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Favorite Summer Film Ever

Published at: June 8, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... That cowardly Moriarty, now hiding under the alias of Drew McWeeny at HitFix.com IM'd me yesterday - and we were talking about all manners of things that webmasters talk about these days. Mainly why all of you lazy fucks aren't seeing DRAG ME TO HELL, thus cursing us all to never having another great Raimi scare fest. And I say, "You Lazy Fucks" with the utmost love and highest level of endearment. But seriously! GO SEE THE MOVIE! Anyway, Drew was having a bad run of days. He was scheduled for a vacation this week, but there was a conspiracy that wasn't allowing him to have a replacement BLOGGER for the week. I volunteered to take over for him, for the week - and instead he hit me back about 30 minutes later with a question. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER MOVIE EXPERIENCE AND WHY? Well - I looked at the question and instantly realized - this isn't asking what's the BEST Summer Movie Experience. Pretty sure that would uniformly be RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, JAWS or EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. But my favorite. A personal choice. The one that when I think back on, it gives me chills and a warm cuddily feeling all at once. I thought about it at length - and it wasn't easy. Since I started AICN, I've done some pretty amazing events with the summer films - but I quickly dismissed any event that I've attended as an adult, simply based upon the notion that I expected what I got. That was the key divider between childhood and adulthood film going. For me, as a child - there was a period leading up to around the age of 11, where movies HAPPENED to me. I wasn't reading STARLOG yet. I flipped through it looking at pictures at the store, but I wasn't taking it home to read yet, to absorb. For some crazy reason, the title that I wrote about leapt to mind and I couldn't shake it. It was my favorite Summer Movie Film Experience. Drew posted it, along with pieces from JJ Abrams, David Hayter, an exhaustive piece by Simon Pegg. Which you can find: HERE!!! As for my favorite Adult Summer Film Experience. It would have to be PHANTOM MENACE. I know. I know. But camping in that line, playing games with my fellow liners, the fellowship and the joy and hope in that line was astonishing. And the experience of seeing the film? Well, it is one that I feel fairly confident in saying... none of us will forget our reactions... be it positive or negative. And I'm sure we can all express that reaction with a high degree of passion even today... a decade later.

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  • June 8, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I liked TPM too , Harry

    by Silverglade

    Liam Neeson = best Jedi on screen ever.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Star Wars, for me I guess.

    by johnnyangelheart

    I know, such an unoriginal response. But it blew my frakkin mind.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    My best summer film experience

    by sfgeek

    was definitely seeing T2 at midnight. My brother and I went and were busted by our parents for coming home so late. Ironically, one of my worst summer film experiences was seeing Terminator Salvation, what a load of crap.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Gotta say JAWS

    by Fireball XL-5

    I paid to see it 8 times that summer, and usually stayed to watch it twice (you could do that back then).

  • June 8, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    I remember seeing ESB in theaters

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Everyone was so into the movie and wondering how it was going to top Star Wars. I think by the time the Snow Walkers showed up, everyone was into it. I remember people clapping as Luke, Han and people came on the screen. Everyone clapped when the movie was over. It was great.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Raiders

    by nolan bautista

    saw it at the State Theater in Jresey Cty..i had an idea what to expect with the tandem of Lucas and Spielberg..but Raiders delivered in so many ways..i left the theater thinking ..WOW..just WOW..(bought the original Raiders programme too..wonder how much its worth?)

  • June 8, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    ID4.

    by shutupfanboy

    Fuck the haters, I saw this film 5 times in a theater from the summer I graduated high school to my first day of college. I still love this film. I also liked TPM since it was my first midnight movie, but only saw it a few times after that.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by cinemixtape.com

    I was 7 years old and it completely fried my brain. Mostertainly changed the trajectory of my life. <p> And I've seen DMTH twice. Great flick.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    *most certainly

    by cinemixtape.com

  • June 8, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I saw Drag Me To Hell

    by Stormshadow4life

    had a great time too! so there!

  • June 8, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    thats Jersey City,NJ

    by nolan bautista

    ..in Journal Square

  • June 8, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    June 4, 1982: KAHN!

    by bswise

    While visiting my sister in San Francisco, saw the opening night show of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn at the Alahambra Theater (Timothy L. Pflueger, 1926) with the wildest and giddiest audience ever.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by Jack Shepherd

    The best movie ever made was a summer release.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    ID4

    by Jared

    Yes, I saw part of it on cable the other day and overall it's pretty bad. But damn were me and brother sucked in by the marketing campaign that summer. We saw it in a full theater and the audience ate up every minute of it.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Phantom Menace?

    by gavdiggity

    you sometimes exhibit terrible taste, Mr. Knowles. But mentioning Big Trouble In Little China leaves a sliver of hope for you.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    A toss up

    by cutest_of_borg

    Star Trek II and Empire Strikes Back - man those were some great experiences for a 14-16 year old boy.

  • June 8, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    'camping in that line'

    by dalbatron

    You mean wearing high heels and saying 'ooh sailor' with a limp wrist??? Wow you fanboys can paartay!!

  • June 8, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead in '78

    by nolan bautista

    ..being shocked by the first zombie "bite" scene in the first 10 min and thinking ..good god!..that shit looked so real !! (this was before i knew about Savini and spfx,etc)..and then thinking that this movie is just starting!! its gonna be 90 more minutes of this!! good times..good times!!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    The Phantom Menace was great for me, too!

    by Rakafraker

    You're right: The line and everyone in it. The anticipation that a new Star Wars was coming out. The camaraderie was incredible. I still have friends that I chat with that I met in line. <p>Screw the haters, but I walked out of TPM with my head spinning. It was an event that wasn't at all like the other times that I stood in line for SW movies (and I stood in line for ALL of them).

  • June 8, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    TPM never deserved the shit it got...

    by TheLastCleric

    To this day it has some truly awesome sequences.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Superman The Movie

    by m00kiedood

    I saw Star Wars on the big screen at a birthday party when I was 10 yrs old, and then came home and spent an hour following my mom around the house while I explained every single detail of it. It was fantastic.<p> But the summer movie that makes me happiest, thinking back, is one I saw at another birthday party one year later: Superman the Movie. <p> It's the whole package of memories that makes it that way -- seeing it on the big screen with the 4 best friends I would ever have, then having a sleep over where we talked about it and relived each scene, over and over. I remember that when I was standing in line out front I ran into a girl I liked, who was seeing the movie with her friends at a different birthday party, and managing to somehow get a seat next to her. Though we never really said a word.<p> I was amazed at the way Superman just so effortlessly stepped off a roof top and flew, without having to run and jump hands first the way it was done on the old black and white Superman TV show that ran every afternoon in reruns. It was a movie that, to my 11 year old eyes, had no obvious effects and did what the posters said it would do: "Make you believe a man can fly". I look at it now through different eyes, and the effects look shaky, but back then it was absolutely magical.<p> 1977, Star Wars, when I was 10<p> 1978, Superman, when I was 11<p> 1981, Raiders, when I was 13<p> All fantastic summer theater experiences, though Superman stands out. Man, I was lucky.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Also, Drag Me To Hell wasn't that great...

    by TheLastCleric

    but for whatever reason it's being hailed as a high bar for horror.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    BTW - DMTH plays next week near me! Yeah!

    by Rakafraker

    Can't wait!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Raiders of the Lost Ark was another one

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I remember people cheering when HArrison Ford's name came up on the screen, and everyone freaking out when the giant ball chased Indy.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell was...

    by VermithraxPejorative

    Huge dissapointment! I don't know why so many critics liked it, it was a series of gross out gags and characters doing irrational things and saying dumb things. It had it's moments but once that kitty died I couldn't wait for lohman to DIE! Favorite summer EXPERIENCE would be Attack of the clones. TPM was such a dissapointment everything up til that depressed me... Attack of the clones made me have a little more faith in SW.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I saw drag me to hell too...

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    It was fun but I'm puzzled by the adoration. It was essentially Raimi pulling all his old tricks on a pretty conventional script.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell WAS great

    by Murkish

    especially by today's horror flick standards. it was a really fun ride, and that was all i was looking for

  • June 8, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    THE SPACEMAN AND KING ARTHUR

    by palimpsest

    They might have called it UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL in the States. I love that movie to this day.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Three are tied.

    by JacksBloatedPayroll

    Jurassic Park. Was 15 and in full geek mode. Spielberg was god. I went to the library and got a book on palentology. Read everything Micheal Criton ever wrote. Wanted to get into movies. Revenge of the Sith, Midinight Screening, 2005. Something about it being the last Star Wars film I would ever see on the big screen made it so special. It had it's flaws, but it made me feel good inside. I had always hoped in the back of my mind that I would'nt die before I saw it. And, I didn't know it at the time, but my wife sat beside me, with my first son just forming his first cells in her womb. We named him Hayden. <Insert Groans> Last Summers' The Dark Knight. Anticipation was high, and we went with a bunch of people and my best bud was there. Jaw was dropped for 75% of the film, and it was all we've talked about for the last year.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Blackula and Scream Blackula Scream

    by cookylamoo

    In a theater with patrons screaming, "don't go in there, girl" and "That's it, you dead now"

  • June 8, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    ID4--me too

    by drewlicious

    I know, know, it's not that great of a movie but to a 15 year old it was genius. I can't honestly remember being more excited before and during a movie. Ninety-six overall was a pretty good summer for semsationalism. It started off with Twister, The Rock, Eraser, A Time to Kill, etc. That's a lot of high engergy filmmaking and some of it still kind of holds up. The Rock is still balls to wall awesome if you ask me. Twister gets a little funnier simply because there are evil storm watchers apparently. So what if they're in it for the money so long as they get the job done? And if its for the money probably will.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Empire Strikes Back

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    We waited in line for five hours at the mall in Springfield, VA. Had a blast and came out of the movie on fire!!! I've had a ton of summer-movie-fun, but that stands out as the best.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Blair Witch Project

    by th3480

    Don't remember if it was a summer film or not, but that film f'ed me up in ways that I never would have imagined. Saw it at a midnight screening, and it's still tha only movie that I've ever seen in a theater where everyone left completely silent. Either people were really pissed, or like me, scared shitless. Great time at the movies.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    BTW....

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    DRAG ME TO HELL is the best movie I've seen, or will likely see, this summer. Nothin' but fun, fun, fun...

  • June 8, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    saw Drag Me to Hell

    by evilmasterfoo

    and was unimpressed. Far to silly to be scary and was overly loud.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    My favourite summer move experience didn't occur in the American

    by brokentusk

    It occured on the 19th of December, 2001 when I went to see THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING for the first time. Talk about anticipation. It also helped that the film met and, in some instances, exceeded my greatest expectations. <p> Sure it doesn't count according to the American releases, but I live in South Africa... so technically it is my greatest summer film experience. :)

  • June 8, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    JAWS for sure

    by batzilla

    I was there. 1975. With my Dad and oldest brother and I was 10 years old. Blew my mind. Then a friend and I went and saw it over and over again out at the local AF base (his father was in the military) and it was awesome! I can't believe we actually used to sit in that nasty old base theatre and watch Jaws over and over again. But, it was a summer I'll never forget.<p>What's great is I just recently reconnected with that friend whom I haven't even spoke to since 1979ish (being in a military family they moved lot) through Facebook and the first thing we talked about was that magical summer of '75. The summer of JAWS!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park or ID4

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    Though I was an entirely different person back then.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    ... didn't occur in the American summer.

    by brokentusk

    Is what the rest of my subject line should read.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Road Warrior

    by kabxray

    Jaws is my fav film but the Road Warrior, WOW. They had just painted the theater that day. When i watch it to this day i smell frash paint. Everyone had to sit close to each other at a show that was not sold out. First R film i saw in the theater. Walked out after the film could not believe they screwed over Max at the end. First film that didn't have a happy ending. I think i became adult at that moment.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Jaws at 10 years of age for me...

    by Mistahtibbs

    Why my parents felt it was OK to take a ten-year-old to see Jaws I'll never know. Scared the bejezzus out of me, especially that part where Dreyfuss is scuba-diving at night and the head with only one eye falls into the hole in the bottom of the boat. Yeah. Good times and the beginning of summer movie memories for me.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Oh snap Edgar, I forgot about ID4!

    by brokentusk

    I had a whole birthday party organised around going to see it!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    the only good thing about TPM in 99' ...

    by KonkBob

    it was "more Star Wars"

  • June 8, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    EDGARWRIGHT

    by JacksBloatedPayroll

    Haha, I feel exactly the same way.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Batman '89!

    by Specktron

    The hype, my friends, the hype...

  • June 8, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    oh, and my very first "in the theater" movie memory????

    by Mistahtibbs

    <p>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.</p> <p>Weird, no?</p> MT

  • June 8, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    the other great experience was ..

    by kabxray

    The Perfect Storm. The reason was the film broke in the middle. We left got a refund. I told my wife we are the only theater goers that will ever see that film and the crew will live, because last i saw them George, Mark and the rest of the crew was alive. LOL

  • June 8, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    TPM for me

    by sith_rising

    fuck the haters. loved it, saw it every weekend for about 4 weeks.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    ID4

    by gavdiggity

    why do people insist on calling the movie this?

  • June 8, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Star Wars. Must've seen it a dozen times that summer

    by Chain

  • June 8, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    ESB..

    by nolan bautista

    ..what could be more grand? this was Star Wars part 2 back then..and how could they possibly top the first?..i remember my Uncle pulling us out of junior high for an afternoon matinee...ESB was so right on the mark it put me a trance..a 'geek-coma' is the closest i can think of to describe it

  • June 8, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    oh, by the way

    by gavdiggity

    Toss my name in the Star Wars box. It's not only the best summer movie memory I have, it's also the first movie I remember seeing (at a drive-in... double billed with Laserblast).

  • June 8, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Funny you mentioned TPM

    by Continentalop

    Because that is probably one of my worst summer movie experiences. I think I have never walked out of a movie so disappointed.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I cried after seeing Die Hard August 1988

    by wintocha67

    It was that awesome. T2 in July 1991 wasn't bad either.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Summer School !!!

    by Dataset

    Summer 1987. Smokin' hot Courtney Thorne-Smith, Chainsaw Massacre references, the hall pass; I must have seen that movie four times that summer. Still one of the best teen comedies ever.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST

    In ESB

    by nolan bautista

    ..i was thinking Wow! the Star Wars universe is expanding!!..they're in the snow!..they're in the swamp!..they're inside an asteroid!..they are in the city in the clouds!!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    speaking of jaws

    by palewook

    studio is exploring a remake/reboot of the great white..

  • June 8, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Lotta ID4 love.

    by TedKordLives

    I saw ID4 in D.C., on July 2nd at 1:00am. There was a theater (about 16 blocks from the White House) showing it around the clock, over and over, and the lines were massive, even in the middle of the night. The screen was two stories high and 70 feet wide, and me and Uncle John sat in the front row, as was our custom. Every time a jet would fly across the screen we'd literally have to turn our heads. I even remember the previews. First Contact and ANH re-release. Great crowd energy too. <P> So, not the greatest movie but the greatest movie experience of my life, hands down. Watchmen would be a not-even-close second, tho.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Spider-Man

    by Blanket-Man

    After being a die-hard Spidey fan for nearly 30 years, the experience of finally seeing Peter Parker given respectful treatment on the big screen was awesome. ST 2, Die Hard 2, Jurassic Park, & Iron Man were also great summer movie experiences...

  • June 8, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I was in a mental hospital when ID4 came out

    by Anything But Tangerines

    I tried everything to escape, ended up seeing it a couple weeks later. True story.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Midnight Screening of Dawn of the Dead

    by Garbageman33

    When I was taking the SATs the next day. I think I scored a 12. In fact, I can probably blame George Romero for the fact that I didn't get into an Ivy League school.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    drag me to crap

    by Beniffer

    sorry .. haven't seen it .. don't want to see it .. doesn't interest me .. raimi can make another horrible spiderman for all I care

  • June 8, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Well done, Harry! BTILC rulz!

    by Raymar

  • June 8, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Lethal Weapon.

    by V'Shael

    It blew me away.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Terminator 2

    by Scorhito

    I know it's technically just after summer but goddamn...people were practically standing on the seats in the back row because the theatre it was so packed.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Oh, and DRAG ME TO HELL?

    by V'Shael

    Fucking sucked. I don't know why the hell it's getting so much praise on this site, unless it's just to convince Raimi to get back into horror. <p> The movie was not scary, it was not thrilling, and not particularly different from any of a dozen other horror movies.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Maybe SUPERMAN at the drive in when I was six.

    by Continentalop

    I love the movie, but I didn't really watch it. The couple in the car next to ours was getting busy, so me and my brothers watched that instead. <p> And that is what started my long love affair with cinema.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Terminator 2

    by sheepshagger

    Easily my favourite experience at a summer movie as A) I must have been the only person in the world that didn't know Arnie was a good guy B) the movie was fucking awesome but most importantly C) Here in the UK the film was granted a 15 certificate and i have a very young looking 12 year old little brother with me.He was turned down flat at the 1st cinema, was grilled about his age and failed the date of birth test at the second, but at the third and final cinema he grew a pair of balls, swaggered to the kiosk in the way that George McFly would order a chocolate milkshake, and purchased his ticket.As we walked into the cinema, he had a tear in his eye - perhaps a mixture of adrenalin and sheer joy, and settled in his seat as the biggest , little 12 year old in a packed cinema and reveled in every single second. Winner- hands down.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Star Wars

    by Le Phantom

    Seeing Star Wars back in May of 77' at age 15 was a magical experience, never equaled!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I know I'll probably get shit for this...

    by kateowyn

    but Pirates of the Caribbean. Forgive me, I'm young and didn't get to see Jaws in theaters. But I had heard nothing about Pirates and getting swept up into the adventure almost entirely against my will turned me on to the fun of movies, forever. Such a perfect summer film. And, no matter what P2 and P3 are...the first Pirates is brilliantly done. I've said my piece.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Oh, I was 15 at the time.

    by TedKordLives

    Just want to quantify the experience for you.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Favorite Winter experience for a film

    by lockesbrokenleg

    was defiantly First Contact. Everyone was so into the movie. Even clapping after Worf says that, "Assimilate This!" line. Great time.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Agreed. The Phantom Menace LIVES FOREVER.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

  • June 8, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    ID4 was huge for 2 reasons:

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. You had to be Helen Keller at that time to be kid and not NEED to see the Fresh Prince and Ian Malcom team up to fight aliens.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by qbert455

    After months and months of hype, collecting the McDonald's cups, reading any bit of juicy tidbit I could get my hands on, I stood in line for 4 hours and had the most thrilling movie experience of my life. Dinosaurs brought to life was pure bliss for a 12 year old boy. Saw it 5 times that summer.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I'm not lazy, I'm deliberately NOT seeing a PG-13 horror movie l

    by Tall_Boy66

    I'll wait for the Unrated DVD release of Drag Me to Hell. I'm voting with my wallet with this one, thank you very much. I don't care if it's only an 8 second delay, don't pull this PG-13 horror movie/R-rated-Unrated DVD cut bullshit, okay? It's disrespectful to your audience and I refuse to support it. Done.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    'Assimilate This!'

    by TedKordLives

    BWAH-HAH-HAH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! <P> Too awesome!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    TPM teaser is also the most watched trailer for me....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    .....I probably sat there staring at that thing 4 times a day, 10 times in a row with my cock in my hand.<p>

  • June 8, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    INDY!

    by shatners hairpiece

    I was 15 when "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" came out and I had a hard-on for that movie that can only be achieved by a 15-year old movie geek. I was second in line and saw it 3 times the first two days. Not the best movie, but the best experience bar none.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Terminator Salvation

    by CB87

    Eat shit Harry

  • June 8, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    All time best aside, I finally saw UP this weekend...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and damn, that movie is perfect in every way. As someone who works with story for a living it's distressingly good.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Uhhh because R Rated horror films lately are good?

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Fuck off with that bullshit and grow the fuck up.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    everything leading up to TPM was awesome

    by slappy jones

    but everything after the scroll sucked.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom

    by reni

    Later on, definitely Batman, Total Recall, Die Hard 2. Should've gone to Spike Island instead of Die Hard 2 though... Regrets.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    ..and "Drag Me To Hell"

    by shatners hairpiece

    kicked all the ass in the world. Fuck Spider Man! Raimi needs to go back to horror full time.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell was fucking HILARIOUS!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    It was thrilling and over the top. That's what I call a "popcorn movie." No I wasn't scared, but I had a great time in a packed theater.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Talking 'bout ID4

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    I was abroad on a school trip when that movie came out and there was this foreign news show talking about the film and I remember that they showed the canyon chase sequence and it just blew my mind. Just five or so seconds of footage and I was sold. This was back when big releases still got me excited. I went and saw it three times. I saw Jurassic Park three times too. The idea of doing that now seems totally fucking absurd. The past is indeed a foreign country. Good call on Die Hard wintocha67. Bit before my time but I watched it again recently with my girlfriend (who'd never seen it!) and that fucking ending where Powell steps up still knocks me on my ass. Everything about that is perfect. Out of context it's ridiculously over-the-top but by that point, given what's gone before, it seems pitch-perfect. It's one of the best moments in film history, no question. The fucking music and the slow-motion and... Yep, all kinds of cool.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Phantom Menace hands down

    by Michael_Bay_Rox

    lol. All kidding aside it was definitely TRANSFORMERS BABY

  • June 8, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Go fuck yourself, Glover

    by Tall_Boy66

    It's disrepectful to the audience and simply treating them as cash cows. "We'll cut out these 8 seconds and get MORE MONEY and then put them back in on the DVD and they'll all line up and say MOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" You have a version of the film, release it as is and don't fucking dick around with a lower rating. Have some fucking sack. Which the people who released Drag Me to Hell have none.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Worst Summer Movie Experience

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Probably Batman Returns. What a shitty movie. Right from the stupid goth opening with the Penguin, I knew it was trying to be some artsy film.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Preview of "Aliens" at midnight.

    by blakindigo

  • June 8, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    You're just pissed you didn't have the power to sell Drag

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 8, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Probably Return of the Jedi in 83

    by Orionsangels

    I have vague memories of seeing the original Star Wars, Grease, Superman, Empire strikes back the theaters, but in 1983. When I was 9 years old. I had my real first movie going experience tha would stay with me my whole life. So yeah, we lived in Guttenberg NJ and no theater near by was playing the movie. My Mom had to drive my siblings and me to a theater way out in Ridgefield NJ. Dad stayed with us and Mom waited outside in the car. She hates fantasy movies. She has this thing to this day, where to any special effects movie, she says, they really want us to believe that? Oh please. I say to her, it's a movie, it's not supposed to be real, but I never get through to her. Anyway, we had to wait in a line a few blocks long to see the movie. We finally got in and when STAR WARS slammed on the screen, everyone cheered like wild savages. It was a theater packed with star wars nerds after all. They clapped at all the right parts. I got emotional. The special effects were on a scale I couldn't imagine, it was insane and I was so excited jumping and down on my chair. I cried when Darth Vader turns on the Emperor to save Luke. The crowd went ballistic! I'll never forget that moment as long as I live. After the movie, two guys dressed as Obiwan and Darth Vader were saber dueling outside the theater and everyone was watching, I'll never forget that either. Ah yes! Good times! Good times! There's other great summer movie moments for me though, like opening day of Batman in 89. The theater was so packed people were standing and sitting on the floor. Another movie where the crowd was cheering like crazy and everyone and their grandmother had that yellow and black Batman logo shirt.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Times have changed. R Rated horror is 90% shit now.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Don't pretend otherwise.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Enter The Dragon...

    by REDD

    I saw it almost every summer from 73 - 79.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park is mine, no contest

    by SoylentMean

    Not only was that the first movie that I worked my ass off to make sure I could see it multiple times in theaters (chores, the bane of a young boy's existence) but it was the first movie that I saw on my own, without parental or adult accompaniment. <P> It was the first movie where I wasn't experiencing the movie through the sentiments of friends or family. <P> Jurassic Park stomped my child mind into the mud and forever made me a movie fan.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I watched Drag Me To Hell

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    To be quite honest, it's wasn't all that great and I'm a huge fan of Evil Dead 2. The end was the best part and Alison Lohman's acting was pretty painful.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    It's gotta be Jurassic Park for me.

    by a goonie

    Why? Because I grew up obsessed with dinosaurs and constantly watching old stop-motion dino flicks and man-in-suit giant monster movies. That was my bread and butter in the early days and, all throughout the 80s, I figured that was the closest I would ever get to a real dinosaur. I had been to museums and seen skeletons, I had read tons of books, and I had been up close to some animatronic dinos, but I never imagined I would see dinosaurs on a screen moving around in life-like fashion. I figured there had to be a point where the dino technology just capped off and it couldn't be done any better. Even after seeing T2 (probably my number two favourite summer movie experience), I still didn't see the potential for bringing dinosaurs to life on the big screen.<br><br>So when I sat down in that theatre in June 1993, Spielberg, Winston, Lantieri, Muren, Tippet, and everyone else who worked on that movie collectively blew my fucking mind. BEST. SUMMER. MOVIE. EXPERIENCE. EVER.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I just remember that one poster for TPM

    by Continentalop

    Where they show a young Anakin and the shadow he casts is the silhouette of Darth Vader. God how I wish that movie had lived up to that poster.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Saw Star Wars on opening night

    by skimn

    Yup, its a cliche, but that movie changed everything. I floated out of the theater, feeling like a blissed out kid (I was 19 at the time). A summer pastime that year if we got bored was "Wanna see Star Wars again..."<p>And Drag Me To Hell was the most "fun" horror film since Poltergeist.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park or TLW for me...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Although I sure was excited for TPM...

  • June 8, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Danny Glover's Dickblood

    by shatners hairpiece

    Is a pathetic loser who spends every waking minute on AICN criticizing everything because he's pissed that he's wasted his life on his computer protecting his pasty-white fatness and his virginity.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah the opening of Fellowship of the Ring

    by Orionsangels

    My first movie after 911 and I needed to forget the craziness in the world, for at least 3 hrs. When the movie opens, Galadriel says - "The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it." I thought of 911. The world has changed and it was so emotional for me. I knew the movie I was about to see would be a classic.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I envy those who saw Teminator 2 in theaters

    by drewlicious

    It would be priceless to see the look on someones face seeing the T-1000 for the first time. It must have been mindblowing. Still an awesome movie and one of the all time greatest action films ever.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    ALIENS

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Best summer movie experience, because it was at a time before trailers ruined all the major plot points, before the internet provided us with too many details before the release date, before "SPOILER ALERT" was part of the vernacular, and well before idiot teenagers talking & texting on their cellphones during the show was the norm. <BR><BR>Saw "Aliens" opening night with some college friends, one of whom had never seen the original, so the rest of us spent about an hour reprising the movie for him, tag-team style, before heading out to the theater. (I'm sure we overhyped it. I don't know what his reaction was upon finally seeing it.) <BR><BR>The theater was packed, needless to say. (Northgate Mall Cinema, Seattle!) Nobody knew much about the film, aside from what we saw in the trailers - which wasn't much, IIRC. Seeing an entire audience jerk their heads back in unison when the facehugger in the tube tried to get Paul Reiser was awesome. Hearing the crowd roar with approval upon Ripley's entrance with the loader device to take on the Queen was incredible. Lots of "oohs" and "aaahs," plenty of "wows," and there was much rejoicing. Never experienced a movie event like that, although the preview screening of "Robocop" I attended a year later came awfully close. <BR><BR>Oh, and the midnight premiere showing of "X-Men" was very, very cool. An entire audience of fanboys (and fangirls) squealing with glee while finally getting to see WOLVERINE (not "Hugh Jackman, Movie Star as Wolverine," but WOLVERINE) on the big screen for the first time may never be topped. Quite the impressive debut.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell is a theater movie

    by wash

    You will be missing a lot if you are waiting to see the mythical R-Rated cut (I'm skeptical). Oh, and you're also a lazy, cheap bastard who deserves only endless SAW sequels and rip-offs.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Whoever said 'Temple of Doom' isn't the greatest movie:

    by TedKordLives

    You, sir, are incorrect.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Eh? I actually agreed with Harry for once....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ...in here over TPM. Some asshole is in here whining about R Rated horror films and I point out that R Rated horror in recent years is garbage anyway, so no real loss-- and you freak the fuck out and personally attack me for that? Wow. Thanks. I'm the asshole. Right.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Probably has to be RETURN OF THE JEDI for me too...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...saw SUPERMAN, SOW WHITE, PETER PAN, STAR WARS, AND EMPIRE in the theater before that, but was little.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Can I have two?

    by tj donkey show

  • June 8, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    drag me to hell was fuckin terrible

    by animas

    about 5-10 minutes of gross out bodily fluid "humor" and about 90 minutes of BORING crappy acting crappy directing and crappy story.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Yeah Saw and Hostel films...wooohoooo.....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    R RATED is awesome!! I'm 16 and erect!!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Ah yes Jurassic Park The T-rex's first appearance

    by Orionsangels

    It both scared, disturbed and amazed me at the same time. It looked like a real animal that had weight distribution.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Oh, and THE ABYSS...great movie and better on the big...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...screen.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Raiders is summer movie perfection

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    And honorable mentions to Empire, Return of the Jedi, Blade Runner, Road Warrior and RoboCop.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Conti:

    by TedKordLives

    I worked at a theater when TPM came out. Just remembering that poster gives me chills. <P> Was there any way that movie could have lived up to that poster?

  • June 8, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park absolutely. Probably my fav movie experience.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 8, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Drag Me

    by Captain Happy

  • June 8, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    You really need one for each age...child, early teen...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...teenager, and adult.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah and Batman '89

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

  • June 8, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    No question, its Total Recall

    by rycon1

    My father (who passed away 10 years ago) took me to see this for my 13th birthday. It was my 1st R rated theater experience and it was the most fun I've ever had at a movie. I still smile thinking about how much we both laughed at "See you at the party Richter". Sure, there have been better summer movies, but this one is my favorite.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I'd say R rated horror's bout 50/50

    by Michael_Bay_Rox

    hit or miss. The Hills Have Eyes was shit! I really liked Haute Tension on the other hand. Hostel wasn't bad either lmao.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    First movie I saw by myself as an adult...FISHER KING...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I still take a little pride in the excellent choice...loved every second of it and it's still one of my all time favorites.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I don't think 90% of R-rated horror movies suck

    by Continentalop

    I think 90% of horror movies suck. <p> The problem IMO Danny is that you have two extremes - you either have to make a torture porn movie, or else you have to play it safe by eliminating anything truly disturbing so it plays to the biggest possible audience. <p>

  • June 8, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit....straight up

    by terry1978

    I was 10 years old, living in Gary, Indiana....there was a drive-in that was still operable back then that I pass everyday now. Me, my dad, and my sister went to go see this for the first time, sat on the roof of his black El Dorado eating all kinds of crap....seeing the two mediums meld like that was just literal eye candy for me and my sis, man.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    rycon1 -- your dad made Total Recall your 1st....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ....R Rated experience? Fear not. He is in a good place.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    TPM

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    The most hyped and most disappointed I've ever been for a movie. Shame.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree with Danny

    by TedKordLives

    R-rated horror is in the shitter at present. I haven't seen DMTH yet, but I've got high hopes. Raimi is one of my heroes, and I hope he knocks it out of the park.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Definitely JAWS

    by Rebeck2

    I was 12. You don't get any better than being 12 years old and seeing Spielberg's masterpiece first run with a packed audience. It was like mainlining adrenaline. I was on a high all summer. Almost makes me glad I'm old. ;) Almost.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    28 Weeks Later

    by Michael_Bay_Rox

    30 Days of Night. Those were pretty great.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    As a teenager?...GHOSTBUSTERS, RAMBO...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...OR PLATOON.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    This is why the line for TPM was a watershed

    by OnusBone

    Harry, I love you man. This is why an internet movie site will always be better than a news sites, or a newspaper proper. Even the original fat critic, Roger Ebert, only has so much time to devote to passion before he has to break for commercial. I can always depend on AICN for the passion about film that the other mediums miss. That unabashed love for film was all over everyone when TPM came out. They had friggin' hourly showings OF THE TRAILER (!!!) in the mall video store, obviously taped by a fellow geek from ET. People stood 3 deep to watch that lo-fi recording. I feel so jaded now, but AICN brings that love back every once and again. And once in a while a film, like Trek a few weeks ago, makes me feel like that all over again.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Ted, I agree

    by Continentalop

    That poster fucked up that movie. No matter what you were going to walk away disappointed. <p> But even then I just don't like TPM. The entire prequels to me are just an exorcise in that some things are better left untouched (Godfather III is another example of that).

  • June 8, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Saw JP in this great, giant theater...

    by JuanSanchez

    My dad and I went to one theater and JP was sold out. Lines around the corner. So we went to this other theater smack dab in the middle of Bellevue, WA. It was a weird place - just one giant screen and the people who ran it tended to pick odd movies to screen. But they had Jurassic Park and it was fantastic. Although the place was mostly empty we sat in the balcony and man - great film, great filmgoing experience.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Continentalop -- you're probably right.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    It is probably the whole genre that took a nose dive. But in my opinion, in recent years, R Rated horror is fucking worthless, so why anyone would want more of it is beyond me.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I was going to say...

    by Baryonyx

    ...One Million Years B.C., but that was a winter release in the U.K. I guess I'll have to pick Jaws but, before that, I did really enjoy The Golden Voyage of Sinbad when it came out, and the '76 version of King Kong, and the original Rollerball, and Star Wars, etc... Okay, okay, I'm an old(ish) git.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I will say JP and ROTJ

    by sfgeek

    were great summer movie experiences for me. First off, I saw ROTJ in the theater on my mom's b-day. She was pissed, but man, I could have sat in that theater (The Continental in Denver) for hours and hours watching that movie over and over again. I remember seeing all the things I loved about the SW universe in that film, minus Ewoks. I was in tears when Yoda disappeared (I was 6 at the time). JP was a totally different experience. I was a young teenager, working at a pool, and as a pool staff we went to see THE DINOSAURS! Now, as a young teen, surrounded by a bunch of hot lifeguards (the female ones), who is gonna complain about that (regardless of the fact they were clothed)? I don't even remember my initial reaction to movie. I was surrounded by hot (female) lifeguards!

  • June 8, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    this has to go childhood and adulthood

    by Turd Furgeson

    childhood EMPIRE for sure, adulthood probably T2, maybe Jurasiac Park. might have to think about that some more..

  • June 8, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Thanks DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    by rycon1

    He sure is

  • June 8, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    wolverine???

    by Six Demon Bag

    thats a shame

  • June 8, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Summer 1989

    by Cole_El

    Batman. I was 9 years old. It forever changed my view of the character. Up until then all I knew was the Batman from the Adam West show and Superfriends. Major Batmania that summer. Batman logos on T shirts and buzzed haircuts everywhere.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    The first few seconds of TPM! The crowd went nuts!

    by Orionsangels

    Then the SW crawl said something about taxation of trade routes? Everything went to shit after that.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Can I have two?

    by tj donkey show

    The first has to be Raiders of The Lost Ark. It was like losing my virginity. I left the theater knowing that the movie going experience would never be the same. The second was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I took the day off work and went to the movies with my oldest daughter (6 years old at the time). It was a great "daddy and his little girl" time. I don't speak about it much because she's a teenager now and she would probably say something stupid to ruin the memories.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Oh, man...BRAVEHEART...too many....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...NEVERENDING STORY when I was a kid...

  • June 8, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    No, I agree with you Danny

    by Continentalop

    I just think the problem is the studios refuse to do anything risky or challenging. If they are going to make an R-rated film, it has to fit a narrow sub-genre (torture porn or slasher film) with a very limited budget. This is not the era of daring/intelligent R-rated films like in the past, like Se7en, Silence of the Lambs, Cape Fear. Exorcist, The Fly, the original Dawn of the Dead, etc. The sad thing is that R-rated horror sometimes meant smart, intelligent and thought provoking, now it just means "stupid gore."

  • June 8, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Too many...I give up.

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 8, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    would have to be "return of the jedi"

    by El Borak

    first star wars i saw in the theater. saw it like 8 times.

  • June 8, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    TJ Donkey Show -- hahaha

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    TJ (to his daughter): Hey sweetheart, remember when we saw Harry P-- <P>Daughter: Shut the fuck up old man. Let me get those car keys. You got a light?

  • June 8, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Orionsangels...that was the EXACT moment. Shit.

    by FlickaPoo

  • June 8, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Its ok to be gay.

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • June 8, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Continentalop -- YOU'RE FUCKING RIGHT.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    But I would also add, a lot of the great R-Rated horror sort of films, I tend to thing of more as Thrillers.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    My Top 3

    by Shaner Jedi

    would have to be: 3. Jurassic Park. Saw the trailer and behind the scenes book and had to see the film. It was a fantastic ride. 2. ROTJ. 9 years old and saw it opening weekend. Loved it nad cheered along with the rest of the theatre when Vader picked up the Emperor and threw him down the chute. But #1 has to be my participation in the most anticipated film ever... 1. The Phantom Menace. There was nothing like the lead in to the film's opening night. Nothing in my 30 + years of filmgoing. The other fans. The joking. The friends. The media attention. The camping out. It was unreal. I doubt we will see such a collective coming together for one film ever again, especially in this day and age with so much other forms of media competing with film.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I saw a double feature in the summer of...

    by DanielKurland

    Lady Vengeance and Hard Candy, and I was pretty pleased with that.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Conti-

    by TedKordLives

    I'm not the biggest SW fan, but TPM just seemed like a two-hour excuse to show off Lucas' new sound system. That fucking pod race went on forever!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Last Action Hero

    by drewlicious

    Yes the movie is terrible. But I was kid at the time and older brother took me to see it. I remember having a good time, plus the whole Hamlet scene is still hysterical.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I knew drag me to hell would fail.

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    it sounds fucking boring and shit.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Best Last Action Hero line:

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Stay thy hand, fair Prince.<p>Who said I vas fay-er?!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Tied for the best film summer for me...

    by ufoclub1977

    1982, on the heels of Star Trek II, I saw the duality of "E.T. and Poltergeist" five times each in the theater, that summer... and they were both so true to life with regards to the settings and worldly details back then.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    And Last Action Hero is fucking awesome.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    With a couple of buddies, some beer, good system, and cigarette breaks.....FUCKING AWESOME.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    jurassic park and last crusade

    by El Borak

    are the runners up.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Saw Drag Me To Hell TWICE Harry!

    by digital8

    Great movie!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Best 'Last Action Hero' line:

    by TedKordLives

    "Wanna be a farmer? Here's a couple of achers."

  • June 8, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    The Empire Strikes Back

    by Geekgasm

    That was the peak of summer movie pleasure, when I was too young to know that sequels were supposed to suck.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    DGDB

    by Six Demon Bag

    this is for blowing up up my ex-wife's house<P>wristslap<P>and that's for MY DAUGHTER'S BLACK EYE!!!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Or

    by TedKordLives

    'Gadoo catch the red eye.'

  • June 8, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell...

    by Captain Happy

    was a mediocre film. While it had some genuinely scary moments (Raimi knows how to hit the "jump-in-your-chair" numbers one by one), it's script would've ben more at home as a 60 min. Masters of Horror Episode or as a Twilight Zone Ep. It even had the Shyamalan ending - which I found very unsatisfying. I LOVE Raimi's Evil Dead trilogy, but Drag Me To Hell just had none of the fun of that series & judged separately as a strict dark horror film was conventional, unsurprising & uninspired. Worth a cable-TV view, but not worthy of a theater-screening or rental in my book.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Snakes on a Plane hands fucking down

    by mefrog

    Saw it at the Alamo Drafthouse with Tarantino and Harry in attendance and the audience was fucking PUMPED. There were about ten different times in the film where you could hear massive applause, and people were quoting along with the film even though none of us had seen it yet. There was a snake handler there putting some of his snakes on display. I haven't seen the film since, even though I own it. I feel like it would kill my memory of that screening.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Moe who?

    by Six Demon Bag

    Zart.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Or

    by TedKordLives

    'Dere's always someone in dere. Costs me a fortune in closet doors.'

  • June 8, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    You Lazy Fucks

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    I bet most of you have at least one of the Evil Deads in your collection and yet you can't be bothered to turn up for Raimi's return to horror.<p>Yeah, you just sit around chatting about why Hollywood makes so many bad movies, and what Christian Bale ate for his fucking lunch, and how much you hate Michael Bay whilst knowing you'll be there buying tickets for it.<p>You people don't deserve a movie as good as 'Drag Me To Hell'. Lazy fucks.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    ID4

    by SeanMiller

    I was taking some additional classes over the summer at Brown and the nearest thearter was miles away. Me and some friends from class got on the one bus that goes by the theater, but by the time we got there almost everything was sold out except for a showing 4 hrs later. We bought our tickets and then sat and watched Striptease with Demi Moore. One of the worst movies ever. When ID4 finally started it was incredible. The audience was floored by ever single scene. Clapping, cheering, gasps, the movie got it all out of the audience. Remember the stupid scene where the dog jumps out of the way of the oncoming destruction? The audience went absolutely insane when then happened. Now I can't even watch that scene (or the movie) anymore. TPM was also pretty amazing. When they finally opened the doors to the theater there was a stampede and people were getting trampelled on their way to finding seats. Unlike ID4, I still love me some TPM and it is good to see the love coming back on these boards. I am SHOCKED.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Phantom Menace

    by Prossor

    I remember the first opening and seeing two chinks sitting in a cockpit getting blown to smithereens, a different start definitely from the more epic openings of the other movies but it was still good and i loved looking at Palpatine's crusty face knowing how he's thinking of wiping out all the shitheads around him.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by ufoclub1977

    E.T. is the only movie experience I have ever had in which the entire full blockbuster size theater stood up on its feet and applauded when the cycles flew... repeat: the theater stood up and clapped. The movie wasn't even over yet.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Weirdly enough

    by subtlety

    I would believe that would have to be "Freddy Vs. Jason". Some friends and I got very drunk, put down 25 dollar bets on who would "Win" and went to see it at an inner-city theater with an audience so interested in interacting with the movie that you would think it was a "Rocky Horror" film club. That was pretty fuckin fun. But I can't remember if it was in the summer or not. I think it was.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    A GOOFY MOVIE.

    by Jarados

  • June 8, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Con Air

    by McTeague

    I know, it's not all that exciting, but I can trace my love of movies back to Con Air. A few friends and I went to see it after we'd finished our last final (high school), and I was blown away. This was the first time I'd actually had my own money to see a movie, and it was the beginning of a (so far) lifelong passion.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Noone is watching Drag Me To Hell because its fucking shit !

    by barnaby jones

    Jurassic Park has to be one of my fav summer viewings though.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Aliens in which we were the only white people in the theater

    by Garbageman33

    Let's just say black people don't watch movies (especially action movies) the same way white people do. I'll never forget when the elevator doors open and Ripley says, "get away from her, you bitch", a woman in the front row jumped up like she was at a baptist service and screamed "Go on, lady, Go on with your badass self". Incredible.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Most memorable....

    by JediTray

    Easily, The Empire Strikes Back. My sister, who died a year later, bought the tickets ahead of time and it was pure magic. She had me close and cover my eyes while we were on the road. I had no idea what to expect. I heard the clicking sound of the turn signal, the bumps of a driveway, then she said, "Open your eyes." There was a marquee approaching, and a line of humanity that, to me, went on for miles. They were outside, into the street, on the sidewalk, and around the building until I could see them no more. I thought that this was so great, but the line.... She pulled out the tickets, we parked, walked right past everyone, and into the theater. I also vividly remember the audience during the Snowspeeder scenes. It doesn't effect you on a TV screen, but up on the biggie, going up and down those icy hills of Hoth was making people in the audience go "wooooooaaah, woooooaaahh!!" I'll never forget it. Now, about The Phantom Menace.... The excitement was definitely in the air, and it was so cool to have the knowledge that the first Star Wars film in SIXTEEN YEARS was coming. Then, I saw the movie.... You know that old saying that goes, "The best thing about sci-fi and fantasy films is the trailers...." That's what Star Wars became. Damn shame.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Gotta be Jaws

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    To me, summer movies meant the drive-in, and that's where I saw Jaws. My Mum tried to make me and my little sister lie down in the back seat while Robert Shaw was getting eaten, but I wouldn't do it. That movie changed my life. As for Drag Me To Hell, my favorite Raimi films are A Simple Plan and the first two Spiderman movies. I find his horror stuff to be amateurish, silly and juvenile. Same goes for Darkman. Kinda junky.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell...

    by McTeague

    ...was great. If you haven't seen it, don't let all the naysayers keep you away. I'm not a horror buff, much less a campy horror buff, but it's just great moviemaking.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    sorry, but more come to mind.

    by El Borak

    batman 89 was a big one, batman returns, id4, lost world, dark knight. more i can't remember.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    That's funny Garbageman33

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

  • June 8, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    All you PHANTOM MENACE people...isn't the memory...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...tainted by the bitter taste of disappointment and the soul killing sense of deflation as one by one everyone in the theater tried to like it and failed?

  • June 8, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    ID4 and What Lies Beneath

    by Dr_James_Wilson

    I know, both shit movies overall...but with ID4, I was about 11 and just had a blast. Saw it 3 times. What Lies Beneath...it was the EXPERIENCE more than the movie. The cheap scares causing everyone in the packed house to jump and scream and do the nervous-laugh...no film has replicated that feeling for me since then. Haven't seen Drag Me To Hell, so maybe I missed out. Ah well.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    someone mentioned Temple of Doom

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

  • June 8, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    by tj donkey show

    Thanks for the support. Teenagers are like a fucking plague.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    What about ET?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Damn everyone in the theater was weeping at the end of the movie. Kids, adults, crying like babies!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Pulp Fiction was another bad movie experience

    by Continentalop

    I liked the movie, but we sat beyond some stupid dickwad who couldn't help but laugh extra loud whenever QT said the "N" word, and had to repeat it himself. I finally slapped him in the back of head and said it was an accident, but he did shut up. <p> In hindsight, that was a pretty good experience.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    someone mentioned temple of doom and it reminded me

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    of the end of teh summer holidays in 84, feeling very depressed on the last day before going back to school. My sister and her boyfriend took me to see TOD and it took me right out of that frame of mind, i forgot about everything else. I hadn't seen Raiders, my first Indy experience, I'll always love that movie.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    GREASE

    by Darthkrusty

    There are a bunch, but I saw Grease at least 3 times in the theatre when I was 11 or 12, and one of those times I was fortunate to be sitting next to my first major crush. It was a magical evening. After that I'd pick Superman then Raiders.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    batman returns

    by Six Demon Bag

    i remember overhearing at the library when this film came out..two moms were complaining that it wasnt a child-friendly film. she was really upset. i guess she didnt know the rating.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    for me...about in this order:

    by future help

    Star Wars, Indy, Jaws, Empire, Die Hard, Poltergeist, Terminator, Aliens, Matrix (and Brazil and Evil Dead2)

  • June 8, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The first BATMAN (1989)

    by YackBacker

    The movie was fun, the crowd was rowdy as all get out (booing Prince when his name appeared on the credits). Just a fun, NY crowd all jacked up on nerd-juice.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    ET

    by Six Demon Bag

    i was on a field trip and we went to SHOWBIZ pizza and my parents picked me up from there early (i felt so cool) and took me to ET..cried like a little baby at the end...<P>still do.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Other People's Good Choices

    by Rebeck2

    The Empire Strikes Back, Temple Of Doom, Aliens, E.T. and Poltergeist (only a week apart, because I saw E.T. at a sneak preview) - these are all fantastic choices. Each one was a thrilling communal experience with a full audiene. And the movies did not disappoint! I'm sorry, they make today's summer movies look so fucking lame. It's all hype these days and then the movies either suck a little or suck a lot. Our standards have really dropped - flame me, but "Star Trek" is proof of that to me. It's okay, it's not great. If it wasn't for Pixar I wouldn't have anything to look forward to each summer. Seriously...when was the last time a popcorn movie blew your mind like the ones I just mentioned?? It doesn't matter that we're not kids anymore, a great movie will turn you into a kid all over again.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    p.s.

    by Darthkrusty

    I too enjoyed TPM, and Drag Me To Hell was a blast.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Back to the Future

    by Stale Elvis

    Saw it 11 times in the summer holidays in 1985 when I was 11. Went in knowing absolutly nothing about it - loved it from the start - but the moment the DeLorean lit up and exploded my world changed forever. That shit just blew me away completly. I wasnted so bad to be Marty McFly whereas I knew I was and looked exactly like George. Man I love this film.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    MMPRTM

    by Jarados

    Might Morphin Power Rangers. The Movie.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    probably

    by TheDark0Knight

    Jurassic Park 2 Air Force One Saving Private Ryan (my 10 year old brain was absolutely rattled & terrified) Spider-Man Revenge of the Sith The Dark Knight (Ive never been so hyped for a flick and for it to actually be better then what was in my head was incredible...truly one of the best films ever made.)

  • June 8, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Has to be T2

    by slow_shuffle_zombie_vs_fast_running_zombie

    I was 10 years old and it was the first rate R movie I ever saw in a theater. My big sister, who was 18, took me and my best friend on a sunday afternoon. My parents would have flipped if they knew about all the cursing that was in the film. Its the movie and the experience that opened me up to a completely dfferent world of cinema. We ended up being a few minutes late for church, my friends were sooo jealous when they found out why i was late. Great times.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Terminator 2

    by saint seiya

    I saw a bit of Terminator 2 in a bootleg betmax tape my dad had rented (I was living in Peru back then) a month before the theatrical release and I remember sayin to my mom , i gotta see this in the theater. I was 5 when it came out. When i saw the intro of T2 in the theater I was so fuckin excited, i was fuckin 5 and seeing the t 800s in the future war , fuckin awesome not like that shit that was terminator salvation.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    RUSH HOUR 2

    by moviemaven83

    ---kidding.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    For Bond Fans...

    by Rebeck2

    The Spy Who Loved Me. Fuckin' bliss.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell reminded me of an expanded

    by skimn

    Tales Of The Crypt tale. It had all the elements, the "good" person wronged, the curse, the heroine trying to keep it together, and the conclusion. The fact that that's all it intended to be, makes it great fun.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Haha, well played Harry, well played.

    by dr sauch

  • June 8, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    For me

    by andyny29

  • June 8, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom

    by TedKordLives

    is the first POSTER I remember seeing. The one where he's standing there with the whip and machete? I actually bought a replica in D.C., a couple of days after seeing ID4.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    DRAG ME TO HELL FUCKING RULED...

    by shaneo632

    Get your asses out there and see the best American horror film in 11 years.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    For me Star Wars...

    by andyny29

    at the Cinerama in downtown Honolulu Hawaii June 1977. The euphoria i felt leaving the theater was unbelievable.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    karate kid!

    by darthwaz1

  • June 8, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, and during that mythical summer of '82

    by skimn

    saw The Thing at a matinee with about 12 other people in the theater. Walked out feeling like us lucky few experienced something we'd not see the likes of for a looong time.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Oh James Bond? Fuck. I loved Octopussy

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I was young, and loved the Bond in the jet sequence. I think I saw that movie three times.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Another Great Choice

    by Rebeck2

    The Thing! Same summer! You're right... I loved every sick moment of that film and do to this day. I'm geeking out

  • June 8, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    3 way tie:Aliens, Rambo and Empire Strikes Back..

    by Stalkeye

    ..Oh wait, I would prolly say Escape from New York as I didn't expect it would be that good or a pleasant surprise especially for a B Movie. Shit I would even add the Thing to the list as there were way too many great summer movie experiences I have had.<p>Lucky moui.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Team America World Police.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    I'd say it's too clique to say Drag Me to Hell, although it was the greatest horror movie/ horror experience I had to date. However TAWP holds a spot in my heart, mainly because I was laughing so hard the my friend smacked me in the back to clear my throat and that I kept spilling the popcorn by gutbusting forward (mega bucket) to the point of I refilled it 3 times and I had to speak to a manager to explain my case in order not to spend 11 dollars again. Hands down best experience in my book, im not saying the best movie, but best experience. Fuck everyone who thinks Drag Me to Hell was mediocre. You need your Raimi Psyche checked.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Best summer movie experience for me is AVP:R

    by TOM_HANKS_RAPED_MY_GIRLFRIEND

    it was really good when the aliens landed and the preditors came down to get them.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom is like Lawrence of Arabia

    by kwisatzhaderach

    compared to the shit we have to sit through nowadays.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    oh and PEARL HARBOR

    by TheDark0Knight

    before The Dark Knight my most anticipated flick of all time was Pearl Harbor...I was 11 or 12 i was freaking out cause I was obsessed with WWII & the trailer for the flick...My family bought advance tickets, we went the night of, everyone was stoked. The movie played...and it was decent. I refused to accept that it was no good...I teared a bit when my family was making fun of it. to this day I defend that movie even though I know how incredibly mediocre it is.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    fucking ghostbusters!!

    by El Borak

    and gb 2 those were great experiences!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    E.T. scared me shitless

    by sfgeek

    I was a young lad of 4 and all I can remember was E.T. jumping out of the fucking field, and then me crying for an hour-plus afterward... then E.T. all white and dying and shit. That winter, on my 5th birthday, my parents got me a pseudo life size E.T. that they put in their closet. They had me go into their closet and the was E.T. hiding in clothes and looking all creepy and fucked up. I have not watched that movie since and never plan on it. In that respect I guess it was a memorable summer film experience, just not in a good way.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Big Trouble in Little China

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I saw an evening show by myself, and I was like the only one in the theater. Well, I still liked it!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    It was my friends 10th birthday party

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and a bunch of us went to see Temple of Doom on the biggest screen in town. It was AWESOME. People cheered and clapped all the way through. What movies make us do that nowadays? <p> Happy days.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    and Drag Me to Hell was awesome

    by TheDark0Knight

    Ive seen it twice...so fuck you Harry jkjk

  • June 8, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Deadpool movie confirmed!

    by Rakafraker

    http://tinyurl.com/l4q38u <p>Thanks, Canada!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Stale Elvis

    by TedKordLives

    That's funny, the first time I ever 'styled' my hair, I had George McFly in mind. All throughout school, people would ask me to do George McFly. Funny story. The second time I saw BTTF in the theater, I had to pee really bad. But it was the climax of the movie, and I knew it was too badass to miss. So I pissed myself. I was five, but I knew, I just knew, that this was one of the best movies ever made. And you know what? It's still my favorite movie. The only one I can watch and not pick apart. <P> So yeah, pissed myself over BTTF. That's how I know I'm a movie nerd.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Wasn't AVPR a X-Mas Movie?

    by sfgeek

    I think it was. My bro and I saw it on X-Mas, and walked out in shame. Just embarrassing.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    In ALL seriousness: Superman 4: Quest For Peace. no shit.

    by TOM_HANKS_RAPED_MY_GIRLFRIEND

    i thought it was the bomb back then. i was maybe 5 or 6.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    In ALL seriousness: Superman 4: Quest For Peace. no shit.

    by TOM_HANKS_RAPED_MY_GIRLFRIEND

    i thought it was the bomb back then. i was maybe 5 or 6.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    ESB when Yoda floats the X Wing...

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    will always remind me of being 7 and amazed during a kick ass summer break. Yoda's theme will ALWAYS be my favorite song because of that.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Batman '89, T2, Back to the Future

    by RobertBaron

    Those were some great experiences growing up. I agree with Harry, TPM was a great summer movie experience (the lines, the hype, a new freakin SW film!, the merch, etc). <PR> And then they landed on Naboo.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    lol i sat in the front row

    by TheExterminator

    for that pos mmprtm what a fucking shit movie lol good times. ears got destroyed and hurt my neck from staring up at it

  • June 8, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    yes sfgeek, thats why it was better as a summer movie.

    by TOM_HANKS_RAPED_MY_GIRLFRIEND

  • June 8, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Critters 2

    by Harold-Sherbort

    So it came out in April, but it was warm out. My mom took me to see it, and as soon as the alien transforms into the Playboy chick, she covered my eyes. Of course, the violence was o.k. Batman '89.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Winter...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Empire of the Sun.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Run Lola Run

    by bee152

    As great as all the Indiana Jones movies were and despite how fondly i remember seeing all of them, Run Lola Run had to be my most memorable summer movie experience. It was really hot, everyone I knew went down the shore so i hopped the Path train into NYC and saw it at the Angelika. The city was dead and really really hot but the air conditioned theater was awesome and the movie rocked!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    1997

    by Lemure_v2

    Con Air, Armageddon, Die Hard 3...I think they were all '97. Either way.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Batman '89

    by TedKordLives

    At the Admiral Drive-In in Tulsa, OK. It was the first feature and so it wasn't totally dark yet. Which made the opening credits pretty incomprehensible. Which made the reveal of the logo that much better! I was nine.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Drag Me To Hell was great fun. If you won't go see a horror film because it's not rated R, you need to grow up. One more, Howard the Duck was another summer movie classic. My poor Jehovahs Witness father had no idea what he was in for when he took me to see that. Neither did I of course.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Flash Gordon!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    During the little football game scene everyone was laughing anc cheering Flash. Then, when the question mark comes on the screen at the end everyone laughed when they heard Ming laughing.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Another vote for Freddy vs. Jason

    by Gordon Bombay

    I grew up on 80's horror, went with a group of friends, saw it in a sold out theatre where the entire audience was into it. Awesome experience.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    1987 triple feature

    by Six Demon Bag

    lost boys, jaws the revenge and robocop...i lost my innocence

  • June 8, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Iron Man

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    There are films released in summers that I enjoyed more, but this is the first summer film I consciously fell in love with. Stunned me with how they took a character I have great issues with in terms of the comic, and just nailed him with a stroke of casting genius.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I gotta ask again

    by gavdiggity

    why the fuck are people still referring to Independence Day as ID4?

  • June 8, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom

    by Bladernner79

    for me it has to be temple of doom, i remember after the movie was over my older brother scaring the shit out of me trying to rip my heart out , ah memories. for me no one will ever top Harrison ford in his prime a true " movie star" and great actor to boot, who do we have now/ besides Bale i don't know seems like the eighties and early nineties where a golden age for movies.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    So many to choose from...

    by Darth Thoth

    But I'll narrow it down to best summer movie experience as an adult. In that case, Phantom Menace it is, hands down. I gotta agree with Harry on this one.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Gotta go with Empire...

    by Jobacca

    First of all,these are the threads that keep me coming back to this place. So cool to hear everyones movie memories. I'm 33 years old and like a lot of you I've seen a ton of summer movies. Last year was pretty great...the badass Summer of 89....summer of 86...but the one that's still the best is the summer I got to see The Empire Strikes Back. I was born in 76 and Star Wars came out in 77...as long as I've been alive and aware of the world around me Star Wars has been a part of my life. I had all the toys,had all the books,and once Star Wars hit HBO I watched it EVERY SINGLE TIME it aired(this was when HBO first started anyway and they only had like 2-3 movies a month). I was 5 when the summer of 1980 rolled around and I was sick with some stupid little kids disease...maybe it was strep,maybe it was the flu I honestly dont remember. A week before Empire premiered they had already started showing the TV spots and the ads for the Burger King glasses and best of all the half-page ad in the newpaper featuring the Gone With the Wind style artwork. I remember laying on the floor,sick as fuck,looking at the newspaper ad and WILLING myself to get well before Friday. My mom swore there was no way she was taking a sick 5 year old to the movies but after a week of begging she finally wore down. As we were sitting in the theatre and the rebels were bitching around on Echo base,I started having a massive coughing fit. My mom leaned over and whispered that if I coughed one more time,she was taking me home. I damn near swallowed my little five year old arm to keep myself from coughing,but it was worth it. And maybe because I was still sick,but I remember feeling so cold when the rebels were on Hoth..so terrified when Vader and the snowtroopers invaded the base...I was worn out and ready to crash by the time Vader and Luke started dueling in the carbonite chamber. Somehow I made it to the end and immediately started asking my mom how long until the next Star Wars movie came out. I would beg and annoy everyone in my family for the next 3 years to drive me by the movies so I could check the marquee to see if the third Star Wars movie was coming yet. To this day,the Empire poster is still my most favorite movie poster of all-time...everytime I see it I'm 5 years old again,dreaming on the floor of a galaxy far,far away....

  • June 8, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I so answer this with..

    by the_misadventures_of_link

    ..This examination of Jaws Versus The Birds: http://chainlinkspiral.wordpress.com/

  • June 8, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I gotta answer

    by TedKordLives

    It's faster than typing Independence Day. Pretty simple, really.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    camping in line? hmm

    by Bouncy X

    this isnt to bash harry or anyone but i've never understood that idea. i mean the movie ends up being in theaters for weeks, sometimes even months, it isnt a one time thing so why wait in a lineup like that for something you can probably see without camping out the first week its out? anyway as for the actual topic, i dont think i have an experience like that, i've seen many movies i love but it was just that, going to the movies. i've never had an actual "experience" out of it.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Or rather:

    by the_misadventures_of_link

    This examination of Jaws Versus The Birds: http://tinyurl.com/nly7tb God this thing is cumbersome.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    yeah, but why the 4?

    by gavdiggity

    What the fuck does the 4 have to do with Independence Day? I mean, I remember seeing it on the posters, and it didn't make any fucking sense then, either. The shit ain't called Independence Day 4...

  • June 8, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    all the back to the futures!

    by El Borak

    and teen wolf! hahahaha!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

    by SnapT

    Seriously! It blew my mind. STATION!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    4th July

    by palimpsest

  • June 8, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    1982 - Star Trek Wrath of Khan, Conan, Rocky III, Tron

    by toadkillerdog

    Not to mention, E.T and Beastmaster and others I can not remember. But I do remember the multiplex just opening up, and me and my broke ass fellow teenage friends sneaking into one movie after another. And the most indelible - not to mention the strangest memory, was hearing teenage boys screaming when Arnold Flexed. <p> 1982

  • June 8, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    SUPERMAN II

    by 3D-Man

    That's the one that did it for me.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I missed out on

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    Teen Wolf and Ghostbusters in the theaters, but I caught those fuckers on Betamax!

  • June 8, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Then again

    by palimpsest

    I'm old enough to remember the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND promotional acronym CE3K

  • June 8, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Waiting for the Berserk saga....

    by JudasPriestly

    I'm all Star Wars'd out.

  • June 8, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Best Summer Movie Experiences

    by utzworld

    Before I begin, to the dude waxing poetic about "Superman: The Movie" - that dropped in Christmas 1978 (I know because I saw it opening weekend when I was 6 years old). So that doesn't count. <p> Anyhoo... <p> 1975: Jaws - Airway Drive-In in St. Ann (St Louis County), MO. One of my first movie memories period. <p> 1977: Star Wars - Creve Coeur Cine in St. Louis, MO. Biggest darn thing my 5 year old eyes had ever seen! <p> 1983: Return of the Jedi - Esquire Theatre in Clayton (St. Louis County), MO. First time I ever stood in line for more than 2 hours waiting to get into a movie. Unforgettable! <p> 1989: Do The Right Thing - Cineplex Odeon Fairfax Cinemas (now owned by Regency) in Hollywood, CA. First movie I ever saw in the city of Hollywood. First movie I ever saw in Dolby SR. When Rosie started dancing to "Fight The Power" and the Dolby SR kicked in, I was changed forever. <p> 1991: Boyz N The Hood - opening day at the old Mann's Chinese Triplex (the 2 theatres next to Grauman's that got torn down when they built the Kodak/Hollywood & Highland mall). First time seeing a movie at any of the Chinese Theatres. I went to the 12:00 noon show & cried my butt off when Ricky got shot. Later that night, the Crips & Bloods took over Hollywood Blvd. Mann removed the film immediately. <p> 1991: T2 - Cinerama Dome Hollywood. First time in the Dome. T2 in 70MM. I shat myself walking to my seat! <p> 1992: Lethal Weapon 3: Grauman's Chinese Theatre. My first movie in the Taj Majal of movie theatres. Loudest movie I'd ever heard...until... <p> 1992: Batman Returns: Grauman's Chinese Theatre. First time Grauman's ran a flick in Dolby Digital. The crowd cheered all the trailers and the THX logo. And then came that train. Loudest effing thing we'd ever heard. We all just stood there silent and after the Dolby logo wiped off screen, THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE! <p> 1993: Jurassic Park - General Cinema South Bay 1 in Redondo Beach, CA (R.I.P.): First movie ever shown in DTS Digital. T-Rex's footsteps shook every seat in the joint. Absolutely spectacular. <p> 1998: Saving Private Ryan at Grauman's Chinese. We all sat there slack-jawed. I don't think anybody got up outta there seats till the last credits popped up and the curtains closed. <p> Episode 1 in 99: On this list for one reason: It was me and my wife's first date. <p> Episode 2 in 02: The only time I've stood in line for 5 hours waiting to get in a freaking theatre! Saw it at Big Newport in Newport Beach (OC), CA. <p> 2008: The Dark Knight at The Bridge IMAX Theatre - What more can I say?

  • June 8, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    TEMPLE OF DOOM

    by Bladernner79

    i was 5 when i saw it in 84 , when shortround brings indy back out of the 'black sleep' and he winks and says im ok kid i jumped out of my seat like a fucking rabbit.

  • June 8, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    I Hate To Break It To You Harry

    by tech_noir

    But sites like yours and /film and BloodyDisgusting and whatever else, those sites are the reasons movies don't HAPPEN to you anymore. As a kid, movies just happened. They came out of nowhere with no high expectations. There were no internet discussions. You've spent your entire adult life following movies from pre-production to home video. You report every leaked frame, every bit of actor drama, every moment of a film's production open to world wide web discussion. YOU are the reason movies have lost their excitement. You want to be excited again? Kill this site. I promise things will go back to normal.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I agree about TPM

    by SlickyVonBoner

    If they would have cast a better & older actor as Anakin, and toned down the Jar Jar a little, I think people would like this movie more. There are so many cool elements. Obi Wan, Qui-Gon Jinn, The Destroyer Droids and of course Darth Maul. The lightsaber battle at the end is the best in the whole series, with Duel of the Fates being the best theme, IMO. The hype and anticipation was unreal for that movie. BTW, did anybody see the "Deceived" trailer for The Old Republic MMO on swtor.com? Tell me that wouldn't make an awesome summer movie.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    technoir

    by Bladernner79

    I totally agree with you, the internet ruined the movie going experience in alot of ways. back in the day we saw the teaser poster in the lobby and that was it till we saw a short trailer that didn't give away all the fucking plot turns like today.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom :1984

    by Nuking the Fridge

    I am not the only only who agrees with me....25 years ago, I went to a Summer movie that paved for other 84' classics. Ghostbusters, Karate Kid. That was an amazing Summer.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    ID4 was spectacular.

    by Pompoulus

    It has really decayed over time but when I was a lad, in the theater, it was absolutely awesome.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Batman 1989

    by TylerDurden3395

    My dad got into a car accident on the way to the theater with me and my family in the car. It was a minor fender bender and no one was hurt or anything, but he was pretty shook up and wanted to go home. I DEMANDED that we go see Batman. He said no and I pitched a fit the likes of which I've never thrown before (I was ten). I'd been bombarded with previews ("Where's he get those wonderful toys?") and posters for a whole year and I'd be DAMNED if I wasn't going to see this on opening night! He eventually relented and because of the accident, we ended up getting there just as the previews started, which meant we had really shitty seats (I sat closest to the wall near the back and had to crane my neck sideways to see it) but it didn't matter. It was fucking awesome. (A lot better than that Dark Knight stuff the kids seem to like nowadays.) Sad side note: The theater I saw this and countless other classics was torn down two weeks ago. <p> <p> Here's my favorite theatergoing experiences for each summer (Based on terms of hype and/or the feeling/mood of the viewing experience): 82: ET, 83: Jedi, 84: Temple of Doom, 85: Rambo, 86: The Fly (H-O-L-Y fucking shit that movie will fuck you up when you're 8 years old), 87: Predator, 88: Die Hard, 90: Total Recall (the first time I remember a movie playing on more than one screen), 91: T2, 92: Batman Returns, 93: Jurassic Park, 94: Natural Born Killers (I saw a guy thrown out of his car and beaten on the way home), 95: Batman Forever, 96: Independence Day, 97: Face/Off, 98: Saving Private Ryan, 99: Phantom Menace (second best opening night ever), 00: X-Men, 01: Jurassic Park 3 (the line to get in was massive), 02: Attack of the Clones (it would've been Spider-Man but the projector fucked up right when Spidey brought the dead body of the Goblin home, sending everyone into a frenzy), 03: X2 (at the local drive-in that is also now long gone), 04: The Chronicles of Riddick, 05: Revenge of the Sith, 06: X3 (I dressed up like Wolverine) 07: Spider-Man 3 (gang war in the theater), 08: Iron Man (one of the last movies I saw at the drive-in before it closed) 09: So far it's gotta be Wolverine since the summer movies have been slim pickings in terms of quality.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I have to agree ebout TPM

    by nyj_et

    Saw it 8 times in the theater, hoping each time it would get better. It never did, but the anticipation of seeing it was like nothing else. Only things close to it for me was ESB (but I was 6) and Batman '89. The Star Wars: Special Edition re-release in '97 also comes close, but would be disqualified for taking place in January.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    1984

    by Bladernner79

    And to think people say temple of doom isn't a great film , if kingdom of the crystal skull will half as good i would have been very happy last year.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    tech_noir

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Not sure I buy that. Sure a lot of films don't work the way they used to, but just last year Iron Man and TDK made me feel like an awe-struck kid again.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    why no Drag Me to Hell viewers? Some theories:

    by Zardoz

    1) It isn't rated "R", so it isn't "hardcore" enough for modern horror audiences. (or Sam Raimi fans) People raised on diets of blood and gore find the film "tame" by comparison. (I disagree, of course!) The "Twist" ending doesn't work: a lot of people that have seen the film don't like the "twist" at the end and think it's stupid. (I'm not one of them, but I think a "double twist" would've worked better for the film: instead of Lohmann going to hell, she tells Justin Long "I give you this button..." and sends him to hell instead!) Frankly, while I don't mind the original ending, it could've been better played, or at least not so clumsily telegraphed at the end of the 3rd reel. (seriously ham-fisted there, Sam, sorry!) While lacking in blood and gore, the film is actually too scary for some audiences, ironically, the very same audience the film is targeting: teens and young adults. Let's face it Sam Raimi is the master of scares and suspense and Drag Me To Hell is his "Sistine Chapel". Younger auds just can't take it! And after The Hangover won the box office this weekend, I think some studios will be re-examining their ideas of what a "successful" "R"-rated film can make at the box office. The moral of the story: don't pander to audiences! Give them the works! We can take it, I swear. I can't wait for the unrated version on DVD!

  • June 8, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Phantom Menace Killed it for me....

    by Nuking the Fridge

    I was through with the Summer Movies after this disgraceful piece of shit. I was through with waiting in line for hours on end, waiting at 12:00am mid-night. Taco Bell Licensing. And George Lucas cramming Jar Jar Binks to the Summer Movie audience.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Double Feature

    by cgccomics

    My favorite experience was seeing the Exorcist at one theater and then going across the street and seeing Papillon. Great times,

  • June 8, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Must be a slow news day, eh Harry!

    by WillFerret

  • June 8, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ. Superman, The Fellowship of the Ring

    by IndyCollector

    Lethal Weapon, Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem, Team America: World Police were NOT summer movies. These assholes who said these movies claim to be such fans but yet have no clue when the movies were released. Fucking faggots. And Die Hard with a Vengeance (or Die Hard 3) was released in 1995, not 1997.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Jurrasic Park

    by Yeti

    Was mine - oh God. 16 years ago! Cripes, am getting old.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    First summer movie was BTTF

    by liljuniorbrown

    I wanted to go see Masters of the Universe but my dad took us to see Back to the Future.I was pissed as an eight year old could be until the opening scenes. I walked out of theater wanting to be Michael J Fox so bad. Next favorite is Jurassic Park. I had to cut like five lawns to take care of the complete package (tickets,popcorn,half of the fucking snack bar) but damned if those Dinosaurs didn't seem real to me. Awesome movie.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Phantom Menace

    by Six Demon Bag

    my friends and I saw it 5 times in one day...got interviewed by the Chronicle and was quoted on the front page. <P>cant remember what we did for CLONES. i DID see SITH 3 times in one day though. ...tradition and all.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Mr. Zeddemore

    by tech_noir

    I have to disagree with you about both films. They were both so hyped and so followed from day 1, that a lot of the excitement was killed before it had a chance to really get going. They're both fantastic films, but they got hit hard by the internet. Same is going for Iron Man 2. We'll know everything that happens in that movie before it comes out next summer. This is why I'm staying away from all AVATAR postings. I want one movie where I feel like a kid again. It will be Avatar.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Agree about 1984

    by IndyCollector

    Two years ago this site did features on 1982 (25 years ago at the time) and what a great geek year it was. What about 1984? 25 years ago we got Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters, Star Trek III, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn, The Last Starfighter, The Neverending Story, Beverly Hills Cop (not a summer movie though), Romancing the Stone, Gremlins, Footloose, Purple Rain, Dune, Police Academy. I'm sure I'm missing others.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Gravdiggity

    by TedKordLives

    Independence Day is on July 4th. I'm guessing you're not an American.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Tough one

    by donkey_lasher

    E.T. and Ghostbusters are close to my heart. The emotional ride of ET and the slightly scary funny, graduates vs the supernatural of Ghostbusters. <p> Terminator 2 was the most fun though. That and True Lies, with me and my friends shouting "Arnie, Arnie, Arnie!" Sad I know.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    think the quint. summer film is JAWS

    by Six Demon Bag

    envious that i didnt see that in 75.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    It's official... ID4 = lamest acronym ever

    by gavdiggity

    just throwing in a random 4 becuase it came out on July Fourth? That's stupid... then again, it's the perfect reflection of the stupid movie it advertised. <P> I remember thinking Independence Day was one of the most predictable and lazy movies I'd ever seen. And I was stunned when a woman sitting in front of me began to weep when the first lady died. Seriously, what a pile. (about as bad as Armageddon and/or Speed).

  • June 8, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    On the DRAG ME TO HELL note...

    by Jobacca

    I am a Raimi fan...but not a fanboy. I enjoy the second and third Evil Dead flicks,Darkman,and the first two Spidermans...I know Raimi is good. I just saw DMTH last nigh in a packed theatre and it was...OK. Not great,and certainly not the best horror I'd ever seen. The scares were great but the plot was just kinda...flat. Especially,as some have mentioned,the third act. I really thought the boyfried was going to go to hell in her place,or she was going to be dragged to hell and then spared at the last minute,I thought something was going to happen with the kid who got dragged down in the opening scene...something. As it was,the end was just kinda....meh. In the end it was a movie with some fun moments but it was entirely disposable.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Did anyone honestly

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    not see the "twist" in Drag Me To Hell coming from a mile away?

  • June 8, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Masters of the Universe was release in 1987

    by IndyCollector

    Not 1985, the year BTTF was released. So how in the HELL could you want to go see MOTU two years before it was released?! God damn.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    this TB will have 1000 by 10:00 tonight.

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 8, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    dont let hollywood take all of your memory's

    by kennyd

    LOOK AT WHAT ALL OF YOU HAVE WROTE..GREAT MEMORYS FROM YOUR CHILD HOOD AND TODAY..WERE TALKING GREAT MOVIES FROM THE 70'S THROUGH THE 90'S....THEY JUST DONT MAKE MOVIES LIKE THAT ANYMORE.LOOK AT JAWS,SCAREFACE,GODFATHER,,AND I COULD GO ON...NOW HOLLYWOOD SAY'S LET THE REMAKES BEGIN...CHANGE,MAKE OUR CHILD HOOD MEMORYS BE JUST THAT...JASW IS NOW BEING REMADE,BY GUESS WHO,,MAYBE STEVEN HIMSELF,,GO TAKE A LOOK AT allmovienews.net...tHEY TALK ABOUT JAWS,SCAREFACE 2,,NOT THE BEST SITE,,JUST GREAT WRITING,,SOMEONE WHO CARES..THIS SITE IS GREAT,,HARRY WRITES A LOT OF COOL SHIT...EVERYBODY WANTS EVIL DEAD 4,THATS WHY WE NEED TO GO SEE DRAG ME TO HELL...THANKS FOR READING THIS...

  • June 8, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Fuck You George Lucas

    by IndyCollector

    I totally saw the twist too. As soon as she dropped her envelope I knew it. Basically you just sat for a half an hour waiting for the twist to happen.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Lucas

    by Bladernner79

    I think Lucas was replaced by an alien sometime in the early 90's, i can,t believe the man who created star wars and Indy could be responsible for those prequels, something had to happen to him. he was capable of magic like Spielberg use to be, i guess age does that to some people they lose their edge.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom too!

    by donkey_lasher

    Not as awesome as Raiders, but still so cool. Was it 1984 though???

  • June 8, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    STII and Raiders

    by DennisMM

    back to back with my best friend from high school! He had seen Raiders, I had seen KHAAAAAAN!!!!, but that evening we did a double-feature. Whoo-haa! What an incredible night of film-going.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Great Talkback.

    by donkey_lasher

    I'm loving some of the posts here. Lets all join hands and forget the hate.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Hang 'em High

    by DAVID_CARRADINES_DEATH_SPUNK

  • June 8, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    TedKordLives

    by gavdiggity

    Yeah, I got it. But it would be like having the acronym for A Christmas Carol be something like CC25. Just moronic. <P> okay, everyone, sorry about the rant. Shit like that just sticks in my American craw.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    KennyD, WTF?

    by SlickyVonBoner

    I don't understand a thing you wrote.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Re: THE PHANTOM MENACE

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Trust me, I made a beeline to the Thursday-at-midnight first showing of TPM, I already had the soundtrack CD, I even bought (and refused to accept as real) the annotated screenplay ... but when the lights went on after the movie was over, the fully-packed theater I was in looked like they just finished watching "A Cinematic History Of The Holocaust". I can assure you that NOBODY was clapping at the end of that goddamn thing. </P><P> You guys can make excuses for that movie all you want, but it's actually borderline unwatchable. I once even owned it on DVD (and the DVDs for the prequels do look and sound pretty damn great, but it's like gold-plating a cat turd) with the mindset that maybe it would play better on a small screen with severely lowered expectations ... I never made it all the way through the first ten minutes. You can throw that "It was made for kids" shit at me all you want -- Racer Rodriguez could have written a better STAR WARS flick that Lucas wound up writing. Aside from the ultra-clumsy handling of virtually every aspect of putting the movie together (nobody was supposed to know Natalie Portman's character was the Empress until she revealed it to the Stepin Fetchit aliens? The identity of Darth Maul's "mentor" was supposed to be a surprise?), the whole thing played like a badly-made fan movie. The other two prequel flicks were sub-RETURN OF THE JEDI quality, but the TPM can't even in good conscience be called a "movie". Hell, Lucas would have been better off directing BATTLEFIELD EARTH. At least that movie had a screenplay.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    tech_noir

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Okay, I'll give you TDK. The Heath thing did switch that up. But Iron Man was a pure experience for me. Didn't know a damn thing about it, save for that insanely brilliant 'Back In Black' trailer.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom

    by Bladernner79

    yes it was memorial day weekend 1984, people complain about sequels being just like the orignal and just a tired retread, but Temple like Aliens where so different then their originals but still where great and unique not like the same tired shit we get today like the spider-man trilogy every film basically the same shit.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I saw it and I gotta say...

    by spiral115

    I have seen better things in my toilet than this crap piece of shit movie. Stupid, predictable, ridiculous. The only part that scared me was thinking that someone I knew might see me and know that I paid good money for the thing. It will be great if this can be safely flushed without leaving too big of a stink.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I'll give KennyD one thing...

    by gavdiggity

    He's right about Scareface. <P> (psst... Kenny... did you know Scarface IS a remake?)

  • June 8, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    My Blue (ball) Heaven

    by DAVID_CARRADINES_DEATH_SPUNK

  • June 8, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    But....

    by donkey_lasher

    ...Star Trek as a great summer film? I suppose I should watch it again and ignore the bad script. True, the actors and the feel of the film were awesome. The opening scenes were the best part in my opinion. Poor George :(

  • June 8, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    83 and 84

    by animas

    jedi, temple of doom, and even jaws 3d was fun. I dont remember if Ice Pirates was during the summer, but i saw it with all my friends in the 5th grade.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Too bad Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li...

    by TylerDurden3395

    came out in Feb. that would've been up there. Me and my wife just learned that she was pregnant. It was a dizzying feeling so we went to the movies to clear our heads. Then M. Bison rips out his unborn kid from his wife's stomach. We looked at each and had to laugh. Add that with Chris Klein's hilarious turn as Charlie Nash and the geek pissing contest two nerds got into on the way out of the theater (Nerd #1: Well... it wasn't THAT terrible, at least they had moves from the video game. Nerd #2: Jesus Christ, how can you have Gen in a Street Fighter movie before you introduce Guile? That doesn't make any sense...) and you got a recipe for a memorable viewing experience.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Die Hard

    by DAVID_CARRADINES_DEATH_SPUNK

  • June 8, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    TPM

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    That was a damn good summer experience, too. I was 14 when it came out, and it was knocked me for six. Not a great film, but a memorable experience.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    ID4, Phantom, and Dark Knight

    by Logan_1973

    ID4 was the perfect summer movie (after Jaws). Phantom was just a great exprience starting weeks before. And Knight I'll never forget just for the massive crowds at the midnight showing.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    TPM

    by Bladernner79

    God i still remember the feeling in that theater at the 12am showing we went too, felt like a funeral nobody wanted to admit the movie sucked ass, shit i even saw it five more times just to convince myself it wasn't that bad. i think i took us till September before we could admit it was a major disappointment.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I didnt like Scarface.

    by donkey_lasher

    Sorry.<p> I agree about Temple Of Doom. They could have done a straight ripoff of Raiders but they had balls in those days. Where is this Generation's Ghostbusters, or The Goonies?

  • June 8, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Animas...I too saw Ice Pirates in the theater!

    by TylerDurden3395

    I was 5 years old. My mom HATED it. Especially the Space Herpes. Robert Urich's finest 90 minutes.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by Logan_1973

    My summer experiences seem to fall short of my winter viewings. LOTR every year for 3 years? BEST EVER.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    My favorite summer movie experience ever was...

    by spiral115

    ...the original Star Wars. I was a teenage zit factory and loved sci fi. When I saw the adverts on TV for it I about creamed myself (Puberty was making that an all too easy occurrence). Then I saw the film and just knew that no one could ever do better. Thank Hollywood that many have since then, but that was the best summer movie ever because she was my first.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Woest Summer experience Attack of the Clones

    by lockesbrokenleg

    God, what was that? An hour of romance, and two cool action scenes at the end. Fuck that. At least the Yoda fight was cool. Shit, I almost hated SW that day. Sad.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    I wonder if George Lucas

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    looking back, feels any remorse. It makes me sad reading these posts about TPM. So much hope. So much fail. I want to hug each and every one of you.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Donkey_Lasher

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Fuck, where's this generations Gremlins?

  • June 8, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    www.NukeTheFridge.COM Transformers premiere video

    by yoko91748

  • June 8, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    www.NukeTheFridge.COM Transformers premiere video

    by yoko91748

  • June 8, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    ROTS was my worst

    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Fuck, that was terrible.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    zeddmore-

    by Six Demon Bag

    small soldiers?

  • June 8, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    CC25-Hehe

    by TedKordLives

    Or H31. Yeah, I see your point

  • June 8, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    RAMBO III

    by DeNiro4Prez

    YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, RAMBO FUCKING 3! I was 10 years old, had to beg my mother for months, went with my older brother. What a fucking day... and say what you want about the movie, that stick fight at the beginning? Best fucking scene in any Rambo film. PERIOD.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    TPM

    by donkey_lasher

    As flawed as it was, I imagine it was still a good fanboy experience for those that saw it at the cinema. It's actually not that bad a film, it's just that it had SW and ESB to live up to, and a load of hype. Sequels create high expectations and people are too quick to damn them if they are not up to standard. If Lucas goes back to that universe he needs to make it less fluffy and appealing for children.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Worst Summer Experience: Halloween H20

    by TylerDurden3395

    The movie wasn't bad but the gangbanger in back of us was smoking a cigar and blowing smoke in our direction. When I asked him to put it out, he pulled a knife on me. I told the manager and they said there was nothing they could do (pussies) but I got two free passes.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Summer 88. Die Hard.

    by mr.brownstone

    I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom Love in this TB

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    is so damn nice to see. I always run into people who hated that movie. I don't understand why. It was a perfect follow-up to Raiders. <p> Yeah, I have to agree (as an adult)with TPM in that the excitement leading up to it was magic. I bought some lightsabers went to work and killed the lights and co-workers joined in and we went duel crazy for a few minutes. Then the phone rang or some crap. <p> My boss was big fan and let me have the day off to go stand in line. <p> How many times did everyone watch those trailers and say "fuck me gently with a ligthsaber" when you saw that shot of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan jumping/flipping over to Maul. Good times.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    responce to wtf

    by kennyd

    LOOK IM JUST SAYING ALL THE REMAKES ARE JUST COP OUT.OF WRITERS..MOVIES WERE GREAT BACK IN THE DAY,70,80,90..NOW ITS REMAKES REMAKES REMAKES..WHAT WILL OUR KIDS GROW UP THINKING ZAC EFFRON WAS ALWAYS DANNY FROM GRESE.HEY DAD WAS THERE REALLY A GUY NAMED JOHN CRAPENTER..WHO DID HALLOWEEN,,I THOUGHT IT WAS ROB ZOMBIE..DID YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN..LOOK JAWS HELD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART..TO THIS DAY I DONT SWIM IN THE OCEAN..I WAS 8 YEARS OLD IN 1975,,WHEN I SAW THAT MOVIE,IT SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME..NOW THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY THAT MEMORY...BY REMAKING JAWS..CRAZY..WELL THANKS FOR READING GOTO GET MORE SCOOPS,I HAVE TOLD HARRY ABOUT A FEW,,GO TO GO ..BACK TO WORK..

  • June 8, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Bladernner79 - Lol!

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Yeah I admit I was under the spell for a little while. September sounds about right.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Logan_1973

    by donkey_lasher

    I have to agree with you on that one. LOTR is untouchable.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    But it's too hard to pick just one.

    by mr.brownstone

    Every summer in the 80's was cinema gold.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    This generations...

    by TedKordLives

    This generation doesn't get a Goonies. Or a Gremlins. That's what made the '80s special. So we should, as film geeks, feel pretty grateful that we got to grow up with the best movies and cartoons. I think TV and comics have come up quite a bit in the last couple of years, but I think if you got to grow up in the '80s you are pretty lucky.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    LAZY FUCKS????? How about...

    by brattyben

    broke fucks?? I think it's kind of uncouth to insult someone and then say that it's with the utmost love. That's like slapping a bitch and telling her you love her. Forget you Harry. You are a fat, useless, wartly, smelly turd. Oh, I meant that with the utmost love. Bleh. Favorite movie experience?? Raiders for sure, followed by Jaws when it was re-released.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah and Big Trouble in Little China too

    by TylerDurden3395

    I went around saying "Sit tight, hold the fort, keep the home fires burning, and if we're not back by dawn... call the President" for like a month after that movie came out.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    This is the type of thing AICN should do more of

    by SoylentMean

    too bad it was started by Mori over at Hitfix. Inevitably some asshole will come along and ruin the fun here, but for right now this talkback is just a bunch of somewhat likeminded folks reminiscing about their favorite summer movie experience. <P> Limited vitriol and spite all around. Right now, in this talkback, AICN is actually a nice place to be. <P> We need more discussions like this and I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to come up with different topics. <P> Remember well my fellow film geeks.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    TPM? That was a fucking nightmare Harry!

    by ganymede3010

    That was the beginning of the end of the Starwars franchise.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    John Crapenter?

    by gavdiggity

    Well, maybe if you're talking about Black Moon Rising.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Logan_1973/Donkey_Lasher

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    No fair! Lol! LotR wasn't a moment it was literally 3-4 years of my life. Every day checking the websites for any scrap of news. Waiting for the full scores and extended versions to get me to the next Dec. Sweet!

  • June 8, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    kennyD

    by gavdiggity

    once again, your point about remakes might be better made if you didn't SITE a remake in your list of great movies...

  • June 8, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Another vote for Jurassic Park

    by waggy

    My God, that was a great movie. Not sure I'll ever be as wowed by a movie as I was by JP at age 10.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    by DennisMM

  • June 8, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell was aptly titled.

    by Executor

    Hell. Not funny enough to be a comedy, not scary enough to be a horror. Too many plot holes and conveniences to take seriously. Just a lazy fucking script that was made better by a director who knows what he's doing (as opposed to most horror films, which get first time directors/commercial/music video directors.)<p>What was so original? Ugh. And don't get me started on the end...anyone who didn't see that she had the envelope with the coin and not the button needs a fucking brain check. I'm not even going to put a spoiler warning because it was that obvious. So the whole final fight at the grave had no suspense. <p>And p.s....the boyfriend should have died, not her, because HE had the button. What? Oh, she didn't announce "I'M GIVVVVVING YOOOOUU THE BUTTTONNNN!!!"??? So what? They never said she had to. She gave it to him. He has it. He should have been dragged to hell. <p>Instead of us.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    ganymede3010

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    Well I think Harry is just referring to the excitement and hype surrounding TPM. You know before people had actually saw it. I will give Lucas credit. He knows how to cut one helluva trailer. Fooled me.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    The Goonies was awful

    by DennisMM

    Admit it. Even as a picture for kids, it's pretty dire.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Jaws

    by Castlemonster

    I was 7, almost eight. I've still never swam in the ocean but then I live thousands of miles away, so it's no big deal.<p>And I'm I'm sure I'll buy the DMTH DVD when it comes out but to heck with movie theaters. They're only really cool when you're a kid.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by TedKordLives

    It totally holds up today, imo. Course, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are two of my favorite actors. <P> On a side note, the little girl in JP was the little girl on the pogo stick in Tremors. So she already had practice in screaming at things that weren't real or really there.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Dennis MM

    by gavdiggity

    As a kid, I would've argued with you. But you're completely right. <P> Nostalgia is a harsh mistress...

  • June 8, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The 80's

    by donkey_lasher

    Had some great maverick filmakers. It's such a shame that Hollywood has become addicted to remakes. (ok so some great films in the 80's WERE remakes)

  • June 8, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    HOLY FUCK

    by Darth Busey

    I can't believe its been 11 years since Episode I came out. What the fuck?

  • June 8, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    One good summer experience - Hoosiers

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Didn't know anything about the movie, but went to see it. Towards the end, it was like watching a real basketball game. Damn what a great movie.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    EXECUTOR

    by TedKordLives

    FUCK YOU ASSHOLE! Where do you get off ruining the only movie I've been excited for this summer? <P> Ok, back to good times.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    COCKNASTY_BUTTSTANK

    by donkey_lasher

    With you there. STFU you spoilers!

  • June 8, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    ID4 Anecdote

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    I'm standing in line (July 4th weekend!)to get tickets for me and my friends, line wrapped around the buiding. Nutty Professor in its 2nd (3rd?) week, and I say aloud out of boredom, "I can't believe all these people are here for Nutty Professor!" A woman turns to me and in a low voice like she's embarrassed for me, "Oh, I think most of these people are here for Independence Day." <p> DAMMIT! I wish I had had a bucket of cold water to throw on her like she did my sarcasm. Needless to say I just gave up and remained quiet.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    if you watch the original scarface in b/w

    by kennyd

    cant call scarface a remake..the b/w one made in the 30's had nothing to do with what we saw in scarface of the 80,s..watch it..the only thing they shared was the name..stoy lines were diffrent..very different..name was a copy writ issue..

  • June 8, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    update John carpenter was writting very fast..lol

    by kennyd

  • June 8, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    DennisMM

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    A lot of movies that were intended for kids in the 80s were dark and dire. That's what makes them so awesome. The Goonies, The Dark Crystal, LEGEND, An American Tail, The Secret of Nimh etc...

  • June 8, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    only genuine one is harry

    by HaterofCrap

    those other guys are tremendous douchebags. stains in the underpants of the art form that is film. time to go shopping for some new boxers film!

  • June 8, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    TPM was the worst movie of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by MANNZILLA

    George Lucas needs to be frozen in carbonite while we let some talented brave soul burn the prequel negatives or whatever hard drives their on and remake all three movies....

  • June 8, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST

    executor, you ignorant slut

    by omarthesnake

    (spoiler RE Drag me to Hell) she didn't give him the button. In the mixup of spillage from the briefcase contents, he picked up the wrong envelope. In no way would that constitute her giving him the button. if a thief stole your spankrag, no one would say you gave it to him. There are legitimate things to complain about in the movie, you don't have to make up a complaint that shows you weren't paying attention. and, for the record, you smugly declaring you're not giving a spoiler warning is douchery of the first class. Just because you were righteously indignant, that doesn't mean you have to be an asshole about it.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST

    TPM...2am...guys in truck yelling at us in line...

    by bobarhett

    ...until the truck hit a red light and about 50 geeks all stood up and started walking toward the truck. The guy in the passenger seat starting screaming, "GO GO GO GO". Driver gunned it and blew through a red light to get away. They were drunk...probably thought the lightsabers were real.

  • June 8, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    The TPM is lame. Real lame.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Especially in a world where half of you defend Transformers......fuck that noise.

  • June 8, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Scarface VS Scareface

    by gavdiggity

    If the de Palma Scarface were made today, it would be called a "re-imagining", but it'd still be a remake, if for no other reason that stealing the phrase "The World Is Yours" from the original. <P> But, hey, it's a de Palma movie... that guy ripped off Hitchcock so many times, I've lost track. (I love the de Palma Scarface, I'm just saying...)

  • June 8, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    and hey...

    by omarthesnake

    i called you, executor, an asshole without having read TedKordLives' post. So we've now seconded the motion to declare you an asshole. and thus you are.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    ROTS - Great SW film experience

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Saw it at a pretty damn big theater. Everyone cried and clapped at the end. Hell, I loved it. FIVE screens were showing it at midnight. Everyone was in fucking costume! We all freaked out at the Twin Suns at the end.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Harry's favorite summer film was Phantom Menace?

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    I'd say you just lost a shit ton of cred there buddy but face it, you lost most all of that with your Wolverine debacle. Oh and Harry, here's some "cool news" Wolverince was 10 times more watchable than Episode 1 - Just because there weren't a bunch of overweight idiots in x-men costumes camping out doesn't make Phantom Menace the "ultimate summer experience".

  • June 8, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    1977..? Star Wars..? NO! The Spy Who Loved Me.

    by workshed

    For me it was THE movie of 1977. The idiots could play with their Star Wars toys but I had that Lotus Esprit that shot the rockets out of the back. Why was it my favourite Summer film you ask..? Me and my family went to Skegness Butlins (UK) for two weeks and, for every day of those two weeks, TSWLM would be shown at 3pm. Yep. 13 days straight. The I went home to play with Muton and Cyborg. Yes, it was great being me.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Terminator 2

    by Autodidact

    Terminator 2 was an incredible experience when I first saw it at 15 years old. What made the day even more memorable is my friend's big sister showing me her big tits after everyone else went to sleep!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Omar-BWAH-HAHA-HA-HAHA-HAH!

    by TedKordLives

    Quoting the Not Ready for Primetime Players? FUCKING PROFESSIONAL.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    I saw The Dark Crystal

    by donkey_lasher

    And I fully expect a remake.<p> For my favourite TV film moment, I'd have to say StarWars. It was so good and is for me BETTER than ESB, only because it told the story of a kid in a backward part of the galazxy who dreams of being a pilot and who saves the day. It was a great standalone movie in its own right. Sure, Lucas did great things with ESB, but in my opinion it wasn't a landmark sequel. That title still goes to Godfather Part 2.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Fuck You Georg Lucas

    by DennisMM

    I didn't mean it had a dire tone. I meant it was dismal.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    another JURASSIC PARK vote

    by Stifler's Mom

    I think me and anybody else who was 12 years old in the summer of 93 will agree that the original Jurassic Park was pure bliss on the big screen. The marketing was absolutely enthralling, but NOT overdone. And the CGI was, for that day and age, a miracle. Hell, to this day, those dinos still look better than most CGI.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Oh and Drag Me To Hell was a PIECE OF SHIT

    by Autodidact

    Seriously Harry, Sam Raimi must have sucked your dick or you must be on windowpane or some shit. Because Drag Me To Hell is the worst movie I've seen since Eagle Eye.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Harry, I applaud you

    by dgeer80

    I'm so glad that you are a positive voice for this movie. It seriously is one of the most unjustly maligned films of all time. Seriously, I really don't think people know what a truly "terrible" movie is until they see movies like "Superman III." Now THAT is a horrible film. TPM is my favorite summer movie experience as well. And I still enjoy the movie to this day, even if I don't as much as when I first saw it. The thrill of seeing a new Star Wars movie has long since passed, but the film still holds up on many levels for me.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I hope there is a hell just for

    by Castlemonster

    George Lucas. Naw, actually I stopped paying attention to the franchise when the Sarlacc ate Bobba Fett and belched. Face it, that's the instant when Star Wars died. It never came back from that.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    OK...my SECOND favorite summer movie..

    by Jobacca

    Would have to be Last Crusade in the summer of 89(goddamn did I ever live in the theatres that summer). Raiders got me into geeky stuff like the ark of the covenant and the freemasons and the holy grail and the spear of destiny...hell,I was 13 and I probably knew more about that shit than the screenwriters. To us kids in the 80's,Harrison Ford was GOD and I was cool enough to have grown up with a mom who got me hooked on Bond films at an early age so I was big on Sir Sean as well. Last Crusade was one of those movies that just felt like it was made especially for me,and the ending where they all ride off into the sunset still stands as one of the best endings ever to a beloved franchise...or at least it did,until last summer. If at least ONE scene in Crystal Skull had been as cool as the ending of Last Crusade,I could have let it slide...instead I walked out feeling exactly like the kids on South Park did.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park & Spider-Man 2

    by The Only Woj

    Jurassic Park with my family while on vacation in Florida Spider-Man 2 with a bunch of friends at midnight (going in completely cold and being absolutely wow'd by how great it was)

  • June 8, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    REVENGE OF THE SITH, by far

    by georgecauldron

    I enjoyed the prequels, but I was 11 when I read about the Anakin/Obi-Wan lightsaber duel in a lava environment. When I heard that Mr. Flannel was making episodes 1-3, that moment was all I could think of. 10 years later, it was realized and was completely awesome and truly memorable. A fitting close to the SW saga and realization of my boyhood imagination.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    WOLVERINE better than TPM?

    by Logan_1973

    Come on. Wolverine was instantly forgettable. NOTHING worth remembering. TPM had Neeson as a Jedi, Darth Maul, and the best lightsaber battle out of all 6 films. At let's not forget Wolverine ripping off TPM with the Deadpool unveiling. Right down the double doors.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Fuck you niggers

    by DannyGloversDirtyBongwater

    That is All friends

  • June 8, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Second favorite: Batman '89

    by DennisMM

    I couldn't go to the midnight screening because I worked until 10 p.m. and then at 9 in the morning, but I caught it Friday night. Ho-ly shit. I'd been excited, but the experience was a game-changer for someone who'd read many hundreds of Batman comics but had to settle for Adam West and Super Friends as the public face of the character. Yes, the movie has some real weaknesses that I saw even then, but it was so exciting a cinematic experience that I stood in line and laid down my money five times that summer. It remains a record for me.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    This year Star Trek made me giddy as a schoolgirl

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Damn, what a fun movie, and the theater wasn't even sold out for a sneak preview. Loved it.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    T2 when I was a kid and The Dark Knight as an adult

    by tbransonlives

    T2 was my first R and TDK was my first imax.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Maybe Forrest Gump

    by Autodidact

    No love for watching Forrest Gump back in the summer of 1994? To me, that film opened my eyes to the idea that history really happened, people really lived through all these events that seem like the back story to our lives.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    In terms of overall satisfaction

    by drewlicious

    Jurassic Park, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man II & KingPin. I never stop quoting that last one and it was a complete surprise. Jurassic Park was Speilberg playing his audience like a fiddle. The T-Rex scene was just one of the most tense things I've seen at the time.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    FOR ME IT'S GOTTA BE FAHRENHEIT 9/11

    by BringingSexyBack

    Recently though, I have to give it up for NEW TREK.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Seriously.

    by TedKordLives

    Who wants a 12-inch Rene Belloq figure?

  • June 8, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    The Muppet Movie

    by landosystem

    Seriously

  • June 8, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Return of the Jedi

    by sokitome

    Was Darth lying? Who will Leia pick? WTF is gonna happen to HAN? All dire questions that needed to be answered to a 12 year old. Too bad the EWOKS fucked that movie up but the EXPERIENCE was great!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by Ryan B

    I wish I could say mine was Jurassic Park, but my parents wouldn't let me see it at the time. I had to listen to all the other kids talk about how amazing it was. Independence days was the first movie I saw without an adult. Me and my friend Matt were both 13 and we loved the shit out of it. watching it now I can see why people don't like it and I hate Will Smith but I still have a soft spot for it.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Castlemonster, you nailed it

    by Continentalop

    The first act of ROTJ is the best of the series. Perfect in almost every way...until Lucas has one of the best villains die in a manner that was rejected from the Pink Panther movies. <p> As for the prequels, the might not be as bad as Wolverine, but than again Wolverine doesn't aim that high. So many great things in the prequels, but easily outnumbered by the shitty stuff.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    by Gigy

    It's the first movie experience I can remember, the line was half way around the mall so it was probably opening night.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Multiple Viewings in Summer

    by Autodidact

    Thinking back I only do multiple viewings in the summer: <br>E.T.: 4 times (I was six years old!) <br>Teen Wolf: 2 times <br>T2: 3 times <br>Batman Forever: 3 times <br>ID4: 3 times <br>Dante's Peak: 3 times (was going through a stoner period lol) <br>The Matrix: 4 times <br>Attack of the Clones: 6 times (1 regular, 3 digital, 2 IMAX) <br>Matrix Reloaded: 6 times (4 regular, 2 IMAX) <br>Matrix Revolutions: 3 times (1 regular, 2 IMAX) <br>Dawn of the Dead 2004: 2 times (only non-summer movie attened multiple X) <br>Revenge of the Sith: 3 times <p>I doubt this will ever happen again, unless maybe this 3D trend really kicks off and the theatrical version is far superior to the home version.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Can I say LOTR?

    by Happyfat73

    Specifically, ROTK... Because, technically, it was released in summer here in Australia.</p> If I must pick something from the US summer, then it would be a toss up between T2 or Jurassic Park, both of which completely blew my teenage mind.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Apollo 13!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Damn fine summer movie. Closest real into space movie you're ever gonna get.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    JAWS

    by Cheif Brody

    Period. <p> 10 years old. Saw it 16 times that summer of '75. Watched it two seatings in a row many weekends. Mom helped me smuggle in a cassette recorder...back when they were the size of a toaster...into the theater so I could record the audio...and then listen to it (and the theater audience's screams of terror) every night as I drifted off to sleep. <p> My mom saved those old cassette tapes for me...think I'll pop 'em in and time travel back to the days where a great story and practical effects, not CGI render farms, ruled the summer movie magic.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Braveheart. Went in not knowing anything. Remains my #1

    by RandySavage

    As a little kid, my favorite experiences were Return of the Jedi (first film I remember enjoying in the theater), Spaceballs, Karate Kid and Willow.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    We need to stone Autodidact to death.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Teenybopper fuck. You wouldn't know a good movie if it bit you in the ass, and the fact that the only bad film you could compare Drag Me to Hell just confirms to us all you have no knowledge for movies. Go suck on the Tit of film you fuck.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Mine Was " A New Hope "!

    by Real Deal

    Of course it wasn't called that back then. It was simply called " Star Wars ". Nothing can replace that original experience. Maybe it was the times we were in ( 1977 ). The standing in line and as we got close hearing the action going on inside the theater and trying to imagine the delights that would assault my eyes in just mere minutes! The crowd standing up and cheering during the film! And how many dates did I get out of that thing? That film had legs. Over the years some have come close but not quite the same. Maybe it was the time or maybe it was because we'd never seen anything like that before. I'll always have fond memories of that film.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    good call on arach

    by TheExterminator

    and your dad is a pedofile

  • June 8, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST

    conti and castlemonster

    by Six Demon Bag

    castle--you're gonna honestly say that when you FIRST saw JEDI in the theaters (if you are old enough) that you groaned at Fett's death. you werent caught up in the moment? you proabaly bitchec in the theater too about Anakin having eyebrows on his burned face! Fetts death takes years of cynicism to nitpick.<P>im loving these fanboys revisionisms..<P><P>conti--we cool. dont be tempted by Megan Fox and blow your 8ball. patience my young padawan.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST

    prequel/ clone wars haters...

    by darthwaz1

    GO FUCK YOURSELVES!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Ditko - First Few of TPM

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Oh hell yeah. When Qui-Gon thrust his saber in that blast door. I was getting excited! But then . . . something about an underwater doo-doo? <p> Lol - is my account of Qui-Gon too suggestive?

  • June 8, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Actually, this is a pretty dumb TB

    by Continentalop

    I am not mocking us guys here reminiscing about our past favs, but I just realized what a lazy TB by Harry. Now news, just ask what your favorite Summer movie was and we do the rest. <p> Just goes to prove that I come here for the TBs and not the columns or actual news.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Besides TPM, it was...

    by dgeer80

    ...Batman (1989). I was nine, and it was because of this film that Batman continues to be my favorite comic book heroes. After that, it would be "Independence Day," then "The X-Files Fight the Future."

  • June 8, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    The Last Crusade

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    among others. Me and my friends sat really close to the screen. Then we didn't have a ride home and hitch-hiked/walked 15 miles ... I remember lying in the road and wondering how awesome it would be if a UFO stopped and gave us a lift, something my friend was annoyed by. He was probably tired and cranky. <p>Finally, my buddy's sister's boyfriend came and picked us up, just as we neared the stinky rat farm. I crashed out something fierce that night.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    When I saw ARACHNOPHOBIA....

    by Jobacca

    Some older kids in the back row threw a handful of Skittles under the seats/down the aisles when the spiders were attacking. It sounded EXACTLY like a horde of spiders scuttling around everyones feet,and we all freaked the fuck out...good times!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Real Deal

    by donkey_lasher

    I think many talkbackers here wish they had been in your shoes. A New Hope. Excellent.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    we should start going by year with the summer films

    by Six Demon Bag

    1975 is ground zero

  • June 8, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I saw Ghostbusters seven times in the summer of 84.

    by Flim Springfield

    I was 12 years old, and I went to so many movies that summer I even saw Breakin' twice. But Ghostbusters ruled the summer, I kept going back with other friends and family.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    NEW TOPIC

    by Gigy

    Most Action you got at a movie theatre. Can anyone confirm that the popcorn bucket trick works? My penis is not sharp enough to cut through.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    conit-agreed

    by Six Demon Bag

    there really isnt any discussion just blind random outbursts. and some negativity. come to the AVATAR TB for sanctuary.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I'm not old enough for Raiders/Empire etc..

    by The Dark Shite

    It would have to Burton's Batman. I was a massive Batman fan as a kid & desperate to see a movie that even touched on the character in the comic books (although looking back, Burton's Batman wasn't much like Batman at all). The problem was, I couldn't get in. <p> I grew up in a small town with one cinema. I was old enough to see it (just), but the teenaged, acne riddled, mouth breathing prick on the door didn't believe me & wouldn't let me in.<p> It became my mission in life to get in to see that movie come hell or high water & I tried over & over again. Bear in mind that the movie was HUGE! The lines were around the block. I don't know how many hours of my life I wasted trying to see it. I tried everything! Changing my shirt & coming back, wearing a cap to disguise my face, fucking everything bar chanelling The Force to prematurely grow a beard. <p> Alas, in the end I was led into a life of crime. I waited down a back alley, while my friends (who had paid) found a way to open the emergency exit door & sneak me in. <p> I can't explain how happy I was when the movie started! Do I feel guilty? Not one bit.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    6DB, I can't speak for Castlemonster

    by Continentalop

    But I can say on my half I was pissed at how Boba Fett died. I loved Boba Fett, and remember mailing away for the figure. The guy was cool as hell, and I was upset even back then how he didn't play that big of part in ROTJ and how his death was so lame. <p> I will admit I still enjoyed the movie, but me and my brothers all agreed that Fett went out like a chump. <p> btw - good advice about the 8-ball. Must not waste it.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Mine

    by _Lizarkeo

    Non summer: Matrix(99), a total surprise, no trailers or teasers at all, X-Men(00), waited for 12 years and Watchmen(08), 20 years. <p><p> Summer: ET(82), my first movie at eleven, Temple of Doom(84) with my mom (Harrison was da man), Aliens(86), the best movie for the teenage years, period. An then, T2(91, the same year of The Fisher King). Hail to the King, baby!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Burtons Batman

    by donkey_lasher

    It was a bigger film than TDK in it's time, the hype was unbelievable, I remember being very excited about it. Michael Keaton as Batman???? Get the fuck out!!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    darthwaz1

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    fun read: http://tinyurl.com/n38bwf

  • June 8, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    OK, what's the worst movie you had a good time with?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I had a great night out at the shameful INDEPENDENCE DAY. Had just graduated from college and had been watching lots (good) brainy stuff...failed to find employment in my field and was working at a hay farm. My then girlfriend and I wanted to do something on the 4th of July and scraped our dollars together...theater was packed...everyone was into this stupid fucking movie...we exited to a perfect summer night and fireworks going off a couple of parking lots over. Terrible movie and haven't seen it since and have no desire to...but a great night was had by all.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Oops

    by _Lizarkeo

    Watchmen(09), 21 years, :-P

  • June 8, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    In This Order

    by fcivi

    Superman 2 Jaws ID4 ESB Ghostbusters

  • June 8, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    ID4

    by JestaFool

    Just something about the white house getting blow up by aliens. It was an oh shit! moment. Many end of the world films have followed but that was the first, and best for me.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    DID IT EVER FUCKING OCCUR TO ANYONE

    by Toilet_Terror

    WRITING 'YOU LAZY FUCKERS GO SEE THE MOVIE!' THAT ALL THE FUCKERS YOU'RE REFERRING TO MAY HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN THE MOVIE AND YOU JUST DON'T HAVE THE FUCKING AUDIENCE YOU THINK YOU DO!?!?!?! GOD FUCKING DAMNIT.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Fett isn't dead

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    at least according to the expanded universe.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    6

    by Castlemonster

    Well, I nebber! Honestly, I didn't even mind the Ewoks. I was just stunned that the entire mystery that was Bobba Fett would be flushed away like that. And the monster got gas from eating him? And it sounded like a person-belch? That made no fucking sense. Come on, I was fifteen, not five.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    and

    by Toilet_Terror

    Bad Boys II

  • June 8, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    the sex tape your mom made

    by phallix trebek

    with me

  • June 8, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    This is just to sidetrack us from the missing Beaks report...

    by WickedJester

  • June 8, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    My friend got mad at me

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Cause I wanted to see ID4, and he wanted to see Mission Impossible, but we ended up seeing ID4. Hahah.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    People aren't seeing Drag Me to Hell because...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    ...it's a piece of shite. It's not scary, it's too slapstick, and reviews like Harry's have sent people there thinking they were going to see something pants-shittingly terrifying when, in all actuality, it was a fucking Three Stooges film. And I liked it better when it was called THINNER!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    The Phantom Menace = Childhood

    by Zeegloo

    I was nine years old when TPM was released in theaters. Leading up to it, I watched all the TV specials, got the action figures, spend endless hours in the new Star Wars section at Barnes & Noble... Absolute bliss.<br> I remember passing the time before we left for the movie by playing Shadows of the Empire on my N64, before heading out to the new theater with stadium seating (!!!). Seeing the opening crawl was so surreal, and I still remember being so absolutely blown away by the fierce pace of the action sequences. Of course all I could talk about when it was over was the final lightsaber battle and Darth Maul getting sliced in half. And of course, I was one of the little kids who adored Jar Jar and laughed at every awful Jar Jar gag.<br> Sure the movie isn't perfect, or great, or even all that good I guess, but based on the enormous sentimental value I have for this movie, I would NEVER label it an "abomination" like everyone else has. At the time, it was the greatest thing I had ever seen. Great memories!

  • June 8, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Batman Begins

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • June 8, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Jabba's Palace sequence

    by TylerDurden3395

    Is fucking awesome. I remember hearing about Jabba and then finally seeing him was so fucking awesome. Not only him but you also got the RANCOR and the SARLAAC Pit in the span of like 30 minutes. Most movies nowadays can't pack that monumental amount of coolness into a half hour. Shit, the rest of the movie could've been Ewoks dry humping Solo's leg and Jedi would've still rocked.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns

    by sledgehammer5050

    I know this movie didn't get a great reception, and, I too thought it could have been better. But, this was the first movie ever I got to be First in line for at the midnight show. I grew up with Superman and the original movies were my life. To finally have him back on the big screen, in my life-time as an adult...wow. The first trailer brought a tear to my eye ... so my anticipation was insane. I'm a school teacher, and, I even told my students I'd give them extra credit the next year on day 1 if they showed me their SR movie stub. 57 stubs on that first day of school.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I love TMP

    by lockesbrokenleg

    My friend and I went at midnight, and then to the first morning show, and then another one later. It was great. Sure, Jar Jar made me wince, but I really did like it. Seeing Coruscant was awesome.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Boba Fett's Death

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    I was being a punk kid and told all my friends that my dad, who worked overseas, had gotten me an advance copy (beta-max thank you much)and when they asked me to prove it I said, completely from my ass, that Boba Fett died. Imagine my surprise. <p> Boba Fett's goofy Three Stooges death irked/irks the hell out me. Solo might as well have been dressed like a painter holder a ladder.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Anyway...

    by WickedJester

    I remember when I looked forward to the tentpole releases. The ID4, the MIB, etc. Mainly for whatever new effects were in it more than anything.<br><Br>Now that any Uwe Boll can get some CGI it's watered down garbage for the most part.<br><br>Now we want story too, but they seem to keep forgetting that.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    ohhh

    by sledgehammer5050

    and that opening Timpani roll before the credits started up....just amazing.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    The Battle of Endor

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    NOt the Ewoks, but the space battle at the end of Jedi is the greatest space battle ever captured on film.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    "holding" a ladder of course. DAMMIT!

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

  • June 8, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by ZooTrain

    June 10, 1993: Jurassic Park. The closest thing I've ever come to a live event when watching a movie. The crowd was into it. It was the first show, so nobody knew what was coming. I still remember the way the sound reverberated through the theater. The sheer wonder when we saw the brachiosaurus for the first time. I got chills; I still get chills. The terror of seeing T-Rex chasing the jeep, tearing the lawyer in half. It was incredible. 16 years later, I still remember it. The only negative thing I remember is the Flintstones trailer attached to it. NB: I saw Star Wars in the theater as a kid. That experience shaped the movie geek I am today.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    castlemonster

    by Six Demon Bag

    wow, i actually was 5 come to think of it. hmm. i guess it depends when you see it. had i seen that now i probably would be WTF??<P>actually Lucas wouldnt do that now, there wouldve been a drawn out battle between solo and fett. your thoughts on that?

  • June 8, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    CockNasty...

    by TylerDurden3395

    I got a bj during Exorcist: The Beginning, but that's an entirely different talkback...

  • June 8, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    FUGL

    by Six Demon Bag

    space battle and Ewoks go hand in hand buddy. take the good with the bad..and its not that bad honestly. enjoy the ewok battle and ALL its glory. <P>time spent on one ewok death??? two minutes. <P>time spent to mourn the loss of the entire planet of Alderaan?? 2 seconds. HA!<P><P>you want bad --try CGI gungans fighting CGI droids.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    kateowyn

    by finky089

    I hear you about POTC. I walked into it with almost zero expectation (though I had read Harry's good review, so I didn't expect it to suck), and was blown away by the ride it took me for. It wasn't my seminal movie-going experience, but one that snuck up on me when I wasn't expecting it.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Lucas never got Boba Fett

    by Continentalop

    He says if knew how popular he was he never would have killed him in that fashion. I'm like, what are you a fucking idiot? The guy's figure was a huge seller and people wrote you letters asking questions about Fett. How ignorant are you? <p> The thing is Jabba and Boba could have been dopplegangers/counterparts for Vader and the Emperor, but instead of representing the evil of Order, Tyranny and absolute control that the Empire does, they represented the evil of Chaos, Barbarism and Decadence. <P>

  • June 8, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    I Will Fucking Face Rape You Samuel Loomis

    by Autodidact

    Your comment doesn't even make sense. I think you're trying to say I have no taste because I compare Drag Me To Hell with Eagle Eye. The reason I compare those two films is I had no interest in seeing either of them, but I bought a ticket based on Harry's review. Those are the two worst movies I've seen in theatres in the past few years. I see a ton of movies you stupid fuck, have watched 13 movies so far in June.

  • June 8, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Dog Fight in Jedi

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    And what was the name of that one awesome shot of the Falcon bursting through all those fighters? Like "Shot XR-2--435"? Sweet shit ruled! <p> But when the Death Star started firing, why not just fly around back. Lol! I'm just having fun, but you can't keep ships from escaping in space because up is down and so forth. Just fly an inch to the left of those Destroyers!

  • June 8, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    Bobba would belch first

    by Castlemonster

    I have no regard for Lucas whatever. He was going to make Luke Skywalker a dwarf. He always had it in him to suck. Someone must have squished his Jimminy Cricket.

  • June 8, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    Fahrenheit 9/11?!! Really?

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Fuck. Felt a little too much like homework. Can't really have fun watching something so negative.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST

    PASSION OF THE CHRIST = GOOD TIMES

    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 8, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    My WORST summer movie experience

    by The Dark Shite

    Ghost. <p> My friend & I had only seen clips of the cool stuff..learning to kick cans with that crazy fucker on the train etc. <p> Imagine our surprise when Unchained Melody started playing. <p> By the way, what's ID4? I'm having one of those days where the answr's probably really obvious, but for some reason I can't think of what the movie would be.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    ID4 = INDEPENDENCE DAY

    by BringingSexyBack

    The 4 is for the fourth of July. Don't ask me, I didn't make it up!

  • June 8, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Not really a summer movie, but during Two Towers

    by lockesbrokenleg

    when Aragon first appeared, a lady next to me got so excited she grabbed my thing. It was exciting.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Goddamn - I don't know what mine is

    by finky089

    and that sort of bothers me. There are lots high up on the list, but I'm racking my brain for the "one" like you all have mentioned. <p> I'm very beleaguered about this all of a sudden. You think you know yourself, then.....

  • June 8, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Man that's a hard question

    by grandlarseny

    First of all, I saw Drag Me to Hell opening day, first show. And the people rejoiced. NOW, as for my favorite summer movie experience? I'm thinking I'm a little torn between Freddy vs Jason and Revenge of the Sith. I wanted to see Freddy fight Jason ever since I was a little kid and when I was a 20 year old man I finally got the chance. The anticipation building up to that movie was incredible. I saw it 3 times practically back to back and I loved it (yeah I know its not that good, but come on FREDDY fights JASON!) As for REVENGE OF THE SITH, I went in praying I would love it and I mostly did. Again, the anticipation for the final Star Wars film was killing me ever since Attack came out. but, as I type this, I'm still feeling Freddy vs Jason more. That said, I also loved the whole Dark Knight experience. Years of looking forward o it, a kick ass viral marketing campaign, the best Joker we will ever get... And the movie kicked all kinds of ass, of course. I'm still saying Freddy vs Jason though.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    DGDB

    by BringingSexyBack

    Sicko was great too. I always have a good time with Michael Moore.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    ANY SUMMER FILM WITH LARGE BLACK AUDIENCE

    by BringingSexyBack

    = automatic fun. Unless there's a shootout. Then that's a bonus.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight!!

    by armando

    Was my best experience.. So much anticipation for Heaths performance + it was the sequal to one of my favorite movie.. I went to a midnight showing with about ten co-workers.. what a blast, especially since the movie lived up to the hype!

  • June 8, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    First Rated R Experience

    by ZooTrain

    RoboCop. I think RoboCop was the first R-rated film I saw in the theater. I can't seem to remember any film before that...but that's not to say one didn't sneak in.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Endor speeder bike chase scene is the most frothing...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...at the mouth excited I have ever been in a theater...looking back I'm pretty sure I was clinically hysterical...shaking hands...the full business...

  • June 8, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    TALLBACKER OPINIONS ON DRAG ME TO HELL ARE DIVIDED

    by BringingSexyBack

    It has its supporters, and its detractors.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Adrian Brody is Sherrif Brody!

    by Castlemonster

    Jack Black is Hooper! Tome Sizemore is Quint the grizzled shark-fisherman!

  • June 8, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    A friend and I went to a sneak of Transformers

    by lockesbrokenleg

    and there was a black group behind us that laughed at everything. They freaked out during that whole fight at the end. It was great.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Fett

    by donkey_lasher

    Was the coolest in the holiday special. It's the ONLY reason people should watch it. If that cartoon had been shown on it's own as a teaser for ESB Lucas would have done him justice. The assholes that made the holiday special should be blamed for his sorry demise.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    http://tiny.cc/Q8p5c Ewok Free! In all honesty, I don't mind the Ewoks. Hell of lot more charming than most of the shit going on in the prequels.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    DRAG ME TO HELL... You either love it

    by Autodidact

    or you're not a complete fuck nut.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Castlemonster, I agree with you again

    by Continentalop

    Although I will be a little more generous with Lucas, he did think of the thing to begin with, I do think he came up with a concept bigger and better than he could handle. It went beyond his limited talents pretty quickly, as Return of the Jedi shows. Good movie, but not equal to the universe he had imagined and created. <p> Lucas is like Stan Lee - deserves crediting for creating a great universe, but it should also be pointed out he is way past his prime and at the end of the first run he was running out of steam (like Stan Lee on his run with Spider-Man - a six armed Spider-Man? WTF?). <P> To bad he couldn't have just turned it over to someone else to finish.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    I had a great time at FACE OFF...pre-internet so...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...no expectations...moldy little theater in NJ...just lots of fun.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Lucas still doesnt get Boba Fett

    by Six Demon Bag

    that why he gave us a shitty backstory (hear Patton Oswalt tell his bit on this is funny) and made him Jabba's errand bitch--ignorant is right

  • June 8, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Tom Sizemore is Quint?

    by Continentalop

    What, did the shark swallow a couple of kilos? Is that why he wants it?

  • June 8, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    ID4

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Years ago, in a screenwriting class we went around the room saying our favorite film of all time. The class was split probably half in their 20s and the other half in late 40s/early 50s. And all men for some reason. No joke-- every single one of the older dudes in their 40s and 50s said "Independence Day" in a passionate tone, they said it almost....patriotically.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    SO FAR MY TOP 2 MOVIES ARE UP AND NEW TREK

    by BringingSexyBack

    Tears streamed down my eyes at the end of Up's prologue. OMG!

  • June 8, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    FACE/OFF Is My Worst

    by Autodidact

    First time I went to see it I got too high beforeheand. The sound of faces being pulled on and off in THX made me sick to my stomach and I left the movie early. Then a couple weeks later I returned to see it with a friend of mine who <i>just so happened to be black</i>, and guess what he did? He hooted and hollered and basically made constant noise for the entire runtime of the movie, so much that I can still stress myself out at will just by thinking about it. Small bit of trivia, he got shot dead by the cops a couple months later.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman as the mayor of Amity!

    by Castlemonster

    And the chick who gets eaten at the beginning-Lindsey Lohan!

  • June 8, 2009, 8:15 p.m. CST

    CONGO AND BREWSTER'S MILLIONS

    by Sal_Bando

    now Sod off

  • June 8, 2009, 8:15 p.m. CST

    I don't really rank mivies, but UP is now one of my...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...most favorites...perfect in every way.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I always love Star Wars

    by lockesbrokenleg

    But even I admit that there's shit in there I hate. Ewoks? Jar Jar? Hell, even Chewie kind of annoyed me. But damn it, at least it has lughtsabers.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Eagle Eye

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Greatest film experience ever. I saw 14 movies so far this month, i have taste! LAWL

  • June 8, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Autodidact -- sorry to hear about your friend.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    I hope the image of John Travolta's beautiful face and chiseled chin were the last thing to pass through his mind, followed by a bullet.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Someone say...

    by TedKordLives

    face rape?

  • June 8, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    You Dumb Fuck

    by Autodidact

    I'm saying Eagle Eye is shit. Are you saying it's good? Because it's SHIT.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    forest gump

    by patch_adams_dickblood

  • June 8, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    No fucking way. <p> It reminds me when I was drugged and woke up in Days of Thundar, I wish, Thunder, and people stood up and applauded at the end. Fucking applauded. <p> Of course I joined in until my friend told me they weren't clapping because it was over.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    That's Okay

    by Autodidact

    After the Face/Off incident I was actually glad he got killed. Okay, not really, but I was kinda glad he got killed based on some other shit that went down.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Chewbacca fucking annoyed you?! WHAT?!

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Thats liks saying you don't like ice cream.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters

    by patch_adams_dickblood

  • June 8, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Maverick

    by drewlicious

    For some reason I still get a huge kick out of that one. I was pretty young so I never heard of the original series or even suspsected that James Garner was the orignal Maverick.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    You're fucking null man.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Read your shitty post to me about manhandling my face with your cock. It's called sarcasm you douche.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I Knew You Were Going to Say That

    by Autodidact

    You realize there are no non-verbal cues on the internet right? Just so we're clear, I was not being sarcastic. I will fucking face rape you for your impudence! Oh and saying I saw 13 movies in 7 days supports the idea that I have movie knowledge.. I would not say it necessarily means I have taste.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Chewie didn't really DO anything

    by lockesbrokenleg

    He flew the ship, but during fights he was always hanging in the back. I wanted to see that fucker rip some arms off.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    I like the idea that Chewy is a pretty civil guy.....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ....he's pretty much all talk. I like that. Cause all in all, you're just a dick with no balls.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Face Rape is lovely when its consensual.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

  • June 8, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Star Wars-Just rewrite the whole series

    by Castlemonster

    And start by making the first one first. When it comes right down to it, that's the first flaky turn the franchise took-starting with the fourth movie. And so you have Obi Wan aging sixty years in twenty years and you aren't supposed to notice that CGI robots and spaceships and aliens aren't crowding every frame of the later episodes like in the first three. And by golly I don't remember those droids I had so many adventures with!

  • June 8, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I love DGDB

    by yoko91748

  • June 8, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I loved the wookiees in ROTS

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Now, that kicked ass. Chewie was whipping butt there.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    right on DANNY

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    right on. he broke my heart though, so i will never let him fuck my face again.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I HAVE NO DOUBT TWILIGHT 2 WILL BE MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Thousands of tweengasms await, followed by Conti and Stuntcock's coke/booze/bowling/wangulation binge.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    www.NukeTheFridge.COM Transformers premiere video

    by yoko91748

  • June 8, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I saw Poltergeist, ET, and Firefox in one day..

    by banditmania

    ..Fixefox the Clint Eastwood movie, not the browser.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    www.NukeTheFridge.COM Transformers premiere videoNukeTheFridge.C

    by yoko91748

  • June 8, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    SUPERMAN (1978)

    by BurnHollywood

    The biggest theater in Denver used to be the venerable Cooper, down on Colorado Blvd (Barnes and Noble there now). Back in the days before the gigaplexes, you had to line up around the theater to get in, and sometimes the people on the tail end would be bumped to a later show (or date), courtesy of a sheepish looking usher.<p> It might have been the premiere or the first week...people were pretty jazzed. Big whoops for the amazing (at the time) credit sequence, and the theater shook with applause at Christopher Reeve's declaration of "Truth, justice, and the American way!"<p> On display in the lobby was an original "Amazing Comics", although I've got to wonder if it wasn't a later edition...damned things would be hard for the Smithsonian to get, let alone a cow-town cinema.<p> Had similar experiences with STAR WARS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK at the same theater. Different vibe in those days...must've been the wait in line with all the fellow genre-addicts.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    R2D2=Lazy fucker.

    by The Dark Shite

    "Nobody remembers I could fly in ROTS, so fuck it. I'll just fall off high stuff & let people come & get me."

  • June 8, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Han Solo was BAD ASS

    by lockesbrokenleg

    But damn, his partner was lazy. Wookiee love.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Face rape?

    by TedKordLives

    Is this what it's come to? <P> Oh, ok. That's fine then.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    TPM Not Good But Extremely Memorable

    by Autodidact

    Never felt the air go out of a cinema like it did on opening day in 1999, when I had a ticket for the 12 noon show with my roommate. <p>We had seen the Matrix together a couple months before, on the opening Friday, and everyone was absolutely hyped coming out. By contrast, I'll never forget the way the energy drained out of the room at the moment Jar-Jar showed up in TPM. The first 20 minutes were actually somewhat promising, but when Jar-Jar appeared, you could hear little perforations starting to appear in rectums of the audience members' childhoods.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Seriously man.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Do I have to do 2 posts to get it into your Movie Filled Head? I was being sarcastic about Eagle Eye. Trust me, I know you weren't being sarcastic about sticking a dick in a dudes mouth without consent due to the fact that he differs opinions in movies. Goddamn dude you are thick.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 8, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to The Closet... err.. Hell was great

    by DAVID_CARRADINES_DEATH_SPUNK

  • June 8, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    INDY 4 NUKED THE FRIDGE dot COM

    by yoko91748

  • June 8, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    AN INCONVIENIENT NOOSE

    by DAVID_CARRADINES_DEATH_SPUNK

  • June 8, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Night of the Demons

    by Juggernaut125

    My friends and I were bored and there wasn't really anything worth seeing, so we went in to London just to watch SOMETHING. The movie busted half way through, and my friend Paul threw himself over the chairs in front of him yelling "I'm possessed!!" Suddenly everyone in the theatre followed suit, screaming "Now I'm possessed!!" Bad movie. Great night.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    It was totally the wait in line that caused that distinctive vib

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    .....because I'm younger than a lot of you, and I felt that excitement and comradery in line for the first time for Episode 1. The fact that there were no theaters with assigned seating 10 years ago resulted in motherfuckers lining up at noon for the 8pm showing!! It was exciting as fuck to stand in line all day and take turns going to take a piss around the building, or grab something to eat across the street, or watch the kids come dressed up and saber fighting in the parking lot like idiots. I love that shit. It was the momentum of an 8 hour boner, and absolute hysterical applause when they open the doors and start letting people in. By the time the LUCASFILM logo came on screen-- I fucking popped. It was pure geek bliss the likes of which I have not felt before or after. With this assigned seating bullshit and tickets on sale online, and weeks before the film opening-- you lost all that. Now people show up 5 minutes before the movie and don't give a fuck.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Okay I got it you were being sarcastic

    by Autodidact

    But I still have to violate your face.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    The Matrix

    by Davidia

    Puzzled to see it didn't get as much mention here...but the ORIGINAL Matrix was fucking it for me. I was around 12, and I still think to this day people don't appreciate it's marketing campaign, or impact it had on the movies we view today. First off, the advertising was great, didn't give anything away, and only brought up the question of "What is The Matrix". This is a wee bit before AiCN and the internet exploded on my face, so I was fresh to see this, and my friends were too. We were outside the parking lot tryng to do flips off walls, contemplating the morality of the story, etc. Then of course those two sequels came along and shat on the originals legacy.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    www.NukeTheFridge.COM Transformers premiere videoww.NukeTheFridg

    by yoko91748

  • June 8, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Oh and the "why"

    by Autodidact

    It's not because our taste differs. It's beacuse of the way you talked to me. Respect is a two way street my friend.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Jurassic Park, naturally. And while it doesn't hold up nearly as well, ID4 wasn't bad at the time.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I remember seeing the trailer for Star Wars

    by Castlemonster

    And when the poster first appeared in the COMING SOON section and I'm like, What the fuck could this be? And it really was something that no one had ever seen before. It may have been the last new thing that was ever created by man. And then, at a time when sequels hadn't really gotten a bad reputation yet, TESB knocked our little socks off again! And then Bobba Fett got burped and we got some prequels, clearly and nakedly fashioned for the short-bus set, that was a self-eviscerating mockery of what made the first 2 1/2 movies quality. Lucas belongs on a spit broiling for eternity.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Face Rape?

    by TedKordLives

    I thought Avatar came out in December.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Now please respect a head on collision FACE RAVAGE!

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

  • June 8, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Speed in 1994

    by successor

    <p>When the bus jumped the gap in the freeway, you could literally feel the people holding their breaths in the theater. It's a cliche, but it's true. And since I didn't know jack shit about the film, I kept wondering how much worse the situation could get on the bus. And then they even have a subway fight and crash on top of all that. Fantastic.</p> <p>Granted, looking back, the bus jump scene is rather absurd. But back then it was amazing. And the film still holds up now, even with Keanu.</p> <p>I can also remember the two most disappointing summer films. Judge Dredd in 1995. They got me all hyped up with Jerry Goldsmith's trailer music, then when I got there I got a shitty score from Alan Silvestri and a terrible movie as well. Gee, thanks.</p> <p>Second goes to Minority Report in 2002. When I got out of the theater, I was like "that's it?" Judging from the looks of the other audience members as they left, they felt the same way.</p> <p>Robocop 2 was a great (and loud) movie experience for the first ten minutes or so, especially that great part where his car gets shot to shit, blown up, flipped and shot again. Then Robocop slams his foot down out of the flaming car. I saw that in the trailer and couldn't believe how cool that was. Then the rest of the movie happened and needless to say everything went downhill from there--though the final fight between Robocop and Robocain was awesome. If the rest of the movie had been as cool as those two scenes, then Robocop 2 would've been as great a sequel as The Empire Strikes Back or Godfather II.</p>

  • June 8, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Double feature: Star Wars and Clash of the Titans

    by Lucky_Day

    I was 8 or 9. My best friend's hippie parents took us to the drive in to see a double feature of Star Wars and then Clash of the Titans. It was awesome. We got up to sit up front (it was a van), I sat in the passenger seat. My buddies parents and their friends were smoking joints in the back. Sometime near the end of Star Wars, I noticed I could see another movie being played on a different screen, while looking through the side mirror, it was some teen slasher type with lots of boobies. Had trouble concentrating on Clash, but I'd seen it a couple times before so it wasn't a bad thing. Good times.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Ladies & Gentlemen..

    by The Dark Shite

    Or should that be Gentlemen & Gentlemen? Probably. Gentlemen & Face rapers?<p> I give you..Wookie Hole! Take out the spaces, you know the drill. <p> http://travel. webshots.com/photo/ 2141098550030308675GUVAEh <p>

  • June 8, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Jurrasic Park is the correct answer

    by BrainFart

    i always thought that "made the hair on the back of my neck stand up" was just an expression untill i saw that movie on the big screen

  • June 8, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    DRAG ME TO HELL is a great comedy.

    by Bob Cryptonight

    But it is a terrible horror movie. There are many, many moments where Sam STARTLES the audience, but there are no real scares. Lohman was great, though.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    True. Speed fucking rocked at the theater.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    I remember it clearly. There was also a silent moment of tension in the audience when the bus plowed through the baby stroller. Awesome fucking movie.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    I would tear the peach fuzz out of Alison Lohman's ass....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ....with my fucking teeth.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell... Stuff in Lohman's Mouth Every Scene

    by Autodidact

    Did anyone else notice that Lohman had something disgusting go into her mouth in almost every scene? Maybe that's why I'm on about the face rape. Also, I was the only person in the theatre at my screening on Friday. Maybe this movie would have been more enjoyable with an audience. I doubt it though.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    You can't scare audiences

    by knowthyself

    Might as well make them laugh. Raimi is a genius.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Mac and me

    by BrainFart

    now thats a horror movie.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    ROTS, ANH, ESB

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Are the ones you need in your SW set. The rest, and the EU, well, kinda suck ass.

  • June 8, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    HMMMM

    by knowledge1027

    Age7-Ghostbusters Age12-Batman,Last`Crusade,Ghostbusters2 Age16-JP Age19-ID4 Age24-Spiderman Age26-Spiderman2 Age30-TDK,Tropic`Thunder,Wall-E

  • June 8, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell

    by spiral115

    You either hate it or you are a fucknut. There Autodidact, I want t thank you for the intelligent manner in which you state a point of view!

  • June 8, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead 2 Without Bruce Campbell

    by Autodidact

    Think of Evil Dead 2 without the awesome setup, setting, or sound design. Then take away Bruce Campbell. Then take out all the nifty camera work and repeat the same gag in seven different locations. End the movie at the beginning of the 3rd act because the routine has run its course in less than 90 minutes. Suck Harry's dick. Profit. <p> The movie is filled with shit that's just gross. I don't go to a horror movie to be grossed out in that way. Phlegmy old-lady saliva is the one substance I absolutely do not want to see in movies. Vomit, jizz, diarrhea, vaginal blood, all that shit is fine... but phlegm makes me retch.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Ohhh, thats tough!

    by Dranem

    3 way tie: Batman 1989 Phantom Menace (sick of apologizing, I just liked it dammit!) Revenge of the Sith (saw it about 6 times that summer, with the final viewing on July 4th)

  • June 8, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    This one's easy for me......THE THING

    by thelordofhell

    I was about 13 years old and helping out with my school's summer break recreation sessions and me, a couple other kids who were 13+, two teachers, and about 10 8-10 year old kids went and saw John Carpenter's The Thing, and when that dog started turning into an alien and started fuckin' up those other dogs....GOD DAMN IT WAS GREAT!! The teachers had to escort the crying 8-10 year olds out of the theater while the rest of us saw the best damn horror movie ever!! And I swear to my dying day that the theater had this movie listed as PG. And the really best part is the teacher's were all pissed that they had to miss out on the movie, so we went and saw it again after the kids were taken home.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    I Forgot One Thing

    by Autodidact

    Drag Me To Hell had very goofy and cheap looking CGI that just looked stupid for the most part.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    The Summer of Ninety Five

    by antonphd

    I was 21 years old. I had grown up very religious and didn't really know anything about life. I spent the summer of 1995 having the world opened up for me at the theater. I saw every movie that came to the theaters. Many numerous times since I worked at a theater. French Kiss(I still want to retire in France because of this film), A Little Princess(an awakening), Crimson Tide(this could happen?), Die Hard: With a Vengeance(I love Die Hard films, even though 2-4 all had dumb endings), Braveheart(the film that should have made Mel Gibson rich instead of The Passion, should have been a warning), Johnny Mnemonic(I almost didn't see The Matrix because of this film), Batman Forever(Jim Carey ruled the 90's), Congo(Laura is introduced to the world), Pocahontas(now, that's a cartoon I'd fuck), Apollo 13(intense), Judge Dredd(I liked this until the retarded ending, still love the trailer music), First Knight(she made Smilla's Sense of Snow after this, so, give her a break), Species(boobies), Nine Months(watched this 50 times during breaks working at the theater), The Indian in the Cupboard(sweet), Under Siege 2: Dark Territory(not great, but worth passing time), Clueless(my first crush on an actress since Linda Carter), Operation Dumbo DropThe Net(Dennis Leary will do 10 seasons as a fireman making up for this), Waterworld(what happened to the shark fight? still loved it), Bushwhacked(the guy from Home Alone, not all kid films are equal), Something to Talk About(I still like Julia Roberts), Virtuosity(meet Russel Crowe), A Kid in King Arthur's Court(someday, you will have a comeback jizzing in a beer cup), A Walk in the Clouds(well, better than Johnny Mnemonic), Dangerous Minds(oh coolio), The Fan(robert deniro is scary), The Usual Suspects(blew my mind), Mortal Kombat(not bad, what else can this director do), Beyond Rangoon(this kind of thing happens), Desperado(intro to Antonio, Salma and Robert), Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde(movies can really be crap), Lord of Illusions(nothing like Quantum Leap).

  • June 8, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I'm glad I read this Talkback

    by Castlemonster

    I'm going to wait until DMTH is down to 1.99 on Amazon. Maybe the world will end first but I'll take that chance.<p>Anyway, Raimi has to want to make more horror movies because it's the right thing for him. If he's happier working in other genre's then who am I to protest? His legacy is already assured.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see Raimi branch out a bit.

    by Toilet_Terror

    Maybe an Arthur C Clark adaptation?

  • June 8, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Batman

    by jimmy_009

    I was 10 or 11 when that came out. I remember the big campaign leading up to it and it hit me like a ton of bricks. But since my folks were strict and it was PG-13, I wasn't allowed to see it. After a week or two they relented and we all went to see it. BLEW MY SOCKS OFF in a way no other movie has or probably will. I was Batman in my fantasies for years after thanks to that movie. The perfect summer blockbuster experience.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    DRAG ME TO HELL is not a horror movie.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It's a spookablast!

  • June 8, 2009, 9:28 p.m. CST

    The Pelican Brief

    by lockesbrokenleg

    was NOT a good summer movie experience. Shit, my friend liked weird movies. Ag!

  • June 8, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Sicko

    by antonphd

    If I pick one film of one summer that had the biggest affect on me it is Sicko. Just thinking about the experience of watching that with my wife makes me choke up inside. When the story of the 2 babies showed... the one that dies on the way to the hospital because the first hospital wouldn't accept the insurance... then seeing what it was like for the baby in france suffering the same thing... my wife completely lost it... i still shake inside remember the way she cried... she was heaving sobbing and she wasn't alone in the theater... she had to get up and leave for a bit... we changed after that film... we became democrats and helped with the nov election... it shook us hard... i almost cry thinking about that film. I have seen a lot of wonderful films but that one made me a different person after watching it.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Die Hard. Definitely Die Hard. The first one.

    by Snake Foreskin

    Best movie-going experience of my life. Complete and utter fun. Raiders was fantastic, but I was older and therefore more able to enjoy Die Hard. Man, oh man. I wish they made movies that good nowadays.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Last crusade

    by Bladernner79

    The end of that movie was perfect with the four of them riding into the sunset, fucking spielberg should have left well enough alone if all he had was that horrible script, ford was fine but the story was so lacking and Karen Allen was terrible.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I am proud to say I never camped in line for a movie

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It dawned on me that I ordered my tickets online and still saw TPM in the midwest before New Yorkers did.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Is this the real Mr. DickBlood posting here?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...tonight? All that PHANTOM MENACE movie geek love juice leaking out of his nooks and crannies...it's shocking.

  • June 8, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Superman: The Movie was great and all...

    by MediaGold

    My second favorite movie after Alien, but it came out in the winter of '78 so technically it doesn't count unless you lived in Sweden or Japan or Outer Mongolia. Don't know how to do those paragraph spacer dealies hopelfully it's this <p> If not sigh, please powers that be upgrade this fucking forum already!! Newsflash it's not 2001 any longer. Another test [p] Anyhoo, my favorite summer film experience has got to be Aliens. Beforehand me and a friend went to the arcade and kicked major pixelated ass on Ikari Warriors 2: Victory Road. Tearing up many Butterfly Soldiers with our devastating red grenades made me feel like Rambo if Rambo was 14 and weighed 115 pounds and had faggy hair. Having spent all our cash on said token bandit, we snuck into the theater using old ticket stubs. I had seen the previous movie when I was 9 on the TV and it totally scared the shit out of me. Like Ripley, I faced my demons when I saw this film and when she drilled those slimy suckers with her pulse rifle... damn! Fucking awesome experience! Another test {gimme some space, bitch!!} Worst experience has got to be ID4. True story, first time I tried to see it, the monsoon knocked out the power to the theater. The next night I tried again and about 30 minutes in the place gets a bomb threat! I think the caller was trying to warn about the actual film, but w/e they evacuated the whole place. Third time I finally saw it. Yeah, wish I hadn't.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Ok, it's < p >

    by MediaGold

    Got it.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Bad Summer Experiences

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Alien 3, Rocketeer, Space Camp, Howard the Duck, License to Drive - sorry people I dragged to see those movies with me.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Goonies

    by ProziumJunkie

    was even excited when that shitty video game came out

  • June 8, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Strike that, best summer movie experience was Outbreak

    by MediaGold

    My ex gave me a handjob during said film. You'd never think how well a hand can be lubricated via movie popcorn butter. Definite all-time favorite summer movie memory.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park

    by thesinofthesky

    The two pinnacle summer movie experiences. My dad took me to T2 on opening day, and I all of nine years old. It was also the first R rated movie I'd seen in the theaters, and it blew my mind all over my face. Jurassic Park also rocked my eleven year old world. My friend Sam and I stood in line for 3 or so hours, which is alot considering El Paso, Tx hits 101 degrees by mid day in summer. I also stole the people sitting next to us' popcorn. To this day I can't go to a movie without having popcorn. The Matrix was great, we skipped school and drove to the far east side to see it at the new Tinseltown theater. My worst experience was the first AvP. I'd just had serious major shoulder surgery, was in a massive amount of pain, and the movie fucking sucked.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I'm jealous

    by snitchseeker

    Of all the older people who got to see such classics in the theater.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    How old are the Phantom Mennace fans???

    by Flip63Hole

    You children have NO TASTE. I walked out about 30 minutes into it. All the kiddies at my work are, "what'd ya think?" "I left." was my response. And proceeded to tear the first half hour several ass-holes and they all agreed but where too much of fanchildren to really digest what I had said. Haven't seen much of the other prequels but what I have seen was pretty hilarious. Saw the ending of the Sith one, funny shit.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Tuff Fuckin Question

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Big Summer Movies have always been my faverite. I do love all movies, but give me the popcorn flicks anyday. Both on a personal level and business level, thats what keeps theaters open. As for my faverite...thats like asking me who's my faverite son/daughter or food, or band, or drink, or chic i had sex with. I love em all for differant reason's. BUT definately Star Wars's Episodes 4, 6, 1, and 3. Jaws, The Indy's. JP. Die Hard. T2, definately Big Trouble in little china, aliens, Fucking so many more. Damn i'm 40 so i have seen a ton of stuff!!! And i probably will get raked over the coals but i gotta say Revenge of the Fallen on IMAX is probably gonna be my faverite movie this summer. Although i dug the hell outta the new TREK. But damn if i ain't excited for the new Transformers....looks like i am gonna burn in popcorn hell...and i will enjoy every minute of it!!!!!!

  • June 8, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    "Only In Theatres"

    by Autodidact

    Remember when that was a ubiquitous phrase that actually meant something? I think that's why almost nobody in this thread has named a movie from the past ten years as their peak cinema-going experience. Things like this site, and cross-media saturation of video games, comic-book tie-ins, etc. have dulled the magic of the movie-going experience. Of course, nothing has been more detrimental to the differentiation of the cinema-going experience than the forward progress of home video technology. DVD did some major damage to the perception at large. Cinema will grow and evolve but it will never be thought of as "the" way to experience something until it really goes to some other level beyond images projected onto a screen.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I don't really see horror movies in the theater

    by CherryValance

    too chicken. And I can't really think of a favorite summer movie. Most of my favorite movie going experiences happened during the school year. Star Wars doesn't count right? It was a blockbuster but it was like May and stuff. So I'll have to say True Lies. (It may also be my favorite set in summer which is weird. I mean, it was right? or was The Usual Suspects in summer? The wedding in The Godfather was probably June. erm, I dunno.) My favorite movie with summer in the title? Suddenly Last Summer.</p> <p>I don't even know if I answered the question. *facepalm*</p>

  • June 8, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    For me: Roger Rabit. On acid.

    by Flip63Hole

    My eyeballs were gangbanged to no end. Couldn't believe what I was seeing. And I had to drive everybody home afterward. Crazy shit. The car was standing still and earth was moving below me. Little Mermaid (not sure if that was a summer movie) and Total Recall: also on hallucinogenics... Great times... Not sure when the original Burton Batman came out (winter?) if not, that would have to be in the top 5. Watched it, left the theater with my friends, told them to leave me there and I bought another ticket and watched it again by myself.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Return of the Jedi. Not because .....

    by Keblar

    it's my preferred SW film (Empire Blows everything else away), but because it's the one I can REMEMBER seeing, and REMEMBER walking out into the Louisiana sun after it, and just feeling COMPLETELY consumed by the SW universe. Somehow even back then I subconsciously recognized the films flaws in a way I couldn't quantify, but that didn't temper how much its existence as a final film completely overwhelmed my still imaginative, fantasy prone brain. I was on my way out of being a kid not long after and I can't tangibly remember any other film since having the same all encompassing effect on me. They've all just been cinema or media regardless of how much the managed to move me or stimulate my mind and emotions, but back then, at that time, in that summer...it was my world.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    BLADE RUNNER

    by chew

    Loved Star Wars-All of them. Alien & Aliens as well. But Blade Runner changed my view of film. Blew me the f**k away visually when I first saw it opening night in '82 when I was 15 years old.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Batman `89

    by cookepuss

    I was 15 at the time. I remember that my local comic shop at the time got enough people to get together to buy out a whole showing. The day was fairly hot and people were lined up outside 2x2 of an already packed theater. <p> <p> The line outside must've stretched 2 or 3 blocks. I remember walking up past everybody else who had camped out, as there was no midnight showing. Confidently, I strode past them like a big man, dick swinging like I was 2x my 15 years, & flashed my special VIP screening badge.<p> <p> I cannot tell you exactly what type of perverse pleasure I took from watching the hundreds of people now behind me scream and get pissed that I just jumped to the head of the line like some rock star.<p> <p> The satisfaction of watching those spandex stretching utility belt wearing virgins screech their displeasure brought a smile to my face that lasts to this day.<p> <p> Oh, yeah. The movie kicked 41 kinds of ass. Having only the image of the mega gay Adam West Batman in my head made every and any change made by Burton taste like gold flecked ice cream stolen from God's personal stock.<p> <p> THAT, my friends, is the ultimate movie experience. =)

  • June 8, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Hollywood was better before

    by Castlemonster

    it knew what it was doing. One day a lot of smart Hollywood note-writing lunch-monkeys realized it was a business and not art at all, and so artistic directors were a threat to the enterprise and had to be seduced into mediocrity, manacled by a useless union establishment or shut out altogether. But we have the Hollywood we deserve, I guess.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:50 p.m. CST

    @Castlemonster

    by cookepuss

    It's just business. Like any business, there are douches everywhere. It just so happens that Hollywood has MORE THAN its fair share of assholes. <p> <p> As an artist/animator myself, I can tell you that business wins out over creativity every time. That's just the way it is. It's all about the bottom line and people are just tools to get there.<p> <p> I think that my acknowledgment of that cold reality made me appreciate a movie like "Swimming with Sharks" that much more. <p> <p> People suck. They will do whatever they want to whomever they want whenever they please, with or without the lube. True goodness in is rare and only assclownery is the world standard.

  • June 8, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    JURASSIC PARK

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    I was 10 years old and loved dinosaurs just like every other kid. <P> I wasn't savy enough to figure out what the plot was and hadn't caught the advertising for it...but I had heard about it and wanted to see it. <P> When those dinosaurs showed up on screen, my life changed. <P> It is one of the most astonishingly amazing movies that I have ever seen and I still hold it in high regard.

  • June 8, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    VOLTES V

    by AxeEmAll

    The last of the TV anime series was shown in a theater. I was a seven year old kid then.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    I'm going with the Hangover

    by Scoob1978

    Not because its true but because it gets zero love in AICN. The ending alone it the funniest thing you'll see all year. Word of mouth is carrying this movie. Are we a hype machine now? As for ever? I'm old enough to be a little kid going to see Return of the Jedi. I see it differently now but as a kid that movie was something of legend. I'll never have those big eyes back as big as they were when my cousin took me to see it.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Weird

    by Scoob1978

    My post got truncated: Here's the post Not because its true but because it gets zero love in AICN. The ending alone it the funniest thing you'll see all year. Word of mouth is carrying this movie. Are we a hype machine now? As for land of the lost which got hype but sucked. I'm old enough to be a little kid going to see Return of the Jedi. I see it differently now but as a kid that movie was something of legend. I'll never have those big eyes back as big as they were when my cousin took me to see it.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Goddamn....

    by Jobacca

    Jurassic Park is gettin' some luv in this thread! I think that was probably The Bergs last "fun" movie before he got all preachy and serious on us. I remember seeing it on opening night...it was raining and I had somehow scored tickets to an "early" 10:30 PM screening. It was a good movie but by the time it came out I was already starting to get old and bitter and jaded...I imagine if I had seen it as a younger kid it would have blown my mind as well.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Summer of '93 FTW.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    Jurassic Park. Last Action Hero.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Flip63

    by Zeegloo

    TPM may not have aged well to people like me who were kids (I was 9) when it was released. Hell, sounds like people who were adults when it was released were furious. But the experience and the feeling leading up to it was really something special.<br><br> And that's all that matters! Well, maybe not, but it's a big part of it.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Return of the Jedi

    by Dreamfasting

    I had pretty much my perfect move-going day seeing Return of the Jedi ... after having felt let down by the experience of seeing Empire after reading too much promo stuff, I refused to watch a read a single article about Jedi and closed my eyes and plugged my ears at every ad on tv. I went in knowing nothing. We had already driven an hour once to try to see it only to get turned back by it being sold old and it looked uncertain if I'd get to see it all. But as a surprise post-dentist treat later that week, I was taken to my first matinee. We were the first people in the largest theater I'd ever been in and got center-front balcony seats so there was nothing but the screen in front of me. The music started and I was hooked. Vader's "the Emperor isn't as forgiving as I am" still ranks as my all-time favorite set-up ... for someone who grew up with Vader as the ultimate boogeyman, by the time the Emperor appeared, Vader's subservience had me terrified. Unlike most people of my generation, I actually liked the ewoks. When the fleet jumped into to hyperspace I thought it was almost over and said to myself "This has been a good movie" (it was the only moment I pulled away to remember I was in a theater). When the Emperor sprung the trap I felt as stunned as the rebels ... I had so thoroughly avoided spoilers that I had somehow convinced myself that, like the ending of Empire, there wasn't going be a big space battle. When total chaos erupted, my jaw just hit the floor. The moment Vader began searching for Luke in the dark, with the low ominous music, a chill went up my spine, knowing that the whole saga was about to reach its climax in the coming moments. For me, for the age I was, the anticipation I felt, the layer of my own imagination I had added to Lucus' universe and yet the innocence I went in with ... everything in Jedi just clicked.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Revision—Actually, mine is the summer of 1982.

    by blakindigo

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, The Road Warrior, Poltergeist, E.T., The Dark Crystal, John Carpenter's The Thing, Tron, Star Wars re–release (I think), Conan, and a bunch of stuff I can't think of right now…

  • June 8, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    The one that stands out to me the most....

    by bandus

    Die Hard was the one that I could not stop going to see. After I saw it I dragged as many people as I could to go see it again. I'll never forget thier reaction after they saw it. They were all in love with it too.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Superman was so awesome, it BROUGHT summer

    by m00kiedood

    Right in the middle of winter. What I'm saying.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Of course it has to be Star Wars...

    by Bill Clay

    If you were alive in 1977, it is mandatory for you to pick the original Star Wars as the greatest summer movie experience of all time.

  • June 8, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Speed in 1994

    by BiggusDickus

    Living on my own in London. Old mate Chris comes down from out of town for a weekend of partying. Blazing hot sunny day. See 'Speed' on the first screening of the day (noon). Great film - top bit of escapism. Come out into blazing sunshine and decide to go for a few beers on Clapahm Common. Spend all afternoon drinking cold ones with Chris and chatting with a couple of sexy Irish nurses. Tell them about 'Speed'. End up pairing off (I got the redhead!) and going back to the cinema with them for a late night screening. Absolutely fantastic day...and the night was pretty interesting, too!

  • June 8, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters & the rest of 1984

    by Spinninmarty

    It was June of 84. I was 12 and my best friend was days away from moving 2500 miles away. My older sister drove all of us to the nearest multiplex in Aberdeen, WA (35 miles away) to see this opening night. It had everything, including Bill Murray, who I worshiped. On the way home, we stopped at McD's (we didn't have one in our hometown, so it was a big deal)and took the long way home and stopped at the beach to watch the sun go down. It was perfect planet alignment of the right age, the right movie, at the right time. The rest of the summer also gave me Gremlins, Temple of Doom, The Last Starfighter, Muppets Take Manhattan and The NeverEnding Story.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Original "Superman" released in Dec.1978

    by KarlKolchak

    So technically it doesn't qualify as a "summer" movie, but my mom took me to see it on Christmas Eve, and it still one of my favorite memories.<p> I desperately wanted to see Jaws but was told I was too young.<p> Great thread!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Best summer for movies?

    by KarlKolchak

    I would argue 1989: Batman, Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, Parenthood, heck, I even enjoyed Star Trek 5.<p> 2008 was a close second.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Man, I forgot about 1984 and 1982

    by KarlKolchak

    My parents got grossed out by Temple of Doom. Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Search for Spock, Last Starfighter...

  • June 9, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    episode 3

    by boba_sweat

    sith was deadly dont even say it wasnt

  • June 9, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    They Just Don't Make Em Like They Used To

    by tech_noir

    Is basically what we've concluded from this thread. That and internet killed the cinema star.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST

    TERMINATOR 2 in July 1991. Close second: SPEED...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...in June 1994.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    tdk

    by boba_sweat

    tdk was the last great movie ive even seen.havent seen trek yet though

  • June 9, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Question for those who saw ESB in theatres

    by Fat and Curious

    What was it like when you found out Vader was Luke's father? I imagine there was a collective plop in everybody's X-Wing underoos. Since I saw Star Wars at such a young age long after the original trilogy had been completed, I never remember being shocked when I found who Vader was. "Luke, I am your father" is so ingrained in our culture...so I ask you, what was it like to experience that twist?

  • June 9, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Gosh I just turned 30 and thank you guys for making me feel youn

    by Dogmatic

    to quote the great Star Trek II. hahah <P> But seriously...some of these premieres you all are quoting....Jedi?? Raiders?? Empire?? Star Wars?? friggin' Jaws??? I was feeling like 30 was old...and now I realize that I'm not! hahahah <p> Anyways in the interest of full disclosure...the first movie I can remember ever seeing was Jedi when I was 4 years old...but I was just afraid of Jabba and enamored with the Ewoks is all I remember.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Harry, hope you were just trying to get people angry...

    by deucefilms

    Or maybe meant to say that TPM was the most "memorable" summer movie experience instead of "favorite." From 77 to 99, I was a Star Wars fanatic. As a kid, I worshipped those movies. Had all the toys, the bedspread, the t-shirts, the watches, the posters,... everything. Like an idiot, went out and bought the original trilogy every time Lucas released it on VHS(which I think was about 267 times)... still ended up buying the original trilogy twice on DVD. In the summer of 99, I walked into that theater a Star Wars fanatic, and I walked out with the realization that Star Wars was now nothing more than a part of my childhood. TPM ruined Star Wars for me. It wasn't a matter of expectations. It was a matter of Lucas treating his audience like they were too stupid to make it through an episode of Blue's Clues. The movie was void of everything that made the original trilogy enjoyable. Every frame of that film screamed of Lucas' vanity. That movie turned Star Wars fans from geeks (a title that many of us held proudly) into losers. If you were still a fanatic after TPM was released, you could no longer claim that you worshipped something of quality or substance. At least, with the original trilogy, we had that. Not any more. You couldn't defend the prequels. Hell, that's even evidenced in this talkback.... those who do try defending the prequels on here are treated like they're in some sort of denial. People talk to them as if they're so blinded by their love for all things Star Wars, they can't see what a smoldering piece of shit TPM was. And it wasn't a piece of shit because our expectations were too high. It was a piece of shit because it was empty and had no soul. The prequels were just bad movies that never even came close to capturing any of the magic of the original trilogy. As fans, we would've been better off without the prequels. They merely serve as a shit stain on the original trilogy. Empire is still one of my favorite films of all time, and I truly hate the fact that I now can't watch it without being reminded of the crap that Lucas has been cranking out for audiences since 1999. Here's a debate for anyone interested... Is there are greater "cinematic disappointment" in movie history than The Phantom Menace? When I think of the anticipation for that movie and compare it to how disappointed audiences were with it, I can't come up with another movie that even comes close. By the way, a huge box office pull does not make TPM a good movie. It's tough to make that argument when sloppy filmmaking attempts like Da Vinci Code and Spider-Man 3 manage to rake in tons of money. Hype goes a long way at the box office, but it should never be confused with quality.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Fat and Curious...I remember it well

    by conspiracy

    I was 10 when SW came out...my friends and I saw that fucker at LEAST 25 times in the theater (Matinee $2.50...Bitches!).</p><p>Unless you were around..it is kinda hard to imagine the effect the original trilogy had on popular culture. I mean lines were hours long...there was National News coverage...the film played for MONTHS (long before home sales were a major factor ya know)</p><p> Anyway...Was there opening night...Mom went and stood in line that morning for tickets..could only get late night seats though...since people had waited since the day before for tickets. Yes..There were gasps, and a few "No's" in the audience..and definite cries of "NO!!!!!!!" at the cliff hanger ending. It was nuts...and atypical for Lucas since, the movie was worth the hype.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    X-3

    by snitchseeker

    Did for me what TPM did for you.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Deucefilms

    by snitchseeker

    not harry

  • June 9, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    But my top 5 would have to be in order...

    by Dogmatic

    The Phantom Menace...it was insane...that was a summer long event for me...saw it like 4 times each time with different group of friends over the summer...it hasn't held up of course but it was amazing then to be caught up in it. <p> Next is Jurassic Park...I grew up on dinosaurs but by 14 was moving on to girls and such but for that summer suddenly i was getting my hands on all things dino once again...even dragging out my old Dino-Riders collection of toys (anyone remember those?? how cool would a movie of that be??) that movie was the first one that ever showed me CGI wasnt just fancy FX like T2 2 years earlier but it was capable of making your childhood fantasies come to life before you! <p> Indiana JOnes and the Last Crusade...I was 10 and just starting to really appreciate good, fun movies...and while i had seen pieces of Raiders and Temple THIS was my first TRUE exposure to my favorite movie character of all time....it was a perfect day...shopping with my family in a local mall, getting a sweet new transformer, eating at my favorite restaurant after the movie just talking like crazy about how much I loved it and my dad just taking in my excitement with a knowing look on his face as he had experienced Raiders in the theater and was looking forward to showing me the previous two movies....and while Kingdom had flaws dang it was great to see Indy up on the silver screen again!!! And rumors of Indy 5 have me nothing but excited that my children in the future will have more Indy movies I can introduce them to! <p> The 1,2,3,4 punch of 2005 in Judge Dredd, Batman Forever, Waterworld and Braveheart....I know the first 3 are not high on anyone's lists and I admit they lose a lot now in light of Nolan's Batman (Waterworld is still great though for me!!!) but those 3 movies stand out for me b/c they were the first ones i actually read a lot about before they came out and researched so i had worked myself up to fever pitch for each one and each blew me outta my seat...Batman finally fighting and engaging in big action setpieces (albeit in neon hell), Mad Max on water and the future blitz of Dredd....then it capped off with my Braveheart which i had put off until my family finally took me to see it and I really fell in love with it as my first "serious" film that I truly loved....great great summer. <P> and finally...Spiderman and Spiderman 3....those two actually top all the other films on this list for me as I am a huge Spidey fans but the reason they are #5 is b/c unfortunately it is just true that as you get older some of the fever pitch dies down...but for these two...in 2002 I literally cried seeing my favorite fictional character since I was 4 years old brought to life respectfully by the dear Sam Raimi...and in 2007 not so long ago...i was able to feel like a kid again at age 28 when one of my best friends stayed over like the old days and we saw the midnight show with hardcore fans before going to another city the next day to watch it again on IMAX with an even hardercore crowd that were just blown away along with me as it was my first IMAX feature....it was perfect...and despite the haters...remains my favorite superhero movie behind Dark Knight (which would be a close #6 if I carried the list that far.) <P> Thanks for reading whoever did!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST

    oh yea

    by snitchseeker

    Also, I don't care wat you guys say, I really enjoyed seeing Crystal Skull in the theater. I thought it kicked ass and made me feel like I was being part of what everyone else talks about who got to see the first 3 open.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Did The Matrix come out during a Summer??

    by odo19

    If so then the part where Neo gets up and stops the bullets is the the peak of my Summer movie watching experience. Shit blew me away. Nothings come close to that since TDK last year.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    deucefilms..Agreed TPM Biggest Disappointment Evah..

    by conspiracy

    Where do you start, Jar Jar, the story, Midichlorians, Jake Lloyd (Yippee), wasted Villains, Wasted talent (Liam Neeson), recycled stale ideas(Trade Ship destruction/Death Star), souless, hyper clean, fake looking CGI...the list is endless.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Dogmatic!!?

    by snitchseeker

    What about Spiderman 2??? That's the BEST ONE.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Terminator 2

    by disfigurehead

  • June 9, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    ODO19 good point on Matrix...it was definitely

    by Dogmatic

    my biggest surprise summer movie ever....I had just started reading about movies on the internet and thought the plot to this movie seemed pretty freaking lame and didnt have much trust in Keanu Reeves as a leading man...but then I saw the trailer and it seemed more intriguing than what i read of it...so I went to see it by myself in those early days when word of mouth hadnt spread yet...and I from the "big reveal" on my jaw was on the floor....i was just completely blown away by how incredible that movie ended up being after I thought it was just an end of summer add-on to the year of Episode I. Great flick followed by two horrific sequels.....but yeah good call.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    JURASSIC PARK

    by D.Vader

    Nothing else needs to be said.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Snitchseeker I love Spidey 2 just behind Spidey 3 and just

    by Dogmatic

    ahead of Spidey 1.....but for some reason that summer experience wasn't as big for me....I have no idea why but I cant even remember the experience....but the movie is ACES....I was ranking according to Harry's proposal of our most memorable summer movie experiences.

  • at all so I literally knew NOTHING. I actually got dragged to see it by my uncle and whined the whole way. I think that may have something to do with how memorable an experience it was. I almost forgot to breath after you saw Neo fly and it just ended. Such a shame about the sequels.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Spidey 3 has the best superhero ending to me...

    by Dogmatic

    I can see the hate for SPidey 3 by a lot of people....as an objective thinker i can see where some things didnt work for people....but it all worked for me. <p> The ending though I will defend...I mean....even though he won...he still loses...that has always been Spidey's fate...Harry's death hit home for me....I didnt agree with anyone about it feeling whiny and melodramatic. <P> Then, there is that last shot....of Peter and MJ making up...and just holding each other...very slowly dancing...no kisses, no smiles, no words even...just a couple that has been thru hell and put each other thru all the crap that comes with misunderstandings between loving couples...and just holding each other....I haven't seen a real depiction of deep love and making up on screen in a long time like that...and it was in a superhero movie. <p> I mean Dark Knight is great with Batman taking the fall and fleeing the scene with cops in pursuit and Gordon's awesome voiceover...but that scene that ends Spidey 3...and then just fading to black....wow...perfect.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    *internet at all

    by odo19

    was how that was supposed to read.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST

    FLICKAPOO -- I HAVE NO FUCKING ZEROS.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    And since I've been here, I have always defended TPM.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Flick...

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ....but most of my love on here isn't about the film itself, I'm describing the experience leading up to it.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    TIM BURTON'S BATMAN

    by Willy_Idle

    WILL NEVER BE TOPPED. I WAS 8 WHEN IT CAME OUT AND IT GAVE ME MY FIRST TASTE OF THE DARK KNIGHT. EMPHASIS ON DARK

  • June 9, 2009, 1:10 a.m. CST

    TIM BURTON'S BATMAN

    by Willy_Idle

    WILL NEVER BE TOPPED. I WAS 8 WHEN IT CAME OUT AND IT GAVE ME MY FIRST TASTE OF THE DARK KNIGHT. EMPHASIS ON DARK

  • June 9, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    E mutherfuckin' T

    by Youngdog

    ROTJ<Br>Ghostbusters<Br>Batman<Br>Terminator 2<Br>Jurassic Park

  • June 9, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    I do Agree TPM hype was memorable...

    by conspiracy

    Yes..saw it opening night. NO didn't fucking dress up or duel in the god damned parking lot at the age of 30.</p><p>But..the months of hype..the endless internet hunting..the rumors..and my discovery of and introduction to this site make that movie memorable. In fact the entire Prequel trilogy is memorable for that.</p><p>Just wish the "Movies" themselves were memorable for better reasons than they are.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    The Exorcist

    by favoritebrainfood

    Weird, "The Exorcist" was a winter release, but given the ass backwards distribution practices of the 70's we didn't see this nasty fucker until May of '74 in MN, Duluth. I was 8 years old. My brother was 17 and took me along as baggage on a date. He got laid after; I spent my twenties avoiding Ouija boards, open windows and pea soup.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Tom Gun or A View To A Kill

    by mrbong

    they were ace summer experiences. both ran at the Odeon as part of a 99p per ticket special, so i think we ended up seeing both four times each!

  • June 9, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Tom Gun? Is that the Thai version?

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

  • June 9, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    On Empire...

    by Jobacca

    Keep in mind I was 5 when I saw it. The whole Luke-is-Vaders father scene? Didnt make any impact...cause I didnt believe him. Vader was a dick,he'd just gotten through torturing the crew of the Falcon,we all knew he had some kind of creepy interest in acquiring Luke for the Emperor...he was lying,plain and simple. Then when Jedi came out and I heard "Your father he is"...and then got the whole "certain point of view speech" from the ghost of old man Kenobi...that shit was mind blowing!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Batman (1989)

    by Mutley26

    That film just owned pop culture for the mths before and years after.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Seriously... I turned 8 years old that summer, and my two uncles (who were probably about 14 and 16) offered to take me with them to our local drive-in theater, in our tiny town in rural Eastern Oregon. I was so excited!!<p>I had heard a little bit about the movie, but I didn't really know much about it.<p>That night was awesome... we ate tons of popcorn, nachos and soda and stayed up way later than I ever had before. Plus, I loved "WFRR?"!!<p>The raunchier jokes and Jessica Rabbit's curves were lost on me... but, I knew there was a reason my uncles were having such a good time.<p>I also remember that we watched BIG BUSINESS... and I was less excited about it.<p>Through the years, I had many great experiences at that drive-in with various friends, girlfriends, etc. It finally closed just after my senior graduation by showing "The Wild One" with Marlon Brando.<p>Good times... good times.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    The Matrix.. Went in COLD.

    by Zardozap2005

    I knew nothing about the Matrix except for the TV commercials, and they were pretty vague. Just the catchphrase "I can't tell you what the Matrix is, you have to see it for yourself." Then, as we get to the point in the movie where they are just about to jack Neo back into his body does it hit me that the world Neo is living in ISN'T REAL. I'm like HOLY SHIT! And my wife has no idea what's going on. I'm like "It's not real!" "It's not real!" and she's like "What?" and I'm like "The world isn't real! Down the rabbit hole, get it?" And then she's like "Holy shit!" too. Best mind blowing moment in a movie, EVER! One of my best movie experiences too.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Star Wars when it was the only one.

    by Zardozap2005

    While the Matrix was one of the best, the absolute best was Star Wars back in '77. I was just a kid, and after seeing crappy sci-fi double feature after feature at the Saturday afternoon cinema, and on Creature Double Feature on TV, Star Wars was something so different and so awesome I don't think I was ever the same again. Must have seen it at least 12 times that summer, and loved it every single time.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Reaction to "Luke I am your father"

    by JackRabbitSlim

    I was 13, saw it in theaters, I never drank the Kool Aid even as a kid, thought they were alright but nothing amazing. I even remember as a kid thinking "Wow the At-Ats are cool ... but ... are they impractical or what" <p> What I do have a distinct recollection of, though, was my father and a friend of his talking about the film. My father, who was Lucas' age, would tell you to the day he died Star Wars was a nice special f/x film ... that blatantly ripped off the Buck Rogers serials he saw as a kid. He also was rather annoyed that the first film specifically setup Luke's father being killed. To this day, I remember him saying "Cash register dings bring on the re-writes". I hate to say it but i agree with him - the halfassed Kenobi line "in a way i told the truth" was as much of clunker then as "there was no father" bit in TPM. So, no, not everybody "shit their underoos".

  • June 9, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Vader ---Favorite summer film

    by snitchseeker

    I'm pretty sure it was planned from the start...the half ass Kenobi line isn't a half ass line, it's a George Lucas line. My favorite summer release was Harry Potter 3 that movie is the only one that's ever really made me feel the way I do when I read the books.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    As for my fave - Platoon

    by JackRabbitSlim

    It was the first time I saw grown men crying in theaters. Loved the unremitting violence of it (obviously surpassed since). Though Charlie Sheen was impossibly wooden, the supporting cast (Whitaker, Dafoe, Dillon) gave really riveting performances. Still has some of my favorite lines in any movie. <p> For what it's worth, and I know it wasn't a summer release (though people forget it originally was scheduled to be - the original teaser stand alone was of slanted portholes and the tagline 'This Summer The Ship will Sink') the film I saw that had the most effect on any audience was Titanic. I saw it, first showing, opening day, at the University 16 in Tampa. The theater wasn't a quarter full. Watched it - awesome fx - ripped from purplish prose romance novel fiction - just another moobie. 12 Weeks go by at number 1 - I;m thinking "I must have missed something." Go back - same film - same atrocious dialgoue, but people are literally SOBBING and WAILING during the final "I'll never let go, Jack". I went to see, on average, 2-3 films a week between 1990 and 2001 - i NEVER saw anything like it.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by yodalovesyou

    The anything is possible factor.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Sorry - don't buy it

    by JackRabbitSlim

    The initial run of Star Wars didn't have "Episode 4" on it either. Lucas has a history of editing as he goes.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park's trailer was amazing

    by JackRabbitSlim

    That shot of them driving up to the doors and Goldblum saying "What do you have in there - King Kong" really gave me chills. <p> Quaint to think there was debate over who would gross more - Jurassic Park or Last Action Hero

  • June 9, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Transformers The Movie?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It did kinda suck seeing all the characters I like getting wasted in the first half hour of the movie. Shit.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    you think he's lying?

    by snitchseeker

    I've seen interviews where he talks about how he outlined the originals first.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Easy, Mortal Kombat

    by ThatsRightIceman_IAmDangerous

    Summer of 95, my friend and I (both aged nine) were complete video game geeks. I remember seeing the simple, awesome teaser poster of the dragon logo in my local theater. I went to see Dumb & Dumber twice, the 2nd time just to see the Mortal Kombat trailer in front of it again. My friend and I went to see the film three times during its opening weekend. I remember talking about the film with him for hours afterward. Everything from "Even Jax was in the movie for a minute!", the greatest movie theme ever (or at least it was to us at the time) to the kickass Johnny Cage/Scorpion fight scene in the forest. I saw the film again recently and it still holds up. Appropriately corny in places ("Those Were 500 dollar sunglasses, asshole!") and the fight scenes and special effects all have aged well. Its not saying much, but its the best videogame-adaption movie by a mile. Even after fucking up Alien Vs Predator, I can't hate Paul W. S. Anderson. He is the man that gave me MORTAL KOMBAT.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Favorite summer movie? Dr. No!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    There I was in 1967, some weird ass movie called Dr. No comes out. I go see it, and holy shit! There's this chap in there who's name is James Bond! Can you believe it?! And he beats this one dudes up who has a steel arm. Crazy. Well, it goes on to have FUCKING 20 sequels. I guess people really like this feller.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:30 a.m. CST

    A Hollywood Filmmaker lie? Perish the thought.

    by JackRabbitSlim

    I think sometimes you can convince yourself of 'the truth' years afterwards ... and even believe it.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Dr No was 1963 at the latest...

    by JackRabbitSlim

    I'll assume that was a typo

  • June 9, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    still seems unlikely to me

    by snitchseeker

    yep

  • June 9, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Pearl Harbor - greatest trailer ever

    by JackRabbitSlim

    The usage of that iconic music from Thin Red Line - those Americana images - really amazing stuff. Too bad the movie was so dreadful - other than Hans Zimmer's astonishingly poetic choral dirge played over the blessing of the bodies in the harbor.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    JackRabbitSlim

    by Prossor

    They re-released the early Bonds throughout the years all over the 60s and early 70s.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Empire

    by Prossor

    Would be the best summer experienec had i saw it then but i remember watching all 3 of the trilogy when i bought the vhs set in the 90s all in a row one afternoon, a mindblowing experience.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST

    The Matrix!!!

    by The Founder

    Wasn't tecnically a summer film, but it came out in April of 99 but i didn't see it until like the end of May

  • June 9, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    The Crow

    by Scorhito

    Saw it in the theatre three times in '94, not sure why I loved it so much. The scene where he goes to the club to get Skank was awesome.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Predator. Summer of 1987.

    by hallmitchell

    I remember being in the theatre. Hyped up big time. And I could hear the sounds of Predator ending from the thin walls of the theatre. Explosions and gunfire filled the waiting room. I could not wait to get in there. And blown away I was.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Best trailer ever is PHantom Menace.

    by hallmitchell

    Notice I said trailer. Not movie.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    POLTERGEIST!!

    by heroic_duo

    Bitches! One of the best horror flicks, seen in a crowded theater it was amazing! And PG, haters. Also, DMTH was fun. Who doesn't like fun?

  • June 9, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Fuck it, I'll say it...

    by moody by nature

    I still like Batman Returns better than The Dark Knight...

  • June 9, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Big Trouble In Little China

    by lord nobunga

  • June 9, 2009, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Big trouble in Little China

    by lord nobunga

    That was a blast! Saw it in Anchorage on a dark and stormy Sunday afternoon with my two best friends. Read an article about it in Starlog but didn't really know what to expect from John Carpenter. When we got out I wanted to pick a fight with someone!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by vivahst

    I saw that movie 12 times that summer. It is the only movie I had done that with. I was in the third grade and it blew me away. The sequels sucked, but not even they could tarnish my love of the original. That is more than I can say about The Matrix or Star Wars.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    by mrbong

    apologies for the typo.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Water World

    by ChuckImania

    I remember sitting in the back of my parents Chevrolet Express, at drive-in in Buena Park; slice of big foot pizza in one hand, and my dick in the other as I witnessed Jeanne Tripplehorn slowly take off her canvas bag to reveal a portion of her unclothed back boob. I was like 9 years old at the time so seeing a partial naked woman was a real big deal for me, even if that partial naked woman was the now semi-somewhat-fuckable GILF Jeanne Tripplehorn. I also remember being really excited to see The Last Action Hero. Twas good times.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell

    by ChuckImania

    Best horror movie in the last ten to fifteen years; hands down. In fact if I had to list the last five memorable horror flicks I enjoyed they would be... 1.Drag Me To Hell 2.The Others 3.The Strangers 4.House of 1000 corpses 5. Phantom Menace

  • June 9, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    The ID-4 gang!

    by Mr Gorilla

    I know, me too. It's in some ways a terrible film, but I don't know if I've ever been in an audience that was so constantly thrilled and made to laugh. When the dog made it at the end of Act 1, the whole cinema roared into applause - but we all had our tongues in cheeks because what were we doing? we'd just seen millions die and all we cared about was a dog? Also, Goldblum really brought so much comedy to the thing. And there were loads of different fan groups in the cinema - a gang who cheered for Will Smith, a group who swooned whenever Connick Jnr was on screen (at which the rest of the audience shouted 'SHUT UP!!'). It was like a pantomime. (This was in London, Odeon Leicester Sq.) And when a Brit soldier is told there is going to be a counter-attack and replied 'about bloody time!', there was about 5 minutes of applause. Oh - there was also applause when Will Smith says' welcome to earth' and punches out the alien.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:04 a.m. CST

    But it's all about the ROLLERCOASTER...

    by Mr Gorilla

    i think the perfect summer film is thrilling, makes you laugh, makes you cry, is romantic, is scary etc etc. For those reasons I have to say that one of my favourites was HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. We had come to know and love the characters, but suddenly they were really forced to grow up. The opening quiddich world cup was totally spectacular on the big screen. The ball stuff was funny, and rather moving when Hermione came down the stairs. The dragon stuff was v thrilling in the cinema. The Voldemort stuff was scary. It ticked every box!

  • June 9, 2009, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Starship Troopers

    by Mr Gorilla

    Was an amazing experience because we all thought we were seeing a sci-fi Monster Movie, but suddenly we were watching this subversive film about war, and fascism, and our heroes turned up wearing nazi fucking trenchcoats, and the acting was so terrible we didn't know if we were laughing WITH or AT... and the whole cinema came out (this was at the NFT in London) and everyone in the whole cinema was talking, like 'what the FUCK did we just see?' Because Verhoeven did the ballsiest thing imaginable: he left the audience to work out for itself that this was a satire. I seriously can't see that trick being pulled off every again.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:13 a.m. CST

    The real answer is STAR WARS, of course

    by Mr Gorilla

    But I was 7 so of course it totally blew me away. If you put yourself on a diet of 70s (& earlier) film and TV for a month, then watch Star Wars, you will get an idea of just how impactful it was. It was like this world REALLY EXISTED, and someone had just gone into it and filmed.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Best Summer Movie Experiences

    by HagCeli

    1989 was a very good year. I remember seeing "Last Crusade" on a hot summer day with only a handful of people in the audience. I was eleven years old and it was one of the first films I went in on my own, without friends or my parents. Hadn't caught Raiders or Doom yet so Crusade was my first encounter with Indy. Blew me away. The moment when the bad guy ages and rots within a few seconds while moaning "What is happening to me?" and the hot blonde Nazi broad screaming at the top of her lungs? Holy shit! Came out of nowhere because there were no sites like this one spoiling it. Priceless! Burton's "Batman" was released the same year. I remember being a victim of the hype - got a black sweater with the shiny golden Batman logo as a birthday present. The film itself was okay. I guess the majority thought it would be a ball-rippin' action movie, which it just wasn't. Even back in '89 I thought that the ending was kind of lame since the Joker was no physical match for Batman and the final fight could hardly be called a fight. The opening titles with the flight through the bat logo were excellent. That Bond movie "Licence to Kill" also came out in '89, didn't it? I loved it and was totally surprised by it. Very violent film back then. Remember how the drug baron locks this guy up in the decompression chamber and his head inflates and explodes? Yikes, my buddies and me were disturbed by that! Plus: It was the first Bond film I ever experienced in a movie theatre; I had only seen the previous ones on TV and VHS. Though I missed the charm of the more "traditional" Bond films, I remember liking Dalton in the title role, and that the story was actually quite involving. Truck chase showdown was top notch. Terminator 2 was absolutely magnificent when it came out in 1991. I hadn't seen the original Terminator but got into the story anyway; it was very accessible for a sequel. The moment when the T-1000 walks right through (and I mean right through) the barred door and his pistol gets stuck? The audience freaked out! Back then, visual fx were about igenuity and ideas, today, they're all about quantity. I will never forget the first shots of the burning playground... terrific. Saw it two more times that summer. 1993 – "Jurassic Park". A fun movie that was bagged enormously by the media but managed to live up to the hype (which seldomly happens in our times). The trailers gave some good moments away but Spielberg saved the best for last. I thought the brontosaur looked fake and it didn't impress me at all. The kids were kind of annoying, but the grown-up characters were fun, and well-cast. When the T-rex entered the road during the rain, I was mesmerized... and when the raptors chased the kids through the kitchen, I was just floored. Also, terrific opening scene... with the guards waiting for the dino delivery in the jungle and when the cage flips open, something goes horribly wrong. Started the movie with a bang. Good old days. 1994 – "True Lies". An underrated film. Totally took me by surprise, went in cold with a couple of friends. Turns out it's funny as hell and has outstanding action sequences. Went in again two weeks later and liked it even more. A really enjoyable movie that was especially impressive on the big screen. 1995 – "The Rock". Fun film. Had a great time seeing it with my best friend. Sean Connery was a brilliant casting stunt. Nic Cage was actually likeable and did some solid acting back then. A rollercoaster ride of a movie. Pleasing. 1996 – "Independence Day" rocked the world... after coming seemingly out of nowhere. What a success story! As much as most in here like bashing Roland Emmerich: The guy surely knows how to do a crowd pleaser. Well, at least back then he did. I remember that the teasers and trailers looked great and there was a kind of giddy anticipation brewing... people hoped for something of "Star Wars" scope. And they got it. I've never witnessed so many people cheering and applauding in a movie theatre. They were into it. Everybody loved it. Spineless to deny it now... 1999 – "The Mummy". I'm surprised nobody mentioned it yet. It was HUGE back then. The trailers promised high adventure, Indy-style – something that audiences hadn't seen for a decade at the time. Deserts! Camels! Curses! Treasures! Fights! WOW! I went in, and although I found it a little silly, I thought it was the best Indiana Jones rip-off/replacement one could hope for, with nice sets, cool fx, great pacing and atmosphere, and a dashing Goldsmith score. Just admit your love for the Mummy (the awful sequels don't count, of course). 1999 – "Matrix". Awesome film. One of the very rare occasions to see filmmakers at work who have brains and balls... and imagination. Not a truly original story, but a nice blend of sci-fi classics and spiritual ideas. The visuals were absolutely stunning. Great movie-going experience. Saw it three more times after that. I have to say, it was the last time I had a really satisfying summer movie experience. In my opinion, things went downhill as soon as the new millenium dawned... for whatever reasons. One exception: 2009 – "Star Trek" reboot. I really enjoyed it. Apparently it took Hollywood a decade to come up with something that gives me kicks.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Worst Summer Movie Experiences

    by HagCeli

    I successfully managed to suppress my memories of most of the failures of the last decade, but 2008 was such a bad year that it certainly deserves a mention: "Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull". You remember that one? You know, the fourth installment of a legendary franchise that takes one hour to set up what the story is actually about, when the original films only took ten minutes each? Sadly enough, this film represents everything that's wrong with current summer blockbusters: Pacing issues, too long, sloppy and formulaic storytelling, relying too much on CGI, and creators forgetting about what made their creations great in the first place. As an Indy fan, I was just very, very sad when I left the theatre. The Mummy '99 was a better Indy film than this one. "Quantum of Solace". What happened to the Bond brand? Ahh, the days when Bond films were fun. When they actually had the title character do some spying, and there was suspense, twists and turns instead of just having a beefcake Daniel Craig jump from one balcony to the next like in a Super Mario adaptation? The villains were boring, ridiculous even. Man, Blofeld has got to be spinning in his grave. Charm and wits? Zero. The girls? Forgettable. Title song? Totally forgettable. What a disappointment. Someone hand me that "Licence to Kill" DVD instead, please. "The Dark Knight". The most insanely overrated film of recent years. I remember NO ONE in the (huge) audience expressing any love for it afterwards, no applause or euphoria, everyone was just glad that this depressing, over-long borefest was over. It's slow. It's bloated. It's monochrome. It's pseudo-political. You don't care about any of the characters. Nolan is so bad at handling women roles, it hurts. Plot holes large enough to drive a train through. You now it's true, no virtue in defending it. ("Batman Forever" at least had a very yummy Nicole Kidman back in 1995 to make up for the sucking rest of it.)

  • June 9, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Paradigm Shifting...

    by Mr Gorilla

    Maybe the VERY best experiences are when you are not just enjoying a work of art that is thrilling and funny and moving and that gives you stuff to talk about - - but also when you feel that the form is being pushed, that you are watching a paradigm shift. That, surely, was what we all saw in A NEW HOPE. We were going to be able to believe in whole other worlds. Then, in T2, when the liquid metal thing started happening, I felt that movies were changing for ever. And I felt it even more when the T-Rex stepped over that fence in JURASSIC PARK, because, to me, that thing looked REAL. And for me, THE INCREDIBLES was another such experience, because while all Pixar films thus far had been very enjoyable, I had always slightly felt they were kids' cartoons. But THE INCREDIBLES, on the other hand, felt to me as excting and witty as any of the current slew of superhero movies. CG animation had come of age...

  • June 9, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark...

    by MaxPhallus

    10 years old, not a pubic hair in sight & not a care in the world sitting back & discovering there was more to my movie life than Star Wars... That day a Movie Buff was born.... That Man... MAX PHALLUS!

  • June 9, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST

    LAIDERS OF THE ROST ARK

    by BringingSexyBack

    I saw it in China!!

  • June 9, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST

    2003 - worst year in cinema

    by roboplegicwrongcock

    2003 was meant to be the greatest year in blockbustering history. The return of Arnie in Terminator 3 - what a camp turd of a film that turned out to be. Hulk had its moments, amongst the coma inducing boringness of it all. Matrix Reloaded? Well i don't think I've been more excited for a film ever, and the trailer made it look fucking awesome. But then I started to hear some poor reviews, but in my naivity I still went along with the highest expectations. Who writes reviews any way? What do they know about great action flicks? Sit them down in front of Shakespeare in Love, and then they'll be happy. But the critics were right, and my expectations weren't just sqaundered, but shat on. Thanks a bunch Joel "their is no bar" Silver. But then come on, chin up cos Daredevil's coming out that might be quite good...? wrong, Ben Affleck was just wrong, the story was lame, and KingPin, well I hope Spidey 4 reinvents him because that just wasn't right. Bad Boys II? - fucking terrible. Bruce Almighty? - fucking terrible. Pirates of the Caribbean? - ok that was alright, but completely ruined by those god awful sequels. The years saving grace was X2, but then Singer had to leave the franchise and the rest was history. I think you'll agree 2003 was the ultimate toilet of blockbustering history.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    GONE WITH THE WIND

    by BringingSexyBack

  • June 9, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST

    WAR OF THE WORLDS

    by BringingSexyBack

    Say what you will about Tom Cruise but the Tripods and people getting vaporized was amazing.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Tie between Terminator 2 and Dark Knight

    by BoyNamedSue

    Two EXCELLENT films

  • June 9, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Something About Mary

    by JohnRyder

    because thats when I saw the trailer of TPM. I remember I had to wait until september for the premier, but everybody already had the bootleg version (I guess it was the first pirated movie) but I remained strong. I was kinda disappointed, but saw it like 10 times since.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Roboplegicwrongcock 2003

    by Mr Gorilla

    You are right about all those films (though on second viewing Hulk turns out to be a genuine treat - it's just not the blockbuster fun we all wanted at the time) - but you omitted HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, the film that revived the franchise. It is my profound opinion that CHAMBER OF SECRETS was so bad, if the films had continued to be of that quality then they might not have made the entire series. (Cf Narnia.) But Cuaron took this universe and added real magic and poetry to the mix. Potter Gnomes will complain about plot points missed, but I'll take that if the upside includes those wonderful sequences of the seasons passing, or such setpieces as the Knight Bus and Harry riding the Hippogriff, and a truly great John Williams score rather than the overblown ones that brought back bad memories of Hook...

  • June 9, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST

    John Ryder

    by Mr Gorilla

    Damn right. That trailer to TPM was one of the most exciting things ever, ever, everevererever. If only the film was as good as we were all led to believe. interesting thought: does the percentage of speaking Anakin and Jah-Jah in the trailers suggest that Lucas was aware that those two elements weren't working?

  • June 9, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST

    FAVORITE SUMMER MOVIE

    by onaps6453

    It's a tossup between Aliens (spent the entire film hiding in my seat. i was 8). Jurassic Park (specifically the part where Laura Dern turns on the power) and T2. Oh and Dark Knight.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    by CreasyBear

    Honorable mentions: Die Hard, T2, Gladiator, Spider-Man, Chariots of Fire (maybe not summer, but I remember running like the excited little turd I was the second I left the theater) and the Bourne Supremacy.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST

    As a kid, and I'm assuming it was the summer

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Smokey and the Bandit. I would have said Star Wars, but that didn't happen until December. Was Star Wars originally a fall release? I don't recall, but I saw it in December. I was 7 and Darth Vader scared the hell out of me.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Did Darkman come out in the summer?

    by Nice Marmot

    Cause I fondled tits for the first time during my second "viewing" of that one. But I gotta go w/ the Matrix. Thought it would suck, saw the Phanton Menace trailer, and then was blown away. Before that it was probably a birthday party where we took up a whole row for Wrath of Kahn.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    THE DARK KNIGHT for me.

    by Pagliacci

    I had wanted to see that thing for years and the anticipation was killing me. I saw it 7 times last summer. Broke my personal record for seeing any one movie in the theater.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Grammaton Cleric Binks

    by Jared

    Star Wars was released in May.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Star Wars

    by kimsshawn

    Saw it in August of '77. 8 1/2 years old. I remember getting home and my neighbor and I creating lightsabers out of whiffle bats and sticks.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Re: Mr Gorilla

    by roboplegicwrongcock

    Yea I agree, Azkaban was dark, exciting and the child perfomances improved - no doubt from Cuaron's direction, and not the hack efforts of Chris Columbus. But that was released in 2004 so dosen't qualify.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Big Trouble in Little China

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Believe it or not, mine was Big Trouble. I was around 20, working at a summer Shakespeare festival, and back then of course you didn't get drowned in all the pre-release hype over movies, so this thing came out, I saw a preview on tv, thought it looked interesting and went, and was so blown away that I had to go back and see it like three more times, and make sure to take new people with me each time. Everyone loved it, and a whole gaggle of life-long Jack Burton fans was born that summer! The check's in the mail!

  • June 9, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Summer of 88'

    by DeNiro4Prez

    Die Hard was the better movie, but for me, Rambo III was the better "experience". A note to Harry: siting TPM as your favorite summer movie experience, is akin to siting a night in Mexico you had when you were 15, trying to lose your virginity, you know, right up till the moment "she" pulled out her cock!?

  • June 9, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    EYES WIDE SHUT

    by bb fling

    No movie has ever done to me what EWS did, that was a glorious summer, I'll remember july 16 1999 forever as the best film experience.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Empire Strikes Back

    by Animation

    For me it was Empire Strikes Back.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by David Cloverfield

    that movie blew me away. The book was one of the firsts I've read, was in JP hype all summer. All the kids had the toys and shit. It was THE movie experience of my generation (but unlike old star wars fucks we can shut up about it.)

  • June 9, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Movie Magic Has Disappeared

    by Zombie_Wolfman

    Might just be me, but I miss the days when you went into a movie and were actually suprised by what was on the screen. Nowadays they seem to show all of the best shots, and sometimes it's hard to avoid plot points. I know that's just rehashing what other folks have said, but imagine if trailers were never shown - what if for Avatar all we got was a logo? <p> I would have to say that by far my favorite moviegoing experience was Jurassic Park, because it was with my father, and we both love the hell out of dinosaurs. It's hard to imagine that the bithplace of CG was taking place in that time period (and yes, T2 was awesome, but I think I caught it on VHS a few years later). The thing about JP was that it was the beginning of the end of films having some kind of magic about them. They didn't completely rush showing you the creatures, I liked that there was a certain ammount of suspense built around the Raptors. Was it an amazing Oscar movie? No, certainly not, but it was a lot of fun. <p> I, too, stood in line first for 9 hours to buy tickets, then again for 12 hours to actually watch TPM. My college friends and I were first in line at the Showcase Maumee in Ohio. The theatre then was virtually brand new with stadium seating! We were just about the only people in line not wearing Star Wars paraphinilia or costumes. I would have to say the social aspects were fun, and the movie had some great parts, but afterwards we were torn - some of us liked it, some hated it. I found myself in the middle, loving certain things that were eventually underutilized, the obvious one being Darth Maul. I also felt like giving Jar-Jar a less retarded name, and giving him more dignity would have made him a more Chewie-ish character, which would have been cool.<p> Beyond that, movies today seem to be more about spectacle than anything else. Effects are great when they help flesh out the world that exists in the movie, but the blurry fast action in Transformers was a little much. It's a movie I thought was fun, but that I don't consider to be of the same caliber as some of the films from the 1980's and early 90's.<p> Outlander would have been a good summer release. Someone on the boards said it looked like a ScFi channel release. I'll be damned, that movie had fantastic special effects, especially with the creature. That movie had a little bit of the magic that's been missing lately.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Mulholland dr

    by JohnRyder

    what an experience it was. Saw it in an old art theatre (you could hear the projector hrrrrr) I never was that frightened and aroused (not at the same time) during a movie. It is still my favorite movie.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Zombie_Wolfman

    by JohnRyder

    I remember that in the advertisments of T2 they spoiled almost everything. You were not even supposed to know who was bad or good. Same with Jurassic Park you have seen every effect shot prior the movie. However I don't remember seeing in commercials for Lost World any T-rex in the city scene. That was nice. I remember not seeing anything (not a frame) for Day After Tomorrow and was a real ride.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Gotta jump on the Jurassic Park train...

    by GaiustheBrave

  • June 9, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    JP, without a doubt

    by SGodfrey

    I was 12 that summer, so I'm not sure if it was so much JP or just the fact that I was that age. Regardless, I still think of the T-Rex escape scene first when someone mentions summer movies. I even paid to suffer through JP3 in the theatre and would do the same for #4.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    1 am walking home alone after Jurassic Park shit scared that a T

    by Strider White

    Nuff Said.. However I must say Starship Toopers was fu*king amazing in the cinema not sure if it was summer thought.. Apart from that all you lucky ass kids that got to see 80's movies in the cinema.. My parents never let me out the house until I was 16 in 92 all my memories are on VHS but they are very happy memories none the less.. I remember the first movie I saw on VHS was The Thing and I can still feel the pain from from waiting for Batman 89 and Robocop to come out on VHS after all the hype.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by Strider White

    1 am walking home alone after Jurassic Park shit Scared that a T-Rex might jump over a house and get me... Nuff Said

  • June 9, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Summer of 77

    by Blue_Demon

    Star Wars, baby! I remember sitting in the cool darkness of the Rialto theater (R.I.P.) in Harlingen, Texas...Buttered popcorn and a huge cup of coke with crushed ice in my hands. When that Star Destroyer flew overhead, I was a changed kid forever. Thanks George!

  • June 9, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    JohnRyder

    by Zombie_Wolfman

    Back then, during my high school years, my parents didn't let me see TV, so I went into movies blind! TV and the internet almost force feeds us info. You can get accidentally spoiled all time, especially by movie previews. I believe it was the Aliens preview that was simple but effective - didn't it just have the shining egg? Trailers have changed a lot over the years. I understand the need to sell a movie but the big reveales are a mistake.<p> The thing with T2 was I saw it before T1 so didn't really know the story! Wish I had seen T1 first so that the Arnold allegiance switch would have had more of a pay off!

  • June 9, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is David Hayter talking about?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I mean, seriously?

  • June 9, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Summer Films

    by Zombie_Wolfman

    Quick thought, none of the Star Wars movies are actually summer films. D'oh.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Dune

    by kwisatzhaderach

    was an amazing childhood cinema experience. It went totally over my head but the images and sounds were monumental. I devoured the Dune Collectors Edition for weeks afterwards. Good times.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Zombie_Wolfman

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    Agreed. I focused an insane amount of attention to the production of The Dark Knight. I remember watching the hospital being demolished live on air, so now every time I watch that scene in the movie, it's an immediate reminder and takes me out of the movie.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Batman '89 or Matrix

    by chetedawg

    Saw Batman at the Drive In with my parents when i was 6. Saw Matrix with a cheerleader....hence having to explain it to her while feeling her up.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Batman '89 or Matrix

    by chetedawg

    Saw Batman at the Drive In with my parents when i was 6. Saw Matrix with a cheerleader....hence having to explain it to her while feeling her up.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Movie Release Dates

    by Autodidact

    The timeline of life in my mind is basically milestoned by movie release dates. I can remember the approximate release date for most large movies of the blockbuster era. Right off the top of my head: Outbreak was a thanksgiving 1995 movie. Darkman was September 1990, probably counts as summer to most people. Starship Troopers was around Halloween in 1997, not a summer movie. The Matrix was the last weekend in March, not a summer movie. Superman was a Xmas movie but got a re-release the next summer.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Gotta be Raiders

    by Lacloake

    of the Lost Ark... was that really 1981? Shit I'm getting old...<p> Thanks AICN now I'm depressed!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    The Gold Rush

    by JohnRyder

    I was just 9 when it came out. I laughed so hard. I still remember the pianist at the theater was laughing so hard he kept on missing notes. Chaplin was the god those days

  • June 9, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    TPM vs. Superman III

    by dgeer80

    Seriously, judged on film-making quality alone, TPM wins over Superman III hands down. TPM just had a huge hype machine that made it destined to fail in the eyes of people who "worshiped" the original trilogy. It's not the greatest Star Wars movie, but there are far, far worse sequels/prequels out there that followed amazing films - like Superman III. Superman IV wasn't much better. I can at least still watch TPM and enjoy the heck out of it. I can't stand Superman III after seeing Superman I and II.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Tenenbaum, must have been a long run then

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    This was back in the days when there was no such thing as videos, the tv had three channels, and if the president wanted to speak you were screwed. Definitely saw it in December because we spent a month in Arizona visitting my mom's family, and I saw it with my cousins.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell is great, but Harry

    by Right Bastard

    if it's so good why isn't it even listed in your "review" section on the home page, even though the movie's only two weeks old? I love this site, but maybe you need to think about how re-tooling the presentation. I didn't even know you reviewed it until you e-mailed it to me.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    TPM

    by coolfan

    I had the best time at The Phantom Menace too. It'll never be like that again. The anticipation, waiting, all those people. I wasn't let down either. I didn't expect the characters to be the same. I didn't expect the matrix. TPM is a fun film.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I saw Drag Me to Hell

    by Dapper Swindler

    And oh god how I hated it

  • June 9, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Return of the Jedi

    by zapano

    dad takes me out of school, its a beautiful hot day and we go and see return of the jedi, it blew me away. even as a kid I knew ewoks weren't cool, but i still liked them. <p> after that Batman, Last Crusade, T2, Jurassic Park, the Matrix and Batman Begins

  • June 9, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    oh and Drag Me to Hell is excellent

    by zapano

    people, go and see it

  • June 9, 2009, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Fat and Curious -- ESB reaction

    by m00kiedood

    The reaction to the "I am your father" speech was just the top of the pile of awesome that had been building since the opening credits.<p> Having seen Star Wars a billion times while it was in theatres, and then reading comics and books about it for the few years before Empire, I thought I knew what Star Wars was all about. Desert planets, space bars, Star Destroyers and Death Stars. <p> But Empire expanded the universe, so to speak, and just kept adding on stuff I hadn't been expecting. Ice planets, Taun Tauns, AT-AT's, Yoda, Lando, carbonite, the floating city....<p> I was absolutely surprised when Vader told Luke he was his father. It was a total shock, though looking back now as an older guy it probably should have been a bit obvious. And then the unresolved ending, Luke staring at the galaxy for god's sake. What the hell was going to happen next?!<p> That's why Jedi felt kind of disappointing. Now that we knew what could really happen in a Star Wars universe, we expected a shitload more awesome with the next installment. But we got Ewoks.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Movie sleight of hand

    by gavdiggity

    ...it goes the way of the tooth fairy and Santa as you grow up. But if I ask my 8 year old nephew what he thinks of Transformers 2 or G.I. Joe, I'll wager he's still feeling the magic. <P> Today's movie magic is just a different kind... like comparing Houdini to David Blaine. (and for the record, I think most of the crap Hollywood pumps out is just that- crap. But then again, I'm not an eight year old kid anymore)

  • June 9, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I don't want to spend the rest of my life

    by Dapper Swindler

    Trying to figure out how anyone, much less 95% of critics, could love Drag Me To Hell. It completely disturbs my entire worldview that such a thing is possible. Will I ever no peace again?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Triple Tie in 1985

    by eagledmasters

    Goonies, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future all rocked me that summer after 3rd Grade. Total bliss.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Its because for a scary movie

    by Series7

    The trailer sucks, thats why people who go see scary movies won't see it. Mainly because it doesn't look scary. Also I'm sorry but Evil Dead isn't a household name yet, and as far as the rest of the world is concerned anyone could have directed Spiderman. Its not like Sam came out and made himself a known person like say Peter Jackson or David Goyer did. I bet more people recoginze Ted then Sam. <P> That being said I haven't seen it, but will sometime this week. <P> Oh yeah also now that everyone knows what's his face as the MAC guy he is kind of a joke. <P> I think my favorite summer movie experience is probably Matrix. It was the only film I've ever turned around and saw again (don't remember if it was the same day or next?). Close second would actually be Speed Racer or Godzilla, fuck what you think those movies were fun as shit in theaters. Die Hard 3: Die Hard With a Vengence was awesome but I saw it in a shitty theater, but it was some awesome it didn't matter.

  • June 9, 2009, noon CST

    Drag Me To Hell

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    If you haven't seen it yet, just go watch Evil Dead 1 & 2 and save yourself some cash. Thank me later.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Empire is the best Star Wars movie.

    by RudyRipple

    But Jedi was my favorite summer movie. All of our parents let my friends and I skip school and we stood in line at 8am to see the second showing. All it took was the first view of Lando's face when he silently undoes his helmet's mask for the audience to scream like chicks at a Beatles concert in the 60's. To be 12 and finally see some Leia Flesh below the neck? And when Vader threw the Emperor down the shaft, that was the most intense emotion I had known in my entire life up to that time. We'd be humming "Let's Dance", struggling to draw Scout Troopers and Speeder Bikes, which were the coolest looking things in human history up to that point.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Agreed....in here FUCK DRAG ME TO HELL.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    We're talking about ball bustingly classic theater experiences and you attention deficit fucks can't think farther back than a week ago?! Shut the fuck up about Drag Me To Hell. In here......we pour whiskey.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Best Summer

    by Autodidact

    Summer 1995 was pretty classic for me. Changed the way I watched movies, as I started to really think about how they were made instead of just being a regular audience member. <p>Batman Forever, which had some pretty awesome visuals for the time. Waterworld had some great set pieces and was basically the Mad Max sequel we never got from George Miller. Braveheart seemed to come out of nowhere with awesome violence and just all around good filmmaking. And Congo was one major embarassment for me, as I was so in love with the book I irrationally defended the movie to some friends after seeing it. After a couple days I had to admit that the whole thing was just goofy beyond belief.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Star Wars 1977

    by Moviegimp

    It was my 11th birthday. I wasn't a geek or even a weekly or even monthly movie goer. My dad didn't believe in paying for movies that would eventually come out on tv. My mom and sister had taken me to the movies a couple of times before this to see those Wilderness Family movies, anyone remember those things? Star Wars is the first, what I consider, real movie I ever saw. The anticipation of waiting for that day to come. The joke my brother-in-law played on me be driving past the theater. I cried, I know I'm a wimp whatever, I wanted to see that movie so bad. He and my sister kind of freaked out and had to calm me down. Sitting in that theater and waiting for it to start. The scroll came on the screen and then the star destroyer starts across the screen and it seems to never end. You never get that feeling after the first time. Then each new thing, R2-D2 and C3PO, Darth Vader, Han and Chewie, the Death Star, as the movie went on it just got better and better. Also unlike so many people at that time I didn't get to see the movie dozens and hundreds of times. It was that one time and that was it until years later. To me as a little kid that movie was perfect and always will be. No matter how anyone including myself feel about it now that was the most perfect movie experience I ever had and there will never be one like it again.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Batman Forever?

    by gavdiggity

    Do you mind me asking how old you are, autodidact? Just curious...

  • June 9, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    ROCKYIV does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Fuck this thread got long fast. SOMEONE TELL ME IF ITS WORTH READING??<p> Favourite summer 'experience' ROCKY IV. Whole theater was on its feet during the Rocky vs Drago showdown. Crazy shit just like a real boxing match.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Speaking of waiting in Lines

    by Series7

    I always wanted to make a documentary about fans who campped out in lines for movies and other things, Wii/PS3/IPHONES stuff like that. But looks like line camping is becoming a thing of the past now.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Worst Summer movie experience

    by Series7

    Would be Batman and Robin, which I ended up seeing two YES TWO preview screenings for. I liked Batman Forever so much I got tickets to an advance screening, then I ended up going to a birthday party were we went to see a sneek preview showing of that crap.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I can't list just 1 film...

    by codymr

    3yo/1977: Star Wars. My best friend's father took us. I think I had seen some Disney films before that, but I noted that SW was different, even at 3 years old - the energy in line was electric and that opening shot with the Star Destroyer knocked me into my seat. MAGICAL. <P> 4yo/1978: Superman: The Movie. My Mom took me with her friend (I think they wanted to see Christopher Reeve in tights). I did believe a man could fly. Funny I remember thinking that the guys playing Clark Kent and Superman were two similar looking but different actors... Reeve's performance was that good. <P> 6yo/1980: The Empire Strikes Back. My dad got advanced tickets and took me. I remember being so excited I could barely contain myself. Again the crowd was electric and I remember sitting in the balcony of the long gone University Theatre in Toronto while teenagers (they seemed like grownups to a 4 yo) were throwing fleets of paper airplanes to the lower level. The part with Han Solo getting frozen scared the shit out of me the big reveal at the end sparked endless debate with my friends until it got all cleared up in ROTJ. <P> 7yo/1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark. My Dad got advanced tickets agian... I can't say I really understood what the Ark was all about or why Indy wanted it, but Han Solo with a hat seemed cool and that truck chase was awesome! But at 7 yo I could have done without the melting faces... I had nightmares for weeks afterwords... even if I told my friends it didn't scare me one bit. <P> 9yo/1983: Return of the Jedi. My Dad took me to this too... loved seeing Jabba the Hutt and the speeder bikes. Even the ewoks made sense to the imagination of a 9 yo. And Princess Liea in that gold bikini was the first time I consciously remember thinking that I really liked the way women looked. <P> 10yo/1984: The Temple of Doom. The last movie I ever saw with my dad. I desperately wanted to be Short Round... I thought he was the luckiest kid in the world. And the scene on the bridge rocked. Even the guy getting his heart pulled out was totally cool. <P> 17yo/1991: T2. Went with my best friend. We had to sneak in because it was sold out. I could not believe my eyes when the T1000 was fully revealed in the psychiatric hospital. CRAZY! <P> 31yo/2005: Batman Begins. Went with my best friend from back in film school. Finally a Batman film the way I imagined it. <P> 34yo/2008: The Dark Night. Went with a bunch of buddies from work and high school. Finally a Commissioner Gordon put on screen who wasn't a fat fool. <P> I left off Indy 3 because somehow I was disappointed with it, even if James Bond turned out to be Indy's dad. I still enjoy it even now, but somehow I am unnecessarily hard on that one. <P> Finally... four movies I wish I was old enough to have seen in theatres: Goldfinger, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ALIEN. But one can always dream.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    m00kiedood...

    by ufoclub1977

    It could not be obvious that Vader was Luke's father because during all the rewriting and worrying and tension of making that first movie which was intended to stand alone, Darth Vader killed Luke's father. After the surprise success of Star Wars, they slapped on episode 4 on the re-release and then in making Empire resurrected the old idea of Vader being his father. Then in one of the weakest moments in what I feel is the weakest movie (including prequels) Return of the Jedi... we get the "from a certain point of view speech"

  • June 9, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong

    by Autodidact

    I was just graduating high school when Batman Forever came out. As a serious Batman fan with more than one full box of just Batman comics, I was a bit annoyed with the garishness, the homosexual overtones, the inclusion of Robin (I think Robin and all other hangers-on always indicate bad Batmaterial), the stupidity of the neon laden art design, etc.. <p>To me Batman Forever was sort of the first movie I really examined from a filmmaking point of view. Found as much info as possible about Burton and Schumacher, read about their decisions, etc.. so it was more of a fascinating and instructive case study than a movie I would actually call good. Although looking back, I would say Forever is just as worthy as the first two. I watched it a few years back and the over-the-topness of it has aged better than the dourness of Batman Returns.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Another blindsided great summer film

    by Series7

    Was Pitch Black, I didn't know anything about it. I never saw a trailer, I knew it got decent reviews and was doing surprisingly good at the box office, and WOW that first space crash scene was so intense and awesome. I had never experienced something like that in a movie before or if I had I was less then 10 years old. After I saw that movie I knew I wouldn't be able to convice anyone to see it, I barely got my parents to go (who loved it as well) and I felt bad because I knew most people would see it on the DVD's and it wouldn't be the same.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Spinninmarty

    by codymr

    That is a great story... <P> ya I gotta give Ghostbusters and honorable mention along this The Wrath of Kahn.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    wait, ID4?

    by louisse

    Thats quite a surprise. I remember being just 6 going to the theaters with family and boy oh boy, independence day you scared the shit out of me back then. Lame movie but it made me love the cinema so damn much.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    That's cool, autodidact

    by gavdiggity

    I was just wondering if your age had any impact on your experience.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ this thread makes me feel old. Star Wars

    by white_vader

    was the movie that blew my 8-year-old mind. And then there was 1982, with the height of Spielberg-produced goodness like Poltergeist & E.T., and The Thing and Mad Max 2 and Blade Runner. Holy Crap that was a good time to be a kid...

  • June 9, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Okay, okay...

    by Blue_Demon

    As a kid: Star Wars.<p>As a teen: The Beautiful Summer of '82 "Wrath of Khan" "Poltergeist" "Conan" "Blade Runner" God, what a summer...<p>As a college kid/young adult: Aliens<p>After that, there were good experiences in theaters, but not at the intensity of those I named.<p>Fat and Curious<p>"Obi-Wan Never told you what happened to your father."<p>"He told me enough! He told me you killed him!"<p>"No. I...am your father."<p>John Williams music rises and you hear the gasps and "what the hell?!"s Serously, man, it came out of left field. Talk about balls...what a way to end a movie.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    The Phantom Menace is Empire Strikes Back compared to..

    by TylerDurden3395

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • June 9, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    If you've only seen the first part...

    by TTMan

    ...then you haven't seen the best part! SUPERMAN II Opens June 19. I loved it more than even RAIDERS or anything else that came out that Summer.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    This is a fantastic thread! More of this sort of thing please, H

    by BiggusDickus

    Just had a very enjoyable half an hour reading all you guys' trips down memory lane. Cheers for sharing the memories, one and all!

  • June 9, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Indeed TylerDurden

    by Dapper Swindler

  • June 9, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    sneak peak Raiders

    by Lost Boy

    I was 11. My family and another family went to see The Lone Ranger movie together along with a couple other kids that came along. I was the oldest of 5 or 6 kids in our group. Afterward was a sneak preview double feature of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I knew nothing of it, my dad just told me that it was made by the same people that did Star Wars and it looked like fun. It blew my mind. I remember nothing about the Lone Ranger. Just going in totally blind and coming out with Raiders was just amazing. A couple of the kids we went with were Indiana Jones for the next 4 halloweens and wore Fedoras regularly. As an adult my favorite experience was taking my 10 year old son to see Jurassic Park as a Flashback Thursday last summer. It was great to have all the nostalgia for myself and look over at him, watching intently, literally on the edge of his seat, and being totally scared and awed at the same time. This Thursday is the last day of school. Ghostbusters is playing. We're going to kick off our summer movies right.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Snakes on a Plane

    by eatsnackysmores

    I saw it opening night with my dad, who HATES that type of film, somehow I was able to convince him. We both knew we were in for something when the rowdy packed full house was already fired up during the public service announcement about literacy. This teacher was lecturing a class about adjectives and nouns, and some dude said "'Snakes' is a noun!" and the whole place went batshit. Dad told me later that when everybody started counting down with the timer on the box releasing the snakes he laughed so hard he cried.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach...DUNE?...really?...no kidding...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...who would have thought. I liked that one too...I even had the board game and spent quite a while trying to get good at it...sort of a very complicated RISK...but with "guile" points and stuff...

  • June 9, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Another for Jurassic Park here

    by theyreflockingthisway

    It was an incredible experience and was something no one had ever seen before. Completely original and groundbreaking movie. <br><br> I think what I loved the most about it is you felt like you actually went to Jurassic Park. All the little details like the Vistor's Center, the touch screen in-car displays, the merchandise on display, the Mr DNA video, the safety warnings etc - it was like it was a real park. <br><br> Then you actually saw these amazing dinosaurs - still some of the best CG effects to this date! The CG T-Rex in the rain (when its chasing Jeff Goldblum with the flare) still looks flawless today. I don't think I'll ever have a cinema experience quite like that again.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    It's interesting how many people here have that...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...STAR WARS/SUPER MAN first movies combo...and from there on the trajectory is pretty much set of course...EMPIRE, RAIDERS, E.T., JEDI, BACK TO THE FUTURE, RAMBO, GHOSTBUSTERS, ALIENS, BATMAN, ABYSS, T2, JURASSIC PARK...etc, etc...etc......and each one with a good story to go with it...

  • June 9, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Summer of '94 : TRUE LIES and SPEED

    by thebearovingian

    Nuff said.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    1985

    by mostjohn

    1985 Goonies VS Back to the Future - Still not sure

  • June 9, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    JAWS. Now and forever

    by BenBraddock

  • June 9, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    1ST MATRIX...

    by NoHubris

    ...followed by GLADIATOR and the original BLADE.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    HARRY: WHY DOES YOUR BOUNCING HEAD...

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    ..TAKE A SHIT AND THEN A HOUSE DISAPPEARS?<p>?!?!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat

    by Right Bastard

    Definitely not the best, but I saw that movie five times that summer. (do do do dodo, do do do dodo)

  • June 9, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    noHarry.gif

    by Dapper Swindler

    Christ, I don't have a fucking clue. Harry's bouncing head. Half of a house. A white blob that makes stuff disappear. Throw us a bone here. At least put something in the name of the image file.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    My favorite Summer movie(s).

    by shaneo6930

    It's actually a tie. Dodgeball (Mostly for the memory of my cousin's boyfriend, who later turned out to be the biggest douchenozzle I've ever met, having his seat bottom out halfway through the movie.), Mamma Mia! (The whole audience was singing and dancing in their seats), and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (The first movie I ever saw on thie big screen. At 7, that's the coolest possible thing.).

  • June 9, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    is Wesley Snipes still in Jail cos

    by Strider White

    Blade 2 was almost the perfect movie I almost creamed my pants in the cinema shame they followed it with a steaming turd..

  • June 9, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Big Trouble in Little China is mine also

    by JohnnyNekro

    My uncle and my cousin was supposed to take my cousin and I out snipe hunting, but for some reason we ended up go to the movies and see Big Trouble in Little China. I loved it. It's not my fave movie,(that would be Buckaroo Banzai. I even have a Buckaroo Banzai tat, but I never saw Buckaroo in the theaters) It just blew me away. I swear at least once or twice a month I have to tell someone about the "Sonuvabitch Must Pay" line. ( Actually my next tat i've been planning is the neon trimmed skull from the wedding with that line around it.)

  • June 9, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    drag me to hell

    by Dijjot

    was bad. you can excuse it as camp, as would sam raimi, but it was not a good film. ham fisted and hard to sympathize with.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    sam raimi should just be a cinematographer

    by animas

    its the only thing he is good at

  • June 9, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Matrix was a Spring film

    by drewlicious

    Don't get me wrong, that movie blew me away when I first saw it but it wasn't a summer movie....it came out in April.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Star Trek!!!

    by pokadoo

  • June 9, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Hey, everyone! New list! January favorite movies!

    by CreasyBear

    (cricket . . . cricket)

  • June 9, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Captain Ron!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Ahh what a great summer movie. Too bad no one saw it.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Okay, so what should be a favorite theater movie...

    by snitchseeker

    for someone who didn't get to see Star Wars or Jurassic Park in the theater? Has there been anything like those experiences in the new century?

  • June 9, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter

    by gavdiggity

    I'd be willing to bet there are plenty of kids who have those kinds of memories with one or two of the Harry Potter series...

  • June 9, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    HP movies

    by gavdiggity

    I know they're not summer movies.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Not ALL summer movies, i mean...

    by gavdiggity

    bleh

  • June 9, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    yeah

    by snitchseeker

    I said HP 3 for mine...but it doesn't seem quite the same as the way some of the guys talk about Star Wars etc

  • June 9, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    WORST SUMMER MOVIE EXPERIENCE...

    by DeNiro4Prez

    'THE PHANTOM MENACE'... A DISTANCT SECOND WOULD BE 'KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS'. FUCK YOU GEORGE LUCAS!

  • June 9, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    snitchsneeker

    by FUCK_YOU_GEORGE_LUCAS

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy. One of the greatest things to have happened in the 21st century film wise.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    DeNiro4Prez

    by DeNiro4Prez

    Movie directors are like woman... once they turn 60, better off trading them in for newer models. FUCK YOU GEORGE LUCAS!

  • June 9, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    STAR TREK, DRAG ME TO HELL, THE HANGOVER

    by DeNiro4Prez

    Now, I'll be the first to admit, they just don't make em' like they used to... BUT! This is shaping up to be a pretty solid summer... Star Trek, Drag me to Hell and The Hangover were all top notch.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    DE NIROWOODLAND

    by DeNiro4Prez

    THE ONLY THING MISSING THIS SUMMER IS A NEW (GOOD) FILM BY THE MASTER HIMSELF...

  • June 9, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Best article you've ever written, Harry

    by 7Cal

    (the actual piece on Hitflix, that is)<p>I just emailed it to my brother- we saw BTILC with my Dad too back in the summer of 86 too.<p> I'd have to save personally my favorite summer movie experience was T2. That was off the charts. Best summer movie ever though, Empire Strikes back, hands down.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    LOTR

    by snitchseeker

    oh yeah! is that summer tho?

  • June 9, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    drewlicious

    by NoHubris

    For what it's worth, the summer movie season supposedly starts in April if a big blockbuster is being released - at least according to the movie reviewers who all said as much back when the MATRIX opened. Opening the summer blockbuster season in April means increased opportunities for repeated viewing, I guess.<p>Still, I get your point.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Alien and Aliens

    by I am_NOTREAL

    1979, 8 years old, my brother and I having nagged our father into taking us, thinking it was gonna be like Star Wars, NO idea what we were in for. I loved it so much--after I got over the terror--that the idea for a sequel festered in mind for years before they even announced Aliens. The Alan Dean Foster novelization came out several weeks before the movie hit theaters and I couldn't wait. I read it a few times, imagined how everything would play out, and burned with anticipation for the movie. When I finally saw it, it was like watching my dreams unfold onscreen. Those two movies, Star Wars, and the first Matrix are probably my favorite film experiences ever, regardless of season (it just so happens they were all spring or summer, but oh well). All transformative and indelible.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Definately the Summer of '89

    by Mystery Roach

    At 9 years old, I remember seeing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Trek V, Ghostbusters II, Batman , Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Karate Kid Part III, Lethal Weapon 2, Parenthood, and Uncle Buck within a three month span. Now you can debate the merits of some of those movies but at the time I loved every one and that summer is the one I most associate with happy movie experiences.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    snitchseeker - if you're in New Zealand

    by Toilet_Terror

  • June 9, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    January favorite movies!

    by Series7

    Rambo.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Star Wars is my top summer gotta see it flick

    by growltiger

    <p>That one is at the top. Followed closely by Alien. </p> <p>And although Drag Me To Hell did not rock my world, you guys should see it as a vote of confidence in horror-thrillers. Yeah, I want to see Evil Dead 4 and decent box office for DMTH may help make this happen. </p>

  • June 9, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    That would be the first Star Wars

    by growltiger

    The so-called Episode IV. The one where Greedo shot first.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Toilet Terror

    by snitchseeker

    If I'm in New Zealand, what?

  • June 10, 2009, 4:58 a.m. CST

    No question:

    by DocPazuzu

    Star Wars, 1977, the summer I turned ten. Sitting next to my dad in the red plush seats of a theater in Austin, with a bucket of popcorn and a huge Pepsi, not knowing what to expect. I remember my eyes bugging out and my popcorn-filled hand freezing in mid-air between bucket and mouth as my life, in that instant, changed forever. I can point to no more than three or four moments in life that have had such a formative impact on me, with the initial Star Wars experience being one of the most intense. <p> I had the same popcorn freeze-up when the brachiosaurus first showed up in Jurassic Park many years later, but that was nowhere near as mind-blowing as Star Wars in '77. <p> Other than that, I'd say that all of 1982 and, to a lesser extent, 1983 and 1984 were years spent in theaters with an almost mind-boggling assortment of amazing -- and original -- movies. I am so fucking grateful to have been at exactly the right age to have experienced those movies the way they were meant to be seen, before the dark times, before the internet.

  • June 10, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    It would be a toss up between:

    by Golden_Ux

    Jurassic Park, Phantom Menace and Fellowship of the ring.

  • June 10, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST

    roboplegicwrongcock

    by Mr Gorilla

    Wow, 2004 - so it was! My memory... I think it's a shame they are releasing the HPs in the summer - somehow they feel much better at Christmas when (in the UK at least) you go to a 5.30pm showing, then you come out and it's cold and dark and you go to some pub for a pie and a pint.

  • June 10, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Star Wars Experiences

    by jaezonhugh

    I would have to say as an adult, that the Star Wars Prequels were the most fun. I was able to go to Celebration III in 2005, which was like going to heaven. In the small area where I live, I was the only person dressed in line for Attack of the Clones, so going to Celebration III was the shit! And opening night of ROTS me and a group of friends were all Jedis, having our pics made with younger Star Wars fans and literally crying at the fact that that was the last. Great times!

  • June 10, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Jurassic Park

    by Davidhessstation

    I remember sitting in class, waiting for the bell to ring, dying to meet up with a bunch of friends to go see Jurassic Park. Went with like 10 guys and then we snuck into Cliffhanger. Just a good memory. A close runner up was seeing Eyes Wide Shut and then Blair Witch Project opening day/night in Chicago.

  • June 10, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    I guess I would have to say...

    by thepoohguy

    JP. When I first heard about this movie, I thought it was the lamest concept ever. Dinosaur DNA... HA! Not to mention dinosaur SFX up to this point had been CRAP! Then my friend said I needed to see it. HOLY CRAP was it AWESOME! Besides that I would say ESB. I was only 8 years old and no one wanted to see this with me. So my mom took me to the Mai Kai theatre in Livonia, MI and I bought a ticket and told my mom how long it was. At 8 years old, I saw this movie all by myself and I my mom was waiting when it was over. Different times back then. When I tell people that now they think it was crazy that she did that, but I got to take it ALL in by myself!

  • June 10, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    1982, 1984, 1989

    by Davidhessstation

    Three of the bets years for summer films. 1982: ET, Poltergeist, Conan, Friday the 13th Part 3-D, Rocky III. 1984: Star Trek III, Indy, Neverending Story, Conan, Cloak & Dagger. 1989: Indy, Batman, Lethal Weapon 2, Abyss, Turner & Hootch, Friday the 13th Part VIII. Yeah some of these may not be great but I remember them fondly.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Apocalypse Now

    by Stuntcock Mike

    My Uncle took me to see it. I was ten fucking years old. Ruined my life.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Sorry I was 11 years old

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Fuck math.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Probably Lethal Weapon really.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I was blown away. Turned right back around and went back in.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Saw Leaving Las Vegas and Con-Air back to back

    by Stuntcock Mike

    one summers day.

  • June 10, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    hey ufoclub1977, thanks for your testimonial

    by m00kiedood

    I'm not sure I really care what went on behind the scenes in writing and re-writing Star Wars and Empire. <p> But when I saw Empire again in later viewings it seemed pretty obvious how they were telegraphing the Father thing all throughout Empire. The foreshadowing was pretty heavy handed in places, and in retrospect when watching Empire as an adult it seems pretty obvious that Vader is his father.<p> That's my opinion, and it doesn't need debunking by your behind-the-scenes script forensics, thanks.

  • June 10, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Pearl Harbor

    by Shitzngiggs

    Fuck you haters, pieces of shite. It's Bay-time.

  • June 10, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Preach on Harrry! At least on your first reaction to TPM!

    by ZodNotGod

    You hated the movie once it hit DVD for some reason... Still, it's DITTO, FUCKING DITTO! A decade later- that whole time leading up to The Phantom Menace premiere is why I love the whole movie going experience. The best part is I LOVE THE MOVIE- STILL DO! I feel very sorry for those that hated it, it sucks to be you and well, we all know the rest; actually every single one of the Star Wars movies and their experience attached were great fun. ID4 was great fun, Superman II...all of the big films of the 1980's. I feel sorry for kids today who will likely never experience such memorable events since movies mostly suck and they play for about 36 hours total in the theaters today.

  • June 10, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    and...

    by ZodNotGod

    Indiana Jones 4 was some good times, The Dark Knight as well since we made a road trip out of it and saw it on the IMAX screen. You pathetic Star Wars haters make me laugh....fucking losers.

  • June 10, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    ....

    by ZodNotGod

    Lord of the Rings was released at Christmas time...a totally different experience and inferior as well. God, I hate that shit. NO disappointment, just hate.

  • June 10, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Wax On Wax Off

    by charabicharabia

    The summer my best friend and I saw Karate Kid we were practicing the crane kicks for weeks and weeks after !

  • June 10, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Return of the Jedi

    by Prossor

    the only one i saw on the 97 re-releases. was still mind blowing even though i left to pee at the end battles it was still amazing.

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