There’s something about watching film during summer, at least for us. The late evenings, the early nights. Preferably with the heavy rain pouring outside the window. If you have such a night this summer, here are nine summer movies to watch: three from director Robin Ehlde, three from Måns and three from Wiberg.
Director Robin Ehlde´s Summer Movies
Robin is often aesthetically perfect. He is always quiet: he lets his work speak for itself. When I asked him why he had chosen these three movies particularly for summer, he gave me a stern look: ”what do you mean? A good movie is a good movie, regardless of season”. Ok Robin, point taken, you know your movies and stuff. Anyway, here they are, Robin’s three movies to watch a rainy summer’s (any) night.
1. Lost in Translation (2003) Director Sofia Coppola. IMDB: 7,8
”A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte, meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful”
[after a long speech in Japanese]
Ms. Kawasaki: He want you to turn and look in camera. Okay?
Bob: Is that all he said?
2. 25th Hour (2002) Director Spike Lee. IMDB: 7,7
”The 25th Hour depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale.”
Monty Brogan: Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends.
3. Amores Perros (2000) Director Alejandro González Iñárritu. IMDB: 8,1
”Three interconnected stories about the different strata of life in Mexico City all resolve with a fatal car accident. Octavio is trying to raise enough money to run away with his sister-in-law, and decides to enter his dog Cofi into the world of dogfighting. After a dogfight goes bad, Octavio flees in his car, running a red light and causing the accident. Daniel and Valeria’s new-found bliss is prematurely ended when she loses her leg in the accident. El Chivo is a homeless man who cares for stray dogs and is there to witness the collision.”
El Chivo: Do you want something to drink? I’ve got rum, water and milk.
Luis Miranda Solares: What are you gonna do with me?
El Chivo: What does that mean? rum, water or milk?
Co-host Måns Zelmerlöw’s Summer Movies
In my mind, Måns really got this task, he understood the complexity of it. You cannot just choose any movies, you have to make the assumption that this movie night will rock your world, dig a hole in the very essence of your soul. Måns did just that. Try not to cry when watching these movies. We dare you!
4. Life is Beautiful (1997) Director Roberto Benigni. IMDB: 8,6
”In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.”
Guido: [carrying his son through the camp] You are such a good boy. You sleep now. Dream sweet dreams. Maybe we are both dreaming. Maybe this is all a dream, and in the morning, Mommy will wake us up with milk and cookies. Then, after we eat, I will make love to her two or three times. If I can.
5. Jerry Maguire (1996) Director Cameron Crowe. IMDB: 7,3
”Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he’s really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player. Can Jerry resurrect his career while still staying true to himself?”
Rod Tidwell: I wanna make sure you’re ready, brother. Here it is: Show me the money. Oh-ho-ho! SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! A-ha-ha! Jerry, doesn’t it make you feel good just to say that! Say it with me one time, Jerry.
6. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Director Frank Parabont. IMDB: 9,3
”Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man’s unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red.”
Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Co-host Alexander Wiberg’s Summer Movies
I am constantly on the prowl for nostalgia and eager to walk down the memory lane. Because of that I have a tendency to watch only movies I’ve already seen. Therefore, Måns’s choices could be my choices as well. But I’ve decided to add another element to this list: style and costumes. Two movies thus became an absolute must. Both depicted during summer, both equally stylish. The third one is me, ten years old, during a summer holiday. Here are my three summer movies.
7. The Great Gatsby (2013) Director Baz Luhrmann. IMDB: 7,3
”An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy awaits.”
Jay Gatsby: I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love…
8. Stand by Me (1986) Director Rob Reiner. IMDB: 8,1
”It’s the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon and four 12 year-old boys – Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern – are fast friends. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into woods to see it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right.”
Gordie: Do you think I’m weird?
Gordie: No man, seriously. Am I weird?
Chris: Yeah, but so what? Everybody’s weird.
9. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Director Anthony Migella. IMDB: 7,3
”The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie’s cultured fiancée, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf’s privileges his own.”
Dickie Greenleaf: Everybody should have one talent, what’s yours?
Tom Ripley: Forging signatures, telling lies… impersonating practically anybody.
Dickie Greenleaf: That’s three, nobody should have more than one talent.
So there you have it, nine summer movies to watch a rainy summer’s night. Which one is your favourite?
Movie cover pictures: imdb.com