Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Summer Camp






This week's theme for Thursday Movie Picks (hosted by Wandering Through the Shelvesis Summer Camp. I haven't seen a lot of films taking place at a summer camp, so I kind of bended the term 'summer camp' for this challenge. I have spent many summers at day camp and once I went away for a week into the woods, which did not go well (though none of the camps went well for me). If only summer camp was as fun as it is in the movies. 

Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Though not taking place at a summer camp, Troop Beverly Hills is a comedy about a chic girl scout troop attempting wilderness activities during the summer. This film will always remind me of my childhood, not because I can relate, but I watched the film so many times while growing up. 

But I'm A Cheerleader (1999)
Might not take place in the summer, but the film is about a cheerleader being forced to go to a camp that attempts to make her heterosexual again. This film is so relevant now, deconstructing gender roles as well as societies views on sexuality. Though I only watched But I'm A Cheerleader because I knew it had a lot of sexual innuendos, I ended up liking it and thought it brought up important situations about being yourself whether others approved or not.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
It would be a sin if I didn't include this film. Though I would expect this film to be on a lot of peoples' lists, I feel like Wet Hot American Summer is so underrated at the same time too, even after the TV show. The comedy level of this film is genius and I still choke from laughing just thinking about the scene when Coop and Katie exchange jackets. 




16 comments:

  1. I've only seen WHAS and I didn't like it. I realize I am in the minority on that one, though. But I'm a Cheerleader sounds very interesting. I'll see if I can find that one.

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    1. Understandable. WHAS's humor is a bit too dry and odd to be honest, not for everyone. Sadly Cheerleader is no longer streaming on Netflix, but deff try to find it else where if you'd like!

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  2. Troop Beverly Hills is a nutty exercise but cute when its not trying to hard. I saw But I'm a Cheerleader in the theatre, great cast and while the script is dodgy in places it has an original spin on its subject and plenty of laughs. Cathy Moriarty is a scream as the head of the school. I'm with Dell in not understanding the adoration for Wet Hot American Summer though I like it more than he. It's get some decent bits but overall I'm not a fan.

    I tried to find three that look at the theme from different points, these are the ones I came up with.

    Camp (2003)-At Camp Ovation, a summer theatre camp for young performers, a diverse group of kids come together and though at first there are tensions they eventually form close friendships. During their time there they also influence one of the counselors who has grown bitter with regret to move forward with his life. Because the film is just a little rough around the edges it makes the story and the kids much more real.

    Indian Summer (1993)-A group of young adults (including Diane Lane, Bill Paxton and Elizabeth Perkins) gather at Camp Tamakwa outside Ontario where they spent their summers as kids for a 20th reunion. While they spend time reminiscing they also deal with problems of their present lives and try and find a way to keep the camp from closing down permanently.

    Marjorie Morningstar (1958)-Beautiful college student Marjorie Morgenstern (Natalie Wood) spends her summer as a camp counselor at a Catskills resort. While there she becomes enamored with a performer at the camp, Noel Airman (Gene Kelly) a caddish older man who doesn’t take the romance seriously. Returning home Marjorie is pressured by her parents to marry and settle down. Still carrying a torch for Noel she pursues an acting career as Marjorie Morningstar while trying to make a relationship with the older man work. Various complications ensue including her Jewish parents objections to the Gentile Noel. Adaptation of a Herman Wouk novel has a rich studio look and a great cast, aside from Natalie and Gene there’s Claire Trevor, Carolyn Jones, Martin Balsam and a host of recognizable character actors.

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    1. I totally understand your views on the films I choose, they deff are a bit out there haha. Again, I haven't seen the films you choose, but thanks for the suggestions and commenting! Indian Summer deff sounds like something I'd like!

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  3. I haven't seen any of these films but that second movie des seem more relevant today than ever before. The last film sounds like fun and I love David Hyde Pierce

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    1. All three films are quite fun and odd. I suggest them all if you're up for something funny, but different.

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  4. I can't believe I forgot about But I'm A Cheerleader. That one is great, as is Wet Hot American Summer.

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    1. Glad you like both! I went with Cheerleader because it's different than any other camp film, though idk if it takes place in the summer.

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  5. I haven't seen any of these but But I'm a Cheerleader is on my watchlist because of Natasha Lyonne.

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  6. I think Wet Hot American Summer is one of the great comedic masterpieces of my lifetime. Plain and simple. It is pure fun, clever in its stupidity, and it got me through my first year of teaching middle school, when I would come home everyday just wrecked. I watched it three times a week that year and never got tired of it.

    I started But I'm a Cheerleader one time but got interrupted and never finished. May go back to it sometime. Great picks!

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    1. Glad to hear you really enjoy WHAS. I think it is very underrated, and like you said it is very clever in its stupidity which I also think some people miss. I'm glad that film got you through your first year teaching!!

      But I'm A Cheerleader is also a fun, but odd film. Check it out again if you get the chance! Thanks :)

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  7. Haven't seen any of them, but I do want to check out But I'm A Cheerleader

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    1. It's a pretty good film. Very relevant to today.

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  8. I was going to see But I'm a Cheerleader at the BFI when it was on years ago - wish I did as the trailers look great - funny but has a serious message without imposing it. Oh WHAS, I loved the weird series that was on Netflix and am yet to see the film that started it but the cast are just hilarious.

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    1. Deff watch Cheerleader when you get the chance, it's so fun! And I actually haven't seen the show version of the film, I think I will because the film is hilarious.

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