#46: Blockbusters That Stand the Test of Time

Wind down your summer as Ryan and Timmie list their top summer blockbusters that still hold up!  From Jaws to Sleepless In Seattle, there’s something for everyone in this one!

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I. Intro

A. Some Business [00:02:15]

  1. Michael is missing

  2. They’ll be missed: Robin Williams and Joan Rivers

II. Blockbusters! [00:07:24]

A. Origins of the Term
B. A Brief History (Pre-Jaws)
C. Definition in the 70s vs. Definition Today
D. Some Flops for Good Measure

  1. Movies Never Make Money

  2. Greatest Box Office Flops

III. Our Selections: Why They Still Work [00:18:35]

A. Criteria

  • No films released after 1995
  • Summer release
  • One film per director (for diversity)
  • One film per category/genre only
  • Film made at least 3x the production budget
  • We think it’s a good film

B. Common Elements

  • Uniqueness
  • Good Writing
  • Solid Filmmaking on a Fundamental Level
  • Star Power
  • Big Budgets
  1. 11 Defining Features of the Summer Blockbuster (Nate Silver’s Site)

IV. The Films [00:24:43]

A. Jaws (1975)

  • Released June 20th
  • Budget: 8 Million
  • Revenue Worldwide 470 Million

B. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

  • Released May 25th
  • Budget: 11 Million
  • Revenue Worldwide 775 Million (in 2011)

C. Ghostbusters (1984)

  • Released June 8th
  • Budget: 32 Million
  • Revenue Worldwide 291 Million

D. Batman (1989)

  • Released June 23rd
  • Budget: 35 Million
  • Revenue Worldwide 411 Million
  1. Why does it still work? Trick Question, it doesn’t!

E. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

  • Released June 25th
  • Budget: 21 Million
  • Revenue Worldwide 228 Million

F. Honorable Mentions

V. Would These Films Work Today? [01:21:48]

VI. Mini Segments [01:25:10]

A. Ryan’s Trivia Corner: Blockbuster Edition
B. Dinner and a Movie
C. Podcast Recommendations: Rebel Force Radio
D. Critically Acclaimed Movies That Actually Suck: Titanic (1997)

VII. Conclusions/Next Episode Tease [01:37:47]

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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