Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Good Old Summertime

It's July and just the start of summer. Time to go on vacation with the kids, to the beach, mountains or desert - in the country or out of the country. It's going to be fun. Aren't summers always fun? Is this what you think? Well think again. Here are three films that will make you want to stay home this summer.

Who can forget the summer of '77 when The Son of Sam was loose, causing havoc in NYC. Makes you think twice about having a wonderful summer. But even staying home wasn't really safe. This is a chilling film by Spike Lee starring John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody and Miro Sorvino.

And if that film doesn't discourage you from having a pleasant summer, try this one. It's Suddenly Last Summer with Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. I've always been haunted by this film. It's so Tennessee Williams. A southern gothic tale that will surely keep you up nights. You might want to cancel your travel plans to any Moroccan beach. And be sure to check off "cannibalism" as an option you DON'T want as part of your summer tour.

Then how about a nice vacation on the beach at Martha's Vineyard? You surely will change your mind for that plan after you've seen this film for the 10th or 12th time. It will still scare the swimming suit off of you. It's Jaws the scary Steven Spielberg film starring Richard Dreyfuss and crew. Maybe it's not a good time to rent it or see it on TV. Wait until winter!

I hope I haven't ruined your summer vacation plans.

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