Summer is officially here and luckily we were greeted by it with a long day of sunshine. As many of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know, summer is my favorite season. There are many reasons for this, the chance of long breaks of rain here in the Pacific Northwest being at the top of them. But there are other reasons too. Mostly it comes down to the fact that it feels so nostalgic. Most of the memories that stand out in my mind involve summer in one regard or another. Especially my happiest ones. Being an only child to a single mom who worked a lot, not to mention a best friend that lived 45 minutes away, M-F was a bit dismal for me. So I really looked forward to the weekends where I would spend my time with my grandparents and, of course, summer where I could spend days and days on end with my grandparents.
While I still spent a lot of time alone even at their house, they had cable(!) and a vcr(!) and a video store just a couple blocks away which was my unofficial hang-out spot. I'd spent hours picking out videos and asking for recommendations from the store clerks. Everyday I'd take my allowance to video chest to find a new movie. As much as I loved Corey Haim I ran out of the new releases within the first few weeks of summer, so the store clerks helped to introduce me to classics, like Hitchcock, and that is where, somewhere around the age of 10, that my love affair of film blossomed. After my intro to Hitchcock I wanted to learn who the all "greats" were. As a parent now, it does seem a little odd that the 20-something clerks recommended Lolita, but it was Stanley Kubrick, so of course I needed to see it.
Being a natural creature of habit as soon as the days lengthen and I find myself sweating while just sitting on my couch popping watermelon in my mouth, my memory gets jogged back to those summer nights of my childhood and I get all consumed with nostalgia and a desire to re-watch some of my favorites. There's a lot, so this summer I thought I start a mini-series on my favorite summer films. Most are older, but there's a few new ones I'd add to the list too. It's been especially fun to re-watch them with my oldest, Fisher, who has become a lover of Hitchcock and Kubrick too. Some on my favorites list are my favorite films of all-time, and some are just fun summer movies. This list has two of my favorite films: 12 Angry Men and Rear Window. And a few that I just have to watch every summer just for the fun of it like: Poltergeist, Vacation and The Birds. Do you have any favorite must-watch summer movies?