Thursday, 6 July 2017

Thursday Movie Picks: Summer Holidays


Summer is here. Well, Summer in the UK is usually brief or intermittent. June has been hot, reaching 32° which is damn hot for here. I got to cool off in Edinburgh for a few days were their Summer is 18°. Summer means holidays but for me this year it means begging cinemas to let me and my friend film in them and hopefully shooting next month. Other than that, holidays will have to wait.

Now and Then
In the late 60s early 70s, one summer, four best friends believe they release the spirit of 'Dear Johnny' after a seance and try to find out what happened to him and bring his spirit peace. They also go through some changes of their own and try to make money to buy their treehouse. The film is bookended with the four friends grown up, each having taken very different paths in life but have come together again in one their hours of need. I love this film, it holds a special place in my 90s kid heart.

Swallows and Amazons
Saw this recently and pretty much makes me want to visit the Lake District even more.  While their father is still away in the navy, a London mother and her five children travel to Lake District for a summer holiday. They become caught up in a mini fight for an island in the middle of a lake with the 'amazons', two local girls and their uncle who is a spy trying hto hide from Russian agents. Its all great fun and remind me of The Famous Five. Just wish I could visit the lake!

My Summer of Love
This is a 'before they were famous and moved to America' film for Emily Blunt. Over one of the hottest summers recorded, in a Yorkshire town, Mona meets upper class Tamsin who claims to be suspended by boarding school. they two girls bond and eventually become a lot closer, but the Summer has to end some time doesn't it?

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11 comments:

  1. I also choose My Summer of Love! Great film. I love Now and Then too, I watched that a lot when I was a kid.

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    1. Yes! Glad to see it on your list :)

      Same! My sister and I used to watch it alot - I continued this trend while at Uni too. So 90s even though its set in early 70s.

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  2. I've only seen Now and Then which I liked if not loved. Swallows and Amazons sounds great but I think might be hard to find on this side of the Atlantic. This is the second time I've seen Summer of Love mentioned, I'll have to check it out.

    I went with a recent comedy with great scenery and two older teen comedies that are heavy with that summer vibe.

    My Life in Ruins (2009)-Stranded in Athens teacher Georgia (Nia Vardalos) takes a job as a tour guide which she hates and isn’t very good at hiding it. Every group seems just like the last-a goofy couple, a frat boy, a sullen teen, a feuding couple, divorcées looking for a mate, and the funny guy who really isn’t. Mostly tourists on summer vacation and mostly Americans they’re historied out by the time she gets them and most just want to shop. Her latest group looks like it will be business as usual but as unexpected events transpire what starts out so badly slowly turns into a life changing pleasure. Genial romantic comedy filled with stunning views of Greece.

    Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)-It’s summer vacation so Frankie & Annette along with Bonehead and the whole gang hit the beach and battle Eric Von Zipper and his gearheads to save the kidnapped singing star Sugar Kane (Linda Evans) with the help of mermaid Lorelei (hey it’s a beach party movie go with it). The ultimate AIP summer flick where all the typical elements gelled into the best of the series with the catchiest theme song.

    Gidget (1959)-17 year old Frances Lawrence (Sandra Dee) goes to the beach one day on her summer vacation with her girlfriends. While they are sunning she decides to take a swim and promptly gets bumped on the head by surfboarder Moondoggie (James Darren). Intrigued by both the sport and the boy she buys a second hand board with her birthday money and is soon hitting the waves with Moondoggie and his gang of buddies lead by slightly older beach bum The Kahuna (Cliff Robertson) who dub her Gidget (a contraction of Girl and Midget). From then on it’s pretty much sun, fun and hitting the curl until the film takes a darkish turn when Kahuna, who’s been traveling around the world chasing the perfect wave, faces an existential life crisis but that doesn’t stop Gidget and Moondoggie from falling in love. Enormously successful film with a very appealing Sandra Dee followed by several sequels and a short lived TV show that introduced Sally Field to the world.

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    1. I think Swallows and Amazons may get a release where you are, sometimes they just arrive super late. If not, it'll be on Amazon Prime/Netflix at some point if you have it. Random things tend to pop up on there.

      Not seen your picks but Gidget sounds like fun.

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  3. Reaching 32 C...ha! Here in North Carolina, it's a luxury to get a summer day below 33 C and we're generally between 33 and 37 with occasional forays upwards of 38 C. I would kill for just one day this summer of 18.

    Oh yeah, movies...

    I've not seen any of these, sadly.

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    1. I know, but us Brits 32 has been called tropical! Tropical!? Its just mega hot, hotter if you're in the city. Going from that to Edinburgh where their summer means 22 with winds was actually quite refreshing. Maaaaaan 38?? I'd melt into the floor!

      Hahaha back to movies!

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  4. i haven't seen any of these, but they all look good.

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  5. I haven't seen any of these but I'm interested in the first 2. Nothing like trying to conjure a spirit and a spy hiding out that sounds like lots of fun

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    1. Its a shame those two stories aren't combined....or have they been...it sounds kinds familiar now

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  6. I haven't seen any of these but I think I'll check out My Summer of Love.

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  7. I've seen Now and Then...like it when I saw it.
    Heard of Swallows and Amazons...I think it's based on a book right?
    My Summer of Love - want to see this...heard good things.

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