6 Summer Movies To Watch For Any Mood!

With summer around the corner, the sweltering heat will certainly keep many inside and glued to their TVs. Thankfully, we have you covered with 6 films to watch for any mood!  

Sad – Cast Away

Whether you’re adrift in the middle of the ocean with a volleyball named Wilson, or in the mood to ball your eyes out, Robert Zemickis’ Cast Away is the film for you! Starring Tom Hanks, the film follows FedEx operations executive Chuck Noland catching a FedEx flight on Christmas Day, after proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Kelly Frears, played by Helen Hunt. Expecting to see his fiance after the holidays, Chuck’s plane suddenly undergoes technical difficulties and crashes in the middle of the pacific ocean!

Waking up in a life raft and unaware of what happened to his flightmates and the plane, Chuck is alarmed to find out that he’s washed ashore onto a deserted island! Surrounded by dozens of cargo packages and without access to food, water, shelter and fire; Chuck is forced to utilize the contents within the packages and create makeshift, survival gear.

While maintaining his survival needs on the island, Chuck fulfills his emotional needs by looking at a heirloom pocket watch with Kelly’s photo in it, given to him by her as a Christmas present. The depiction of isolation and overall hopelessness felt by Chuck, is sure to bring tears to fans’ eyes as they watch Chuck’s ascent into madness during his four-year confinement and eventual escape from the island!

Happy – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Moving onto a film that’s sure to make you smile, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982 and has gone on to become a beloved sci fi adventure hit! The Steven Spielverg directed classic involves an alien, E.T., coming to earth and befriending a 10-year-old boy named Elliot, played by Henry Thomas. Elliot invites the cosmic creature into his suburban home and introduces him to his brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and sister, Gertie (Drew Berrymore), which the siblings decide on keeping E.T. ‘s existence a family secret!

Though they do their best at disguising E.T. in wigs and clothing, their newfound friend becomes ill and the government soon learns of his presence! With Elliot at risk of losing his friend, he protects E.T. at all costs and ensures that he finds his way home by the end.

This bittersweet film serves as a hopeful reminder to stand up for those you love, even if they are an other-worldly alien with glowing fingers!

Romantic – The Notebook

If you’re looking for some on screen romance, The Notebook is the perfect summertime love story to watch on a hot, summer day!

Cutting between tales of young romance and the harsh reality of losing a loved one’s memory of Alzheimer’s, The Notebook is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks and directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Lovers Allie Nelson and Noah Calhoun are portrayed by Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling during their early years together, as Gena Rowlands and James Garner portray them as they grow older. Though Allie comes from a wealthy family and is discouraged by her family to date the sawmill-working Noah, she goes against their wishes and begins seeing him anyway.

Set in the small town of Seabrook, South Carolina, the film’s swampy environment is picture perfect for a summer viewing!

Mysterious – Knives Out

A good mystery film is only as good as its detective audience, so grab your monocles and put your sleuthing skills to the test, as we follow the clues in Knives Out!

Influenced by the books of detective fiction writer Agatha Christie and mystery films such as Clue, Ryan Johnson’s Knives Out reinvents the mystery film genre with hilarious dialogue and unpredictable plot twists and turns!

Detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, investigates the mysterious death of patriarchal author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plumber) and his eccentric family. While questioning each of the Thrombey family members, Blanc discovers the potential for any of them to have murdered Harlan, in order to seek out his massive fortune!

Lonely – Eighth Grade

We hope you won’t feel alone this summer, but if you are, Eighth Grade is the perfect film to sympathize with the lonely experience felt by its teenage protagonist.

Directed by comedian Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade explores 13-year-old Kayla Day’s awkward and socially harrowing experience, as she undergoes her final days in the eighth grade and enters high school.

Made to reflect Burnham’s awkward experience as a teenager, Kayla expresses herself digitally through a YouTube page dedicated to creating advice blogs that she inserts her confidence into. Outside of her online persona, however, Kayla remains silent at school and struggles to express herself in person.

If you remember what being at Kayla’s age is like, then you’ll immediately resonate with her confusion, frustration and angst towards the newfound feelings and emotions as a teenager!

Scared – Jaws

Get out of the water! You won’t want to go swimming after watching Steven Spielberg’s horror classic, Jaws!

Released in 1975, this creature feature follows a killer shark terrorizing and even chomping on Cape Cod’s townsfolk. After several cases of mysterious disappearances and shark attacks happening in broad daylight, a local sheriff (Roy Scheider), marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and seafarer (Robert Shaw) are tasked with tracking down and eradicating the vicious beast!

Venturing off into the middle of the ocean, the team are forced to put their personal differences aside and work together towards hunting the monstrous, killer shark! If you’re looking for a good horror flick to watch this summer, Jaws will certainly make you think twice about dipping your foot in any body of water!

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Gregory S. Karp Jr. is a third-year multimedia journalism student at Cal Poly Pomona, with a passion for writing news, sports and culture articles.