The FIVE: Best Summer Movies
It’s technically still summer, even though school is starting again soon, or maybe even already has started again for you! So what do you want to do at the end of a long day, or a long week? Grab some popcorn, a pizza, a couple of ice-cold Cokes (think I’ll have one right now. . .), open the windows, and plop yaself down on the couch to relax with one of these great summer DVDs! What makes a great summer movie? A few things: a) No drama. Summer is fun, and drama is not. It should have a lot of action, romance or hilarity. b) Should be recent. The classics are great and all, but when you’re kicking back with that Coke in your hand, you don’t want your parents lecturing you about why the cinematography in Citizen Kane was so revolutionary.
1. Finding Nemo. My affection for Wall-E is established at this point, but when it comes to Pixar movies for the summer, you can’t beat the one that’s about the ocean. (Rated G)
2. Indiana Jones. This one has action, romance, AND is really funny. The rare trifecta! Plus there’s Harrison Ford, who might just be the coolest person to ever walk the earth. Indiana Jones 4 was naught but a pale shadow of the Nazi-punching joy of the original. (Rated PG-13)
3. Pirates of the Caribbean. I feel weird putting a recent summer blockbuster on here, especially one that involves Jerry Bruckheimer, king of all that is cheesy about summer movies, but I think we all know that the first Pirates was something pretty special. It was way better and more fun than it had any right to be, and all that swashbuckling adventure stuff just screams “SUMMER!” to me for some reason. (Rated PG-13)
4. Singin’ in the Rain. Breaking my own rule about “no classics” here, but this one will never get old. Talk about romance! (Rated G)
5. Riding Giants. The ultimate summer movie. An Indie documentary about surfing, with some of the most beautiful cinematography ever (there I go again!) and a really great soundtrack. Nothing but sun, beaches and the ocean. Watching it never fails to put me in a good mood. (Rated PG-13)
Enjoy the summer, Splotters – it seems like it’ll last forever, but autumn will be here before you know it!
— Jack, STACKS Staffer