Best Movie for July 4th & Rest of the Summer

Submitted by LLG on July 4th, 2018 at 10:48 AM

I'm wondering what the best movie is for July 4th:  I'm taking Jaws.

And what is the best summer movie to watch?

Bonus:  If you haven't' seen it, Billy Murray's Lost Theme for Jaws where he throws a figurative 102 mph fastball:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hae2m  

I think how SNL got the rights to use Jaws is hilarious:

“Downey thought it was really important to have Jaws footage in the shot. I think Lorne thought it was distracting, which is great because even leading up to it, they were having an argument about that. Lorne’s like, ‘You can’t clear the footage,’ and Downey’s like, ‘Well, Spielberg’s here. Let’s just ask him.’ There was no need to go through a middle man on this night based on who was in the room.”

Spielberg said it was fine to use the footage.

Comments

LLG

July 4th, 2018 at 12:09 PM ^

Well, this one wasn't landshark, but yes I agree.  The point was that Lorne Michaels was arguing with the writer who had fought for 35 years.  The writer got his way on his specific vision of the skit because the event was so star studded that Steven Spielberg was right there to sign off on it.  

swalburn

July 4th, 2018 at 11:46 AM ^

Yep, like previously mentioned - Sandlot, Jaws, Top Gun, maybe Jurassic Park, Point Break, or Terminator 2.  I saw the last 3 during the summer when I was a kid so they get nostalgia points.

MGoGrendel

July 4th, 2018 at 8:48 PM ^

My family is in Chicago for the annual 4th trip to see her side of the family.  I have Movie Pass, it’s hot as hell outside, I was bored, so I saw “Solo” this afternoon.  I was a great way to veg for a few hours in a reclining chair (they were recently added).  

Watching it every 4th will NOT become a tradition!

Mike Damone

July 4th, 2018 at 12:07 PM ^

C'mon - "Caddyshack" is the all time best summer movie!  Any other debate should be for 2nd place...

Hidden gem and decent family fun:  "Meatballs".  Early Bill Murray - good stuff.

megalomanick

July 4th, 2018 at 4:53 PM ^

Saw a few people mention Independence Day, so I have to ask: Was that movie always so cringey? I was a kid when it came out and, of course, loved it. However, I watched it again a few years ago and...wow.

Wendyk5

July 4th, 2018 at 4:57 PM ^

I've been trying to decide what movie would be perfect for the maiden voyage of our backyard movie screen. Jaws is a great choice. For summer movies, I also like Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although some may think of it as a chick movie, Strictly Ballroom was good and funny. 

Eng1980

July 4th, 2018 at 7:44 PM ^

American Graffiti for consideration

Jaws may be the GOAT

Star Wars, Caddyshack, Sandlot cannot be dismissed.

I really, really, really like the drum and fife scene with James Garner in The Great Escape