The Twice Baked Potatoes series is back with a vengeance, and this time it’s all about saving our summers. If you’ve seen The Hangover 10 times already, Public Enemies has left you with summer blues, or if you’ve seen Transformers 2 and the IMAX ticket prices have plucked your pockets to their linty bottoms, stay home and fire up these five classic crowd-pleasers:
5) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Keanu Reeves sans the matrixey philosophical mumbo jumbo, various historical periods getting a gnarly awesome 80’s treatment, and one of the hottest moms in movies, time has been very good to this 1988 comedy. I showed this movie to my little sister (born in 1991) a few years ago, and it became one of her favorite movies. It’s goofy, it’s a romp, and its vibe is totally infectious. Napoleon eating/hogging a giant ice-cream sundae and getting a prize for it? I’m there, dude.
If you’re looking for some horror that’s heavy on both cheese and gore, look no further. It’s the horror film that all the buffs talk about, but don’t let them scare you away, because this film is on the level. My lady showed me this one a few months ago, and I couldn’t stop laughing/cringing. The movie is self-aware yet feels completely authentic. It plays like a 50’s matinee fixture with 80’s sprinkled on top. When the corpses are reanimated and they go into their cyclone of mad zombie rage, it feels like Christmas.
3) Encino Man
It’s the 90’s time capsule that made stars out of Brendan Fraser and Pauly Shore. A caveman that gets frozen for a few million years, geeks thaw him out and teach him to be cool so that he can make them cool. If you’re not on board already, move on to number 2, because it only gets weirder. Parents, if you’re kid is currently in junior high, please pass this one on to them. Pauly Shore teaching Brendan Fraser about the four basic food groups at 7-Eleven = priceless.
2) Almost Famous
Music makes everything feel better, and Cameron Crowe’s love letter to 70’s classic rock, rock journalism, and teenage self-discovery makes for a great way to fill two hours. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might sing along (or hum, if you don’t know the words. I’m horrible at learning lyrics, personally. Movie quotes stick to me like velcro, go figure). Billy Crudup keeps the movie grounded, Kate Hudson is the spitting image of her moviestar mom, and Jason Lee turns out his best performance. Look out for Philip Seymour Hoffman as legendary rock scholar Lester Bangs. He only gets a few minutes of screen time, but that’s all he needs.
1) Back To The Future
The best time travel movie of all time. I am forsaking many great films to make that statement, but I can’t deny this film’s super-classic status. If you’re like me, you’ve seen this film more than a few times over the years. It’s charm will keep you smiling from beginning to end all over again, and its Freudian elements give the film enough quirk to sustain the neurons as well. The film’s cinematography, musical score, screenplay, and performances are all top notch. But like the film does with its own science, you can just ignore all that technical nonsense and enjoy the ride. One of the best soundtracks ever, by the way.
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