Celebrity Birthday of the Day – March 20

Y’know what? I don’t think I’ve seen a single Stephen Sommers movie that I didn’t enjoy. While I’d never try to claim that Sommers’ movies are high art or anything like that, Sommers, I think, truly understands how to deliver popcorny action entertainment. Sommers attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts, earning his masters’s degree and writing and directing an award-winning short film called Perfect Alibi. Perfect Alibi helped him raise the funds to film his first featured – a racing movie called Catch Me If You Can – which sold at the Cannes Film Festival. Four years later, Sommers was directing films for Disney, and while I don’t think The Jungle Book or The Adventures of Huck Finn are the best movies ever, I certainly enjoyed them as a kid. In 1998, Sommers directed the film Deep Rising, which I love to this day, and in 1999 he directed the big-budget remake of The Mummy, which seems to be widely accepted as his best film to date. In 2004, he found success after directing Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing, and more recently directed G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – a movie which I also quite enjoyed, even though it was silly. If I felt guilty about the movies I enjoy, I might feel a little guilty for liking Stephen Sommers films, but honestly, they’re just too much fun for me to care what you think. Go ahead and judge me. I’ll be over here watching a poorly-CGI’d tentacle monster eat casino robbing commandos on a cruise liner. Now THAT’S entertainment. Stephen Sommers turns 50 today.

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