"Oil Clusterfuck Denial" Hollywood Summer Blockbuster Open Thread
So last night we took the kids to a drive in theater to see the new Shrek movie. It was a great night, we got there early and threw around the frisbee for an hour or so, and generally had a really nice start to the holiday weekend.
The movie itself was pretty good, about what I expected; fine for an evening's light entertainment and escapism from thinking about the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history (Joe Sestak too!)
I don't see many movies - I feel like the only person in North America who hasn't seen Avatar - so admittedly I don't have a very expansive list to go through, but the last summer blockbuster that I saw in theaters and was totally blown away by was Raiders of the Losk Ark.
Thinking to some of the popcorn flicks I've seen since then, most have been largely disposable, which is obviously fine when all you're looking for is 90 minutes of cheap thrills. But the ones I can think of off the top of my head in the last generation or so (the most recent Indy installment, Independence Day, that sort of thing) haven't had any real magic to them.
Question for the thread: what summer movies are your favorites, and are there any you're looking forward to this year?
And by the way, at $16 per car and a $5 "bring your own food" fee, is there a better value in mainstream entertainment than a drive in theater?