Movies to Chill By

The major film studios have never understood the Las Vegas market. To people who work 40-plus hours a week to sell the Vegas image, perception is reality—and yet Hollywood keeps giving us movies set in deserts and the tropics. If we wanted to think about blistering heat, we’d stand outside the casino and save $10. Fortunately, a handful of cold-weather movies do exist. Rent them tonight and imagine what a cool breeze feels like.

Dead Snow (2009)—Watch vacationing medical students battle zombie Nazis in the Norwegian alps. Lots of red on white.

March: Perfect for June.

March of the Penguins (2005)—Lots of walking on ice. And Morgan Freeman’s voice is itself a cool thing.

Dr. Zhivago (1965)—There’s an entire ice palace in this one.

Miracle (2004)—The true story of the USA 1980 Olympic Hockey team. Features Kurt Russell and several genuine mullets.

Alive (1993)—Soccer team crashes in the Andes; makes cold buffet of each other.

Better Off Dead (1985)—John Cusack skis the K-12, really fast, with a homicidal paperboy in pursuit.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)—Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid battle something called “supercooled air.” The air in question even gets its own chase scene.

A Christmas Story (1983)—Ah, why the hell not.

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