Flashback Friday Feature: Seaside Movie Days Gone By


And So It Goes, as the Summer of 2020 sails by with nary a blockbuster in sight, we fondly recall the Summer of 2014, when our cinematic galaxy was well guarded, the Apes comprised their own planet and Hercules was our hero.

Already saying, Wish I Was Here? No worries, as this week’s Trip Back in Movie Time will surely make you feel you’re right there with the stars, who fill both the big screen and the even-bigger seaside sky…

Relax on your favorite bench in the sunniest spot and enjoy our latest Flashback on Friday Movie Feature…

Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood

Originally Published in the Sun by the Sea Summer 2014 edition

It’s finally summer in the seaside town of Wildwood, N.J., where the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes greets our unsurpassed morning sunrise (and non-primate community). Following a long winter, our summer crew is no longer saying Wish I Was Here from their West Coast abode, as they happily settle into their cozy new digs. While Hercules builds massive sandcastles dangerously close to the surf, Tammy and her young-at-heart grandmother are testing out their new surfboards, searching for the biggest waves (and the cutest guys). The Expendables (3) finds their coastal retreat essential to their mental well-being, and, as part of their healthier outlook, choose seawall strolls over barroom brawls.

Strolling through each sunny day, our entire cast can’t wait to blog about their beach and boardwalk experiences as they read their latest scripts calling for unforgettable Wildwood Days all summer long!

Before strolling to your nearest memorable movie theater, please check your local listings for release date changes…

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy, opens July 2nd) and her feisty grandmother (Susan Sarandon) are ready for the ultimate road trip with a pit stop at the 22nd Annual Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament.

And So It Goes (opens July 11th) for a widowed realtor (Michael Douglas) raising his incarcerated son’s daughter while finding love again beneath Fireworks on the Beach with his compassionate neighbor (Diane Keaton).

During the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (opens July 11th), primate leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) contends with a threat posed by a group of human survivors while blending in with the participants at the Wildwood Talent Showcase.

Following a breezy day spent at the Boogie Board Races, a down-on-his-luck actor (Zach Braff) utters Wish You Were Here (opens July 18th) all summer long instead of homeschooling his kids and dealing with his cancer-stricken dad (Mandy Patinkin).

Seeking vengeance for his family’s death, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson, opens July 25th) eventually develops a more peaceful frame of mind during weekly Yoga on the Beach sessions.

Far beneath the tranquil Concerts Under the Stars, the eccentric Guardians of the Galaxy (including Chris Pratt and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, opens August 1st) are faced with the cosmic decision to become superheroes or remain their oddball selves.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (opens August 8th) are on a dark, CG-inspired journey following the (sun) light leading to the Around the Island Row with a beautiful reporter (Megan Fox) and cameraman (Will Arnett) on board for the festive adventure.

Living in a seemingly utopia kind of existence, The Giver (Jeff Bridges, opens August 15th) shares his colorful life views with his protégé (Brenton Thwaites), who prefers a perfect day spent at the Colossal Coastal Roller Derby Expo to life’s colossal realities.

The Expendables 3 (including Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, opens August 15th) face a formidable new enemy (Mel Gibson) testing out his fighting skills at the Battle at the Beach Grappling Tournament.

Following the car accident that killed her parents, a comatose teen (Chloe Grace Moretz) must decide whether to live or to let go, ultimately realizing If I Stay (opens August 22nd), summer will be filled with healing moments spent at the Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival with her singer-guitarist boyfriend (Jamie Blackley).

On Boardwalk duty, the Guardians of the Galaxy forget their universal responsibilities as they pursue the sounds of the thrill rides. Making his way along those thrilling Boardwalk trails, The Giver feels invigorated by the sea air and generously hands out season pier passes to delighted passersby, believing it truly is better to give than to receive. The forever youthful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have the greatest time wandering from Morey’s Piers to Adventure Pier as each of our ageless stars realizes If I Stay any longer, I may never return to the glamorous spotlight. While basking in the translucent sunlight and picturesque moonlight, the cast soaks in those endless breezy days and starry movie nights playing all season long to a packed audience.

And So It Goes, the Summer of 2014 by the sea…

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