I posted recently asking which are the best and worst summer blockbusters. Here I reveal your choices.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Brian - New Forest

    on 13 Sept 2012 07:10

    I understand completely the divide over The Fifth Element, it is an extremely silly movie, it contains yet another annoying turn by Chris Tucker, its plot is action-excuse reductive and is resolved with a deus ex Jovovich causing the impending evil destruction to more or less shrug and slink away, and Gary Oldman so over the top it makes his turn in Leon look like George Smiley. Tucker aside, virtually everything that is wrong with the film helps make it work for those who fall under the spell of its hyper-popcorn charm. Grounded by Willis as the McClanesque guy who all this crap is happening to yet again, combined with Besson's undeniable visual flare and adept action choreography, The Fifth Element works with all the ultraviolent sensibilities of the Heavy Metal comics it has clearly digested and gloriously regurgitated. The satire is wafer thin and does it few favours but once Tucker shuts up and the adrenaline hits, it's a hell of a ride. For me it has made the whole ouvre of la Jovovich a continuing guilty pleasure, and for my wife, who usually abhors screen violence, it is both silly enough and contains beautiful memorably striking images, such as the Blue Diva, for her to enjoy it immensely. On the other hand I can see people, not without decent sensibilities, looking at it as a silly pointless mess, but they said that about Jackson Pollock.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Megan A

    on 12 Sept 2012 21:28

    Sorry for typo: VHS.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Megan A

    on 12 Sept 2012 21:27

    OMG. "The Fifth Element" is one of the best movies ever. It was one of those movies I watched over and over again on VHA as a little girl. It was actually something my older brother and I could agree on watching. Part Sci-fi/part action/part romance. Amazing costumes too. Actually thinking about going as LeeLoo for Halloween this year. She's just too cool.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Tel-X

    on 7 Sept 2012 18:59

    Just gonna raise this up the flagpole and see who salutes it... The Mummy (1999) - not only was it a 'blockbuster' but, alongside 'The Matrix', it was the DVD that really sold the format as a must-have household item. Sure, it borrows heavily from Dr.Jones' romps, but it had an epic-sweep, a charming script and performances, as well as those essential 'scares', and it made a star out of Rachel Weisz. My brother and I saw t'Mummy and t'Matrix (yep, Yorkshiremen) on the same afternoon (whilst on holiday in San Diego) and the following day drove to Graumann's Chinese Theatre in L.A. for the premiere of 'The Phantom Menace'. Both those movies were a thousand-times more enjoyable than the shafting I received from LucasArts.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by I_am_I

    on 6 Sept 2012 22:24

    I don't understand the problem some have with THE FIFTH ELEMENT. Clearly it's just plain snobbery against anything Luc Besson does. Love is the fifth element - what's so hard to understand? Love conquers all, etc. It's a simple metaphor wrapped in a sci-fi setting. The film never pretends to be anything other than loud, colourful, eccentric and original. It is what it is. Get over it, you pompous nitwits. I can appreciate many of the films Mark likes - and I share much of his taste - but that doesn't stop me enjoying the likes of THE FIFTH ELEMENT.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Luke Curtis

    on 6 Sept 2012 20:11

    why all the hate for Indy 4? granted it was nowhere near as good as the first three but IMHO it is head and shoulders above most of the pure cash grabbing plot optional blockbusters like Pirates 2&3, Matrix 2&3 and the later Bay films....

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Bone from Hell

    on 5 Sept 2012 13:53

    Here in Germany the #1 Blockbuster would be "Der Schuh des Manitu" (English: Manitou's Shoe) which had a budget of 4,5 Mio Euro and made more than 65 Mio Euro. It could be dumb at times but it's also a very good parody of the popular "Winnetou"-Movies and Books.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Mentazm

    on 4 Sept 2012 12:20

    Great to see Scotty P getting so much love. I thought it was okay on first viewing, then went and saw it again at the cinema and fell in love with it. Own it on bluray and it's since become one of my most watched films of all time, probably only beaten by Blade Runner... and yes, Back to the Future!

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by Verbal007

    on 4 Sept 2012 02:35

    Back To The Future was released in the UK on 4th December 1985. I remember going to see it in Leicester Square the week before Xmas and then in Darlington in the new year. I suspect that many of the people who voted weren't born in 1985, so this is an interesting phenomenon which suggests that the term "Summer Blockbuster" has expanded beyond its literal meaning to become a, maybe pejorative, phrase to describe a certain type of mainstream, populist movie. BTW, the film that many use to describe the quintessential "Summer Blockbuster" is Jaws which was released in the UK on Xmas Day 1975. Truth is we have accepted as a descriptor something which actually was an American phenomenon and which had little to do with British distribution patterns.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by information1st

    on 3 Sept 2012 17:47

    Very well written and insightful article on the effect of the Blockbuster on the movie (Hollywood studios) industry: How The State of the Movie Industry in 1991 Echoes Through to Today (and Why Movie Fans Should Care). Even the hyperlinks are work a check, especially the fall of the movie star.

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