Drew McWeeny posed a great question to famous friends and just posted their answers at his blog, and I'd like to ask the same question here: what's your favourite summer movie?
Drew of course meant "summer movie" as a kind of state of mind, in which case you don't have to limit your answers to this year's sorry crop. (In other words, don't say Star Trek unless it really epitomizes the summer moviegoing experience for you.)
Harry Knowles definitely had the right idea when he answered Big Trouble in Little China, but I think my personal pick would have to be Back to the Future (1985). I was 10, it was the capper to a day at Clearwater Beach in Florida, and while the theatre cooled me off, the movie got me hot and bothered. I exited the cinema into the inviting arms of a warm front with a secret: I wanted to be a filmmaker. We had McDonald's before and ice cream afterwards. I was in paradise.