When you can’t make it to the drive-in, the sofa is a great place to spend a lazy summer evening

A perfect movie for capturing every summer vibe

When you can’t make it to the drive-in, the sofa is a great place to spend a lazy summer evening

Here’s a list of movies for all your summer watching needs.

For beach vibes: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Honourable mention: The Descendants

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is set in balmy Hawaii, amid palm trees and dreamy ocean waves. Between Kristen Bell in a pink bikini and Mila Kunis with a white tropical flower tucked behind her ear, this movie is sure to make you wish you could leave city life behind to join the characters in a warm haze of sand, cocktails, and bathing suits. Also, Paul Rudd as a surf instructor is officially my summer chillness guru.

For thriller vibes: Jaws

Honourable mention: I Know What You Did Last Summer

Famously featuring a great white shark devastating unwitting beachgoers, this movie is ideal for those of us who want to both get in the summer spirit and are in the mood for mystery and suspense. With its marvellously tense soundtrack mingled with a summer resort aesthetic, Jaws is a great way to add a surreal creepiness to an otherwise tranquil summer day.

For romance vibes: Call Me by Your Name

Honourable mention: (500) Days of Summer

Set in the small town of Crema in northern Italy, this movie is a delicious exploration of the ups and downs of summer love. Call Me by Your Name captures the salacious heat of summertime lust, the playfulness of a fast-paced friendship, and the excitement of pursuing someone forbidden. You can witness the blissful sensuality of falling in love against a technicolour backdrop of tall grasses and shaded ponds. It also isn’t a real summer romance film unless there’s a strange sex scene involving fruit, and Call Me by Your Name certainly delivers on that front.  

For innocent Disney vibes: Moana

Honourable mention: Lilo and Stitch

It’s an animated movie about a strong young woman embracing her passion for the ocean by defying the confining boundaries of her island — you can’t watch it without developing an unshakeable desire for adventure. Featuring a dazzling but deadly crab, a beautiful grass-covered goddess who finds her heart, and songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda at his finest — Moana inspires you to take the voyage across the ocean — whatever your own metaphorical ocean may be.

For horror vibes: It

Honourable mention: Friday the 13th

This coming-of-age movie about finding friendship during a time of adversity is often punctuated by characters groaning that it’s summer break, a time for relaxing and having fun, not fighting monsters. It is perfect for those of us who disagree and think the whole point of summer break is fighting monsters.   

For showbiz glam vibes: Almost Famous

Honourable mention: La La Land

If summer is the time when you repress all the biology facts you’ve been cramming in your brain and return to your childhood fantasies of living a rock-and-roll lifestyle, this is the movie for cultivating your delusions. Almost Famous is about a young hopeful journalist on the road with a bus full of washed-up rockstars and glamorous groupies — the summer road trip of your dreams.

For childhood nostalgia vibes: High School Musical 2

Honourable mention: The Parent Trap

This movie asks “what time is it?” for us to all yell back, in perfect unison, “SUMMERTIME!” High School Musical 2 has a song for every summer scenario: summer job doldrums, perfecting that fabulous poolside aesthetic, the inevitable breakup after a summer romance fizzles, angsty soul searching on the golf course, and, for some reason, a “pineapple princess” pining after a fish with a long, complicated Hawaiian name.

For ‘80s classics vibes: Dirty Dancing

Honourable mention: National Lampoon’s Vacation

With its iconic soundtrack and killer dance numbers, this movie will make you long for those days of family vacations. Except this time, instead of wasting your holiday sunbathing and begging your older sister to sneak you mojitos from the bar, you could be falling in love with the resort’s dance instructor to the tune of your favourite ‘80s pop songs.

For teenage revelry vibes: Meatballs

Honourable mention: American Pie 2

If summer makes you nostalgic for high school (shudder), then you probably spent your teenage years partying at your friend’s beach house, or drunkenly singing songs around a bonfire. Meatballs, however, will make you wish you had spent your summers as a camp counsellor — the main duties of which are apparently playing pranks and scoring chicks. This film will make you pine for the semi-innocence of those blissful teenaged summers.

For musical vibes: Mamma Mia

Honourable mention: Grease

Amanda Seyfried’s character is a makeup-free, beachy-haired goddess who always has a bathing suit on underneath her white summery blouse, in case she needs to frantically chase after a retreating boat. Spoiler: she does. She lives on a fictional Greek island called “Kalokairi” that is essentially a slice of heaven. The crystalline ocean and Mediterranean architecture of the island would also make me want to periodically burst into song. To me, the soundtrack to this movie is the soundtrack of summer.

Hamilton‘s legacy: other moments in history that deserve a musical

We picked five potential musicals and the genres that should accompany them

<i>Hamilton</i>‘s legacy: other moments in history that deserve a musical

As anyone who has sat through a middle school social studies class knows, it can be difficult to connect to the history of your country, especially when it boils down to a bunch of proper nouns and dates. So why has Hamilton, a Broadway musical that tells the story of one of America’s founding fathers, become such a success?

Maybe it’s because Alexander Hamilton’s story is told through rap battles disguised as cabinet meetings and slow jams that reveal political sex scandals. For the first time ever, the winner of the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album is a soundtrack that includes a rap debate over the national debt plan.

The real question we should be asking ourselves: is there something to this idea of taking a historical period and mixing it with a seemingly incongruous musical genre? We decided to give it a go — here are our suggestions for some mashups to rival Hamilton’s success.

An Operatic Stone Age

Prehistory was a simpler time. Homo sapiens were not preoccupied with issues like nonexistent job prospects after obtaining a social sciences degree; they could instead divert their attention hunting and gathering. In order to connect with these stories though, we require a more modern style of music, such as opera. Many operas have plot lines that include sweeping romances and treacherous plots. Transposing a band of merry Neanderthals into this setting would be interesting, especially considering the beautiful arias would be comprised of grunts and groans.

Biblical Times + Dubstep

Hamilton has a song called “Ten Duel Commandments” that outlines the rules of duelling, which is a thing that people used to do in the American colonies when they had a disagreement. This begs the question: why isn’t there a musical number about the Ten Commandments? The drama of this moment in Exodus cannot be overstated: Moses’ descent from Mount Sinai is initiated by a massive bass drop. Amidst the thumping bass, he delivers the tablets only to discover that — plot twist! — the ancient Israelites have started worshipping a golden idol while he’s been away.

Hardcore Ancient Romans

The drama and political intrigue of ancient Rome would be perfectly conducive to the raw nature of hardcore punk music. From Julius Caesar to Brutus, the men of Roman civilization carried around a lot of rage with them. This makes sense — you need reserves of anger to draw upon for wars or assassinations. I’m envisioning a garage rehearsal of numerous toga-clad men screaming their lungs out about power and the man — it’s beautiful.

The Regency Era to Country music

Country music isn’t just about pickup trucks, blue jeans, and whiskey. Sometimes it gets confessional, as singers divulge things they ordinarily would never say. This is why it would pair perfectly with some of the most repressed people in history: the British. Imagine if, at the peak of the romantic tension of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy whipped out a banjo, tore off his trousers to reveal some broken-in Levi’s, and started serenading Lizzie Bennet with a good ol’ Dolly Parton song. Perhaps the original version of “I Will Always Love You.”

The Roaring Twenties with Trap music

During the Roaring Twenties, youth all over America were in revolt against societal constraints. Girls were bobbing their hair, leaving their corsets behind, and staying out all night in dance halls, even after the advent of Prohibition. This must have been a tense time in many households, so it’s too bad that trap developed 70 years later. Trap’s confrontational style might have bridged the gap between many kids and their conservative parents. Nothing brings us together quite like dance montages set to heavy bass and synth — just ask the people of that town from Footloose. Well, the remake.