Summer is the hottest box-office time of the year for movie theaters across the nation, a fact that leads to this week's hot topic: "What's the best movie you've ever seen and why?"
" 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'--it always makes me cry."
Cheryl Padayo, 17,
" 'Raising Arizona'--it is so sarcastic that it makes you laugh. 'Aliens' and 'Full Metal Jacket' because they get your adrenaline pumping and parts are funny."
--Bart Hickson, 18,
senior, Corona del Mar
" 'Breakfast Club'--it made me understand people better."
--Nir Rahamin, 16,
" 'Dirty Dancing'--I'm a dancer myself and I realize how hard it is to be able to dance like that."
--Vicki Kennedy, 17,
senior, Dana Hills
" 'Breakfast Club'--it deals with a lot of situations (that) kids face every day in high school and it showed how alike we all are, even if we're parts of different cliques."
--Brandy Elser, 16,
senior, Dana Hills
" 'Clockwork Orange'--it shows what society is turning out to be."
--Richard Hartzell, 16,
senior, Dana Hills
" 'Big'--the movie really made me laugh and made me remember the way I thought when I was young."
--Ken Romaniszyn, 16,
senior, El Toro
" 'Full Metal Jacket'--it showed the duality of mankind."
--Neil King, 17,
" 'Platoon'--the action in it is very real. It showed a lot of emotion of people dying during the war. It is very close to reality because it shows just about everything. This is not like any other wartime movie; it's a must-see."
--Luan Ton, 17,
" 'Running Scared'--or one of the 'Beverly Hills Cop' movies because the writers make me feel like I'm right there with the action."
--Jason Hassay, 16,
junior, Fountain Valley
" 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'--it's different and funny."
--Valerie Smith, 15,
sophomore, Fountain Valley
" 'Star Wars,' 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'--they have lots of action, great story lines and imagination."
--David Berryman, 14,
" 'St. Elmo's Fire'--even though it may lack a solid story that the critics tend to 'hunt for,' the actors and the style of the movie appealed to me."
--Alex Im, 17,
" 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'--I haven't seen it but the previews were great. And I'm sure it would easily be the best movie I've ever seen if I do see it."
--Jean Chen, 16,
" 'Top Gun'--it inspired me very much. I really want to become a Navy fighter pilot when I get older."
--Mike Hall, 17,
" 'Apocalypse Now'--it is a most interesting and intriguing movie."
--Chris Brown, 16,
senior, Los Alamitos
" 'Wall Street'--it shows the reality of the business world."
--Hugh Hua, 17,
senior, Los Amigos
" 'Stand and Deliver'--it showed that nothing is too hard to accomplish in life."
--Refugio Placentia, 15,
sophomore, Los Amigos
" 'Robocop'--I liked the special effects very much."
--Richard Madren, 16,
" Big'--it's hilarious, and it seems it could happen to me."
--Alison Bush, 17,
senior, Mater Dei
" 'Star Wars'--it has everything: action, adventure, romance and even some comedy."
--Nimisha Gohil, 17,
" 'Ladyhawke'--for the magic and the romance, and the fact that everything turns out OK in the end."
--Anna Pezzetti, 16,
" 'Westside Story'--I liked the singing, dancing and the music."
--Jenelyn Cunningham, 18,
senior, Orange Lutheran
" 'For Keeps'--I guess I liked it because it showed how tough teen pregnancy is."
--Pam Sanchez, 15,
sophomore, Santa Ana
" 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial'--it was heart-warming."
--Jorge Rivero, 17,
senior, Santa Ana
" 'Stand By Me'--it was something I could relate with."
--Matt Budds, 16,
" 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'--it had all my favorite cartoon characters in it."
--Cindy Lacina, 18, senior,
Southern California Christian
" 'Gone With The Wind'--Scarlett O'Hara was such a strong character and one who demanded admiration from everyone."
--Barna Dee, 16,
" 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'--it is clever and witty."
--Brent Phillips, 17,
" 'Predator'--it was violent; I like violent movies."
--Chad Beeler, 15,
" 'North Shore'--it is a rad surf movie."
--Jeff Meyers, 16,
" 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure'--it was funny."
--Mickey Doi, 16,
" 'Strange Brew'--it is the stupidest movie I've seen but it's a funny one."
--Heather Jones, 17,