See, Hear, Read: the essential DVDs, albums and books of the summer
Even the most vacation-phobic, 80-hour-work-week keener is programmed to let things slide a little when the humidex shoots up. Whether your summer plans involve waiting on the tarmac at Pearson, sitting in traffic on the 400, standing shoulder to shoulder on the island ferry or just conducting a private work-to-rule campaign in your cubicle, picking the right time waster is crucial. Here, some excellent ways to stay entertained during the sticky season.
For Leafs fans in need of a little ice time, this violent yet endearing hockey comedy about an underachieving scrapper who beats the odds is just the thing to keep hope alive (until it’s inevitably dashed again in the fall).
Forget Tim Burton’s big-screen remake and go for the original. This cultish, low-budget 1960s soap opera has drama, romance and a 200-year-old vampire. For days when you just can’t face the sun.
Disney’s take on the classic tale of a beautiful girl and her cursed paramour gets a totally unnecessary yet incredibly cool 3D upgrade. The film still holds up—both as an enchanting fable and as a babysitter while school’s out.
The French director Michel Hazanavicius’s aggressively charming, Oscar-winning homage to Hollywood’s silent era is the kind of film that brings a little class to the average movie night. As elegant and stylish as a pencil moustache.
Emily VanCamp stars as a young woman in the Hamptons seeking biblical vengeance on the socialites who destroyed her family. It’s addictive, overblown and deliciously soapy. Watch it with friends you trust.