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:

Click here to download and listen on your MP3 player of choice:

101 Films Special 05: How To Make A Summer Blockbuster

OR subscribe on iTunes by clicking on the link below:

We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to also to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Want a good film? Get a dinosaur in!

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

Richard O’Brien, we worship thee

Dark City opens with a controversial voice over that reveals pretty much the entire plot in the first 30 seconds. For many, this ruins what should be a mysterious and bewildering (in a fun way) film-watching experience. So we’re not going to make the same mistake here at 101 Films. We’re not going to tell you that Lewis and Ian talk about pre-millennial angst, BBC TV dramas, The Crystal Maze, Last Thursdayism, The Matrix and, of course, boobs. Nope. Nothing like that. We’re certainly not going to tell you they liked the film. That would totally ruin things.

Instead, just sit back, relax, and enjoy our homage to the best sci-fi film ever to feature Richard O’Brien (with the possible exception of Flash Gordon).

Click below to listen directly through this site:

Or download and listen on your MP3 player of choice:

Podcast 006 – Dark City

OR subscribe on iTunes by clicking on the link below:

Is there a film you love (or indeed hate) that you think it’s important for Lewis and Ian to watch? If so, please leave a message in the comments.

Director: Alex Proyas Year of release: 1998 Studio/Distributor: Mystery Clock Cinema/New Line Cinema Country: Australia/USA