It’s June (can you believe it?) and that means summer is here. Well, not technically until the 21st but I come from a family of people whose lives were bound by the academic calendar, so as soon as school is out summer has definitely arrived. Also, the heat index in Boston yesterday took us up nearly to 100 degrees fahrenheit. Which means it’s time to think about movies to throw on the old Netflix queue. Or borrow from your local library, or rent from the local video store. Remember those?
There are two schools of thought when choosing summer films. One is that you pick movies that take place in the summer, or in hot places. The other is that you rent films that are about freezing your ass off in an attempt to cool yourself down (particularly if, like us, you don’t have air conditioning! … distraction can be a really awesome thing). The other school of thought is watch movies for which the weather gives you a 3D experience as it were. Movies in which everyone is sweltering (metaphorically or actually). Last summer, Hanna and I put together a joint post with a long list of just these movies.
Two of my personal favorites from this list are A Town Like Alice (1981), about a young Englishwoman and an Australian soldier who meet in Malaya during the Second World War and Jewel in the Crown (1984) the epic miniseries about the waning days of the British Raj in India. In my late teens and early twenties, watching Jewel in the Crown was almost an annual ritual, to be completed with meals of curry and iced glasses of gin and tonic.
What movies do y’all return to summer after summer to help beat (or co-opt) the heat?