Ahhh… there is nothing like summer and more leisure time!
I love fresh food like cherries, corn on the cob and tomatoes off the vine – they make my mouth water!! We love grilling and eating outside, reading books at the beach, taking long walks and watching blockbuster summer movies!
As iPads and iPhones have become more popular, I worry about missing the experiences of reading a REAL book or going into a large screen theater!
Summer kicked off for me with the Nantucket Film Festival playing the best 100 documentary and narrative movies from Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.
Below are my 10 favorite summer picks from the festival!
Won’t You Be My Neighbor
This movie took me deep into the world of Fred Rogers and his impact on kids, unconditional love and the power of kindness his TV show shared!
This film revealed Gilda in a whole new way to the audience. Her private journals, family movies and admirers piece together the fabric of a life too short! It made me laugh and sometimes made me cry.
The tale of a woman’s self discovery and reckoning of a long differed dream starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
A revealing portrait of Robin Williams’ manic highs and painful lows from a perspective of those that knew him well!
The Children Act
Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci are amazing, and the unforeseen consequences throughout the movie are impeccable!
Jane Fonda in 5 Acts
A daughter of Hollywood royalty, a sex symbol, a protestor, a wife, a mother – how she reinvented herself after age 50 is jaw dropping and self-effacing…well done, Jane!
Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
A documentary of General Manager, Suzanne Mitchell, and the untold story of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. The wholesomeness, empowered sexuality and loyalty she inspired as their leader is endearing.
Having lived in LA, I found this life-work essay byLauren Greenfield compelling! Youth culture, body image, designer affluence and materialism weaves a fascinating story of the unmet desire for more.
Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke are awesome in this movie. This insightful, romantic and charming comedy reminded me of my own life – if you know me well enough, we can have coffee and I will tell you why!
Roll Red Roll
A documentary of Steubenville, and how members of their High School football team commit rape and the community looked away until powerful, unconscionable and scary truths about their society are revealed.
And for a bonus kid’s choice movie – Ant-Man and the Wasp. I loved everything about this movie! Take the big kids and little as a family fun night – everyone is sure to enjoy this radical adventure!
2018 has been a landmark summer! These movies moved me along with a live panel, Women Behind the Words, moderated by NPR host Ophira Eisenberg who was joined by Alysia Reiner, Miranda Bailey, Sera Gamble, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Nancy Schwartzman. These women spoke about the dynamic shifts taking place among us!!
In the theater, on your iPhone in bed or on your iPad… these films will move you!
Enjoy a loving Summer!!
Eat, walk, play, read or escape on your own adventures to the movies!
All my love,