5 ultimate summer movies
FILE - In this undated file photo, veteran actor Richard Crenna, right, and Matt Dillon play cards in scene from the 1984 film "The Flamingo Kid." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — I'm just going to put it out there: I stole the idea for this week's Five Most list. It's not even borrowing. It's just flat-out theft.
My good friend Matt Singer over at the Criticwire blog at Indiewire.com came up with a fun question for his weekly critic survey: With Memorial Day weekend coming, what is the perfect summer movie? So many answers popped into my head, I thought, "Huh. This is kinda like a list." The possibilities are endless: They could be blockbusters, movies that take place during the summer, movies that provoke fond childhood memories of the season, or ones that are just plain hot.
Here are five of my picks for the ultimate summer movie. Don't forget your sunscreen.
— "Point Break" (1991): This was my choice for Singer's survey. I wrote of Kathryn Bigelow's crime thriller, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze: "Clearly the correct answer is 'Point Break.' It's got surf, sun and sand, action and adventure, plenty of partying and bad-ass adrenaline junkie activities like skydiving. Everyone's gorgeous — buff, shirtless guys and tanned, bikini-clad women. And it features that classic summertime activity: robbing banks while wearing masks of the U.S. presidents. It's just well-crafted, knowing escapism. Vaya con dios."
FILE - In this Monday, June 29, 2009, file photo, director Spike Lee, right, and actor Danny Aiello attend a special 20th anniversary screening of "Do the Right Thing," in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
— "Jaws" (1975): The original blockbuster, it's the little movie that became a huge pop culture sensation. Sure, the tangible nature of the effects in this killer-shark tale seems quaint and maybe even a little cheesy now in retrospect, given the computer- generated spectacles to which we've grown so accustomed. But this early Steven Spielberg film remains one of his best, with his masterful method of creating suspense; he did a lot with a little, and he knew even then that it's what you don't show that can be the most frightening. Admit it: "Jaws" made you think twice about going in the water.