Thank you again for visiting Cut + Basted. I’m about a month into writing this blog, and having fun so far. I decided to create a theme for the tenth of every month called Ten on Ten. It’s essentially a top ten list. But in no particular order. For my inaugural list I decided to list ten of my favorite summer-themed movies. I am not declaring these the best summer movies ever. They are just ten that I enjoy.
10. Wet Hot American Summer
The original. Completely ridiculous look at the last day of camp 1981. Reminds me of nothing about my own childhood.
9. The Way, Way Back
A coming of age story set in Cape Cod complete with a cheesy water park, great music, and stellar performances by Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, and Toni Collette. Plus Steve Carell playing a douche bag.
8. One Crazy Summer
Classic 80’s John Cusack, Joel Murray, Demi Moore, Curtis Armstrong, Bobcat Goldthwait… A high school grad (Cusack) joins his friend (Murray) for a summer on Nantucket, gets mixed up with the wrong girl while trying to help out the right one (Moore.) Complete with a megalomaniac trying to take over the island, cheesy music, and Cusack’s animated alter-ego.
7. Summer Rental
The late, great John Candy takes his family to the beach for a summer vacation. Hilarity ensues.
6. What About Bob?
Bob, played by Bill Murray crashes his therapist’s (Richard Dreyfus) summer family vacation. Eats corn. Goes sailing. “I’m sailing!”
5. National Lampoon’s Vacation
The original that started it all. Clark W Griswold Jr. played by Chevy Chase takes his family on a road trip from Chicago to California to visit Walley World. The trip is destined to fail from the start. Revered by generations for it’s brilliant ability to capture the emotions of a family cross-country trip. One of my favorite movies, period!
4. Dirty Dancing
Nice Jewish girl from the NYC suburbs falls for the bad boy dance instructor at an upstate family summer camp. Captures the innocence of the early 1960’s and made for 80’s audiences with terrible (Yes, terrible!) theme song (Time of My Life.) Though, my go-to karaoke song, Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like The Wind,” is always a crowd pleaser.
3. The Sandlot
Another movie shot in a more innocent time when kids could run around by themselves all day everyday for an entire summer without the parental fear of them being kidnapped or worse. They just wanted to play baseball. And kiss lifeguards. “You’re killing me, Smalls!”
2. The Wackness
New York City in the mid-90’s. Hot. Hazy. And still dangerous and gritty. This is how I knew the big bad city growing up. It’s changed a lot over the past two decades. But I will always have a soft spot for Washington Square Park.
A golf movie for people who don’t actually like golf. Again, Bill Murray makes the list. As does Chevy Chase. Too many iconic moments and lines to list them all. So, “You’ll get nothing and like it!”
Bonus: Dazed & Confused
It’s the last day of school in 1976 just outside of Austin, Texas. The incoming freshmen are being initiated. And before they can all break for the summer, there’s one final blowout party. Lots of beer and weed. Easily one of the best cast and sound-tracked movies of the early 90’s. I will always remember where I was and who I was with when I first saw it. Plenty of iconic roles and lines. “Alright, alright, alright…”