Cozy movie classics for a cold winter's night

05:00 AM, Jan 03, 2014

Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in Manhattan on September 9, 1954. AP Photo/


Written By by Peter D. Kramer, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— Baby, it’s cold outside.

You’re snowed in, but chances are, you still have power. If you have Netflix or Hulu, here’s a list of some films worthy of a snow day, if only because they show people perspiring:

Some Like It Hot” (1959; 121 minutes). Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are two musicians on the lam from gangsters, dressing in drag as members of Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopators. They escape the wintry north for tropical climes. A great Billy Wilder film with a charming Marilyn Monroe, who delivers a blizzard-melting version of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.”

The Seven Year Itch” (1955; 104 minutes). More Monroe, this time with Tom Ewell as a husband who fantasizes about Marilyn during a stifling New York summer. This is the one with Marilyn beating the heat by standing over the subway grate.

Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965; 96 minutes). Frankie and Annette skydive, surf and sing. With great work by co-stars Don Rickles, Buster Keaton and Paul Lynde.

Do the Right Thing” (1989; 120 minutes). On the coldest day of the year, it might make you feel better to watch Spike Lee’s breakout film about the hottest day of the year in Bedford-Stuy. OK, it’s not exactly feel-good, but just seeing people sweat might make you feel better. And New Rochelle’s late, great Ossie Davis is in it.

Avoid:

Fargo” (1996; 98 minutes). While this quirky Coen Brothers movie is a hoot, don’tcha know — with great performances by William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and Frances McDormand — the bitter cold might hit a little too close to home.