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Tuesday, June 24, 2014




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?

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  1. I just adore Rear Window. I recently read something interesting about it, maybe who Jimmy Stewart's character was based on, but I can't remember who. I'll figure it out and come back. Our list is different from yours. Right now we're finishing up a West Wing marathon. When I say "finishing up," I mean "smack dab in the middle." And we have The Godfather planned for tonight. We kept telling Cal how much he needed to see it (because my dad was constantly quoting) when we were in Italy.

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    1. oh, i've got the godfather on my next list. i also have it dvr'ed and am waiting to trap fisher with some really good snack so he'll sit down and watch it with me. i know he'll love it (and likely be some sort of expert on it) once he watches it. it's just getting him to agree to the marathon.

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  2. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I've never seen any of these. Well, except for National Lampoon's. Summers for me are always brought back to Nick at Night programming in the late evening --Dick van Dyke, The Brady Bunch, I Love Lucy. The summer olympics were a biggie for me in 1996. I would stay up in my room coloring a stained-glass window coloring book (god, that is a vivid memory) with the door closed and the air conditioner on full blast watching the olympics on my tiny 13" box tv at the end of my bed. So, okay. Summer isn't ALL bad ;) xo

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    1. you haven't seen stand by me?! that's crazy talk. 12 angry men is such a good movie. you should definitely watch that one. it's amazing and it deals with "current" issues but in 1957, so so good. xo

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  3. Hitchcock for some reason is my fall thing. I am planning on doing a Miyazaki movie night with a friend, including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle - all classics and faves of mine. Have you guys watched those? I would imagine Tiger and ADED would love them

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    1. there's some hitchcock movies i wait till fall to watch too, like rebecca and psycho and NbyNW. there's so many i've found i can break them up over the seasons ;) i loooove miyazaki. howl's and castle in the sky are my favorites.

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  4. You have always had the cache of good movie knowledge. Some of these I haven't seen, now they're on my list. And.... Video Chest!!!

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  5. I can not believe this. I missed your post yesterday and I had such a surprise when I opened your blog, as for today I've compiled my own list of 10 of my favourite classic summer movies. Rear Window is among them, of course. I was just telling one of my readers that I haven't seen Stand By Me yet. But I've ordered it and it should arrive any day now. La Dolce Vita, Lolita, Twelve Angry Men, The Birds, all such great choices. I haven't seen the last four. Such a visually beautiful post too, Christine!

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  6. I hear you. I love summer too. but it never occurred to me that most of my best childhood memories are summery as well. why is that? and would it have been different it we would have grown up in the mountains where one could have done lots of different winter sports?

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