By Illyana Bocanegra
I don’t condone staying home all day especially during the summer watching nonstop Netflix if you’re able to go outside and visit a park or a record shop or something local-however, I’ve compiled a list of summer flicks that I think are worth watching this Summer 2k14.
1. WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
Basically the best comedic summer movie ever in my opinion.
*ALL STAR CAST*
– Amy Pohler
– Janeane Garofalo
– Michael Ian Back
– Bradly Cooper
– Paul Rudd
– Elizabeth Banks
– Molly Shannon
– Michael Showalter
It’s hilarious and ridiculous. I watched it alone and found myself laughing out loud. (IRL LOLing)
2. ALMOST FAMOUS
If you’ve always felt like you belonged in the 60s and 70s~*~ then you’ll probably really enjoy this film. It’s about a kid who wants very badly to be taken seriously as a music journalist and finds himself touring with a popular band. The vibe is *vintage* and it’s dreamy.
Beautiful. Easily in my top 5 films that I love and that turned me on to wanting to make films. Great cast. Incredible story. I love everything about this movie. Every cut, every line of dialogue, every thing. You just need to watch it.
Vague reasons why you need to watch it:
- Mike Mills
- Miranda July
- Velveteen Rabbit
- piano music
- french accents
4. FRANCES HA
Not often are there great films that depict a female best friendship that seems genuine and authentic like in this film. I bought it for my best friend for her birthday and it reminded us so much of ourselves when we watched it. Throughout the film we looked at each other and smiled. It’s a comedy but it’s dark if you think about it in the context of “wow this is fucking life and sometimes these are the ways that life turns out. It’s not good. It’s not bad. It’s just life.”
My friend Austin starred in this SXSW film pick. It’s a really good story and you can watch the whole thing on youtube or vimeo. It’s about a half black-half latino-full nerd teen in high school with an opportunity to direct a school play. He faces different types of adversity like his skin color, ethnicity, and family problems with his father, popular kids at the school being assholes, and overall being an outcast.
6. THE PARENT TRAP
Soooooo cute. Cute lil Lindsay Lohan as a pre-teen away at summer camp where she meets her twin. This film has a potential for ~*girly*~ night. Just get yourself some peanut butter and oreos w/ yr best girl (and boy) friends and relax.
7. MY SUMMER OF LOVE
Kind of a creepy and surreal movie (starring young Emily Blunt) in which two girls develop a romantic summer fling. Don’t want to give too much away but there’s heavy themes of religion, manipulation, insecurity, and desire.
8. TREE OF LIFE
I can describe this film as soulful and powerful. Brad Pitt plays an aggressive father and Jessica Chastain plays a graceful mother. It provides incredible imagery and follows the oldest son’s experience as he struggles to answer questions he has that have to do with both the meaning of life and the existence of faith. Watch this film on a night with someone you want to have a cliche experience with where you stay up very late and talk about your own interpretation and impressions of life and all its meanings.
9. GHOST WORLD
Dark Comedy. Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch play two high school graduates who spend the summer heckling a man played by Steve Buscemi. It’s based on a comic book and it’s really interesting in terms of fashion and dialogue. When I first watched it I didn’t expect what happens in the film but it’s so relatable as a young adult experiencing what it’s like to try and figure out the next step and what bridges to cross while trying to remain friends with someone and trying on different kinds of “suits” to see what fits you best.
Has a summer vibe to it. It’s a Sophia Coppola movie so it can feel really slow at times but then you realize it’s for a reason (or at least I felt like it was a major component of the film) because of the character’s life and his own pacing and attempt at balancing fatherhood and being a famous film star. Has a great scene with the Julian Casablancas song I’ll Try Anything Once.
A sweet indie rom-com about a dude (Jesse Eisenberg) who ends up working at a theme park during the summer and meets a cute girl (Kristen Stewart). I was most interested in the movie soundtrack. I’m a Lou Reed fan and there are some beautiful moments with the song Pale Blue Eyes. Sometimes I feel so happy/Sometimes I feel so sad/Sometimes I feel so happy/But mostly you just make me mad/Baby you just make me mad/Linger on, your pale blue eyes.