Sharknado 2 (2014): Shark Week

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So I mean, if you’ve seen the first one you know what to expect out of this one. This one isn’t summery, at all really. But it does have sharks and it a great prep for shark week, which takes place in the summer. So in this one, April and Finn are celebrities since April wrote a book about surviving a Sharknado. Amazingly another shark storm hits and chaos ensues. April loses a hand and Finn is rushing around to try to save everyone. This movie is still campy and stupid and enjoyable. I honestly think I like this one more than the original? I’m not sure why, maybe the acting from the side characters is slightly better? But yeah, if you liked the first one, you’ll like this one. If you like campy horror you’ll like it. It’ll definitely prep you for shark week.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 shark fins

Sharknado (2013): Shark Week/Summer

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Shark Week 2017 is roughly a week away so I figured why not review a bunch of shark movies to break up the summer reviews! So, as most people know, Sharknado is the B-movie that sent people into a frenzy. I don’t know if people were unaware of all the B level animal horror movies Syfy had been putting out, but for some reason this movie made people lose their minds. Perhaps it’s because this is the first one where Syfy was really like, fuck it, steer into the skid and make a hilarious shark movie. I honestly prefer a lot of B shark movies to this movie, but it’s still fun. The premise is basically what the title says, tornadoes lift sharks out of the sea and flood them onto the land where they proceed to eat people. The CGI is AWFUL, the acting is bad even for a Syfy movie, but it’s such a silly premise that you have to enjoy it. This one will definitely get you ready for Shark Week, and summer.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 10 shark fins

Piranha 3D (2010): Summer

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Ohhh Piranha. So this is loosely based on the Piranha movie from the 70’s which was a spoof of Jaws. In the 70’s Jaws spawned a onslaught of wild animal movies, most not too good. Piranha was amongst the better ones, which Spielberg himself even admitted. This remake stars a fairly big name cast and honestly, is campy B-movie fun. The CGI is pretty awful, the acting is good, I mean, this movie is definitely comedic. Side note, I love Adam Scott in horror comedies. But there’s gore and a basic premise. Plus tons of shots of spring break partiers, clad in swimsuits and loaded with booze. If you love campy horror and want to be afraid of lakes for the summer, definitely check this one out.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 surfboards

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983): Summer

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I mean, how can you do a summer movie series without this classic. This road trip comedy follows the Griswold family on their road trip to “Wally World”, a family friendly amusement park. Like most road trip films, the family encounters a series of comedic snafus. This movie, and its sequels, are comedy classics, and this one is the perfect one to get you ready for that family road trip. Despite my dislike of Chevy Chase as a person, he is fantastic in this film. This movie set the bar for future road trip comedies, few of which have ever even come close to that bar.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 surfboards

Gilmore Girls: Summer

“Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller” Season 5, Episode 1

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I’m just going to preface this by saying if you don’t watch the show, don’t watch this episode. This is a plot heavy season premiere and if you come in without knowing what’s going on you’re not going to enjoy it. It’s not summery enough to justify watching just for the seasonal feel. This episode is the start to my all-time favorite season, and it is set at the beginning of the summer. Rory is on summer break, the Dragonfly Inn is opening, and Richard and Emily are separated. It’s also the start of Lorelei and Luke. This episode has some nice summery/springy imagery, which is rare for this show. Emily and Rory are ¬†going on a European vacation for the summer which will make you yearn for vacations you’ve never been on (or maybe you have and in that case, I hate you). If you’re a fan of the Gilmores definitely give this one a watch and bask in its summery goodness.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 5 surfboards

The Shallows (2016): Summer

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So when we’re talking shark movies, we’re talking a couple things. Obviously there’s Jaws and its multitude of shitty sequels. Then we have the campy shark comedies like Sharknados and Avalanche Sharks. In recent years, the latter have been very popular, so I was excited to see a shark movie that 1. wasn’t a B movie and 2. took itself seriously. This movie is honestly pretty good, it has its flaws, but overall good. Blake Lively is a woman who is looking to surf at a beach her mother went to when she was pregnant. She ventures out into the water alone, and is attacked by a shark. She soon is fighting for survival. This movie is tense and pretty realistic, I mean CGI sharks can only be so realistic, and there are some questionable moments. But if you are able to suspend belief and just enjoy the character’s struggle it’s a fun movie. And it’ll make you question getting in the water for a bit. This movie is for sure on my summer watch list.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 surfboards

Addams Family Values (1993): Summer

Addams Family Values

Honestly, rewatching this to write this review made me realize what a bizarre movie this is. And it has good reviews too. And I definitely enjoy this movie, it’s just… so much. Morticia and Gomez are having another baby, which causes Pugsley and Wednesday to get jealous. They keep trying to kill the baby, so their parents decide to send them to summer camp. Obviously, the two of them don’t fit in, which irritates their sunshiney counselors. The height of the movie, and probably the most famous scene, is when they sabotage the camp’s play, which is for some reason Thanksgiving-themed (maybe I’ll tag this as thanksgiving too, why not). There’s another main plot where Fester marries a black widow who tries to kill him for his fortune. The movie is fun and campy and I definitely recommend everyone watch it and enjoy a movie that could never have been made today. This movie is tagged as a summer movie due to the summer camp setting, but I may tag it in Halloween and thanksgiving as well.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 7 surfboards