Thursday, June 05, 2008
Requisites: Summertime Movies
Movies are a great way to beat the heat if you want to get out yet stay in a climate-controlled atmosphere. I remember being in Puerto Rico one summer and, since the house we stayed at didn't have AC, we'd go out to the supermarket or movies to keep cool (there's nothing like watching Crimson Tide with Spanish subtitles). So, if you want to check out what's happening in theaters this summer, I'll steer you towards my Summer Movie Checklist. I'll just add that, of the films yet to be released on that list, I'm probably most psyched about The Incredible Hulk, with Step Brothers a close second. Wanna make something of it? You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
But, through the miracle of DVD, you can beat the heat and revel in it at the same time.
Die Hard, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard With the exception of the snowy Christmas in DC of Die Harder, this is one sweaty, dirty action series. John McClain gets all grimy so you don't have to.
Wet Hot American Summer I don't think anyone was clamoring for a parody of early 80s summer camp movies, but this is spot-on. "You taste like a burger. I don't like you anymore."
Donovan's Reef John Wayne. Lee Marvin. Tropical setting. Need I say more?
Jaws For better or worse, this ushered in the summer blockbuster season as we know it. Even with a phony-baloney mechanical shark, this film is nothing short of brilliant.
South Pacific I'm not big on musicals, but I have a thing for this one, mainly because I'd listen to the soundtrack while writing papers in college. Even if you can't get past the standard musical cheesiness, just mute it and take in the wonderful scenery.
Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, & Thirteen Believe me, Vegas in the summer months is nigh-unbearable (not sure about Europe, as I've only been a winter/spring traveler). So, sit back and watch the heists and marvel at how these cool cats stay so fresh-looking. Movie magic!
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Because you have to have a western, you might as well watch the best. Just be glad you're not choking on the dust of Spain, er the Old West.