Andy here. I’ve been thinking about 2001 a little bit lately, perhaps because of our recent Prometheus review (they sort of share some common themes) or because I’ve run into a couple interesting links recently:
In Episode #2 we talked about a Texas-based movie theater chain that is celebrating the 30th anniversary of what it calls “The Greatest Summer of Movies…Ever.” I neglected to mention that the name of the chain is Alamo Drafthouse. I highly recommend watching the trailer they put together for the celebration. If nothing else the music will make you want to watch Rocky III…
As I said in the podcast, I don’t think any film from the Summer of 1982 is the greatest movie ever or even the greatest blockbuster ever–and I’ll admit I haven’t seen all of them myself–but as someone who grew up in the 80s, I think it’s a pretty impressive list of releases for the span of just a few months.
In addition to the classic blockbusters in the trailer, Drafthouse is screening several less popular films that were also released in the Summer of ’82. Among them…
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Pink Floyd’s The Wall
The Secret of Nihm
The Sword and the Sorcerer
Friday the 13th, Part 3
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
The Dark Crystal
Again, I haven’t seen some of those (and you’ll probably never get me to watch something like Halloween III), but I know a lot of them hold a certain cult status with some people.
What do you think? Is 1982 the greatest summer of movies ever? What is your favorite summer blockbuster of all time? Let us know by leaving a comment, and we may talk about it in an upcoming podcast.