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My Favourite Summer Movie

Some of Halifax’s finest share the summery flicks they’ll never get sick of.

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Wet Hot American Summer

Because I went to camp for 10,000 years, was a councillor and am drawn to romantic summertime drama as well canoeing and water sports. Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Janeane Garofalo are three of my favourite humans that I don't know. —Jenn Grant, musician


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How would you feel about a surreal and hilarious summer camp movie where a talking can of mixed vegetables gives advice to an unhinged Vietnam war vet/camp cook played by Christopher Meloni? —Mark Flindall, programming manager, Atlantic Film Festival




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Stand By Me

There was an abandoned railway track at the end of my driveway growing up, and one summer---inspired by this film---my older brother, cousins and I took a summer walk along it when we were kids, looking for some kind of adventure. We never found a dead body. —Tim Crabtree, musician


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Remember that one summer you and your childhood best friends found a dead body? What a bonding experience! Come for the coming-of-age story, stay for the amazing soundtrack. —Trevor Murphy, host of Halifax Is Burning





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Do The Right Thing

Holy crap it's important! Summer heat as a metaphor for racial tension? Nice, Spike. Niiiice. —Cheryl Hann, actor




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Dirty Dancing

I love romance that starts on dance floors with soul songs and basslines and good moves and heat. —Tanya Davis, poet




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Weekend At Bernie's

If not for the oversized Hawaiian shirts then love it for the fact it's 100 percent zany. Everyone can use more zany. —John Mullane, musician




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A League of Their Own

When I was a kid I used to brag about how many times I had seen it. I stopped counting at 32. At that time I was like, 12. That number is now embarrassingly high. Dirt in the skirt! —Jenna Dufton, programming manager, OUTeast



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Beasts of the Southern Wild

It's raw and charming and heartbreaking. Quvenzhané Wallis gives one of my favourite performances of any actor in any movie. —Don Brownrigg, musician

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