Lights, camera, action! Residents share their favorite summer movies
Ever since Steven Spielberg’s release of Jaws in 1975, film studios have put big budgets behind summer blockbusters, bringing us instant “classics.” Why do they create so much anticipation for movies that will be released in the sunny season? Why would someone spend time inside a dark theater during a summer day?
We all know the answer—movie theaters are cold!
The perfectly air-conditioned rooms offer a heavenly respite from increasing outdoor temperatures, making a trip to the movies a perfect retreat from the heat. Which classic movies would Holiday Retirement residents choose to watch during their break from the sun? They’re here to tell us!
Irene Bellon of Holiday Retirement’s Standiford Place says her favorite film is The River Wild, a 1994 thriller starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon as they take on a pair of armed killers while navigating a violent river. “It is a film that I saw many years ago and have never forgotten about because of the great storyline and beautiful scenery.”
Ed Rubel of Holiday Retirement’s University Pines always chooses a historical film that focuses on an aspect of World War II. Four are among his favorites. First, Midway, a dramatization of the Battle of Midway during World War II. Next up, Tora! Tora! Tora!, a retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack. Third on the list, In Harm’s Way, a drama that follows a naval officer who is given another chance to prove himself after being reprimanded during the Pearl Harbor attack. And finally, Battle of the Bulge, a dramatization of Nazi Germany’s final Western Front counterattack of World War II.
Cecilia Marchionne, also from University Pines, prefers romantic dramas. Her two favorites are Camelot, the story of scandal and tragedy surrounding King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Guinevere, and Gone with the Wind, the classic tale of a turbulent romance during the American Civil War.
Cecilia’s neighbor, Sylvia Kicklighter, is also a big fan of the novel-turned-film Gone with the Wind. Her other favorite films include The Sound of Music, a musical about a woman who becomes a governess to the children of a naval officer widower in the Nazi era, and Cheyenne, a western about an ex-con who poses as a bandit to uncover the identity of a notorious outlaw.
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