Alamo Drafthouse Presents Guy-Centric 'Summer of 1982: The Greatest Summer of Movies... Ever'

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by Beth Hanna
March 2, 2012 7:51 PM
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'Conan the Barbarian'

Alamo Drafthouse has programmed an uninspired three-month series of summer blockbusters celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year. Geeky cult favorites in no need of further promotion will play the same weekends that they opened in 1982.

In fact, the series could conceivably be retitled "The Greatest Summer of Movies for Guys Now in Their Mid-40s." The sci-fi heavy film selections include "Tron," "E.T.," "Conan the Barbarian," "Rocky III," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "The Road Warrior."
 

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6 Comments

  • Bill | March 5, 2012 9:27 AMReply

    Hey Beth - that's fine if these films aren't cherished by you personally, after all film opinion is subjective. But it is a bit reductive to say that this is only something special for guys in their 40s. There's no denying that Hollywood genre film was on an successful creative streak like none other that summer - NINE iconic films that we still talk about today released over a period of two months. It gave us breakout films for future megastars like Arnold & Mel, visionary films that have influenced countless other films (Blade Runner, Tron, Road Warrior, Poltergeist), a remake (The Thing) that is endlessly cited as the highest standard one should try to achieve when mounting a remake (ie bring something new, honor the old) and a sequel (Star Trek 2) that today is considered the very best of the entire decades-long franchise. It's not so much that these films individually are in need of more promotion, it's that Hollywood at it's best is in need of more promotion, if only to remind people of the types of amazing creativity in genre filmmaking that studios should strive for. I don't think we'll be talking about NINE studio films from last summer in 30 years. Plus, how can you deny how cool it is to give people an opportunity to see these films on the big screen and in 35mm no less?? I'm in my 30s and I've NEVER seen these films on the big screen with a packed audience. I would KILL to be able to spend a summer revisiting these classics as they were meant to be seen. Anywho, just my thoughts.

  • Mark | March 5, 2012 6:45 AMReply

    Poor Beth. This season is about celebrating these classic films on the BIG SCREEN, where they deserve to be seen. Such a bitter post, I guess Beth wanted a season of films like Some Kind of Wonderful, Pretty In Pink, Dirty Dancing etc?

  • Jerren | March 3, 2012 2:01 PMReply

    @ Glenn: What are you so threatened by? That someone dare give a dissenting opinion about this program of "sacred" films, or that it is written by (gasp) a woman? Or maybe it's that she's right? Grow up.
    I think her point is that NONE of these films need to be championed more than they already are. Look, I think the Drafthouse is great, I love those movies (I'm a huge Conan nerd), and a lot of the writers involved are read daily by me, and have been for years. But it truly saddens me when I go to a rep theater to see a Bergman retrospective where the audience is made up of prominently elderly-folk, yet these films--which, I hasten to add, are all shown annually, bi-annually or tri-annually on the big screen--get drooled over by middle-aged dudes for the sake of nostalgia. I saw and still see these movies as "gateway drugs"...there's a whole tapestry of strange, beautiful and diverse films out there waiting to be explored. Why don't any of these "geek" favorites (which aren't really geeky, as they are loved by EVERYONE) ignite a spark or a need to search out more great stuff? I think the summer of 1982 was great. So do MILLIONS of others. Those films will always be around. No one, and I mean NO ONE, needs to shine a light on them. Especially a bunch of middle-aged dudes trying to escape their ho-hum lives for a couple hours. I love Beth Hanna's opinion and welcome her to keep writing them. In fact, Glenn, she quite literally has a place to write about movies...here on TOH!, a great website with a varied and diverse staff.

  • Glenn McLeod | March 3, 2012 3:34 PM

    Jerren, that embedded youtube video is pure love and the writer of this article is running the tired misconception that only guys like fantasy. A facebook friend, female it should be said, linked that youtube video ten minutes ago, so I revisited this article to recall what Ms. Hanna was criticizing again. While I'm flattered to inspire a few hundred (well-thought) words from you, I still can't sit by and let someone rip on love for the sake of love. And then turn it into sexism, no less. I'm not pro-Alamo or against women blogging. Kim Masters and Sharon Waxman have written some of my favorite books on film. So chill.

  • Johnny | March 3, 2012 5:15 AMReply

    Hey, give those post-menopausal guys a chance. Not every weekend can be for stuck-up critics who can't do snark.

  • Glenn McLeod | March 3, 2012 12:51 AMReply

    Beth Hanna, after this write-up, you have no place writing about movies.

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