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Aug 16 2018

Movies to Make You Hot (& Sweaty)

bySeán McGovern

If summer is making you all hot and bothered (and sticky and sweaty),you should crank your movie watching up to your body heat.What are your favourite films set in the long,hot summer?My suggestions after the jump,cool off in the comments...

DOG DAY AFTERNOON(dir.Sidney Lumet,1975)
Quite possibly the sweatiest film ever made and an advocate for air-conditioning,Sidney Lumet's gripping and intense thriller will leave you dripping,regardless.If you haven't seen this queered masterpiece set in 70s New York,allow yourself the pleasure.43 years later I think we can spoil it: Al Pacino holds up a Brooklyn bank to get the cash for his wife - Chris Sarandon - to undergo their sex change.A paranoid portrayal of gender roles,police violence and New York outcasts.And what else?It's all based on fact.Attica!Attica!

STRANGER BY THE LAKE(dir. Alain Guiraudie,2013)
Just some hot cruising and a spot of cold blooded murder and what have you: your blood runs cold while other parts heat up.Franck whiles away the summer days at the local lake,taking a swim,having some sex,witnessing a murder.And what are you supposed to do when the man killing off the locals is a complete sex god?  A contemporary classic in queer cinema: tense,intriguing,philosophical,sexy.Unapologetically French too,d'accord?

DO THE RIGHT THING(dir.Spike Lee,1989)
Rivaling DDA for the best use of steaming-hot tensions,Do The Right Thingcompletely boils over while the former manages to nearly stay at a constant simmer.Thirty years old next year and every moment of it as new as some boxfresh Jordans.Dare to watch Rosie Perez dance the title sequence and not be mesmerised.

BODY HEAT(Lawrence Kasdan,1980)
IfThe Accidental Touristjust isn't horny enough for you,make sure to check out Kathleen Turner's debut in this erotic thriller.With all the intrigue and danger of the noir with the sticky sleaze of the 1980s,prepare to develop a lifelong crush on William Hurt,one to which my mother can definitely avow.Kathleen Turner is Matty,who finds a way to reel in sexy but stupid detective Ned Racine to pick off her husband.Save this one for last.It's a sizzler.

A mere taste of some of hot and sweaty summer movies - what are yours?

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I just watched BODY HEAT the other night.It was too much sweltering,so I started watching the 3rd season of FARGO because I need snow and ice and I always need more Carrie Coon in my life.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterCorey


August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

Body Heat - Kathleen Turner's first film.What an audacious debut,she is perfect in this role,and that voice...
Also,there is a line about the heat making people do things they wouldn't ordinarily do.Which is actually true.
Netflix should take this whole list and make it available.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

I always loved this moment in Almodovar's "Law of Desire".

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterCris

Was REAR WINDOW too obvious a choice to make the cut?

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

Dog Day Afternoon is just the best.One of the great American movies.And as to great elements you didn't mention - Charles Durning is so good in a medium-sized role,and Carol Kane is marvelous (and so lovely) in a small role.

I mean it's barely in our rear-view mirror,but I'd say Call Me By Your Name fits nicely on this list too.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

What do we gotta do to get this blog to acknowledge the genius of CROOKLYN already?There have been several chances lately to discuss this masterpiece (1994 SA,Spike Lee posters,now) and NADA.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

Duh...The Long Hot Summer.And more exquisite Newman in Cool Hand Luke.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRosa Moline

"The Go-Between"with Julie Christie and Alan Bates.The languorous Julie in lacy Edwardian white,idly swinging in a hammock,while the two lovers plot their next clandestine sweetly savoured meeting.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Great choices...each a major hit!

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

I think City of God is pretty swety

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBoyLixo

And another Julie Christie movie,"Heat and Dust",an early James Ivory/ Ismail Merchant/ Ruth Jhabvala collaboration.Sex and desire and oppression in India's hot season.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

La Piscine,with smoking hot stars Alain Delon and Romy Schneider(and its remake: A Bigger Splash)

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

@chasm301 There were so many choices I didn't put in because I wanted to see what would happen down here!!

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeán

"92 in the Shade"with Peter Fonda and the much loved much missed Harry Dean Stanton,Warren Oates,Margot Kidder.

For me,the master of connecting outside weather to internal states of being,is director Peter Weir.Unsettling,unnerving,the weather touches something in the back of our subconscious."Picnic at Hanging Rock","The Last Wave","The Year of Living Dangerously","The Mosquito Coast","Master and Commander".

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Top Gun...For that homoerotic volleyball scene alone!The sweating,the flexing,the shots of abs and muscles,and Kenny Loggins' song "Playing with the Boys"is the cherry on top!

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterEric Fremen

1940.The Letter--You can almost hear the mosquitoes buzzing around Bette's Davis' calm and "cool"heroine,even as her story unravels.

1958.The Long Hot Summer--Paul Newman woos Joanne Woodward and the mint juleps keep coming.

1974.The Towering Inferno--not sure this was set in summertime,but I do know it's damn hot.With an all-star cast.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

adri--cosign the Julies!!

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Marilyn Monroe in Niagara

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterNJ

Y tu Mama También

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPete

The Seven Year Itch!

(Also,Fried Green Tomatoes,the misbegotten Palmetto,The Postman Always Rings Twice remake,and the just-discussed Summer of Sam.)

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko


"Palmetto"is Trashy trash,yes,but heated Sex Thriller with Woody Harrelson,Elizabeth Shue and Gina Gershon sweating it up in Florida.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

So many good choices in the comments: The Long Hot Summer,Cool Hand Luke,A Bigger Splash,The Go-Between,The Letter...I love love love Dog Day Afternoon and Stranger by the Lake too.

And it sounds like I need to see Body Heat!

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

First two that came to mind were "A Bigger Splash"and "The Sandlot".Would make for an interesting pairing.

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterTeppo2

Suddenly,Last Summer!!!Whr Liz is used as a pawn in Sebastian twisted sexual explores!!

August 16,2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

Probably not in the radar of most,but Robert Towne'sAsk the Dustwith Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek conveyed heat and sweat from the humidity and probably something more primal.

Also John Sayles'Passion Fishalways makes me feel the heat like some haptic magic the cinematographer conjured to make viewers feel the heat and humidity.

August 18,2018 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

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