1. What’s more appropriate than to end the semester with Mike Nichols, “The Graduate?” For all of the students graduating, this film fits all of the everyday annoyances and worries post-graduation including all of the interrogations of curiosity that they’re bound to receive. Benjamin Braddock finds himself in an affair with a woman after graduating college and eventually falling for her daughter. But don’t let the back of the bus scene be too symbolic for your recent graduated self.
2. By the end of the semester everyone is at their peek stress level with only one thing on their mind, “When will I stop worrying?” Richard Linklater’s 1993, “Dazed and Confused” will make everyone feel like they’re at the last day of school in the 70’s with plans to take advantage of the upcoming summer.
3. It’s almost a given that this one would be on the top 10list but what would it be without John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club?” A Saturday morning detention for a group of teens in high school turns into an unexpected time where they realize they aren’t much different than they had thought. The jock, the popular girl, the nerd, the rebel, and the shy girl all learn something knew from each other all while making the most out of their detention in a library to themselves.
4. 1985’s classic, “The Goonies”, is a must see over the summer, maybe on one of those rainy summer days that might keep you inside and inspire you for your next summer adventure. As homes are being threatened for foreclosure, a group of ten kids set out on an adventure after finding a treasure map in their threatened home. You can vicariously live through the experiences of Chunk, Mikey, Mouth, Data, Sloth and the rest of the group on your rainy day inside. Their adventure is sure to give you a good laugh and keep your inspiration for summer adventures alive.
5. What’s a summer flick without making you have the urge to get to the beach as soon as possible and catch the next wave in the ocean? “Blue Crush” is sure to make you crave just that and maybe even hop on the next plane to Hawaii. Anne Marie is the next upcoming female surfer but first she has to prove herself without letting a relationship get in the way of her dreams along with her lifestyle and morals she has in Hawaii.
6. It’s not Shark Week yet but that doesn’t mean that “Jaws” can’t be on the top list for summer movies. This 1975 classic directed by Steven Spielberg tells the story about a massive shark that roams the waters near a town in New England when a police chief, marine biologist, and an experienced fisherman come together to stop the terror. Now you can look forward to Shark Week and all of your beach trips.
7. Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” is a comical story with three brothers who travel across India by train in an attempt to reform their bond a year after their fathers death. As with all of Anderson’s films, his symbolism and misé en scene throughout the film are fun to think about and serve a fun purpose. Most of the time you’ll find yourself laughing at all of the quirky fun characters and scenarios they run into throughout their journey.
8. Each one of us have one place and or time that we think we belong in rather than where we’re living now. Woody Allen’s fairly recent “Midnight in Paris” travels with a nostalgic screenwriter on his trip in Paris with his fiancée’s family and all of their plans for the future. The screenwriter runs into a way to get himself into 1920’s Paris every day at midnight while returning back to his normal life in the morning. But what happens when you’ve dreamt about living in a different place and imagined it more perfect but suddenly realizing that this isn’t for you?
9. Amy Heckerling’s “Fast Time at Ridgemont High” doesn’t necessarily make you feel like you’re back in high school but definitely puts you into the “feel good” state of mind for summer along with enough “Hey bud” quotes to go around for everyone. This film tells the story about a group of teenagers in California and their experiences during high school. “This is U.S. History, I see the globe right there.”
10. Most of the films so far have a comic side to them but sometimes you just need one big laughing fest and Adam McKay’s “Step Brothers” can you keep you laughing the entire time. Two middle-aged men who have nothing going for them have as they live with their parents have to become roommates when their parents get married. This might help those who are bummed to go live at home again after graduation shed some humor on the upcoming months and the experiences that will come.