There’s no denying that we’re in a golden age of entertainment. The amount of movies, TV shows, video games, and music that we have available to us at all times on the internet and streaming, is unparalleled.
Back in the day, you got whatever was on a handful of TV channels, or whatever was playing at the local movie theater. But “back in the day” wasn’t that bad. Especially the summer of 1987.
Kenneth Palermo shared a photo on Twitteer of a movie theater marquee from that summer, and asked people to choose which movie they would see if they were headed to that theater. Let me tell you, it’s not an easy decision.
It’s 1987 … which one do you go to? pic.twitter.com/l1nclmOoxj
— Kenneth Palermo (@kennypalermo) May 20, 2021
So, which do you go to? I actually went to two of them!
I was 10 that summer. Robocop is notoriously violent and Full Metal Jacket is a Stanley Kubrick movie about the Vietnam War. Both a bit above my pay grade, but my parents did take me to The Lost Boys and Predator…It was a different time.
Both movies that immediately became favorites that still hold up to this day. Maybe Corey Haim isn’t as cool to adult me as he was to kid me, but The Lost Boys remains a solid entry in the vampire canon. And Predator is simply one of the best action movies of all time.
To be honest, all these movies hold up. I think my parents were right to hold me back from Robocop or Full Metal Jacket in the theater. I eventually saw both multiple times – the scene where Peter Weller gets decimated by the dad from That 70s Show is rough! But at least now I get the satire. And while FMJ isn’t my favorite Kubrick movie, the first half is unimpeachable.
The summer of 1987 was truly an embarrassment of riches. Another tweet adds to the list of releases that year, even mentioning some of the movies that, ahem, haven’t quite held up:
What an amazing summer for movies
JUNE: Untouchables, Predator, Roxanne, Spaceballs
JULY: Innerspace, Robocop, Lost Boys
AUGUST: Monster Squad
And these disasters that I enjoyed as a kid: Jaws 4, Superman 4, House 2, Masters Of The Universe, Dragnet, Disorderlies pic.twitter.com/oX1BLedFrX
— David Astramskas (@redapples) May 21, 2021
(Editor’s Note: Masters of the Universe is a misunderstood classic and Frank Legella deserves our respect.)
So which would you see? Or would you buy one ticket, but sneak into all four? Not me. I wouldn’t. No sir.