Flashback Friday Feature: Seaside Movie Days Gone By


While the Summer of 2020 flashes by faster than a trip down the Log Flume, you might be wondering, what was the movie scene like ten years ago? I’m so glad you asked! Waaaay back in 2010, the view was pretty Despicable (but colorfully so). DiCaprio was pretty dreamy and the Other Guys were otherwise occupied keeping our community safe. We were happily eating, praying and loving our way through the Summer of 2010, Going the Distance by sandy land and scenic sea.

Hope you enjoy the panoramic distance existing between real and reel time…


Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood

2010 Summer Movie Guide

Originally Published in the Sun by the Sea Summer 2010 edition

Since the Inception of summer by the sea, beach lovers and movie goers alike have united in a common goal: to get ample amounts of sun, surf, SPF, and scintillating big screen blockbusters. The Last Airbender is, ironically, the first in line, stocking up on beach balls, beverages and buttered popcorn (not to mention abundant air space). Disciplinarian Nanny McPhee (2) tries to maintain order, as The Other Guys and The Expendables argue over everything from how to keep the sand out of their sandwiches to which movie to see first. Beneath the golden, movie-inspired glow, the entire cast can at least agree on one thing; Wildwood summers are the thing blockbusters are made of!

Before agreeing which blockbusters to add to your summer schedule, please check your local listings for release date changes.

The Last Airbender (opens July 2nd) coasts through the lives of a young boy (Noah Ringer) with some fierce martial arts’ moves, a determined girl (Nicola Peltz) and her sidekick brother (Jackson Rathbone), each battling to connect the Air, Water and Earth nations against the genocidal fire Lord while proving themselves unique candidates for the Wildwood Talent Showcase.

A plot to steal the moon (with no ocean beneath it) is just one of the many things a group of 3-D animated villains (including the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Will Arnett) devise, each happily embracing the Despicable Me (opens July 9th) within their dark, sunless souls.

Dreams and reality blur with the Inception (opens July 16th) of a group of dream thieves (including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page) who profit from the ideas found in strangers’ subconscious minds as they sleep, leading to a complicated, dangerous job to reunite a family (who clearly will need some wide-awake, shore-bonding time).

Kite festivals and Beach Concerts aren’t in the cards for a politician (Matt Damon) and a ballet dancer (Emily Blunt) who have an ill-fated romance thanks to The Adjustment Bureau (opens July 30th) determining their fate.

A modern-day sorcerer (Nicholas Cage) living in a CGI-packed world where good and evil wizards do battle, connects with a NYU physics student who ultimately become The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Jay Baruchel, opens July 16th), working on his own supernatural version of Fireworks on the Beach.

The Other Guys (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, opens August 6th) in law enforcement forgo the Pro Wrestling meet and Greet Convention when they get in over their heads attempting to crack a big financial fraud case.

The Expendables (opens August 13th) includes a shady tycoon (Bruce Willis), who employs a group of mercenaries (led by Sylvester Stallone) to overthrow a Latin American dictator as the lead mercenary deals with a longtime rival (Arnold Schwarzenegger). They all eventually realize their non-battling shore time is what is truly in expendable.

Living an emotional rollercoaster existence, a recently-divorced woman (Julia Roberts) learns to Eat, Pray, Love (opens August 14th) following a year-long, worldwide hunt for a bit of serenity (while praying for an ocean view). From Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir. Also stars Javier Bardem.

Super Nanny McPhee (2) (Emma Thompson, opens August 20th) employs unusual methods for child rearing and domestic discipline that do not include childlike rounds of miniature golf or Mini Teacup rides.

Following a summer of romantic Concerts Under the Stars, a journalism grad student (Drew Barrymore) is Going the Distance (opens August 27th) to keep her relationship with a music executive (Justin Long) thriving when she moves back to California.


The Adjustment Bureau organizes a combo boardwalk/big screen adventure, putting The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in charge of supplying the magic. Partaking in Sea Serpent rides while surrounded by movie-star scenery, he quickly declares, Despicable Me for ever thinking that wizardry is involved in making Wildwood by the Sea magical.

Our cast Eat, Pray, (and) Love their coastal days away, hoping that these lazy, hazy days and soft seabreezey nights will be Going the Distance all through summer and beyond!🍿🍿🍿


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