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Monday Night Flashback OT: Summer Blockbusters

Certain movies are just made for summer. In my head, it’s the big, over-the-top action films with a romantic ballad or two that makes a summer movie. You know, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, with “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams; Batman Forever with “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal and  Armageddon, with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith.

Those are three movies from my young adulthood I couldn’t have escaped if I tried. The movies played for weeks and weeks, and the songs were all over the radio waves. What movies and movie soundtracks scream summer for you? What do you think this summer’s big blockbuster will be?

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I’m usually one of those ‘can’t-wait’ people for new blockbusters, but nothing this year has me really excited. Spiderman; feels like I’ve already seen it. Batman; I’ll be making a cameo in that movie as ‘person asleep in one of the hotel rooms in the background in one of the scenes’ but otherwise, kind of tired of it so hope Bane gives it somethin’. Total Recall, Dredd; might be okay from a nostalgia angle but probably will be rentals. For fall/winter, Wreck-It Ralph and The Hobbit are the ones I’m looking forward to.

I really really hope The Hobbit is good. I would LOVE a good Hobbit movie!

I feel like I’m the only one, but I’m not a huge fan of Batman Begins/The Dark Knight. TBH, I’m just not a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s work. I haven’t really liked anything I’ve seen by him. Not only are the women a footnote to his plots, but I don’t like the pacing of his movies. Everything always feels so rushed to me, as if he feels like the only way to make exposition/character development interesting is if he squishes it next to some ‘splosions.

Memento and Inception were both legitimately clever films, IMHO. I liked the second Batman movie, but I’m not sure if that is Nolan or Ledger driving that one. But I agree with you that he has no fucking clue how to do a decent female. I want to see the final Batman, but I am not supah excited the way was about Avengers.

Haha, I found the name of my “phobia”

Now I must look up the root in my Greek dictionary when I get home.


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Armageddon will forever and always be the movie I associate with summer. Mainly because I went and saw it on a rainy day during our yearly family beach week. I’ll still watch it if it happens to be on TV for mindless background noise.

In more depressing news, the whole student loan debacle is really depressing me. I’m not sure how I’ll ever be able to get a master’s if I have to pay interest while in school. I’m looking at going to school in the UK or Canada, but that may be unrealistic too. Damn you, Congress! I had a plan and you’ve gone and screwed things up for me. Again.

Return of the Jedi is forever tied to summer movies in my head. That summer my dad didn’t have air conditioning, so we went to see that movie about a dozen times to have an excuse to sit in the movie theater’s cool air. Also, I was about nine and I loved Ewoks.

Pretty much any super hero movie screams summer to me. I’m a sucker for them…I love me some heady stuff, but every now and then you gotta appreciate a mindless popcorn flick. I’m currently doing a series at my blog on the gender of the summer blockbusters, if anyone is interested…and I promise this will be the only time I mention it! >_<


In other news, I have recently become a UNICORN and I’m so excited.


Loved your piece on Magic Mike. Its funny, I read an article (either on Slate or Salon) where this writer took a group of male strippers with him to see MM and critique it. They all gave it a thumbs down as being very unrealistic, that it falsely portrayed their lifestyle and promoted stereotypes about their profession. It was very interesting. You know what would be cool? If MM was used as a springboard to make a documentary about male strippers. Or if there already is one, the producers or studio behind it could take the time to bring their documentary off the shelf and promote it on the coattails of MM.

Other than that, I enjoyed reading your analysis!

I am notoriously indifferent to movie soundtracks, with a very few select exceptions. I know Juno is one of those love it or hate it films, but I love it, and I find the soundtrack really endearing for all that it is a bit hipster-tastic. Also the Giorgio Moroder score for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is killer (you can watch this version on Netflix now, and I recommend it highly).

Also, I’m kinda new to this whole watching Supernatural thing, but a few weeks ago when I first saw an episode with Castiel I thought, “Hay, he looks like John Constantine*. Ha!” Turns out this was done on purpose. Which is hilarious for so many reasons. Please tell me I am not alone in finding the parallels being drawn between the two funny. (please tell me I’m not the only one who fangirls over both…)

*The real one from the comics. Not the weird American impersonator Keanu Reeves played in the movie.

John Constantine is a  working-class magician and con man that first shows up in the Swamp Thing comics then he gets his own series called Hellblazer. His specialties include being a bastard and getting friends killed. To give you a picture of how his character works, he gets lung cancer (because he smokes like a chimney) and decides that the best thing to do is to separately promise his soul to three different very powerful demons, each of whom are eager to get the honor of nabbing the infamous Constantine. Then he slits his wrists. All three demons show up to claim him and because none of them are willing to back down on their claim they find themselves forced to save his life in order to keep war from breaking out in Hell. Including curing his lung cancer. Before John leaves he flips them all the bird.

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