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5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear #StreamTeam
‘Tis the season of the summer blockbusters!  The Hollywood tentpole films have become the mainstay of the summer screen in all their glory.  While the big budget blockbusters are abundant and virtually common place now, there was a time when they were truly a spectacle to behold, captivating audiences with sites seldom seen, leaving wonder and amazement.
We are more cynical these days when it comes to being awed by movies, but here are some great blockbusters from years past that energized audience with the scope of the cinematic world they created.
5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear

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 5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear
Top Gun (1986)
Tom Cruise was just coming into his own as a world renowned actor.  This film sat us right in the cockpit of the great F-14 Tomcat as we follow the exploits of the Naval aviator, call sign, “Maverick.”  Top Gun was a first in aviation films, getting in the driver seat of jet fighter in an action packed film about facing one’s own demons and the cost it can invoke.  Before the modern marvels of CG wizardry took away our innocence and wonder, this film was done without the aid of computer.
 5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear
Batman (1989)
Comic book films are more than common today, they are the staple of summer releases.  It wasn’t always so.  I can still remember the hot august day in Palm Springs, walking out of the theater, my whole world changed by the thrill of Batman.  Tim Burton, built a tangible and gritty world from the beloved comic hero.  With peril, action, and iconic imagery, Batman is still considered one of the greatest comic book genre films of all time.
 5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Tom Clancy has an uncanny way with spies, intrigue, and government institutions that one can’t help get lost in when given the chance.  Paving the way for other great Clancy inspired films, Red October follows the exploits of a young Jack Ryan as he must stop the inevitable collide of the U.S. and Soviet navies from colliding under the waves of the sea.  This film took us to the most realistic and action packed undersea film the world had seen.
5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear
Forrest Gump (1994)
Big blockbuster films are often less about their story as much as about the spectacle, the adventure, the ride.  Often called popcorn films.  Forrest Gump has all the trimmings of a major hollywood blockbuster and it has a lot to say.  This character driven film, follows Forrest from boyhood to adulthood.  Ignored, dismissed, and abused for mental limitations, Forrest shows just how much effect one big hearted, “unintelligent,” man can do in the world.  This film is full of adventure, drama, and heart.
 5 summer blockbusters of Yesteryear
Deep Impact (1998)
It is amazing how films seem to come out in pairs. Bugs Life, Antz. Tombstone, Wyatt Erp. Mission to Mars, Red Planet.  Deep Impact and Armageddon.  The premise of the two films are the same.  A meteor, bound for earth, and humanities attempt to thwart it.  Similar the two films maybe, there are stark differences as well.  Both big budget, CG filled, popcorn popping, adventure films.  Armageddon would be the MTV film, featuring title music by Aerosmith and action hero Bruce Willis.  Deep Impact has more of a subtler touch.  It is more a cinematic treatise on the everyday person and how them might experience the possibility of a world ending event.  Full of heart and lots of action and drama, it is a great blockbuster.
If you are looking to remember the awe we once expected from the hollywood tentpole, or are from a generation jilted by the glut of CG fueled films and want to experience something old but new, these are a few fun and a few truly awesome films to get you started on Netflix streaming.

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