This is it! This is the week when you'll see a ton of other sites unleashing their summer previews and scorecards and box office predictions. Marvel's Thor arrives in theaters this Friday, and with it comes four months of big-budgeted films featuring the hottest stars and filmmakers working in Hollywood today. The'll say that the first true summer blockbuster was Steven Spielberg's 1975 film Jaws. And while plenty of memorable films have been released during the summer over the years, the "summer movie season" didn't really take on a life of its own until the 1990s (or 1989, if you want to get specific) with the release of Tim Burton's Batman.
That was the first summer "event" movie that I recall, what with its ridiculous amount of merchandising and attention. Burton's Batman ushered in a new wave of superhero movies and summer blockbusters that would continually be reimagined over the years. Some of summer's most memorable highlights (for me at least) include Jurassic Park in 1993, Independence Day in 1996, Men in Black in 1997, There's Something About Mary in 1998, American Pie in 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999, Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, Transformers in 2007, The Dark Knight in 2008 ... and the hits keep coming.
It's kind of hard to pick your favorite summer movie of all time. For me, I tend to lean toward the stuff I grew up with since those moviegoing experiences are the ones I remember the most. If I had to pick one favorite, though, I'd probably go with Jurassic Park. Till this day I remember seeing Jurassic Park with my dad and being completely blown away by the special effects, the story, the film's heart-stopping moments and the hang-onto-your-seat surround sound. Jurassic Park provided the sort of summer moviegoing experience you want from every big blockbuster released between the months of May and August, and I still haven't had an experience that's topped it all these years later.
What about you? If you had to pick one summer movie as your favorite, what would it be and why?