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My Top 8 Flicks About Summer

Summer, for many, is all about the 3S: Sun, Sand and Sea. Beach babies (as they call themselves) celebrate when temperatures peak at 35°C and begin to strip themselves down to their bikinis and show their beach bodies (with occasional tattoos here and there for some). Then, pictures begin to flood of their sun-kissed/tanned/burnt skin as proof of how exciting their summer was. 

I wish that was the same thing for me, I really do. But summer for me is all about 1S: Sweat. Hahaha. I would really like to travel to different beaches, I guess I just don't have anything to show off so I'll just probably take more pictures. LOL. I hate the blazing sun during noon when I cannot sleep comfortably anymore, when provincial air-conditioned buses fill up and somehow the air conditioning system cannot handle it and when I am just sitting at home and is still sweating like there's no tomorrow.

That whole hullabaloo is relevant to this post, how you say? Well, that was just a prelude on how most likely there is no movie here on my list that involves surfing or bikinis. Hehehe. 

And just before the summer begins to halt, I present to you some movies about summer that I liked. 

"There's a little bit of the Lisbon sisters in us."

We all have entertained the idea of suicide at least once in our lives. This movie maybe about teen suicide at some point but in the end, all the actions remained a big mystery. Everything was laid out in the movie but we can never really tell the real answer to the question: Why?

Also: Great, great soundtrack.

2. Now and Then (1995)

No list is complete without coming of age movies. And this is my favorite. I maybe a little biased since this movie came out during the 90s (during, uh, my time) but still it always gives me a warm feeling. True friendship and girl power for the win!

3. Youth in Revolt (2009)

Michael Cera plays somewhat the same role for most of his movies (See: Juno, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Paperheart and Scott Pilgrim vs the world) but he's good at it. Being that shy boy that's always stuttering at the sight of the girl which he finds as "the one".

In this movie, Cera's character (Nick Twisp) projects an alter-ego named Francois Dillinger (suave!) that does what his timid self would really like to do: blow up places, steal cars--all to impress and sweep away the girl of his dreams.

Hmm. What would I name my alter ego?

4. Crazy/Beautiful (2001)

"When it's real. When it's right. Don't let anything stand in your way."

She's crazy, he's beautiful. This is a must in my list because it just is. I love this movie to bits. Bow.

5. Seven Year Itch (1955)

A movie that's about husbands sending their wives and kids away for the summer and stays to work. Then he (Tom Ewell) meets the luscious, blonde neighbor (Marilyn Monroe) and there begins the itch. The movie is more of comedy more than anything, nothing sexual or dramatic. Men are always men, boys will always be boys. The phrase seven year itch (duh) originated from this movie, which means the inclination to become unfaithful after seven years of marriage.

Also, this famous scene:

6. Dazed and Confused (1993)

I wish I was in this movie. I WISH I WAS IN THIS MOVIE!!!!!

Matthew Mcconaughey and his youth. Alright, alright, alright!
7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

I forgot how I was led to watch this film. I remember I had a copy of this movie in VCD format. I remember the first time I watched it, I played it on our DVD player and was completely shocked with the first scene. I removed it from our DVD player and decided to watch it a different time when my parents were not around. Hahaha. I absolutely loved the road trip part--there were a lot of places and people in Mexico shown. The sex part--hmm.

It was definitely a summer movie for what it's worth and yes, I set my eyes for the very first time on Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal.

8. Adventureland (2009)

I was bored at some parts and chuckling at the others. But in a way, I related to this movie's life-after-college theme. It gave a nostalgic feeling (though I never worked at an amusement park) and I find this movie sweet and positive. You know, that little oomph we need in life every now and then. We do not always get what we want, things always don't turn out our way but some things happen and it may lead us to where we want to be.