It’s been a beach of a year
September 30, 2020 11:20 AM   Subscribe

A friend of mine has been hosting virtual movie nights every day since the stay at home order. In June we had a week of “half Christmas” films, and now I want to help program a “Midwinter Summer” in December. Ideas?

Interested in movies that have distinct island vibes or beach vibes. Will also consider generic summer vibes is the movie is appropriately delightfully strange.

We screen a mix of calm, charming, uplifting movies and bonkers, art house foreign flicks. We have pretty wide ranging tastes, but tend not to program horror/slow, dramatic/excessively popular.
posted by itesser to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Blue Hawaii - Elvis in full voice
The Blue Lagoon
posted by SemiSalt at 11:38 AM on September 30, 2020

La Piscine (1969). Or relatedly, The Swimming Pool (2003).

Both are pretty hot, literally and metaphorically.
posted by Capt. Renault at 11:44 AM on September 30, 2020

Less Than Zero (film) struck me back then as it's all christmas but it's L.A. and palm trees and such. Really odd for me at the time for christmas not to involve lot's of cold and snow.
posted by zengargoyle at 11:50 AM on September 30, 2020

The Endless Summer (1966)
posted by sculpin at 12:04 PM on September 30, 2020 [4 favorites]

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Available Amazon Prime
posted by scorpia22 at 12:14 PM on September 30, 2020 [1 favorite]

A Sunday in the Country, Bernard Tavernier (French)
posted by Elsie at 12:33 PM on September 30, 2020

Back to the Beach
posted by Garm at 12:45 PM on September 30, 2020

Cool Runnings offers great contrast between the training scenes in hot Jamaica and the Olympics in snowy Calgary
posted by argonauta at 12:54 PM on September 30, 2020 [1 favorite]

Shirley Valentine!
posted by kitten kaboodle at 3:09 PM on September 30, 2020 [2 favorites]

Not sure if you'd consider it excessively popular, but Forgetting Sarah Marshall takes place almost entirely in Hawaii and lots on the beach.
posted by mhum at 3:53 PM on September 30, 2020 [1 favorite]

One way to go is Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, among others from the 60s beach party genre. You also have Superbad, Booksmart, Dazed and Confused for a different kind of summer party.
posted by knile at 4:15 PM on September 30, 2020

Not very sunny, perhaps, because it is set in Scotland, but Local Hero is sweet, charming and funny, and features some lovely beaches.
posted by Fuchsoid at 5:47 PM on September 30, 2020

Point Break
posted by ChristineSings at 6:34 PM on September 30, 2020

Follow That Dream (1962) - Elvis stranded on a beach in Florida. One of his best movies, IMHO.

Shag (1989) - Set in 1963. Phoebe Cates and pals head to Myrtle Beach for a final fling before they go their separate ways after graduation. Super fun! This movie is also called Shag the Movie.
posted by 1smartcookie at 6:45 PM on September 30, 2020

I’m pretty sure large chunks of Karate Kid are set on the beach and of course there is Puberty Blues, an Australian 80s cult classic which is all about surf culture and well worth a look.
posted by Jubey at 7:15 PM on September 30, 2020

from here to eternity
posted by brujita at 7:39 PM on September 30, 2020

I watched Weekend at Bernie's for the first time this summer, and thought it was a riot. The whole weekend is a beach party.

Bonus suggestion, not a beach movie, but a summer camp movie, Bill Murray's big screen debut: Meatballs. My dad watches it on June 25 every year, the date the movie begins. We have dubbed June 25 as Meatballs day.

My dad owned a video store in the 80s and 90s, so he has a whole collection of summer movies he watches every year. This year he was able to watch them all due to having nothing else to do. If you're into classic stupid comedies, I can provide more suggestions.
posted by DEiBnL13 at 8:55 PM on September 30, 2020

Rockers has some gorgeous cinematography

One Crazy Summer will make you lose 100 IQ points

Robert Altman's Popeye was filmed on the island of Malta and on an enormous pile of cocaine
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:05 PM on September 30, 2020

Not a movie, but the first season of A Moody Christmas, a six part Australian comedy series, is awesome.
posted by h00py at 5:41 AM on October 1, 2020

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