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Weekend Chatter, Summer Movies 2012
1984 has to be in the mix with such films:
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Karate Kid
Star Trek 3: The Search For Spock
The Last Starfighter
Yeah, '84 was pretty spectacular. I remember seeing GHOSTBUSTERS multiple times in the theater. Such a blast!
For me 1989 will be the year of movie magic for me, my parents took me to see Micheal Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Batman this was a larger than life experience before then I could only read about Batman. I got goosebumps the first time I saw Keaton dressed up as Batman. My mom and dad got the tickets as a surprise. 1999 was magical in the sense that for the first time in my life I was able to see a Star Wars movie on the silver screen When the Phantom Menece started and I hard the Star Wars Main theme I was hooked and to see those lightsabers and what Jedi were like before the empire it was true cinema magic. Now my brother and I try to go to the movies at least once a month.
I love that Batman story, Ryan. Thanks for sharing!
I remember the summer of 1979 was incredible. There were 19 great movies! Was there a summer with a higher number of memorable films that this? Here's the impressive list of 1979's summer of movies:
All That Jazz
The Amityville Horror
The Black Hole
The Black Stallion
The China Syndrome
Conan The Barbarian
Escape From Alcatraz
Kramer vs Kramer
Love At First Bite
Moonraker (James Bond)
The Muppet Movie
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
10 (The Bo Derek, Dudley Moore comedy)
(and The Empire Strikes Back was in production that summer as well)
I think 1997 was a great summer. There was Men in Black, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Air Force One, The Fifth Element, George of the Jungle, Batman and Robin (lol), Contact, Event Horizon. The latter movie was when i saw the trailer for what would become a summer-like movie in the winter of 1997-1998, Titanic. As of this year, the 3D rerelease is adding more money to its coffer, although Titanic sold more tickets than Avatar and spent more weeks at the top.
I think every summer is a tentpole for studios. I look back at summer after summer of amazing movies and I think it's really where you are in your life that leaves the lasting impression and fond memories. 1999 was a great year in my life and when I look back at the summer line up it still amazes me. Office Space, American Pie, Fight Club, The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, The Mummy, Austin Powers 2, Toy Story 2, Blair Witch Project...maybe not that one. 1982 was amazing, but at the time most of those films bombed under the weight of ET. It's only now that we look back and appreciate them for what they were.
The summer of 1999 was great, despite Star Wars Episode I being the least favorite. Toy Story 2 was released in thanksgiving of 1999, not summer, and so was Fight Club in october. Summer of 2000 was good and 2001 was ok. 2002 was when a lot of people went to movies, a record which still stands. For one reason, it was after 9/11 so people were looking for an escape, and Spider-Man dominated the box office. 10 years later, not only there is a new spider-man, but a new men in black, the return of Batman, and of course The Avengers.
The Avengers has now just completely topped and blown all the other best summer movie experiences I've had out of the water, completely forgot I was even watching a movie, it was like some insane ride with a bunch of people! I still find it surreal that it even happened, been waiting for this movie for so long, even though it is finished and released, it felt like some kind of waking dream, I have images and story in my head, but it's almost like it never happened! Can't wait to experience it all over again, this time i'm gonna pinch myself, just to make sure...:)
Joss, I tip my imaginary hat to you! please com back for number 2!
Yeah you're right. Like I said fond memories sometimes blur realities. All those great movies seem to blend together. Strange I forgot about Star Wars. I stood in line for hours to see that one!
star wars i actually waited a few weeks after it came out for each movie, with the exception of Revenge of the Sith, which I think perfectly blended the prequels with the classic trilogy.
Oooh, Wall-E, Tropic AND Dark Knight? You might be right ...
I missed on Wall-E (I saw ratatouille the previous year and liked it), but tropic thunder was hilarious and so was Dark Knight. I was there opening day and loved that movie. Hadn't it been for Heath Ledger's passing, the movie would still make money. Summer of 2005 was the worst, with a few exceptions. Ditto for 2011. The summer of 1985 cooled off despite having Back to the Future dominating the box office (two sequels were filmed back to back but couldnt match up the original). Summer of 1989 was good although i was too young to see Batman until it came out on vhs.
2008 had Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E, Wanted, Tropic Thunder, and The Dark Knight. That year has to be in consideration.
1994 was the best movie summer. You have The Lion King, Speed, Forest Gump, and True Lies. Those are classics and there were even more movies that summer as well.
I agree. 1995 was when i saw my first pg-13 movie, Batman Forever, which today pales in comparison to the Nolan movies. It was the first movie i heard in 5.1 SDDS, and i liked the trailers for what was to come...Mortal Kombat was and still is the best videogame movie of all time. There was also Apollo 13, which was great. Didn't care for Waterworld but enjoyed it sometimes. The lion king was a great disney movie, and the 3d rerelease brought new generations to this timeless classic. 2006 was also a good summer too. Having Superman return to the big screen was good, even though a reboot is planned for 2013.
Thank you for mentioning 1994. A few more notables from the year that deserve mentioning: Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Interview with the Vampire, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dumb and Dumber, Clerks, Clear and Present Danger, Hoop Dreams...
I never saw The Karate Kid in the theater, but I do remember watching E.T. I was 4 1/2 and remember clearly being scared of the opening when Elliot found E.T. in the shed. I just introduced my kids to it this year and still cried at the end. "ouch" *tear*
ET i didn't see until it came out on vhs in the fall of 1988-1989. I was crying because of the emotional music and drama. It still scares me to this day when the men in space suits invade Elliots home. It was the first movie that i saw that had elliot's brother saying a curse word. Had ET been made today, it would be rated pg-13. My mom told me when i was born, i looked like et. I now own the 20th anniversary dvd that includes the infamous 2002 rerelease as well as the 1982 classic. It introduced me to Drew Barrymore.
1982 was a great year in movies. Loved all those films! But to call any one year of good films as the Greatest Summer Movies Season of All Time? Not possible! I love classics going back 50 years and more. So I would never call '82 nor 2012 the greatest!
Maybe the summer of 1975, when Jaws became the first movie to become a hit during that period. 1977 was even bigger, with Star Wars. Two sequels would soon follow, each doing better than the last and breaking records. 1981 had the original Clash of the Titans, History of the World Part I, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, all opening on the same day...guess which movie won.....
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