Summer Flick Picks | Part 2 |

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I can't believe it's already July. Where did June go? It always seems to be the one month every year that just flies by, likely because I am always so excited for summer to start - which I think is officially starting here today, it's suppose to reach somewhere very near 100 degrees. With that I thought it would be a good day to post part two of my summer movie picks (you can see part one here), because that is likely how we will being spending the day - watching movies and eating popsicles to help transition ourselves from the barely 70 degree rainy weather we had just a couple days ago into this heatwave. 

Of course Jaws is at the top of this list as it was the first "summer blockbuster," and it really is the quintessential summer movie - just don't watch this one before you plan to go swimming in the ocean.  

Lone Star is one of my all-time favorite movies, the script and directing are stellar and made me a lifelong fan of John Sayles. The backdrop of the hot desert and the tension of the storyline/s makes it a perfect one to watch on a summer night if you are in the mood for not just a good movie, but a thought provoking film. 

Oh, Thelma and Louise, I must have watched this movie 50 times when I was younger. It was one of those ones that wasn't big at the box office but had a huge cult following when it was released on vhs, you've likely seen it at least once but it's always a fun one to revisit. 

I remember the first time I watched Aliens, I was at my grandparents house and my uncle set me up on the cot with popcorn and a movie before he left to go out with friends. I am pretty sure I was still awake when he got back home in the wee hours of the morning, and it definitely propelled my interest in good sci-fi. 

Do The Right Thing, I also remember watching this movie for the first time on a very, very hot evening, I was sewing and sweating in front of the tv, and everyone in the movie was sweating. It's set in the hottest day of the year in New York which matches and rises with the tension of storyline. My favorite from Spike Lee by a mile. 

I have The Godfather dvr'd right now and I am hoping Fisher will sit down and watch it with me soon. I keep telling him you can't 'officially' call yourself a movie buff until you have seen The Godfather (whether you like it or not, you must watch it). It's one of the only movies that every time I watch it I can't believe it was made so long ago (1972), so good. But you probably already know that. 

Last summer Fisher had me re-watch Pulp Fiction with him (he was in a big tarantino phase), I had been there and done that with Tarantino back in the day, and I fell in and out of my affection for him over the years, but it was really fun to see this movie with fresh eyes and I decided the summertime was the perfect time to do so. 

When I was pregnant with Tiger and Allday-Everyday (aka M+L), I was huge and hot and swollen and overall just pretty angry, and while I am not one to re-watch movies over and over in a short period of time, I got a dvd copy of Little Miss Sunshine and I'd just sit on my couch eating ice chips (I had pica) and giggle and laugh and cry. It was one of the things that kept me sane and I have such a fondness for this movie now. It really is the perfect road trip movie.

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  1. We just watched Part 1 of The Godfather last weekend! My dad (named Alfred, or Alfie) kept calling himself Fredo and quoting it while we were in Italy, so it turned into a must see. We seem to have a bit of a hurricane barreling down on us at the moment, so I'm thinking Part 2 is in our future this weekend. You know, instead of fireworks. Cal started a body count pretty early on, and that reminded me of when Neel and I got ready to watch Schindler's List (again with my dad), and I asked, "Does anybody die?" Oh, only 6 million Jews. Not. What. I. Meant. ;)

  2. I haven't watched many movies this summer (too much reading) but it might be time to play catch up. I'm always in the mood for a good old-fashioned mystery or caper during the summertime

  3. I have seen all of these movies except for "Lone Star" it sounds like it will hold my interest. I will have to remember to rent it.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  4. I watched Jaws at the beginning of June, and I really enjoyed seeing it a gain. And now I want to watch The Godfather again. It's been years. I'll have to get Lone Star and watch it. I always take note of your movie recommendations.

  5. Okay, I'm happy to admit I've seen some of these! :D Every time I walked by a McDo in Paris all I could think was "A royale with cheese," haha. And I've only seen part of Jaws because I watched it with Jeff for the first time right when we started dating, and, um, we ended up making out through the entire thing. Like high schoolers. Oops. xo

  6. I had no idea that Thelma & Louise wasn't the most popular movie of the year that year, lol! It seemed so important at the time. Remember swooning over Brad Pitt before he was "Brad Pitt"? Too funny. I had a chuckle when I scrolled down and saw the headless horse for The Godfather movie. Never seen Lone Star, gonna have to soon.

  7. I still can't wait Jaws because it's just way to scary or at least my memory of it is way to scary. Just thinking about it gives me chills. When it comes to summer movies I always love those 80's movies like Breakfast Club or sometimes more of those older movies like Gidget or Breakfast with Tiffanys :)


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