Thursday, July 06, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Summer Vacations
For the first week of July 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. It is summer time and it’s usually the time for summer vacations which has been recently reported that 40% of Americans aren’t doing largely because they can’t afford it. Thanks a lot stupid American government. Here are three picks I made as I choose to avoid a few of the obvious for this list:
1. Pauline at the Beach
From Eric Rohmer is a film I haven’t seen in a very long time as it is probably one of the first art-house foreign films that I had ever seen. It’s about a teenage girl who goes to the north coast of France to spend the summer with an older cousin as she discovers all of the tropes of first love and the craziness of adulthood. It is quite engaging as it feature some beautiful locations as well as be a film where women deal with the hang-ups of love as it’s a witty comedy that needs to be seen more by a wide audience.
2. One Crazy Summer
A very underrated 80s comedy which features John Cusack, Demi Moore, Joel Murray, Curtis Armstrong, and Bobcat Goldthwait as a group of misfits who band together to deal with a group of asshole preppies and rich fucks who try to ruin their vacation. It’s got some nice animated sequences that involve Cusack wanting to be an animator and Moore wanting to be a singer. It’s also got this great climax in which the misfits go against the preppies in a boat race as its prologue include an idea of what happens if you hit Bobcat Goldthwait’s brother. Plus, there’s a great ending involving a rocket launcher.
3. The Way, Way Back
From the duo of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is a very touching coming-of-age film about a teenage kid who spends his summer vacation with his mother and her new boyfriend who is a total fucking asshole. Yet, he would find solace in an offbeat yet sympathetic water park owner who gives him not just a job but also the time of his life. It’s a film that is based on Faxon and Rash’s own life but also has a lot of things that play into this young kid finally coming into his own as well as deal with his own growing pains with his family and wondering why his mother is going out with someone who rates him a three out of ten as it features a great cast in Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Annasophia Robb, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, and Liam James as the young kid in the film.
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