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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 3, 2011 at 9:02 AM

The summer movie season kicks off . . . with some nostalgia

The New York Times this weekend had a nice Summer Movies special section (the kind of thing I wish we could do here, but the NYT has rather more resources than we do), complete with a list of new faces to watch, a release schedule reminding us that way more movies open in New York than here, and an interview with Kenneth Branagh, whose “Thor” will kick off the season this Friday. (Though I think some of its thunder, so to speak, has been stolen by “Fast Five.”) But I especially liked a section in which various actors, filmmakers and industry types talked about their favorite summer movie — for Miranda July, it was “A Room with a View”; for Maya Rudolph, “Purple Rain”; for Douglas McGrath, “Speed.”
And this, of course, got me thinking — what’s my favorite summer movie? “Spider-Man 2” would definitely be up there — there’s just something about watching all that webslinging at Cinerama that just screams summer to me — as would the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan “Batman” movies. “Ghostbusters,” with its irresistibly sunny can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head theme, was a big summer hit in 1984, and of course there are the various “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” movies. But the one that popped right into my head had no superheroes, science fiction, or giant marshmallow men: “Clueless,” the movie that made everyone smile in summer 1995, and which sixteen years later still seems to be influencing teen movies (not to mention teenspeak). Here’s the trailer; remember that in 1995, we all thought the idea of teens constantly talking on cellphones was Hollywood fantasy?

And what’s your favorite summer movie?

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