One year, one film: 1959 – Gidget

One year, one film: 1959 The film: Gidget, dir. Paul Wendkos Starring Sandra Dee and James Darren Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Gidget is, in my view, one of the quintessential must-views of the 1950s. It captures the beginning of a craze (a cultural obsession with the surf/beach-crazy lifestyle), and the social values of the time. It’s a time capsule of a film … Continue reading One year, one film: 1959 – Gidget

FIFTEEN endlessly re-watchable classics, Part II of III

As much as I love discovering new films, there are many films that I consistently return to. They’re the warm, snuggle-y blanket hiding within the abyss of my many hours of move-watching each month. The following are five more of my fifteen of my favorites classics to re-watch. (This is not a definitive list of the most re-watchable classic films ever. Check out Part I, … Continue reading FIFTEEN endlessly re-watchable classics, Part II of III

Summer in ‘cember: Gidget gets a sequel (or two)

As you can probably tell from yesterday’s “Summer in ‘cember” post, I really love the film Gidget. And I really love Sandra Dee in the title role. Sandra Dee is the “absolute ultimate” Gidget in my book. With this fondness in mind, it’s no surprise that I was very reluctant to watch the two theatrical sequels to Gidget, because each stars a different actress as … Continue reading Summer in ‘cember: Gidget gets a sequel (or two)

Summer in ‘cember: Favorite things about… Gidget

The favorite film: Gidget, a 1959 beach flick from Columbia. The synopsis: Francie Lawrence is a young girl who reluctantly heads off to the beach on a “man hunt” with her friends. Her friends have the eyes for a group of totally groovy surfer dudes, but Francie would rather swim than scope out the hot-tays (much to the dismay of her fellow manhunters). After surfer … Continue reading Summer in ‘cember: Favorite things about… Gidget

Lindsey’s Lists: Top 5 classic beach films

With one vacation under my belt already this year and the winter semester weeks behind me, I, like most summer-class-free college students, have already fallen into the mood for a few months full of warm weather, sunshine and road trips. I find that my taste in films sometimes mirrors the mindset that I’m in. While not all of these beach films are quite as cheery … Continue reading Lindsey’s Lists: Top 5 classic beach films