July 30, 2017

Watch: An Ode to the Summer Blockbuster

Summer is for swimming, barbecues, spontaneous road trips, and, of course, Hollywood blockbusters.

The hottest season of the year means different things to different people. For some it means fireworks, sitting by campfires, and making memories with your favorite people, while for others it means sweating to death as you work in an office without AC (me). But if you're a cinephile, it pretty much always means going to the movies to see some of the biggest movies Hollywood has been waiting to release all year.

If a special fire burns in your heart for both summertime as well as its blockbusters, then you might really enjoy this special video tribute by Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society.

I'm not a huge fan of Hollywood blockbusters, but I have to be honest—Saladino's video reminded me of the time in my life when I was. As a kid, I was all about Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had me practicing my ninja moves on my trampoline all summer long. Speed inspired me to tie a rope to my dad's car and have him pull me on my skateboard just like Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. (It was the 90s...it was a different time when it came to child safety.)

Summertime for us growing up—we didn't have Disneyland or vacations to Hawaii. We didn't have the latest video games or an armory full of Nerf guns. We had scrap wood and rusty nails to build forts, we had cap guns and baseball cards to put in our bike spokes, and, of course, we had movies.

Now that I'm an adult, when summer rolls around, I find myself sitting with a fan blasting me in the face (because AC is just too damn expensive), complaining about the heat just like my dad used to, and picking a movie, any movie, to take my family to so we can escape the heat, to escape the boredom, to escape reality, just for a little while—just until it cools down enough to lay a blanket down on our rooftop patio with a popsicle or two and watch the sun go down on another epic summer day.     

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