After the Hype #141 – Summer Blockbuster Battle

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We’re joined this week by long time friend and fan Justin Thiele – who brings us plenty of reasons why LAST ACTION HERO is not worthy of the title of BEST SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER FILM. That’s right, folks, it’s time for another battle episode and we’ve got some great movies to talk about. Jon defends PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL but can’t say the title right. Bryan makes a scary-good case for JAWS. Chewie whisks us away to nostalgia-town with TWISTER. Ryan dons the fedora and defends RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. So, which movie wins? Just going to have to listen to the episode and find out!

 


MAY THE BEST BLOCKBUSTER WIN!

In the spirit of our battle episodes, we put forth our arguments for best SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER FILM. Here’s the rundown:

 

JAWS – BRYAN’S CHOICE!

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK – RYAN’S CHOICE!

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TWISTER – CHEWIE’S CHOICE!

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL – JON’S CHOICE!

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LAST ACTION HERO – JUSTIN’S CHOICE!

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WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

The part of the show where we catch up with what everyone is doing.

BRYAN – Dark Souls 3
RYAN – Agents of Shield Finale
CHEWIE – Goodnight Mommy
JON – Overwatch Beta
JUSTIN – Aubrey-Maturin series: Master and Commander

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Darryl
Guest

If going off of theatrical experience alone I would have said Twister. I saw it in an Omnimax and it was amazing. Watching it after that however it’s just an OK movie.

Andrew James
Admin

Would have to agree. Raiders and Jaws are no-brainers but I didn’t see either one in the cinema at initial release.

If I were on the panel I’d have to defend Independence Day, hands down. My experience with that movie in ’96 epitomizes summer blockbuster.

Darryl
Guest

The only one I haven’t seen in the theater is Jaws. Agreed with ID4, I remember the build up to the movie and seeing it opening night…it was great.

Jonathan Hardesty
Guest

I totally missed ID4 when it came out and never really saw it until much later so some of that nostalgia just doesn’t exist for me. Might be worth revisiting at a rep cinema here in LA so I can experience it on the big screen!

devolutionary
Guest

That’s a really tough call. For me (and many others), watching ID4 on the bigscreen in a time when disaster movies weren’t really a thing (the 70’s b-wave mostly disappeared in the 80s) created a unique experience. Depends if you can separate yourself from other Emmerich-influenced disaster movies that came after it. Although it’s right around the time when Will Smith transitioned from charming supporting actor into the brash, cocky, “movie-star” he would become.

Kurt
Guest

Temple of Doom, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Romancing The Stone, Dune, The Last Starfighter. I like the Summer of 1984 a lot.

Jonathan Hardesty
Guest

Bringing out the “youngster” card to say that I didn’t see those because I was busy getting born. Would have loved to see any of these on the big screen, and eventually want to hunt down some screenings here in LA if/when they bring them back.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Watching the transition from Blockbusters in 1981-1982 towards the blockbusters of 1984-1986 is very interesting, in that in 2 years the pacing was already significantly faster, and the films certainly required less brain-work. IN terms of cinema, ‘The 80s’ really started in 1984 and went until about 1991.

devolutionary
Guest

No where is that more obvious than comparing Rocky 2-4 and Rambo: First Blood 1&2.

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