It’s summer (well, allegedly, anyway), and if you live near the beach, that means beach parties! If you’re in the middle of Brooklyn, however, it means drinking warmish beer on a grubby rooftop and pretending that, hey, you could be on a beach if you close your eyes and pretend hard enough. Alternatively, you could also retire back into your fan-less bedroom and watch music videos on YouTube. Specifically, you could watch videos featuring beach parties, of which there have always been a large number — and never moreso than in the 1990s, when pretty much every remotely upbeat song had a video featuring sun, sand, surf and skin. Here are ten of the best (along with a special bonus that really is the best).
This week’s new releases find big stars seeking to reframe our impressions of them — one a movie star reminding us he’s a movie star, the other a movie star reminding us she’s an actor. Over on Netflix, you’ll find a disturbing new documentary about the sex industry and the breakthrough film of one of our most exciting directors. And in the catalog releases, we’ve got an entertaining early look at two actors who’ve seen more lows than highs in subsequent years.
Sometimes a movie star drifts away so quietly, you don’t even notice. From the $800 million-plus-grossing Independence Day in 1996 through the $600 million-plus-grossing Hancock a dozen years later, Will Smith was one of the biggest — if not the biggest — movie stars on the planet, deploying his off-the-charts charisma and unflappable cool in such monster hits as Hitch, I Am Legend, I, Robot, and the Bad Boys and Men in Black movies. And then, he just sorta… stopped. His 2008 drama Seven Pounds was an uncharacteristic underperformer, Men in Black III (which followed a four-year absence from the screen) made boatloads of money and almost no impression, and After Earth — in which he played second fiddle to his son Jaden — was a notorious flop domestically (though it did just fine overseas). And thus Will Smith, once a brand name, finds himself with something to prove. Luckily, his latest movie Focus proves it — reminding us why he became a star in the first place, and providing a glimpse of where he might go from here.