Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hot Film in the Summertime

There are certain films that truly convey the summer scorching heat in which they are set. You feel it. Below are some of my favorite "summer" films to watch in front of a fan with a lemon coke with lots of chipped ice.

Sounder (1972)
What a classic. This story of a 1930s sharecropper's son is one that I can never ignore on TV. I get pulled in immediately. The kids are real and honest. The southern locales are the genuine article. This movie has so much heart it makes you feel more alive after viewing.

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
You can't take your eyes off the screen. Terrific. You'll feel sweaty just watching Al Pacino as a dumb cluck bank robber in his astounding performance.

Miss Firecracker (1989)
Holly Hunter's brilliant stage role brought to film is full of fun performances including Mary Steenburgen (who was never better than in this film as selfish, conceited Cousin Elaine) and Alfre Woodard (as sweet seamstress "Popeye") -- well, I fell in love with Alfre immediately.

A Streetcar Named Desire
I prefer the Ann-Margret TV-version. She is incredible - and pulls off hot mess Blanche Dubois better than most.

Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and Do the Right Thing are pretty classic summer films too.

What are your fave films that take you to a hot and sticky summer day?
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