The Classic: Back to the Future
It's always good to have a standard on hand for summer viewing. You simply cannot go wrong with the 1985 classic Back to the Future. Not only is it my favourite movie of all time, it still holds up remarkably well 30 years (!) later and is still a rollicking good time travel movie. Yes it might have some problematic parts (rock n' roll music invented by a white guy? I don't think so.) but it still makes me laugh, it still makes me cry, it still gets me going to 88 miles per hour.
The Foreign Vacation: Midnight in Paris
If you can't go away over the summer at least you can watch other people vacation in the movies. Though I have personal problems and feelings towards Woody Allen, I will separate his heinous crimes from this delightful movie. Paris has never seemed so romantic than in this film and the fact that we get to see it from multiple time periods is even bette. Though the main crux of the story is that we'll never really be satisfied with what we have, I am completely satisfied taking a trip down memory lane to have a drink with Hemingway, Picasso and Dali.
The Superhero: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Every summer needs a blockbuster movie. Even though this one definitely does not take place during the summer, it does have a summer movie quality about it. There's weird dialogue, fantastical elements and superhero battles galore. It's funny and has a lot of heart and it's the perfect curl-up-with-popcorn movie.
The Raunchy Comedy: Wet Hot American Summer
I wrote all about why this movie is amazing. You can check it out here!
The Insane: Face/Off
At least one movie has to just be balls to the walls, out of your mind, fucking insane. And that movie, my friends, is Face/Off. Made in 1997 with the amazing duo of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, this movie cannot be beat in terms of unbelievable action sequences (car chases, boat chases, airplane chases, oh my!). The movie is full on bananas and never stops to take a breath. You'll be crying with laughter and you will thank yourself for allowing this movie into your life.
Everything I know about baseball I learned from Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and his rag-tag team. When I was younger, it wasn't officially summer until I watched The Sandlot with 2/3 of my siblings. Twenty years later, half of the movie's dialogue has worked its way into our everyday vocabulary, whether we're yelling "base up, you blockheads!", calling each other "a can't-hack-it pantywaist who wears their mama's bra", or worrying about the "giant pickle" we got into. It's amazing (and you don't even have to like sports to enjoy it!).
"That was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me 'Baby'." How is this movie not on everyone's summer movie list? If you've watched this movie with someone else and haven't tried to re-enact the famous dance sequence, then please reconsider your life and get on that. I promise you'll have the time of your life.
Remember when Amanda Bynes was a talented young actress and everyone thought she'd go far in life? Yeah, me too. This is one of my favourite movies, and even though it takes place at school, I think it's technically the summer? I don't know, I've never been sure of the timeline. That opening scene always makes me want to run around after a soccer ball, even though I don't like playing sports (or running, for that matter). Plus yay Shakespeare!
Another movie with another child star who had so much potential (obviously I'm talking about the Lindsay Lohan version). I remember watching this for the first time when I was 8 and being completely floored that the twins were played by ONE GIRL. The ear piercing scene continues to horrify me to this day, otherwise everything else about this movie is gold. Also, I want to learn Martin/Annie's handshake.
A pre-Hobbit asthmatic Sean Astin. The Truffle Shuffle. A pirate ship and a secret treasure. A soundtrack featuring Cyndi Lauper. Mix those together, and you have a classic cult film, perfect for those rainy summer days, or just those days when you wonder if you can quit your job to become a pirate (other people have those kinds of days, right?). GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!