Beat the Houston Heat

June 29, 2012

Winter-themed movies can take the heat out of summer


It’s almost Fourth of  July in Houston and everyone’s searching for ways to beat the record-breaking heat!  We all know the importance of staying indoors during the most intense part of the day, hydrating and eating moisture-rich foods, not overdoing our activity level, and drawing the shades to block out penetrating sun.  However, sometimes the helpful hints aren’t enough to break away from the overwhelming heat of a Gulf Coast summer.

Some of us believe that escaping from a hot Texas summer is the only strategy.  However, it’s late June and the triple digits are shattering record after record during each weather report and our airline tickets to Canada are date-stamped for August!  We’ve got to escape but leaving town isn’t an option, especially if we’re the family caregiver for aging parents.

Maybe it’s time for a movie!  Grab your rainbow snow cone, put a big bowl of ice in front of the fan, and tune on a classic flick.  Here’s our top-five picks of movies that feature plenty of snow, ice and furry hats!

Doctor Zhivago (1965)  Who can forget Omar Sharif in his role as a Russian doctor/poet who falls in love with a political activist’s wife, played by Julie Christie.  Much of the movie is set in cold, frozen lands.  The epic length of this movie classic should keep you occupied until the sun sets.

The Sound of Music (1965).  Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer dance, frolic and hide in beautifully crisp Austrian and Swiss alps.  The leafy green trees, placid summer lake and snow-capped mountains will have you reaching for a lightweight summer sweater.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946).  This Christmas classic is filmed in cool, refreshing snowdrift after snowdrift.  Actors James Stewart and Donna Reed help us remember that life shouldn’t be taken for granted and we’ll remember that a cool blast of our first cold spell will be met with the high expectations of kids on Christmas Eve.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980).  This movie opens with a scene on an icy, frigid planet in a galaxy far far away.  Luke needs our help!  Again.

Groundhog Day (1992).  Bill Murray finds himself living Groundhog Day all over again….and again…and again as he relieves a really bad day until he gets it right.  The frozen February in Punxsutawney, PA chills us to the bone, but we won’t mind.  We’ll receive a blast of coolness from February 2 and Bill Murray finds true love with his gal, played by Andie MacDowell.

A quick flick may take your mind off the blazing heat and these selections from years’ past are great conversation starters for your multigenerational family.

What’s your favorite cool weather movie?  How do you cool off in the summer time?  Join our forum and let us know!

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