Hot enough for ya? Smash Mouth’s song “Walking on the Sun” came to mind this week, as we had days that hovered around 100 degrees. We’ll be thinking of this come winter, you know.
But Kansas summers aren’t as brutal as some movies are depicted to be. Here are 10 (literally) hot movies:
“12 Angry Men” (1967) – Not only are things heating up amongst 12 jurors deadlocked in conflict, but the temperature keeps rising in the stuffy courthouse they’re trapped in. Oh, and the fan is broken and the windows are jammed shut. Talk about being sequestered!
“Dante’s Peak” (1997) – “Sure, we’ll live next to a volcano because there’s not a snowball’s chance in you-know-where that it will wake up one day and turn us into syrup!” Or maybe there is.
“Do the Right Thing” (1989) – Spike Lee’s seminal film explores racial tensions erupting in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer. The conflicts and performances are so combustible that “heat” is actually a character unto itself.
“Dog Day Afternoon” (1975) – Al Pacino’s performance has got to be one of the sweatiest of all time in this tale of a man who robs a bank to pay for his male lover’s sex-change operation.
“Cool Hand Luke” (1967) – What we’ve got here is failure to cool down, as Paul Newman turns in his own salty performance as a man who refuses to conform to life in a rural prison in the deep (and sweltering) South.
“In the Heat of the Night” (1967) – They call him Mr. Tibbs! I call this situation a hot mess, as Sidney Poitier plays a black police detective investigating a murder in a racist Mississippi town.
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) – This is how tough Clint Eastwood is: He’s in the middle of a desert so dry, and there are cracks in the ground so deep you could fall in them – yet he still wears a poncho.
“Rear Window” (1954) – Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classic is set in an apartment high-rise during a heat wave. James Stewart is a wheelchair-bound photographer who spies on his neighbors and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Voyeurism is so hot.
“Sunshine” (2007) – This is how hot this movie is: It takes place ON THE SUN. If that weren’t hot enough, astronauts dump a nuclear bomb on it. Why not break out the weenies and have a nice roast while you’re there?
“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) – This just makes me think that, yes, Kansas summers are brutal, but at least we’re not in a desert. Did that cool you down any?
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