Winter is coming ……Winter has hit Michigan hard in the last few weeks and after a mild fall, a soft smooth few months of winter and a SLAM it in your face January, February and now March …we are so done. Just over it. Ready for windows open, less layers of clothing and walking with out fear of falling …..I’m thinking about movies that bring weather along as a character…with out the mood and setting of outdoor conditions the film would just not be the same ….
BODY HEAT (1981, Dir: Lawrence Kasdan) — Although the city of Miami sets an interesting backdrop for drama, it really could be any city featured in this story – but the heat…the dripping, smothering, body heat, stifling air that helps guide this torturous lust fest. I admit, it was Kim Zimmer that made me take notice of this film – something about her smile and smirk, but ultimately the desperate sweaty heartfelt thumping of William Hurt’s panting that makes it worth watching.
THE ICE HARVEST (2005, Dir: Harold Ramis) — The weather of Wichita, Kansas is relentless….you feel the trapped desperation of the characters based as much on their nemisis the weather as the creepy criminals (who ? not sure which side you should really be on?) As falls Wichita so falls Wichita Falls, is such a tongue twisting line it stays with you well after the film ends and you get warm once again.
KITCHEN STORIES (2003, Dir: Bent Hamer) (Norway) — The appearance of weather in this film is like the second best friend or the super nice barber/bookseller/bartender that you take note of and admire but its not until the story wraps up that you realize it was one of your favorite parts of the film. A sweet, slow, interesting film enhanced by the natural background.
CORALINE (2009, Dir: Henry Selick) — While it is the location combined with the weather that sets the mood for this beautiful story, it is worth noting because so much of the story is set up for the adventures by its use of outdoor space, lighting and weather. A lovely film, too scary for anyone under 10.