Blockbuster Movies – Nerd Theater – Episode 1


Ah… The summer movie season. Over time, this part of the year has brought me and many others so much joy! Now, it being in the dead heat of the Blockbuster season, it made me wonder: What is it about blockbuster films that get people so excited? Well, I think it’s quite simple: they’re exciting. Usually. It is true, though. When films have such big names like, “Batman”, “Harry Potter” and “Transformers”, of course people are gonna go see them! But I’m here to show you what makes a blockbuster film great! So pop yourself some popcorn, and pull out your 3-D glasses- – because it’s time to look at some of my favorite Blockbuster films of all time! There was a time where these were cool! Starting off my list is a pretty recent movie… Mad Max: Fury Road. Oh, man. What a movie! It’s pretty much the equivalent of eating a pound of sugar and downing a pack of Red-Bull. Would that kill you? Case in point, Mad Max: Fury Road is awesome! It has practical effects, real stunts, breathtaking CGi and visuals. This film is Michael Bay’s dream! It’s what action movie makers strive for! It’s amazing! And would you believe that an old guy directed this?! Yeah, George Miller is pushing 70 years old, making one of the best action movies in years! When I’m older, I hope to be that BA! Oh, man. I nearly gave myself a heart attack just talking about it! Ah, it should be fine. Some people may argue that this film is a bit dry as far as a solid complex story goes, and they’d be right. While the characters and world they inhabit are very interesting, there’s not much of a juicy story to go with them. Which is fine, because you go to this movie for the action sequences and visuals. And for what this film achieved on a technical level, it deserves all the praise it gets. Coming up next is Terminator 2: Judgement Day. What an exciting action film! One of the best in its genre, and for good reason too! As great as the first Terminator was, T2 built on what made the series so great in the first place! While the unnecessary sequels immediately dismantled that, but that doesn’t take away from how great Judgement Day is! It had impressive effects, an intriguing story, complex and changing characters, and it had heart. What a lot of big action films tend to miss out on is a charming feel of sentiment. It doesn’t have to be forced or anything, it should just come out naturally, and in this movie’s case, it certainly does. This is a quick and tightly paced movie with a lot of character, and a lot of charm. Coming in at number six is The Dark Knight. I won’t go too in depth with this one as I already did a review of it, but I will say that this is an intense, well acted, professionally shot, and marvelously crafted film. This is a case where I don’t even consider this just a superhero film. It’s dark, the stakes are high, and the drama is actually really compelling. It’s without a doubt worth a watch. I’m Batmaaaaaan! *coughs and gags* At number five we have Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Now, I actually enjoy this film more than Raiders of the Lost Ark! Don’t get me wrong, I love that movie too, but there was something about the third installment that pulled me in just a tad more. Perhaps it was the more lighthearted action, the treasure and beautiful locations, or it may quite simply be the special bonding of a father and son. And taking the number four spot is Back to the Future! Now, this is a film that I want to cover in the FUTURE- -so, I’ll keep this brief. Back to the Future is a film with such charm, such appeal- Future Brian: Appeal is a synonym for charm. Thank you. And such lovable characters, that you can’t help but enjoy it! It has all the qualities of a classic Spielberg film. In fact, I know of several people who confused this as a Spielberg movie! It’s Robert Zumeckis by the way. But, there’s no question about it, Back to the Future is a crowd pleasing good time, that is more than worthy of being on this list. Number three. Out of all the films on this list, this one is probably the one that holds the most special place in my heart. “Spider-Man 2”. When I was just a kid, I was obsessed with Spider-Man. I played with the action figures, ran around the house pretending to be the webslinger himself, trying to climb up walls, I even jumped off buildings from time to time just to see if the web-shooters would work. They don’t by the way. But anyways, this is quite an emotional film! It dealt with losing faith, struggling to keep trust with those you love, letting go of lost ones, and even giving up on yourself. Pretty intense stuff! Like I said with “The Dark Knight”, this is a movie that makes you forget that you’re watching a superhero flick. A great movie, that still holds up today. At number two we have Ghostbusters! The original. I really like this film! It’s a super quotable film that you could recite lines from over and over. I love the characters, their quirky habits, and their unique personalities. It’s a great movie, and overall it still holds up today! And, I suppose I have to acknowledge the elephant in the room: The Ghostbusters remake. I didn’t hate it, and I don’t hate anyone involved with it. I just didn’t find it that funny. A lot of the jokes fell flat, and none of the characters (aside from a few) were that interesting. I don’t hate any of the actresses or actors in the movie. I don’t even mind the director. It just wasn’t that great of a movie. It was okay, and definitely didn’t deserve all the hate it got, but it was just that: okay. It was impossible not to compare it to the original, but all that aside, it was fine… I guess. There you go, shortest Ghostbusters 2016 review ever. Let’s move on. And number one… The big one, the grandaddy of them all, Jaws. That’s right, the 1975 classic that at the time, no one thought would work, but ended up being a beloved classic, and the first major summer blockbuster of all time. This is probably my favorite Spielberg film of all time. It’s so fleshed out, with so many great characters: Hooper, Brody and Quint. You care about these guys so much, and you hope they get out of the peril they’re in. They don’t really show the shark all that much, which makes the film more suspenseful. I have a pretty long history with it, dating all the way back to when I was little. My family was weeks away from going on a trip near the ocean, so my dad had the great idea of letting me watch this movie. I didn’t watch this film for another five years on account of the mental scarring, but when I did, I did not regret it! It’s a great film, still holds up today, and who doesn’t know that iconic theme song? This is a great movie that I find myself watching every summer. It’s a great movie, awesome time, and a classic Spielberg film. I highly recommend it. Well, I hope you all enjoyed this list of summer blockbusters! This time of year is always a fun time to go the the movies, so I hope you all get to enjoy some great flicks, and maybe even build a list of your own! Now, I better take these glasses off. They’re starting to mess my eyes up a bit. That’s all for now, but be sure to check out my next episode in which I’ll be covering the famous director: Quentin Tarantino. Stay tuned.

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