Summer movie season is upon us! Whether you prefer to relax in the nearest air-conditioned multiplex, drink a PBR on an old couch at the local indie cinema, or turn your apartment into a cozy home theater, here are some fun excuses for throwing a movie-themed party this summer:
Before Midnight (May 24):
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are married with kids in Greece, almost two decades after they met on an overnight train to Vienna. Theme: Philosophy 101 drinking game / existentialism bingo. Drink also for meditations on mortality, nostalgia, or waning romantic desire.
The Internship (June 7):
In this two-hour commercial for movie about Google, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson compete with young techies for an internship at the search-engine giant. Theme: Valencia Street hipsters — ironic glasses, t-shirts emblazoned with the logos of well-known startups, ceramic demitasses (pinkies out), very expensive messenger bags.
This Is the End (June 12):
The Apocalypse begins during a kegger at James Franco’s house. All the best celebrities are in this movie. Theme: None needed, this clearly is already a party.
The Bling Ring (June 14):
Sophia Coppola’s latest is based on a Vanity Fair profile of the LA teenagers who got caught robbing celebrities’ homes in the summer of 2009. Theme: Come in your (faux-) designer best. Venti Frappuccinos and knockoff Juicy velour sweatpants obligatory; Valley-girl accent encouraged.
Hammer of the Gods (July 5):
I have no idea what this is about, but it looks like it involves a lot of blood and chainmail. Plan accordingly. Theme: Vikings?
The Conjuring (July 19):
Creepy summer cinema at its finest. Ed and Lorraine Warren, professional exorcists, investigate a family’s possessed farmhouse. Theme: Homemade special effects to startle your friends: weird noises, invisible hands clapping, sudden blackouts, doors opening of their own accord, etc. It also might be a good idea to redecorate your place in farmhouse chic.
Man of Steel (June 14), The Wolverine (July 26), Thor: A Dark World (November 8):
Okay, so Thor isn’t technically a summer movie, but it’s clear that comic-book movies are making yet another comeback this year. Theme: Feel free to throw your standard, garden-variety superhero costume party, OR have everyone come as a washed-up action hero (a balding Wolverine, a Superman who can barely even levitate, etc.).
Elysium (August 9):
In the year 2154, the 1% live on an idyllic, disease- and violence-free space station called Elysium, while the other 99% are stuck on a ruined Earth. Matt Damon, an earthling, plots to storm the castle. Like Avatar, without the aliens? Theme: Intergalactic dystopian future. No aliens.
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