"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms." --- Tom Hanks as Joe Fox in You've Got Mail
Why is it that all the movies that are supposed to be about Autumn (Autumn in New York, Sweet November) suck royally and all the ones that have nothing to do with this wonderful season just make you want to jump into a big pile of leaves? I went outside today and it was just so beautiful, that, well, I wanted to write about all the movies that remind me of Fall. So here we go:
This movie really only takes place in the Fall at the beginning, and the beginning doesn't really hold the most crucial plot points of the movie. However, that opening credits sequence gets me every time, and I just want to head back to school with a brand new backpack and pencil in hand while walking through the leaves on the way. I'm not even sure why, since the movie pretty much depicts the Fall as shitty since that when she gets knocked up and ends up with all her problems. Maybe the producers just failed at doing their job, but I just end up dressing in red, orange, and yellow after watching this movie.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) ((SPOILER ALERT))
Maybe it's the famous image of Justin Henry running to Meryl Streep with his scarf blowing behind him. Maybe it's the leaves all over the ground when Dustin Hoffman has to tell his son that he lost custody. Actually, now that I think about it, a lot of this movie takes place in the Fall. And there's really no better setting- it hasn't yet gotten really cold, and yet it's still colorful outside. Bam! Metaphor. Anyway, this movie is one of those where you can just smell the atmosphere even though you aren't there. It makes me think of Autumn not only because of the setting, but because of the topic- it's about the end of something, the same way we think about Fall as happening toward the end of the year and the closing of Summer.
A Beautiful Mind (2001) ((SPOILER ALERT))
I think that the direct connotation to academia inspires a feeling of needing a fresh Fall breeze on your face. This movie takes place over the course of several decades, but because of the college atmosphere presented in most of the scenes, I am reminded of Fall. I mean, Fall is when college students head back to school. It's when people dress up in crazy costumes and pretend to be someone else. It's when you can go on a date outside and not look like an idiot because it's cute (Winter's too cold, Summer's too hot, and Spring's too sappy). Unless I'm mistaken, all of these things happen in this movie (ok, maybe there's no shot of Russell Crowe with a costume on, but he's schizophrenic, so I'm counting it). So send in the semi-cold!
What Dreams May Come (1998)
The tree! The tree! God, I love this movie. Why it reminds me of Fall, though, I can't tell you. Honestly, I have no fucking clue. Maybe because the tree changes colors? But it's based on her mood, not the season. Hmm. If anyone can provide me with answers, please comment. The only thing I can think of is a peanut butter sandwich reminding me of going to school every day. Although, I only wish that I could share it with someone on a boat. So fucking adorable.
French Kiss (1995)
So... not about Fall AT ALL. Yet still so reminiscent. I guess there's just something about Kevin Klein standing next to a vineyard that makes you want to put on a scarf and head to France this Autumn. If only, if only. Also, the fact that Meg Ryan is coming from Canada and trying to become a Canadian citizen. Because Canada's cold. Aaaaand Fall's cold. Yeeeah. Don't you just love my logic?
Doesn't reading this list just make you want to go outside and play?
The Movie Mistress