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Kulala P.C Club: 10 Movies To Get You In The Mood For Summer

Where P.C stands for "pop culture", not that other thing. Who wants to watch a bunch of trailers? We do!

We’re all for going out and making the most out of the summer sun, but some summer afternoons are best reserved for lazing around and doing absolutely nothing. Ever had one of those afternoons? We definitely have. It is during times like these that we wish we had something to watch while we sip iced tea and destroy watermelons. I mean, if you’re going to laze, at least make the lazing a little productive by getting schooled in pop culture, am I right?

So, in the first edition of what we’re calling the “Kulala P.C Club”, where P.C stands for “pop culture” and not the other thing, we make the case for the following movies as your new go-to summer flicks. We’ve got rom-coms, thrillers, comedies and drama all in the bag. Some of our choices may appear questionable at first, but you’ll totally get it when you watch them for yourselves. 


The Essential Rom-Com: (500) Days of Summer (2009)

Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is dumped by girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Depressed and unable to fathom why, he reflects on the last 500 days they spent together. Look, we’re just as lukewarm as you are about Zooey Deschanel, but the word “summer” is in the title, so that’s the tone of the movie set for ya. It’s also feel-good, funny – but not ha-ha funny – and frankly, quite adorable. There, we said it.


For The Feels (And A Life Lesson): The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Shawshank follows Andy Dufrense (Tim Robbins), a former banker who is wrongly sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for double murder. As he tries his hardest to deal with the hand he’s been dealt with, he also befriends resourceful inmate Red (Morgan Freeman). Okay, fine – it’s pretty heavy for a summer movie, but Shawshank will guilt-trip you into wanting to make the most out of your time, to go out and actually do things. Plus, it’s one of the greatest movies of all time, hall of fame and all that jazz. That’s all the reason you need to watch, really.


For The Laughs (And Some Screams): Ghostbusters (1984)

Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! A team of scientists set out to rid New York of paranormal activity, but accidentally cause the release of an evil that threatens to destroy the city. A box office hit during its initial summer release, one of the best scenes in Ghostbusters involves a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Makes you crave a giant dollop of vanilla ice cream with s’mores on the side. So campfire, so summer. Plus, with the all-female remake coming up, you’d want to get up to speed.


If You Need To Sing To Something: Grease (1978)

Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta), two high schoolers with markedly different personalities and cliques, part ways after a short summer romance with neither realising that their paths are set to cross again. FYI, there is a lot of singing and dancing involved. The opening number is titled “Summer Nights”, so it’s totally appropriate.


For Pre-Amusement Park Prep: Jurassic Park (1993)

A group of very smart people test drive a theme park where the main attractions are actual dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. It’s all fun and games at first, until the dinosaurs break loose and everything goes to shit. It is then a test of survival as the visitors fight to get off the island. If this movie doesn’t get you in the mood to head down to Universal Studios this summer, nothing will. (We’re pretty sure nothing’s gonna eat you there, so you can chill.)


The Family-Friendly Flick: Finding Nemo (2003)

Set in a world where sea creatures can talk, Merlin (Albert Brooks), a clownfish, sets out into the deep blue to look for his son Nemo after the latter is caught by a scuba diver. He gets a little help from Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue reef fish with seriously bad memory. But she can speak Whale, so that’s handy. It’s pretty, fun and family-friendly, and also, with the sequel Finding Dory coming up, what better time to rewatch the classic than now?


The Not So Family-Friendly Family Flick: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

A dysfunctional three-generation family (Steve Carrell, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette) embarks on a road trip to get the youngest daughter (Abigail Breslin) to a junior beauty pageant. Expectedly, surprises and mishaps happen along the way, but it’s the way they handle the problems that makes this dramedy worth the watch. And that pageant scene at the end is EVERYTHING.


If You Need Something New (Read: Sundance): The Kings of Summer (2013)

Unable to deal with their overbearing parents, three misfit teenaged boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Masso, Moises Arias) decide to make it on their own in the woods and live by their own rules. The boys build their own house, dance in the rain and jump off cliffs – it’s like watching all your childhood dreams of running away into the forest come to life.


For The Hipsters: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

The crafty Mr. Fox (George Clooney) finds himself the target of three local farm tycoons after he steals from them. Technically, all of Wes Anderson’s films are pretty summery, but Fantastic Mr. Fox gets our vote for the comedy, the orange-yellow hues, the voice cast (Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray), the soundtrack (Bobby Fuller Four! The Beach Boys! Rolling Stones!) and the sheer effort and patience that went into making the damned thing.


For Some Frivolous Entertainment: Sex and the City 2 (2010)

We just rewatched this recently and it left us craving for a sun-soaked holiday. The Sex and the City quartet head to Abu Dhabi for a vacation filled with personal butlers, exotic locales, cocktails and a little bit of bad behaviour. If you can’t stand the girls and the questionable writing, at least watch it for the scenery, the clothes and the pure excess of it all.


Image: Sex and the City 2/ Warner Bros. UK

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