April Showers May Bring Flowers

by Michelle C.

The last few weeks have been an odd mixture of winter and summer. There was one memorable day in which I was outside, jacketless, early in the day and three hours later it was snowing. How are we supposed to plan what to wear or what activities to do? I could be building a snowman or soaking up some sun in a hammock (I’d prefer the latter). But there is one activity that you can do rain, snow, or shine: watch movies.

If the old adage is true and April showers do bring May flowers, then this collection of rainy day movies should help bring on a beautiful spring.

Rain Man: A callous young hustler living in California finds his father has died and left him only rose bushes and a ’49 Buick convertible. Feeling cheated out of what he thinks should be his 3 million dollar inheritance, he kidnaps the autistic brother he never knew he had, and takes him on the ride of his life.

 Even the Rain: Idealistic filmmaker Sebastian and his cynical producer Costa arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about Christopher Columbus’ conquest of the Americas. But as filming commences, the local citizens begin to riot in protest against a multi-national corporation that is taking control of their water supply. With the film shoot in jeopardy, both men find their convictions shaken. Inspired by the real-life Water Wars in Bolivia in the year 2000.

Singin’ in the Rain: Silent movies are giving way to talking pictures, and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol is caught in that bumpy transition, as well as his buddy, prospective ladylove and shrewish co-star.

 

And maybe after all that rain, we will find ourselves in an…

Enchanted April: Lottie and Rose are two married women who share the misery of empty marriages and decide to rent an Italian castle for the spring to get away. In order to save money, they advertise for two other women to join them. Mrs. Fisher is an elderly widow is struggling with a lonely and regimented existence. She jumps at the chance to join the vacation. Lady Caroline Dester is a gorgeous flapper who has been grabbed one too many times and believes that she is sick of men. They arrive in San Salvatore. The seaside Italian castle is drenched in wisteria and sunshine. The women find themselves in a transformative beauty so enchanting that they experience changes in themselves they never thought possible.

What are some of your favorite movies to watch this time of year?

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