The Great Cabin Film Festival
Cure cabin fever with these fine flicks
March 1, 2009
|You’ve got the perfect cabin weekend planned. A little fishing, a little water-skiing and finishing it all off with grilled steaks and a bottle of red. So, you organize your tackle box and stuff it with shiny new lures – only to dump them in the drink. Then you break out the water skis – only to be surprised by a freak summer blizzard. But still you soldier on, braving the pelting summer snow while you light the gas grill – only to have your steaks stolen by a marauding band of jackalopes.|
Hey, it happens. Well, maybe it doesn’t happen exactly like that, but you get the general idea. Bad weather can quickly turn a weekend in the great outdoors into a cozy weekend indoors hiding from Mother Nature. Thankfully, there’s one indoor entertainment almost everyone can agree on – movies. A big bowl of popcorn, a few cold beverages and a marathon of favorite flicks can turn any lost weekend into an absolute blast. But before you stock up on movies to add to your emergency fun stash, take a look at these suggestions for the ideal film festival for every type of situation.
You and your buddies’ weekend of hunting and fishing has been spoiled by bad weather. Salvage the weekend by stocking the fridge and kicking back with these flicks. “Old School” – A riotous R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughan and Luke Wilson as three friends who battle their mid-life crises by starting a fraternity. This story of male bonding taken to slapstick extremes will have you forgetting about the “one that got away” in no time. “Tombstone” – Take a trip back to the Wild West with this well-acted, highly entertaining telling of the gunfight at the OK Corral. Kurt Russell is good as Wyatt Earp, but it’s Val Kilmer’s perfect turn as that wily huckleberry Doc Holliday that steals the show.
You and your spouse were planning to get away from it all for a weekend of quiet romance. However, howling rain, damaging winds and lightning weren’t supposed to be part of the equation. But you can still salvage the weekend and provide that spark by starting a fire, opening a bottle of wine and snuggling up on the couch to watch these films. “Love Actually” – This charming, funny romantic comedy stars Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson and dozens of other fine English film actors. A series of stories weave and wind together over one holiday season to create a rich tapestry of fuzzy good feelings. It’s sweet but not cloying, romantic but not sappy. It’s a perfect romantic comedy. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” – Academy Award- winner Charlie Kaufman wrote this trippy, devastating love story of one couple (played by Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey) so determined to forget each other they have their memories erased. But Carrey’s character changes his mind and begins a desperate attempt to cling to the memories of his greatest love.
In anticipation of a weekend chock-full of boating, hiking and swimming, you’ve let the kids indulge in a little too much sugar. Now they’re bouncing off the walls and no amount of books or board games can hold their attention. So try these movies instead. “The Iron Giant” – A fantastic animated film that somehow slipped off most people’s radar, it tells the story of a little boy who befriends a giant alien robot that the Government is intent on destroying. It’s a funny, touching, non-stop ride that everyone will enjoy. The director, Brad Bird, later went on to direct “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles,” but he cut his teeth on this film. “Stand By Me” – This 1986 film about a group of friends who journey out into the woods on a very grown-up adventure is a classic film about childhood. It’s uproariously funny in its depictions of boyhood and deeply moving at the same time. Not for the littlest of the little, but ideal entertainment for your teenagers and pre-teens.
You’ve left the husbands with the kids and have gathered up your best girlfriends for a weekend of fun in the cabin sun. Then the heavens open and send you all scurrying inside. Take advantage of the peace and quiet by screening a few good flicks that aren’t “just for chicks.” “Moulin Rouge” – This eye-popping, pulse-pounding film is largely credited with reviving the movie musical genre. Nicole Kidman plays an out-of-reach courtesan to Ewan McGregor’s troubled writer. When the two share the screen, they truly make beautiful music together. “Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2” – Make no mistake, this isn’t a romantic comedy. This is an edgy, hyper-violent, bloody tale of revenge. It’s also dynamite entertainment. It’s not for everyone, but who says you and your girlfriends only want to watch the girl get the guy? Sometimes it’s more fun to watch the girl get even. If the rain still won’t let up, feel free to mix and match any of the films from these four lists. ... Although, you should probably keep the kids away from “Kill Bill” until they’re old enough to vote. .
Andy Bennett is a self-described movie nerd. He claims his favorite film is “The Godfather, Part 2,” but if it’s raining he’s probably watching “Dumb and Dumber.”
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