June 24th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
YAWWPPP! There, I’ve sounded my first ever barbaric "YAWP" to mark the first edition of this new weekly feature on Marquee.
If you get the movie reference, then you’re definitely in the right place. If you didn’t get it, don’t worry, I won’t judge you.
Friday’s Top Five is a new forum, perfect for movie lovers or anyone who has the encyclopedic ability to spout out famous quotes and/or trivial facts on command.
For instance, I’m sure you’re already aware of the continuity errors surrounding Sean Connery’s collar in "The Untouchables." And it goes without saying that Thomas Newman and Randy Newman aren’t brothers, but actually cousins. Moreover, I trust that you’d agree that "The Last Dragon" has been snubbed in every AFI poll ever created.
In any case, the primary concern here will be boiling down your favorite pop culture gems into a quintessential list of all lists. Depending on what’s going on in the world, Friday’s Top Five will vary in its topics each week. With your help over time, we may end up with the “stuff that dreams are made of” or really just a great coffee table book. At the very least, we'll have fun kicking off the weekend by wasting some time...I mean, helping to contribute to this interactive conversation.
So let’s discuss summer movies, a genre that can be thought of in two ways. First, there is the big studio blockbuster determined to set box office records and insult us by MichaelBayifying everything. And then there’s the topic of this week’s list: movies about summer.
The latter choice for this week’s top five are often coming-of-age stories where main characters overcome adversity using motifs such as sunburns, the beach, summer camp and camp counselors to move the narrative forward.
Whether good for a laugh or for nostalgic reasons, these movies make a great alternative to summer reading. Take a look at this week’s list and tell us what movies remind you of summer and why.
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