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Take a Dip Into These Streaming Summer Movies

Published: July 2, 2020  |  Filed under: Festival News

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

With 4th of July weekend approaching, we have decided to take a look back at some of our favorite films and ask: “What movie makes you think of summer?” From a roaring summer blockbuster to sweltering childhood days spent outside in Argentina to a double feature from our favorite hilarious movie star, read on for picks and streaming links for the films we’ll be enjoying in the air conditioning this weekend.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) & Meatballs (1979)

Dir. Wes Anderson & Ivan Reitman
Picked by Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché

“A Bill Murray summer camp double feature: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs.
Though very different films, both are filled with a sense of the nostalgia, whimsy, and irreverence of a carefree summer, whether at camp or not.”

Streaming Details:
Moonrise Kingdom and Meatballs are both available for digital rental.

Crooklyn (1994)

Dir. Spike Lee
Picked by Festival Programmer Joyy Norris

“Underrated masterpiece from legendary filmmaker Spike Lee, Crooklyn is the quintessential summer film for every kid that grew up in the city and adventured care-free across communities.”

Streaming Details:
Available for digital rental.

American Honey (2016)

Dir. Andrea Arnold
Picked by Marketing Manager Andrew Van Beek

“The perfect anti-summer blockbuster. Acclaimed director Andrea Arnold casts the enfant terrible Transformers star Shia LaBeouf opposite newcomer Sasha Lane in a sprawling road movie that traverses midwestern America, capturing what it’s like to spend an aimless summer uncertain about what each day will bring next.”

Streaming Details:
Available for digital rental.

Kikujiro (1999)

Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Picked by Special Projects Coordinator Yuki Sakamoto Solomon

“This summer adventure is filled with the unexpected incidents that happen to a helpless middle-aged man who goes on a journey with a naive boy to find his mother. Kitano’s works tend to be violent, however this sometimes silly film is filled with a sense of nostalgia and sweet sentiment that are strongly affecting.”

Streaming Details:
Available for digital rental.

The Trip (2011)

Dir. Michael Winterbottom
Picked by Festival Managing Director Vivian Teng

The Trip combines all my favorite things to do in the summer – road trips, dining with friends, and traveling to new places. Binge on the series this holiday weekend with its follow up films: The Trip to Italy, The Trip to Spain, and its newest release The Trip to Greece!

Streaming Details:
Available for digital rental.

L’Avventura (1960)

Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni
Picked by Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman

“Nothing says summer like the existential ennui of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura. A girl disappears on a pleasure cruise off the coast of Sicily, but the enigmatic Italian art-house classic is more concerned with the empty spaces that frame our existence, both around and inside us.”

Streaming Details:
Available to stream on The Criterion Channel and HBO Max and for digital rental.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Dir: Luca Guadagnino
Picked by Sponsorship Manager Jackie O’Connor

“The number one film that comes to mind when I think of summer is Call Me By Your Name. The love story that ensues over the summer in beautiful Italy brings any viewer a feeling of longing for passionate love and travel.”

Streaming Details:
Available for digital rental.

La Cienega (2001)

Dir. Lucrecia Martel
Picked by Festival Programmer Sam Flancher

“THE summer film of the century.”

Streaming Details:
Available to stream on The Criterion Channel and HBO Max.

Mad Max II: The Road Warrior (1981)

Dir. George Miller
Picked by Festival Publicist Alejandro Riera

The summer of 1982 was one to be cherished with the release of many science-fiction classics including the great Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. The apocalyptic scenario, the open roads, the funky-looking cars, the punk costumes…The Road Warrior felt like a feasible vision of the future. It was relentless and mindboggingly violent, the ultimate rollercoaster ride.

Streaming Details:
Available to stream on HBO Max and for digital rental.

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