Talkback: What Summer Movies Do You Want to Revisit Over Memorial Day?

Roger Ebert today dusts off a fabulous old episode of Siskel and Ebert featuring the critics' recollections of great summer movies. You can (and should; it's not like you're working on a pre-holiday Friday) watch the clip after the jump, and with their vintage selections in mind, let's talk about what might be worth revisiting at home amid the blockbuster glut of Memorial Day at the multiplex.

It doesn't have to be a traditional Summer Movie, either! These guys are talking about Do the Right Thing, or the "effervescent quality" of 1987's rarity High Season, or the "archetype" of Summer of '42 -- the latter a 40-year-old relic that's as valid in its own way as anything from Jaws to Aliens to The Dark Knight. Personally, I'm way overdue for another viewing of Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night. And last summer's Animal Kingdom, for that matter. Anyway, the floor is yours.

[via Roger Ebert's Journal]


  • Remy says:

    Summertime always gets me in the mood for:
    "Summertime" (duh)
    "To Catch a Thief"
    "The Seven Year Itch"
    "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

  • happygolucky says:

    "Do The Right Thing!" Thanks ML and S&E! Inviting Mom over for a burger and a movie this weekend won't be so bad after all (I'm Mom).

  • milessilverberg says:

    I think Mamma Mia! is the newest perfect summer movie pick. It's the ideal video to leave running in the family room while the kids are running in and out from the backyard during a family picnic.
    In 1975, my family was on vacation soon after Jaws had opened up. None of us had seen it yet, so we took a night and went to the local duplex. But I was a little kid and wasn't up for such a scary movie, so I went to the movie playing next door: Tommy. I think Cousin Kevin and Uncle Ernie penetrated my young subconscious in more ways than that mechanical shark ever did.