I am in full Autumn mode, which means that all of the movies I watch right now have to consist of those magical autumnal vibes which are happening outside- although I can’t deny in a few days the Christmas movies will be getting played. Something about the cold weather makes me want to lie on my couch all day, watching movies from decades past (well, I am this lazy most of the time anyway). Every year, I fall in love with ‘fall’ all over again, and I love the films which seem to share the same love; the movies where the characters are wearing big cosy jumpers and coats, running about a beautiful city or a small town.
I am the type of person who watches the same films annually, I stick to what I know and like, but sometimes I push the boat out and watch something new, to add some new classics to the list.
One film which I watch every year around October is ‘You’ve Got Mail’. A 90s classic with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, this film is perfection for me. Everything Meg Ryan wears in the movie could create a full Pinterest board; many times in the past I have tried to copy her looks. Speaking of Meg Ryan, I also love to watch ‘When Harry Met Sally’– once again , her wardrobe is very stylish, with many cool hat and blazer outfits, while she and Billy Crystal take autumnal walks around Central Park. Goals.
Maybe it’s because I’m an English Literature student, but ‘Dead Poets Society’ is another one which feels very autumnal to me, as it takes place in dreamy Vermont. I always take style inspiration from those preppy school uniforms. ‘The English Teacher’ is also one which I have watched the past few years; I’m not sure it is necessarily good but I like it, and Julianne Moore is always amazing. Staying on the same wave length of movies about influential teachers, I love ‘Mona Lisa Smile’. The main focus in this is all of the female characters in this film, as they all figure out that they can want more out of life than marriage and children- and of course Julia Roberts is always amazing.
This year I also watched ‘Mystic Pizza’ for the first time and questioned why it wasn’t in my life sooner? It’s also set in a small town with very different, strong minded women wearing knitted jumpers and ‘Mystic Pizza’ t-shirts, once again including Julia Roberts when she was very very young, pre Pretty Woman fame.
Of course, it is impossible for me to talk about movies without bringing up a Nancy Meyers flick. ‘Father of the Bride’ is one of my favourite films of all time, which I could probably watch at any point during the year, but especially around October/ November as it has such a cosy, family feel to it which is ideal at this time of year. ‘The Blind Side’ is another one which makes me feel happy and confident that there good people willing to help others; it’s just a film about family, and some American football.
As there is only a day left until Halloween, I really like getting into the mood by watching a few favourites from this time. ‘Practical Magic’ is a classic, and ‘Halloweentown’ will always be on this list because it was such a big part of my childhood. The Harry Potter movies are also great during October, especially ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, since there is a scene at a pumpkin patch. But obviously, the number one Halloween movie has to be given to ‘Hocus Pocus. I would watch this all month- it is the perfect Halloween film!
You can’t go wrong with a proper old Hollywood classic movie, especially on a rainy Sunday afternoon. ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and ‘Casablanca’ are the best films if you’re craving a bit of the black and white magic, or if you have 5 hours then give ‘Gone With the Wind’ a wee watch.
I could go on forever, but I don’t think November has enough time to watch any more films.