Every summer the cinemas are full of big dumb movies - but it wasn't always that way and it doesn't have to be in the future. What are the best and worst summer blockbusters since Jaws?

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  • Comment number 143. Posted by mike

    on 27 Aug 2012 22:54

    as most blockbusters are just mindblowing bad, I hardly remember good ones. therefore choices from the near past:

    1. Star Trek: from A to Z a good movie. even my buddy admitted that it was good - after he was not joining me to see it (he did later on his own ;)
    2. The Dark Knight (but not Rises which was rather mediocre): the joker was so good… speaking of Chris Nolan: his second best movie was still Memento. Inception was decent, but nothing more (since the story was thrilling, but simply too much - in the 3rd or 4th dream layer the at first so little logical errors became bloodcurdling)

    the worst ones? maybe StarWarsIII (of the new trilogy)? each and every transformer that was or will be made… (wait - I hardly managed to see the first one; the others I switched off after seconds!) The day after tomorrow! (the whole movie is a single logical error). and probably quite many of the ones I did not need to see because I didnt feel as if it was worth the money and/or time…

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  • Comment number 142. Posted by I_am_I

    on 27 Aug 2012 16:09

    'At 22:48 18th Aug 2012, Rightflyer wrote:

    ...Speaking of Summer blockbusters (and I'm getting ready for people to start hooting with derision and throwing things at me), one of my favourite summer blockbuster movies was The Rock...

    Now for the crap!

    ...Spielberg's War of the Worlds. How can people like this movie? The FX are dismal, Cruise is rubbish and the whole film flaps along in a haze of misery...'

    I'm sorry but I cannot let this go. Firstly, are you seriously telling me that 'The Rock' is a better film than 'War of the Worlds'? No. It isn't. Spielberg can make better films than Bay in his sleep! The misery of the film is the whole point of the story - it's relentlessly bleak until Man has exhausted all options and it falls to Nature - in the form of bacteria - to 'cure' the invasion. This is entirely in keeping with the original story. Secondly, Cruise is playing the every-man, which is a nice change from the gung-ho heroes he usually plays. I see nothing wrong with his performance. Thirdly, you really think the special effects were rubbish? What planet are you on! The moment when people start getting zapped by the death ray in the street is some of the best SFX I have ever seen (and I have seen a LOT of CGI in my time), and one of the scariest moments of any film to-date. I'm not saying it's perfect but it's far better than you think it is. It is certainly better than any damn Michael Bay film!

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  • Comment number 141. Posted by Ernie Stephenson

    on 27 Aug 2012 09:33

    of the ones i have seen in a cinema...

    best: Jurassic Park, and let us not forget superman (1978)

    worst: Pirates of the caribbean 3 - makers of this movie and all that sailed in it should have been keel hauled, hung drawn and then thrown to the sharks... and shot; again and again and again... there will never be a worse movie.

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  • Comment number 140. Posted by Frank Fforde

    on 27 Aug 2012 08:41

    There are many contenders for worst summer blockbuster (I still ache to think I spent money to see Armageddon due to extreme boredom and peer pressure) but I would argue for Batman Forever.

    While it is generally agreed that Batman and Robin was the nadir of the original series, BF completely dismantled everything Tim Burton had done to create a compelling, dark, gothic imagining of the caped crusader. As well as the abominable casting of Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey all handed in dreadful OTT performances in bright spandex to really alienate every single fan of the comic books. Purest Deicide.

    The best may well be Jurassic Park. JP was huger than huge when it opened. It was a major evolutionary point in the action movie genre and still holds up today.

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  • Comment number 139. Posted by zboy1989

    on 26 Aug 2012 09:24

    although i love toy story 3 and the others, i cant bring myself to put an all out animated film at the top, so here are mine (if anyones bothered)
    best: jaws- i still cant go in the sea alone! jurassic park is truly a great film, dark knight trilogy- just epic. oh and i love forrest gump, it is and forever will be the most heart warming sob story ever told.
    worst:jurassic park III - this was painful and shamefull on so many levels. transformers - thats all of them! godzilla - did anyone else see the point in only putting the 'monster' on screen for around 2minutes of the film!! this was what i imagine inspired the dreadfull CLOVERFIELD!

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  • Comment number 138. Posted by Andrew G

    on 25 Aug 2012 22:22

    Well I think that the best one of the greatest summer blockbusters of all time was Toy Story 3. The film was perfect for young children who were enamored by the hilarious comedy and the adults who cried at the end of the film.

    The worst has to be Transformers 2. I was actually a fan of the first film, I thought it was dumb but not nearly as much as the sequel.

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  • Comment number 137. Posted by Matth Stil

    on 24 Aug 2012 19:02

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVGcqho620Y&feature=share&list=ULgVGcqho620Y

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  • Comment number 136. Posted by Lucky

    on 24 Aug 2012 16:57

    First went to the cinema when I was four in 1992 and I have trawled through my memory (AKA IMDb) for the best and worst films I've seen between June-August at the pictures:

    Best:
    Jurassic Park
    Gladiator (somehow, as a 12-year-old, got in to see a 15-certificate film)
    Shrek
    Minority Report
    Pirates of the Caribbean (I tell you, the first one was good)
    The Bourne Ultimatum
    The Dark Knight trilogy
    Inception

    Worst:
    The Flinstones
    Batman & Robin
    Pearl Harbor
    Planet of the Apes
    Goldmember
    Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. An unmitigated disaster which was so bad you wish they hadn't bothered to render a memorable franchise into a case of two good, two bad.
    Prometheus

    I saw Power Rangers and The Indian in the Cupboard too, but cannot include them as I actually liked them at the time. Godzilla is also a guilty pleasure.

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  • Comment number 135. Posted by MovieGeek

    on 24 Aug 2012 16:18

    Best: Raiders of the lost ark (though E.T. is pretty close... I know I'm a Spielberg freak), Back to the Future
    Worst: Battlefield Earth, Batman and Robin, Pearl Harbour, Transformers 2, Sex & the City 2, Piranha 3DD, ... in fact too many to mention

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  • Comment number 134. Posted by Rebecca Ryan

    on 23 Aug 2012 09:55

    The most recent and decent blockbusters in my view were Inception - which was the first blockbuster that really made me have to think - and even more recently The Hunger Games (not really a SUMMER blockbuster, more spring)

    Worst? I would agree with Transformers and also probably X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Horrific!

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