By Michael McCarty & Cindy McCarty
Mike: Let’s have fun, fun, fun, in the sun, sun, sun …
Cindy: Until your mother takes your T-Bird away?
Mike: Sure. But have plenty of sun block so you don’t burn your buns.
Cindy: We are here to talk about summer movies. A summertime tradition like BBQs, swimming and reading a good book.
Mike: And be sure to check out Michael McCarty’s book (plug plug)…. now off to the movies…..
“It’s a 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark … and we’re wearing sunglasses” The Blues Brothers
Mike & Cindy:
We are on a mission from God … to tell you about some sizzling summer flicks. Now, here at the Mike & Cindy’s date night for weirdos site … we could go on and on and on about scary movies or low budget sci fi films … (and we will mention one) …. but it is summer … and we are on vacation from the thrillers for now … here are the rest of the movies.
Like we said before … we are on a mission from God and that can only mean one thing:
THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980)
Starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and some of the best blues performers this side of Chicago including: James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and plenty of car chases and side splitting humor too … all under 133 minutes.
Keep your eyes open for a cameo by Joe Walsh of The Eagles as the first prisoner to jump on the table during the song “Jailhouse Rock” and Steven Spielberg in the Cook County Accessor’s Office
MAJOR LEAGUE (1989)
Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack (not Crackerjacks like most people sing)…
This is no minor league film about baseball … we are in the majors here. Great performances by Charlie Sheen (Wild Thing) a loose cannon pitcher and other teammates including Corbin Bernsen, Wesley Snipes and Tom Berenger.
This baseball comedy hits it out of the ballpark
Keep your eyes open for real life sports announcer Bob Uecker who appeared in all three Major League movies ….
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001)
What is summer without summer camp or summer camp movies. Remember Meatballs? (Forget Meatballs 2). Remember Friday The 13th and Sleepaway Camp … oh, I forgot, we werent’ going to make it scary this time. So try to forget Meatballs 2.…
Like most summer camps, this comedy has teenage romances, high jinx adventures and even a car crash (yeah, most summer movies have car chases).
The cast were relative unknowns who aren’t so unknown now including David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo,
and Saturday Night Live‘s Molly Shannon and Amy Poehler.
Summer doesn’t get any better than this.
Keep an eye out for Bradley Cooper before his Hangover days.
ONE CRAZY SUMMER (1986)
Imagine a movie with a cast that includes a very unknown actress named Demi Moore with the boy next door John Cusack … Police Academy‘s Bobcat Goldthwait (who was also interviewed in ESTOERIA-LAND … see link at the bottom of the page), Animal House‘s meanie Mark Metcalf, Second City TV‘s Joe Flaherty all together in a small New England town as surreal as this sounds, it works.
Keep an eye out for “Booger” Curtis Armstrong from Revenge of the Nerds and Risky Business.
Jaws is not only the perfect summer movie, it is just the perfect thriller. Before this, Steven Spielberg had directed Richard Matheson’s Duel as a TV movie, followed by his motion picture debut of Sugarland Express … but those two were the warm up act for Jaws.
Also perfectly paced … this movie flies by in 124 minutes, but seems like only a 90 minute film.
The stellar cast includes Oscar winner Richard Dreyfus, Robert Shaw and Roy Scheider (who also appeared in Jaws 2) and Lorraine Gary (who also appeared in Jaws 2 and Jaws 4: The Revenge).
Has had people watching for shark fins every summer since.
Keep an eye out for author Peter Benchley (who wrote the novel and screenplay of Jaws) as a reporter on the beach.
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Interviews with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, Terry Pratchett, Mojo Nixon, Bobcat Goldthwait, Famous Monsters editor Forry Ackerman, Buddy Holly’s drummer, book and movie reviews, a review of a live Jerry Seinfeld concert and a tribute to horror writer Dean Koontz by his peers and many more… Introduction By Linnea Quigley Afterword By The Amazing Kreskin