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Five classic fall films
October 6, 2021
As the warm summer nights slowly depart and the cool crisp air arrives, it can be difficult to make the mental switch from summer to fall. Fall and movies go together the same way science goes with a green folder. While it’s easy to find Halloween and Christmas movies, finding movies that are fall-related is not as simple as it seems. These five fall movies are all strong options to get you into a fall mood.
Knives Out – Murder, family drama, Daniel Craig with a weird accent and cold weather: the perfect mix for an autumn movie. This film starts with finding out Harlan Thrombey, very wealthy, has died. The police believe it was suicide but a private detective thinks it was murder. We follow different family members and people who worked for Harlan to find who dunnit. The movie goes through the events leading up to Harlan’s death, while still bringing you along the investigation. The fall season and the murder mystery details both add to why this is a good fall film. (130 minutes)
Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter Series – It would feel wrong not to include this film series in this list. The Harry Potter series makes anyone excited about autumn. For many people it can be a struggle to get back into a school mood, but watching Hermione study will give you the motivation to do the same. These movies bring you into the wizarding world and lets you escape our stressful reality and enter a school with quidditch instead of football. Hogwarts is a school and that adds to the end of summer feeling but the setting and color scheme are what really adds to the fall feeling. (varying length)
Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society – This award winning movie teleports you into a different world. Taking place in a boarding school in Vermont called Welton Academy, this film reminds me of fall for the one reason I don’t like this season: school. During the course of this movie we see a group of boys taken in by a teacher who creates a poets society. But the other teachers at Welton don’t approve, causing issues between. While that is happening, the main character, Neil, wants to be in a play but his father does not approve. This causes issues between the whole group. And although this movie has every emotion you could think of, from joy to despair, it’s a masterpiece and one of my all-time favorites. (128 minutes)
Hocus Pocus – I can’t compile a fall movie list without including at least one Halloween movie, and the best one is Hocus Pocus. This 1993 witch movie set in Salem, Massachusetts is exactly what you want in a Halloween movie. While it may not be ‘The Conjuring’ scary, or even scary at all, it’s a fun movie with an exemplary fall setting. The film starts during the Salem Witch Trials with the execution of three sisters who are witches. Fast forward three centuries to present day 1993. You watch a cat, a boy, his little sister and his crush. The witches come back after being dead for centuries, and the witches try to hunt the kids to get what is “rightfully” theirs. (96 minutes)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Fantastic Mr. Fox, the epitome of a fall movie. With the color scheme and subtle hints of winter rolling in, I don’t know how much more autumn-like this movie could be. This movie follows a family of foxes and the issues they encounter, but more specifically the problems Foxy Fox ( Mr. Fox ) and his sidekick, Kylie Sven Opossum, make for the animal community. The fall undertone never leaves, which makes this the perfect movie to keep you excited for the end of summer season. (87 minutes)