Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Movie Night

One of the most exciting things about the summer as a kid was when my parents would take my sister and I to a drive-in movie. 

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Even without a retro finned convertible (we had a 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser) the evening felt so classically "summer" and my parents would really make an event out of it.

We would pack pillows, flashlights and sleeping bags. My mom would have snacks on hand and my dad would always make a point to take us to the snack stand for something special. Then, after it got dark, we would slip into our PJs, unroll our sleeping bags on the folded-down backseats and either finish watching the movie, or fall asleep. I definitely remember pretending to be asleep a few times so that my parents wouldn't bother me and I could ride home stretched out in the "way-back" (as it was before seat-belts were a mandatory practice).

Scott and I usually make a point to fit at least one drive-in movie into our summer, but depending on the location, it's becoming more and more difficult to find decent drive-in theaters these days. I suspect this summer it will be particularly hard for us to fit it into our schedule since we're schlepping all over the northeast as we move our lives to Boston.

This weekend we did a manage to at least slip away for a few hours to see a movie, albeit in a regular cinema. We saw the movie Chef, starring Jon Favreau (I remember him as Monica's boyfriend in Friends who leaves to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion, but, who knew, he also directed Elf as well as most of the Iron Man movies)Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and introducing the very young, very funny, and very adorable EmJay Anthony. 

If you're looking for an entertaining feel-good movie, this is it, but the story doesn't take any twists and no line goes unresolved. One thing's for sure, it will most certainly leave you craving some delicious food-truck cuisine when it's over.

I love the onslaught of summer hits in theaters, and though I likely won't see more than one or two, some others I'm looking forward to this summer are :

A Million Ways To Die In The West (this one just looks hysterical)

Mood Indigo (because who doesn’t love a silly French romance with Audrey Tautou?) 

The Hundred-Foot Journey (another feel-good food flick, this one produced by Oprah & Steven Spielberg)

What If (a potentially edgy new take on the ever-existing question about whether men and women can just be friends)

Love Is Strange (this one's getting great reviews and a has a fantastic cast)

    and of course ... 

    The Giver

    It's going to be hard to choose! Have you seen any good in-theater films lately?