Anytime can be summertime with home video. Grab a deck chair, arrange your intoxicants and foodstuffs, and return with us now to the summer flicks of yesteryear, when monsters, bikers, stoned teenagers, time travelers, and spies ruled the world. All titles below are available on DVD.
Hell's Angels on Wheels (1967): Sonny Barger and Jack Nicholson together on their hogs in the best of the biker flicks, costarring the Oakland chapter of Hell's Angels.
The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004): Forget James Bond. Matt Damon is harder than Kryptonite in these violent spy thrillers, with Franka Potente as part of the Euro scenery that flies by in a blur.
Foxy Brown (1974):
Pam Grier gets even. She heats up this AIP blaxploitationer by going undercover as a call girl and punching, kicking, and even castrating the guys who offed her boyfriend.
Wayne's World (1992):
The funniest movie of all time. Not! You can ponder whatever happened to Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Tia Carrere while tittering at these ultra slackers. Forget the sequel.
Pauline at the Beach (1983):
Something for the art-film crowd. Director Eric Rohmer's French version of beach blanket bingo, enlivened by the derrière of Arielle Dombasle.
Dazed and Confused (1993):
A bunch of high-school kids get ripped after graduating. Sounds like a plan. Made by Richard Linklater before he became sensitive.
No one in real life talks like these bitchy high-school girls that's why Amy Heckerling's comedy is so funny. With Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, and Stacey Dash furiously jockeying for position.
The Blair Witch Project (1999):
What is killing student filmmakers camping in the woods outside Burkittsville, Maryland? Could it be angry critics? Or is it a curse? Talk to the little dolls.
The Matrix (1999):
The movie that changed everything. The Wachowski Bros. never had a better idea than putting Keanu Reeves up against Hugo Weaving in the space-time continuum.
Soul music at the LA Coliseum at the height of "Black Is Beautiful." Works equally well as a concert flick (Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, et al.) and as a documentary record of those badass old days.
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