. Romero’s Dead trilogy, which somehow manage to feel modern and fresh despite the fact they all take place at very specific times in very specific places, some of which -- such as a certain shopping mall -- aren’t so glamorous. Bleak and all-brick, with ominous nuclear towers ...