Staff Picks: Movies

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.

Summer is Starting!

I still remember the feeling. I was living in Washington, D.C. It was my first time living in the big city as an adult. I missed the woods, the countryside, the quiet calm of my hometown in the Midwest. That D.C. summer was so hot. When you stepped outside, you felt like you were instantly encased in Saran Wrap, so cloying was the humidity. My roommates and I didn’t have air conditioning, so we sought relief at the movies.

I lost myself for two hours, watching a group of boys frolic through the woods, narrowly escape a speeding train and a vicious dog, discover another boy’s body. I could feel the cool of the green forest and the pull of childhood summers. When we left the movie theater, I was shocked by the brightness and the return of the feel of Saran Wrap. I was so immersed in Stand by Me that, at first, I didn’t remember where I was!

Great movies can do that to you.

With Memorial Day around the corner, here are some movies, set in summer (or at least a good chunk of it,) to help you celebrate the season’s ‘unofficial’ start:

Red Hook Summer
The Magic of Belle Isle

Footloose
Tomboy
Dirty Dancing

A River Runs through It
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1 and 2)
Jaws
Clifford the Big Red Dog. Dog Days of Summer
(and other family titles)

Movie

Stand by Me
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Christine

Comments

What a nostalgic movie. Stand by Me, A River Runs Through It, and Napolean Dynomite really have the power to take me back to a feeling of childhood days.

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