It’s been a while, I know, but I’m back baby!!!
Another long, cold winter here in Western PA is finally over and you know what that means … Summer!!!!
Yes Summer. Capital S. The weather gets warm, school is out, time for vacations at the beach or summer camp or a road-trip with your family or friends. Hell, even staying at home and having backyard barbeques, eating ice-cream from the ice-cream truck, or being stuck indoors during a great summer storm … it’s all part of the Summer experience.
Here are a couple of flicks that, for one reason or another, capture the feeling of summer – like Dandelion Wine. This is by no means an exhaustive list, or even a best-of or primer, but I hope it’ll help you get some good summertime vibes.
Also, I hope you like Cheese. Really Cheezy Cheese!
Oh the 90’s, how I miss you! Well not really, but its fun to wax nostalgic every now and again. This one really takes me back to being a kid in the Nickelodeon era. The premise is a bunch of pre-high-school youths don’t want to go to the lousy summer-camps their parents have lined up for them. So they start their own, unsupervised camp where they can hang out and have fun. Shenanigans ensue. Doc Brown himself Christopher Lloyd is their “cool” adult friend who help them perpetrate this crime. Also we have M. Emmet Walsh, Burgess Merideth, and a young Jessica Alba. Look out for cameos from Jonathan Frakes and Kate Mulgrew – It’s like a damned Star Trek convention!!!
Quan-Su Dudes!!! Speaking of the Nickelodeon era … Oh man Surf Ninjas has Ninjas and Surfing! Basically a couple of brothers learn they are lost princes to an exotic civilization AND that they have mystic martial arts powers. Lucky!!!! Oh but their best friend is Rob Schneider so really its kind of a wash. Ha ha! Actually Rob Schneider is pretty funny in this. Plus you’ve got 90s royalty Tone Loc, Ernie Reyes Jr AND Sr (!!!) and the inimitable Leslie Neilson as Colonel Chi. Lots of jokes, Kung Fu, surfing, and fun in this one. Check it the hell out!
I don’t think I can really say anything about this movie that hasn’t been said before. So I won’t try. It’s Jaws dammit!! Its set at the various beaches on a New England island during the Fourth of July. Lots of boating action, vacationers, and that awesome small town feel. Watch it on July 4 after your family barbecue.
Friday the 13th parts 1 and 2
It should be no surprise that I love the entire Jason oeuvre, BUT, for the purposes of this list I’m saying that parts 1 and 2 have the most Summertime Feel. In both of these the main group of
murder victims characters are Summer Camp Counselors that are being killed off. In addition to the great Camp sets, both movies feature different little “small town America” locations, a lake, lots of sun and a bit of skin. Also each one has a maniac killing teens. So there you go!
Another Summer Camp movie! Yeah there are lots of them out there, but Meatballs 2 really delivers where it counts. It’s got Pee-Wee Herman as a crazy schoolbus driver. A psychic alien that smokes weed. A slobs vs snobs plot that is hackneyed and wonderful. I don’t think this one is on DVD, and I can’t even find a trailer online! Boy am I glad to have it bootleg.
Anyway, there you go. Get your s’mores and hotdogs and watch these 6 flicks and shake of the cold and drear of winter.