Five perfect movies to watch on the first day of summer
It's the first day of summer, even if it seems like the season of extreme humidity got underway, oh, back when "Iron Man 2" came out. (Remember all that hype and hope about how massive this summer movie season was going to be? Man, those were the days.)
In honor of the summer solstice -- the official kick-off to two months filled with complaints about the heat registered by people who spend their days inside air-conditioned offices --here are five films that are perfect for a first-day-of-summer movie marathon. Feel free to watch them on your computers while sitting inside those air-conditioned offices. Your boss won't notice -- he's totally on vacation.
I rarely need an excuse to watch a movie -- set on the last day of school in a Texas town circa 1976 -- that I have been quoting incessantly since the mid-1990s. ("I want to dance!") But if I needed an excuse ("All right, all right, all right!"), the first day of summer ("Hey ... I know you. We had geography together.") would be a pretty darn good one. ("Air raid!")
The movie that gave birth to the summer blockbuster -- and, coincidentally, celebrated its 35th anniversary yesterday -- is still a brilliant piece of smart, tense popcorn fare. Thanks to what "Jaws" did for the movie industry, and for our fear of what could be lurking in the ocean beneath our happily kicking feet, no summer has ever been the same since.
From its "Are You Ready for the Summer?" theme song to its cabin high jinx involving Spaz to Bill Murray's virtuoso delivery of the "It just doesn't matter" speech, this 1979 comedy favorite remains the summer camp movie that every other summer camp movie aspires to be.
Even those who have never placed a pinky toe on a surfboard will find immense, summery pleasures in this documentary, made by skateboarding legend Stacy Peralta, about the history and artistry behind the catch of a tasty wave.
Spike Lee's milestone film about tensions that boil over in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood remains one of the most memorable cinematic conversation-starters about race, and one of filmdom's most accurately sweaty portraits of an unbearably sticky summer day. If you don't have the AC on, watching this will immediately create a desire to crank it up.
| June 21, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories: Movies, Pop Culture | Tags: Movies, Summer Movies
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