Summer Movie Inspiration

Tuesday nights are discounted at our local movie theater; tickets are $6 each and an infinite bucket of popcorn only $4. Did I mention it's a pretty new theater with giant reclining loveseats? And they deliver hot food and cocktails to you during the show. I miss it!


Our shelter-in-place family movie nights have mostly been 30-90 minutes of indecision while surfing all the streaming services. Seldom do we all agree and most times one child or the other bails before we hit play.


I decided to revive our family time by picking a film in advance and preparing a special meal. We did a trial run last week and... success!


Buoyed by this achievement I put together a movie list and menus for the entire summer. I thought it was worth sharing in case you could use a little shot of escapism too.


*I've linked the movie pictures to their descriptions/reviews so you can see if they're interesting to you. A little heads up, many of them I've never seen and can't vouch for their content or entertainment value. Also, my kids are older so this list won't be appropriate for elementary school kids.


We might be stuck at home, but our imaginations are free to travel anywhere — I invite you to join the adventure!

 

JUNE


MOLLY'S GAME


— Poker Night —

Frank’s Buffalo Wings

Crudités w/Blue Cheese Dip

Pigs in a Blanket

Sweet & Spicy Curried Nuts

Two-Bite Brownies

Chi Chi’s w/Paper Umbrellas





THE IMITATION GAME


— Germany —

Kasespatzle

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Alexander Cake

Apple Spritzer







HANNAH GADSBY: NANETTE


— Comedy Club —

Cheesy Potato Skins

Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

Oreo Milkshakes/Mudslides








GOOD WILL HUNTING


— Harvard Square —

Clam Chowder

Fish Cakes

Boston Cream Pie

Cape Codder






 

JULY


BREATH


— Australia —

Meat Pies

Grilled Veggie Kebobs

Pavlova

Ginger Beer/Mules







THE MATRIX


— Alternate Dimension —

Steak au Poivre

Noodles in Garlic-Chili Oil

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Red & Blue Jelly Beans

Red Wine/Grape Juice






3 IDIOTS

— India —

Naan

Veggie Samosas

Shrimp Coconut Curry

Butter Chicken

Kheer

Mango Lassi

Rose Milk





LEAVE NO TRACE


— Camping —

Chorizo & Veggie Aluminum Packets

Jalapeño Cheese Cornbread

S’mores

Sun Soaked Sangria







WOLF CHILDREN


— Japan —

Yaki Udon

Japanese Pork Meatballs (Niku-Dango)

Matcha Mochi

Calpis or Cherry Blossom Lemonade






 

AUGUST


MONEYBALL


— Baseball Stadium —

Chicago Dogs

Waffle Fry Nachos

Lemon Sorbet

IPA/Root Beer







ON BODY AND SOUL


— Hungary —

Langos

Chicken Paprikash w/Egg Noodles

Sauerkraut

Chestnut-Cherry Cake

Elderflower Spritzer






CAN YOU EVERY FORGIVE ME?


— Manhattan —

Reuben Sandwiches

Coleslaw & Pickles

Cheesecake

Manhattan/Cosmo







BACK TO THE FUTURE

— 1950s —

Cheese Whiz on Ritz Crackers

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ambrosia Salad

Hot Fudge Sundaes

Bullshots