In the summertime there is always a weekend when you don’t really have anything to do. Depending on your mood on that particular uneventful weekend, there a number of films by various directors and in an array of genres to fill your time. Here are a few suggestions.
For the geeks
There are so many franchises based on graphic novels and computer games out there, so any well-informed viewer can have a look and spend a weekend in the Kingdom of Geekdom. However, in case you are tired of graphic novels turned films with superheroes popping out in the wrong storyline, why not pick something based on one of most famous pieces of fantasy literature – The Lord of the Rings? Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R.Tolkien’s great writing has been acknowledged by both fans and the Academy (in 2004 there was something about 11 golden men?). If you really need to fill in the entire weekend, watch the Extended Edition DVDs and maybe 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in preparation for what’s coming this December.
For the romantics
Usually the summertime is when many romantic comedies come out, offering audiences a fresh perspective on modern romance. However, perhaps all of us have too much of a fresh perspective on romance and we desperately need some escapism in our lives. So, on that weekend when you’re home alone why not turn to some vintage romantic films? Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1940), That Touch of Mink (1962) – all of these feature the ever-wonderful Cary Grant and a Hollywood lady by his side (Katherine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell and Doris Day, respectively).
For the animation fans
No summer is complete without an animation film or two and this year there are two very good examples currently in cinemas – Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. However, if you’re too lazy to drag yourself to the nearest cinema, a look back in time to Monsters Inc. (2001) and Despicable Me (2010) might fill in some of your free time. On the other hand, if you wanted something a little bit more appropriate for the sunshine, 2011’s Rio or a classic like Pixar’s Finding Nemo (2003) would be a good idea. Still, if you’re not a fan of computer animation, most 2-D Disney films would do – yes, even Beauty and the Beast (1991) with its hailing snowstorms.
For the action-movie lovers
Well, Bond, James Bond. There are 23 films to choose from, all of them based on Ian Fleming’s character. You can start with the very first one – Dr. No (1962), or with the very last one – Sam Mendes’s Skyfall (2012). The big-screen version of Fleming’s protagonist even changes looks as Bond has been portrayed most notably by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and currently, by Daniel Craig (among others).
For the thinkers
People who don’t usually have the patience to sit through these films are usually under the impression that they are confusing (or even better – endless, filling more of your free time!). However, something like Michel Gondry’s 2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Christopher Nolan’s 2010 Inception, which make you follow the plot and think and wonder what is about to happen can be a great way to fill a quiet weekend. Similarly, you can turn to the works of David Lynch, and spend the entire weekend with the visual puzzles of Blue Velvet (1986) or Mulholland Drive (2001).