Get toasty: Warm movies for wintry weather
05:00 AM, Jan 03, 2014
Today Pop Candy reader Chris B. is struggling to stay warm in Lakeville, Minn., where the current temperature is just 10 degrees. It’s only getting worse, too: Chris says the forecast predicts below-zero temperatures from Saturday night through Wednesday.
Despite the icy temps, Chris is in pretty good spirits and has lined up some movies to help withstand the weekend. Among those in his stack is The Core (“for the warm topic and the laughs”), and he was wondering if other readers had their own ideas.
Inspired by Chris’ e-mail and my own chilly extremities, below are my suggestions. Contribute yours via the comments or Twitter (using hashtag #toastyflicks).
A toasty comedy:Wet Hot American Summer. This movie is perfect for any time of year, but I’m particularly in the mood for laughs when there are icicles on my fire escape. The montage where the gang goes into town cracks me up every time. See also: Dazed and Confused, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Joe Versus the Volcano
A toasty drama: A Time To Kill. Yes, it’s an intense movie, but it’s a great one I haven’t watched in awhile and few things make me happier than a young, sweaty Matthew McConaughey. See also: Point Break (which offers plenty of laughs, too), Little Darlings, Do the Right Thing, Dirty Dancing, Stand by Me
A toasty documentary: Dogtown and Z-Boys. Stacy Peralta’s excellent skateboarding doc provides 90 minutes of sunshine on wheels. Make it a double feature by re-watching Catherine Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown afterward. See also: The Endless Summer, Peralta’s Riding Giants
A toasty classic: The Seven Year Itch. Watching any Marilyn Monroe movie is a surefire way to make one sweat, but this Billy Wilder classic is my favorite. See also: The Long Hot Summer, A Streetcar Named Desire, Grease
A toasty recent release: The Way Way Back. The always-great Sam Rockwell is particularly delightful in this comedy, in which he plays the manager of a water park. The funny supporting cast includes Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph and Steve Carell, and the movie has just as much heart as it does humor. See also: The To Do List, The Kings of Summer, Before Midnight, The Heat (haha)