Summertime is when I rapidly go to the theater to watch the many anticipated summer blockbusters. While many fail there are those who rise to the occasion and have stood the test of time as favorite films for moviegoers. Here are five of my all time favorites.
5. The Avengers
This was one of the few movies that I’ve returned to the theater to watch-in fact I visited the movies five times to see earth’s mightiest heroes kicking chitari butt. I love the film’s humor, camaraderie of our heroes, the villain Loki, and the action. Scenes such as the Hulk smashing Loki to the ground and the pan around scene showcasing the team as they take on the alien invasion are memorable.Most might disagree but The Avengers is way better than it’s sequel.
4. Jurassic Park
Every time I view this film, the nostalgia of watching it for the first time always returns. When I see the dinosaurs for the first time alongside Dr. Grant, Dr. Sattler and company, my breath is taken away. And as Dr. Malcolm states in the sequel The Lost World: “Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and um, screaming.”
We get plenty of that, from the T-Rex, and of course the velociraptors who are the stars of the film. From the opening sequence where a park worker is killed, to Dr. Grant scaring a kid (possibly Jurassic World’s Owen Grady?), to the disturbing cow feeding, moviegoers were already terrified of them before they were shown.
Finally, the animatronics were astounding I mean the T-Rex alone was epic. God bless you Stan Winston Studio.
3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Out of all of the films in this franchise, this one is my favorite and in my opinion it’s the best. We’ve got well developed characters, two dangerous robots, amazing visual effects for it’s time, action, all making a great story.
What I liked about this film was that if you didn’t see the trailers you didn’t know which of the terminators was the bad guy. I loved the father-son relationship that John had with the Terminator and the film’s ending got me right here-*points to my heart.*
2. Independence Day
“Welcome to earth.” This is one of my favorite lines from the movie. In addition to great lines, the movie has Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, aliens, action, destruction all on the fourth of July? Yes please. It has become a tradition to watch this film every year on July 4th. I’ve watched this movie so much that my VHS copy has finally died (that’s right I still have films on VHS, hey if it still works why upgrade?).
I wasn’t born yet when this movie came out back in 1975 but I remember watching reruns of it on the TV and getting nightmares. I would imagine that big ol’ Bruce was circling my bed and whenever we would go to the pool in the evenings I had to take a second look back at the deep end despite fully knowing that it was impossible for the shark to be in the pool. Now as a grownup every time I watch the movie, I cheer for the shark.
The opening scene where the young lady is killed by the shark is terrifying! You don’t even see the shark until much later in the film. You sense chief Brody’s dread as he watches beach goers play in the water, jumping at every noise because he knows that the killer shark’s still out there. You listen intently as actor Robert Shaw who plays shark hunter Quint give his monologue where he shares his story of surviving the sinking of the war ship the USS Indianapolis during the War in the Pacific in 1945 only to survive another horror that lurks in the deep blue sea and watch in terror a few scenes later as Quint is killed.
I could go on, but it’s for these reasons and more that Jaws is one of my favorite all time films.
Now that I’ve given you five of my favorite all time summer films...