I’ve got a great idea for a movie…

The greatest Blockbuster of all? Maybe.

The summer is here! Well, was here as it’s now nearly over! And if you live in the UK then it was sort of here for a week-and-a-half back in June and since then it’s just been raining. Woooh, summer! To celebrate, 101 Films is wheeling out a Special all about that institution of cinema, the Summer Blockbuster.

Until the 1970s the summer was traditionally a dead time for cinema, with studio heads believing people would be too busy enjoying the sunshine, having picnics, playing on beaches, having summer romances, going on holiday, drinking cocktails while watching the sunset, wearing handkerchiefs on their heads, wearing shorts and eating ice creams to bother going to see films. Then Jaws came along and Spielberg proved that all people want to do on those long summer days is sit in darkened rooms and watch a film. But not just any film, people want a particular type of movie. Something exciting, heart warming and full of spectacle. Something featuring the most charismatic and attractive actors of the day. Something that, if nothing else, had a big old explosion in it. That something was the Summer Blockbuster.

Since Jaws, studios have increasingly focused their resources on Summer Blockbusters. If they get it right then they can spend the rest of the year swimming in a giant chamber of money, just like Scrooge McDuck used to do (or still does, I presume he’s still with us?). Get it wrong and it can massively damage everyone involved. Remember Pearl Harbor? *shudder*

In this podcast Lewis and I offer the studios our own guide to creating a great Summer Blockbuster. We try to define exactly what makes a good Blockbuster good.


Of course defining what makes a good film is a bit of a fool’s errand. One person’s thrilling rollercoaster ride of a film is another’s loud, incoherent nonsense. Can any film ever truly be defined as ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Film is art and doesn’t the very subjective nature of art make all criticism essentially pointless? Is 101 Films a massive waste of time?

Probably. But then again what else are Lewis and I going to do on a wet Tuesday afternoon?

Anyway, without further ado, let us present this week’s feature presentation:

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101 Films Special 05: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

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101 Films Special #5: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

Much like a studio which has lost all faith in it’s mediocre ‘blockbuster’, 101 Films has waited right to the end of the summer to release their latest Special: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster. Enjoy!

101 Films Special 05: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

Classic 1970s Woody Allen

Despite the approaching winter and the chilly mornings 101 Films is feeling in a romantic mood this week. And in the mood to consider how ultimately most relationships fail and even the strongest of loves can fade… Ahhh, love!

This week Lewis and Ian turn their attention to one of the great writer/actor/directors of the last 40 years (well, he was great for at least 20 of those years), Woody Allen, and one of his most well regarded films, Annie Hall. Lewis and Ian discuss New York in the 70s, Manic Pixie Dream Girls, falling in and out of love and, of course, everyone’s favourite Will Smith vehicle, Independence Day.

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101 Films Podcast 002 – Annie Hall

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Director: Woody Allen Year of release: 1977 Distributor: United Artists Country: USA