As the sweltering summer days melt into crisp autumn ones, it’s the perfect time to recognize the notable blockbuster films of the summer. The ones that made us laugh so hard that the sensations reverberated in our bellies. The ones that played our emotional heartstrings like a fiddle brining us to Oscar worthy tears. The ones that provided us with edge of your seat suspense as plot twist after plot twist unfolded. These are the movies that draw in the masses, sell out the theatres, bring in the big bucks, and serve as entertaining water cooler conversations with colleagues at work
With kids out of school with idle time on their hands and parents in vacation mode, the movie studios begin rolling out their all star films from early May though late August, hoping to serve as a fun family outing or as a fun activity to fill free time.
This year’s summer films were a bit lackluster and didn’t quite live up to our high movie expectations. Instead of rolling out hit and hit each weekend and finally climaxing in a Michael Bay spectacle of fiery explosions, dizzying 360-shots, and epic lines that elicit thunderous clapping and hooting from the audience, we got a spotty summer of semi-epic movie releases that fizzled out in mid-July, and left moviegoers wondering what happened to all the big movies of the summer by the end of August.
Despite this dismal reality, there are ten notable summer films we’d like to recognize:
- 22 Jump Street – Channing Tatum and Jonah HIll bring back the fun, laughter and crazy when they head to colleague.
Boyhood – Refreshing, fictitious coming of age story that is filmed over twelve years.
Chef – Culinary coming of age story on a food truck.
Edge of Tomorrow – Sci-fi thriller that continues the Terminator saga of man vs. machine.
- Guardians of the Galaxy – An unlikely team of heroes, including a talking tree and rambunctious raccoon, save the universe.
Love is Strange – Love holds us together when the world around us is falling apart (even if it doesn’t make any sense).
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Heartwarming sequel that surpasses the original. Don’t forget the great life lessons.
- The Hundred Foot Journey – Culinary worlds collide against the quintessential backdrop of a rural town in France.
- X Men Days of Future Past – Building upon X-men First Class and our love of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.