Monday, June 22, 2009
Life's a Beach!
Summer has officially started and what better way to beat the heat than to stay inside, turn the fan on high and watch a few movies.
Can't make it to the beach this year, well don't worry your pretty little head Gidget, I've got the cure for all that ails you. My first pick for all you gremmies is Beach Blanket Bingo. It is fifth in the series of Annette and Frankie beach movies and is possibly the best known. It has the standard, boy get girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. This is all done with fun little ditties, dancing and a mermaid. A few of the stars to grace the movie are Paul Lynde, Don Rickles and a very young Linda Evans. Frankie and Annette look ever so stylish whether it be surfing, skydiving or singing on the beach.
Still trying to cool down? Well, summer sizzles even hotter with Psycho Beach Party. This movie originally started as an off Broadway play and finally made it to the big screen. If you do nothing else with this movie, go buy the soundtrack. It's not a request, it's an order. Two words...Los Straitjackets. I digress, a very young Lauren Ambrose(before she was all dark and depressed) plays a Gidget style character with a twist. This isn't your father's beach movie. Don't expect a family friendly film. It has murder, mayhem and a little bondage thrown in for good measure. I didn't think it was possible to make those themes so cute and fun but somehow the movie pulls it off.
Afraid to go into the water? Well you should be cause there are strange things lurking in the ocean bottom. Horror of Party Beach will make you think twice of about sneaking off for that midnight swim or a day time swim for that matter. Hot rodders,toxic waste, rock n' roll music and a monster that looks like he ate all the hot dogs at your BBQ make up this mishmash of beach based crazy fun. Made on a budget of $1.98(someone had to pay for the hotdogs), this one gets the kittykill seal of approval.
So,pull the wedgie out of your bathing suit,slather some sun screen on your tender parts and head to the nearest video store to pick up these beach favorites. If you play your cards right, you'll be surfing like Frankie in no time.