Choose The Best Summer Movie Season ('89-'06)

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  1. Pete-D

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    Looking back on things what do you guys feel would be the best summer movie season? I'll list the notables starting from 1989 ...

    1989-
    Batman
    Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!
    Ghostbusters II
    Dead Poets Society
    When Harry Met Sally
    The Abyss
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
    Do The Right Thing
    Field Of Dreams
    License To Kill
    The Karate Kid Part III

    1990-
    Dick Tracy
    Ghost
    Total Recall
    Die Hard II
    Back to the Future III
    Arachnaphobia
    Days of Thunder

    1991-
    Terminator 2
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    City Slickers
    Naked Gun 2 1/2
    The Rocketeer
    Backdraft
    Boyz N' The Hood
    Thelma & Louise

    1992-
    Batman Returns
    Lethal Weapon 3
    Sister Act
    A League Of Their Own
    Unforgiven
    Patriot Games
    Honey, I Blew Up the Kid!
    Death Becomes Her

    1993-
    Jurassic Park
    The Last Action Hero
    The Fugitive
    Cliffhanger
    The Firm
    Sleepless in Seattle
    Free Wiley
    In The Line of Fire

    1994-
    The Lion King
    Forrest Gump
    The Flinstones
    True Lies
    The Mask
    Speed
    Beverly Hills Cop 3

    1995-
    Batman Forever
    Apollo 13
    Pocohontas
    Die Hard with a Vengance
    Casper
    Water World
    Braveheart
    Dangerous Minds
    Mortal Kombat

    1996-
    Independence Day
    Twister
    Mission: Impossible
    The Nutty Professor
    The Rock
    Eraser
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame


    1997-
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park
    Men In Black
    Air Force One
    Batman & Robin (shudder)
    My Best Friend's Wedding
    Con Air
    Face/Off
    Hercules
    The Fifth Element

    1998-
    There's Something About Mary
    Armageddon
    Saving Private Ryan
    Godzilla
    Lethal Weapon 4
    Deep Impact
    X-Files: Fight the Future
    Mulan
    The Truman Show
    Mask of Zorro

    1999-
    Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
    The Sixth Sense
    Austin Powers 2
    The Blair Witch Project
    Runaway Bride
    Notting Hill
    American Pie
    The Mummy
    Tarzan
    The Matrix* (released 03-31-99)

    2000-
    Gladiator
    Mission: Impossible 2
    X-Men
    The Perfect Storm
    What Lies Beneath
    Gone In 60 Seconds
    Dinosaur
    Scary Movie

    2001-
    Shrek
    Rush Hour 2
    The Mummy Returns
    Pearl Harbor
    Jurassic Park 3
    Planet of the Apes
    The Fast & The Furious
    Tomb Raider
    Legally Blonde
    The Princess Diaries
    The Others

    2002-
    Spider-Man
    Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
    Signs
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Austin Powers in Goldmember
    Minority Report
    The Bourne Identity
    Men In Black II
    Lilo & Stich
    Scooby Doo

    2003-
    The Matrix Reloaded
    X2
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Finding Nemo
    Bruce Almighty
    Terminator 3
    The Hulk
    Sea Biscuit
    Bad Boys II


    2004-
    Shrek 2
    Spider-Man 2
    Troy
    Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
    The Bourne Supremacy
    Van Helsing
    The Village
    Fahrenheit 9/11
    I, Robot
    Alien Vs. Predator (ugh)

    2005-
    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
    Batman Begins
    War of the Worlds
    Wedding Crashers
    March of the Penguins
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Kingdom of Heaven

    2006-
    Pirates of the Caribbean 2
    Superman Returns
    The Breakup
    X3
    The Da Vinci Code
    Lady in the Water
    Cars
    Monster House

    Of course 2006 isn't quite over yet, so you may have to rule 2006 out of the running.

    Interesting when looking back. I think I'd give either 1991 or 1993 the nod for my favorite summer. Summer 2005 gets a bad rap, I think it was a pretty good summer season.

    1997 was really a bad period for Hollywood "event films" ... no wonder there was an opening for Titanic to move in, I think at that point a lot of people were fed up with what Hollywood had churned out that summer, especailly women.
     
  2. Walter Kittel

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    For my money you'd have to go back to 1982:

    48 Hours
    Blade Runner
    Conan The Barbarian
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    Poltergeist
    Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
    The Thing
    Tron
    The World According to Garp

    But, limiting it to the years you've listed...

    1991 has a lot of favorites.

    - Walter.
     
  3. Pete-D

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    Wowza, 1982 was a monster year.

    I would say the summers of '77 (Star Wars), '82 (E.T.), '89 (Batman), '91 (T2/Robin Hood), '93 (Jurassic Park), '99 (Star Wars returns, horror/teen movie galore), and '02 (Spider-Man) would be the big pop-culture years for movie summers ... years, where the movies really defined that year as a whole.

    When there's a big summer like that, you can almost feel a little bit extra bit of electricity in the air when you go to the theater.
     
  4. Chuck Mayer

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    You forgot the best summer movie in 1997. You included Con Air, but ignored Face/Off? Face/Off alone made that summer.

    Answers later...
     
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    Face/Off has been added. I'm going mostly off memory and a quick glance at Box Office Guru's site, so some I may have missed a film here and there, but the "big ones" are pretty much there I think.

    While I didn't mind Face/Off ... it does remind me how dissapointing that summer was, because going into that summer I don't think anyone would've picked Face/Off as the "must see" movie.
     
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    Wow.

    The only movie in the whole list that I saw "in a theater" was Spiderman.
     
  7. Pete-D

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    The Lost World was also a big dissapointment. That film really dropped like a rock after a massive opening and after years of anticipation for a Jurassic Park sequel.

    Remember at that time, Jurassic Park was the biggest movie of the 1990s, so the sequel was a *huge* deal.
     
  8. Chuck Mayer

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    1989-
    Batman
    Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!
    Ghostbusters II
    Dead Poets Society
    When Harry Met Sally

    The year I fell in love with movies. Doesn't hold up so well (Batman didn't live up to the hype, IJ is the worst of the three, etc), but not bad.


    1990-
    Dick Tracy
    Ghost
    Total Recall
    Die Hard II
    Back to the Future III

    And Robocop 2! Nuke lives, biatch! And Arachnophobia. Less event. But lots of fun.


    1991-
    Terminator 2
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    City Slickers
    Naked Gun 2 1/2
    The Rocketeer
    Backdraft

    Great summer. T2 had all the hype, and actually lived up to every ounce of it. Just a monster film. I've yet to see such anticipation pay off in a summer film since. The other crap was pretty good. But T2 just owned this summer.

    1992-
    Batman Returns
    Lethal Weapon 3
    Sister Act
    A League Of Their Own
    Unforgiven
    Patriot Games

    And Alien3. This summer I was out of touch. No comment.

    1993-
    Jurassic Park
    The Last Action Hero
    The Fugitive
    Cliffhanger
    The Firm
    Sleepless in Seattle

    One of the legends, almost solely due to JP. TLAH also bombed, which was a big deal.

    1994-
    The Lion King
    Forrest Gump
    The Flinstones
    True Lies
    The Mask
    Speed

    My vote. Easily. Speed was a huge, True Lies was huge, Forrest Gump and The Lion King were BOTH phenoms. Two phenoms in one summer is extremely rare.

    1995-
    Batman Forever
    Apollo 13
    Pocohontas
    Die Hard with a Vengance
    Casper
    Water World

    And Braveheart. Kind of dull this year.

    1996-
    Independence Day
    Twister
    Mission: Impossible
    The Nutty Professor
    The Rock
    Eraser

    You ragged 1997. Here is the low point of summer filmmaking. A bunch of pointless explosionfest, without a redeeming film among them. Just formulaic tiresome crap. I did love The Hunchback of Notre Dame, though.

    1997-
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park
    Men In Black
    Air Force One
    Batman & Robin (shudder)
    My Best Friend's Wedding
    Con Air
    Face/Off

    Thanks for adding Face/Off, which saves this miserable list from total asstasticity. Batman and Robin is still the becnhmark for all cinematic shitpiles. I don't think it can be bettered.

    1998-
    There's Something About Mary
    Armageddon
    Saving Private Ryan
    Godzilla
    Lethal Weapon 4
    Deep Impact

    No major impressions. Just there.

    1999-
    Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
    The Sixth Sense
    Austin Powers 2
    The Blair Witch Project
    Runaway Bride
    American Pie
    The Mummy

    Anything with new Star Wars is memorable. It buoyed the entire summer. Great year for films...but not a great summer. I did like Notting Hill though.

    2000-
    Gladiator
    Mission: Impossible 2
    X-Men
    The Perfect Storm
    What Lies Beneath

    I liked this summer. Nice variety, and I really loved Gladiator. X-Men was a surprisingly good film as well.

    2001-
    Shrek
    Rush Hour 2
    The Mummy Returns
    Pearl Harbor
    Jurassic Park 3
    Planet of the Apes

    99% crap. Moulin Rouge was the only worthwhile summer film in a year of mediocrity. All of those disappointed me.

    2002-
    Spider-Man
    Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
    Signs
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Austin Powers in Goldmember
    Minority Report
    The Bourne Identity

    Big summer. SW film (even if I didn't like it), a new monster franchise, some Spielberg, a few sleepers. Very big summer, even if I don't have a particular attachment to it. The Bourne success was the second biggest story.

    2003-
    The Matrix Reloaded
    X2
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Finding Nemo
    Bruce Almighty
    Terminator 3
    The Hulk

    I am teh bias. Reloaded is one of my favorite films. Throw in X2, Nemo, and Pirates, and this is a monster year. Loved this summer.

    2004-
    Shrek 2
    Spider-Man 2
    Troy
    Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
    The Bourne Supremacy
    Van Helsing

    Top two were big money. I didn't even see Shrek 2, though I loved Spidey. VH was the first "event" movie I had the brains to skip, so thanks for that. Not very impressive. Take out the big two, and it'd be completely mediocre financially.

    2005-
    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
    Batman Begins
    War of the Worlds
    Wedding Crashers
    March of the Penguins
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Kingdom of Heaven

    If KoH had been the LONG version, this would probably have won for me. SW finally hit it right, Batman is smarter than 99.9% of summer films, and the variety (and strong comedy showing) makes this a banner year.

    2006-
    Pirates of the Caribbean 2
    Superman Returns
    The Breakup
    X3
    The Da Vinci Code
    Lady in the Water

    In progress.

    Overall:
    I'd argue 1996 as the actively worst, with a few dull years in there. Almost every year had something I liked, but the special years had something I loved, a few I liked, and some pop culture resonance.

    Ranked:
    1994
    1991
    1993
    2003
    2005
    A lot in the middle
    2001
    1996


    Fun trip down memory lane,
    Chuck
     
  9. Pete-D

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    I agree '96 is perhaps the worst ... but I have to say I did enjoy "The Nutty Professor" (a nice return to form for Eddie Murphy), and yes, as much as I hate to say it -- ID4 was fun the first time I saw it. The whole giant saucer coming over New York City/the White House blowing up did become iconic as well (for better or worse).

    The general reaction I think people had to The Lost World and Batman & Robin the following summer seemed to be much more negative upon initial viewing.

    1994 is probably the "deepest" summer ... lots of big hits, and two big-time blockbusters leading the pack. I don't really know if you could call the summer of '94 the summer of Gump or the summer of the Lion King, both were about equal.
     
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    I consider 1989 the best time for the summers movies. every movie i saw was better then the last movie I saw. which I cann;t really say about this year.

    Jacob
     
  11. I remember Time Magazine calling Lost World the "blockbuster nobody loves". Otherwise known as the trend where everyone complains, but still goes to see it anyway. But Men In Black, Air Force One, Con Air, and My Best Friend's Wedding were all big moneymakers, as well as crowd pleasers.

    Anyway, I would probably list 1989 as my favorite summer, with 1994 being second. I think it really comes down to what kind of memories you have surrounding the films, rather than what you actually think of their artistic value.
     
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    2002 and 2005 are close for me. Both are nearly identical when you look at them: a new Star Wars, a long-awaited super-hero movie, and a Spielberg film. 2002, also had Signs, which 2005 did not.

    However, I'm going to give 2005 the nod due to a few films that you didn't list: Fantastic Four (not the best comic movie, but still highly anticipated), Land of the Dead (another long-awaited sequel, and very underrated), and finally, The Devil's Rejects.
     
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    When looking over these lists, most every summer had its share of good and bad. I'll list my favorites and leave the mediocre ones out. Also, I plan to use this time to bash the ones that really let me down as a selfish revenge kind of thing.



    1989
    Good:
    Batman- The only one I like other than Begins, which is by far the best
    Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade- Pure magic for an 11 year old boy. Loved It
    Ghostbusters II- Do....Re....Egon.... What a classic!
    Dead Poets Society- Suck the marow out of life, Carpe Dium

    1990
    Good:
    Dick Tracy- Big Boy did it.
    Ghost- Wow, did the Righteous Brothers have a come back after this one!

    1991
    Good:
    Terminator 2- Exactly what a summer blockbuster is supposed to be.
    Robin Hood PoT- Even with no accent Costner pulls it off.
    The Rocketeer- started my infatuation with Jennifer Connely. Yowsa!
    Backdraft

    1992
    Good:
    Patriot Games
    Bad:
    Batman Returns- What was Tim Burton smoking? Horrible, Horrible, Horrible
    Unforgiven- I thought it was way overdone. I'm a Tombstone man myself.

    1993
    Good:
    Jurrasic Park- Another one of my best Summer Experiences.
    The Fugitive
    Sleepless in Seattle- One of the best romantic comedies of all time

    (Will have to finish later)
     
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    Like Walter, my first thought immediately went to 1982
     
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    1990, Total Recall (Best Summer Movie of the Summer), Robocop 2(They just don't make them like they use too), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Never Forget), I never forgot the movie going experience that year, I also really love:'89, and '91-'92, after that every thing just got worse!
     
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    I freely admit 1982 pummels everything on that list. That's a ridiculous lineup.

    Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan,
    Chuck
     
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    1984 was great too:

    Romancing the Stone
    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
    Sixteen Candles
    The Natural
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    Star Trek III The Search for Spock
    Gremlins
    Ghostbusters
    Top Secret!
    The Karate Kid
    Buckaroo Banzai

    Not summer, but still memorable:
    2010
    Starman

    Not to mention Breakin' AND Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo [​IMG]
     
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    I have to go with 2002. Mostly because of Attack of the Clones, Spider-Man and Minority Report, but also because of the sheer quantity of movies I saw that summer (I've never been as active at the movies as I was that year). Also great for me were 1993 (for Jurassic Park, my first event film at the theater), 1994 (solely because of The Lion King), 1999 (for the return of Star Wars) and 2005 (for Revenge of the Sith and Batman Begins).
     
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    1980:
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Caddyshack
    Airplane!
    The Blues Brothers
    The Shining
    My Bodyguard
    Used Cars


    Not to nitpick, but 48 Hours opened in Dec. 1982; however, you could substitute Rocky III, The Road Warrior, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid or the reissue of Star Wars. [​IMG]
     

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