So! First post of the new season (well, new to me). I spent a long while deciding what my first post back should be and I decided that I wanted to share 10 of some of my favorite Summertime films with you guys! Now, I won’t spoil anything for you guys but I will talk a bit about them and why I really enjoy and them and what not. These are in no particular order or ranking system, because, let’s be real I can’t rank my films cos I love them all too dearly.
So, shall we!
1.) The Usual Suspects
This 1995 mystery crime thriller was directed by Bryan Singer and “follows the interrogation of Roger “Verbal” Kint, a small-time con man who is one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles. He tells an interrogator a convoluted story about events that led him and his partners in crime to the boat, and about a mysterious mob boss known as Keyser Söze who commissioned their work. Using flashback and narration, Kint’s story becomes increasingly complex.” (Wiki)
Now, before you lost your mind at this “ancient” film let me state, that this film IS FREAKING AMAZING. Like, I’m a cinema major and I adore this film to no end. It’s got an amazing story and characters, the story will captivate you, and there are so many great twists and turns in this film. It’s a bit violent enough that for 1995 to rate it R due to “Violence and a substantial amount of strong language” (literally got that off the back of the DVD) but it would probably be rated PG-13 now of days.
I promise, that if you love mystery films or thrillers, then you will love this film.
2.) Resident Evil
This 2002 syfy horror zombie film based on the video game Resident Evil. “The film follows amnesiac heroine Alice and a band of Umbrella Corporation commandos as they attempt to contain the outbreak of the T-virus at a secret underground facility.” (Wiki) The film is rated R for “Sci-Fi/Horror violence, language, and brief sexuality/nudity)
Now, I know some don’t like this film cos it’s not exactly like the game and what not. But if you separate it from the game, and view it as just another film, it’s actually really good. Personally, this is the film that got me into zombies in the first place. If you aren’t squeamish and enjoy syfy with horrorish elements then I highly suggest watching this (in the dark is even better).
3.) The Cat Returns
Okay, so here’s a kid friendly one. The Cat Returns is a Studio Ghibli film (did you really think I could not include at least one Ghibli film?) This 2002 Japanese animated film is about a girl who, “After helping a cat, finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.”
Okay, so this is one of the less popular Studio Ghibli films, and, if you have the time, I highly suggest you watch all of the Studio Ghibli films no matter the time of year. Now, this one in particular is very lighthearted, bright, colorful, the magical world of cats is just so cute and fun, and the band of misfits that come to Haru’s aid are just so entertaining and engaging that it makes for a really enjoyable film. It’s rated G and is great for kids (and adults) of all ages. Like every Ghibli film, it is gorgeous to look at and the characters and music will have you wanting more. Don’t skip this one, I promise it’s worth watching.
4.) Now You See Me
In this 2013 film “Four talented magicians mesmerize an international audience with a series of bold and original heists, all the while pursing a hidden agenda that has the FBI and Interpol scrambling to anticipate their next move.” (DVD) The film is rated PG-13 for “language, some action, and sexual content”
Okay, so there’s a lot of big names in this film, and quite frankly I think they delivered. It’s engaging, fun, and has a nice wow factor with the tricks they perform. It’s a thriller, but not in the same way as The Usual Suspects. This isn’t a bloody, scary film but more fun and bright. Now, it still has some really nice twists in it (and so does the second one which I highly suggest you go see, yes it’s not as great as the first but it’s still good).
5.) Lord of the Rings
How could I not include Lord of the Rings! And that means all of them. They’re like cats and chips, you can’t have just one. This film is “Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship becomes divided and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, and the wizard Gandalf unite and rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth in the War of the Ring.” (Wiki)
Watch it. Just watch it. You know it’s great. You know you love it. And come on, whether or not you’ve seen it recently or it’s been a while, you cannot go wrong watching Lord of Rings. This series is one of the foundations of my geekdom, it’s one of the first things I ever became a geek over. (Obviously rate Pg-13 for fantasy violence and what not)
6.) Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies is a 2013 film that “focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie, a young woman, and “R”, a zombie, and how their eventual romance develops throughout. The film is noted for displaying human characteristics in zombie characters, and for being told from a zombie’s perspective.” (Wiki) “After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.” (IMDb)
Okay, I promise that I too thought this was going to be some stupid film and that it wasn’t going to be good but I promise that it is actually really good. It’s got some zombie going on without being the usual blood and guts kind of zombie. Now, it is a romance, but it’s still good! I’m a tomboy myself and usually don’t care for romance films but this one was well done. The story is good, the characters are interesting, it takes a unique perspective on the zombie genre and it does it so well! It’s actually a bit heartwarming and it’s not a dark film at all. It’s rated Pg-13 for “zombie violence and some language” It’s a great way to get your girly friends and your not so girly friends together.
I promise it is worth watching and you won’r regret it.
7.) Repo! The Genetic Opera
This 2008 cult comedy musical comes from the genius mind of Terrance Zdunich and Darren Smith. “In the mid-21st century, an epidemic of organ failures leads to the rise of GeneCo., a company providing transplants at a great price. Those who miss their payments become targets of GeneCo. mercenaries, who repossess the organs. In a world of drug addiction and legalized murder, a sheltered youth seeks a cure for her rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. Her questions are answered at “The Genetic Opera.”” (IMDb)
This film is rated R for “strong bloody violence and gore, language, some drug and sexual content” and is not for the faint of heart or easily grossed/freaked out. This film is the dark musical that you never knew you wanted till now. It’s got a grungy dark, steampunk look to it mixed with bright colors that just make it look even cooler. The story, characters, and setting are just great, but nothing beats the music. The music is absolutely killer and you’ll find yourself singing along to it quite often. It’s like rock meets opera meets musical and it’s just great. So, for you horror musical buffs this is for you! (actually if you like horror or more thrillers things I would suggest this for you as well.)
8.) Harry Potter
Harry potter, you know it, I know. We almost all know it, but, for those poor few souls who have yet to hear about it: “rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” (IMDb)
Now, yes, I know, “8 films?! How am I supposed to find the time to watch 8 films?!” You just do. Now, yes they start off a bit cheesy in the looks and acting department but they get really good, and the story itself is a very well crafted story and you actually get invested in the characters. They start at PG and work their way up to PG-13 for fantasy violence and what not. These are really good films to watch if you’ve got teenagers or if you’re into fantasy and that whole world.
9.) Corpse Bride
Corpse Bride is another Tim Burton animation that is filled with his iconic animation style and dark but appealing look. This 2005 film is about “When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.” (IMDb)
I adore this film, absolutely adore it. Now, it is rated PG cos you know there’s stuff in it that may be slightly terrifying for really young children. But, it is something that should definitely be included in family night. It’s got Tim Burton’s classic dark yet bright look and features, entertaining characters, and a really good story. You cannot go wrong with this film.
10.) Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is a Marvel film that came out in 2014. “A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.” (IMDb) It is rated PG-13 for superhero violence and language and what not.
“OOGA CHAKA OOGA OOGA CHAKA” I love this film! It’s one of my favorite Marvel films and I cannot get enough of it. It’s a really pretty looking film, the characters are solid and mesh well together, the story is good and it’s Marvel! As far as superhero films go, this one is right up there. Go see it, you w0n’t regret it. I don’t care who you are, you will enjoy this film.
Okay! So those are 10 my favorite summer time films, I hope you guys enjoyed this. I promise to do better with posting and that I will get more creative with the gifs and the videos and what not. Let me know what you would like to see on this blog and I hope you guys have a great day!