I used to own a ton of movies. Now, with Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. and living a minimal lifestyle it seems less necessary.
I paired down my DVD film collection over the years and decided that for me, I only will pursue owning copies of musicals.
Musicals are not just a collectors item for me, but also a passion. I adore the art form of musicals and I am in the practice of re-watching musicals more often than a non-musical film.
With that as a disclaimer. Here are my Summer Film recommendations from our small collection at home:
1. LALA LAND
New this year, a musical which is an absolute dream for anyone who grew up on 'Singing in the Rain' and everything 'old Hollywood'. I adore Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and was completely caught up in the tale of two people trying to make their dreams happen. Set in the 'love it or hate it' L.A., the best time of year to watch it, is when you too, are sweating on your couch with the fan blowing. Another day of sun anyone?
2. MAMA MIA
Another summer musical set in Greece with everything 'Summer Love' and hilarity in the mix. It's the perfect mother / daughter summer evening date. Lemonade anyone?
3. FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Classic rom-com with the focus on the fathers inability to relax and let live. Martin Short and Steve Martin have a way of keeping me in stitches every time I watch it. EVERYTIME. Also... there are some tears to match the comedy. Tissues anyone?
4. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Maybe it's being set in the Caribbean that makes it perfect for summer or maybe it's my memories of watching this film with my cousin during summer sleepovers. Our fingers covered in dorrito crumbs, burping from the insane amount of pop and gummy worms we inhaled. Either way, this one is a summer movie of nostalgia for me. Doritos anyone?
5. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
From childhood this series was always watched in the summer. Being maritimers only a skip and a hop away from Prince Edward Island, our connection with Anne is deep in our veins and of course every single line of this Made for TV movie series has been memorized forwards and backwards. Raspberry Cordial Anyone?
Films I don't own but would re-watch for summer time
- The Notebook
- The Parent Trap (1997)
- Singing in the Rain
- Then & Now
- Finding Nemo