As the days begin to grow shorter, and the Memphis leaves begin to change, there is no doubt that Fall is approaching. Even as the seasons begin to change and nature begins to celebrate the long summer’s end, it’s hard to deny that this hasn’t been an easy year for anyone. Sometimes we just need a break from the endless news cycle, and a growing list of difficulties we face, and life in general. My suggestion: ITS TIME TO WATCH A MOVIE! This Autumn, I suggest that we take a breather, corral the family (and a few of these fine fall cocktails), and reconnect with some of our favorite Films. As we continue to responsibly social distance to help end the Pandemic, enjoy the 10 best Movies that remind us of Autumn.
1. Remember the Titans
This is an inspiring Biopic about a newly appointed African-American Coach (Denzel Washington) of a newly integrated high school football team, as they navigate their tumultuous journey during their first season as a racially integrated unit.
2. Hocus Pocus
When a curious teenage outcast moves to Salem, Massachusetts, he accidentally sets in motion events that awaken a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century. Talking cats, 90’s adventures montages, and Bette Midler’s amazing performance brings this witchy tale to life
3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. is an epic and heartwarming tale about a scared yet friendly Alien who meets a troubled child and his family. They will summon all of their courage to help their new Alien friend escape Earth and return to his home world.
In this visually beautiful musical from Pixar/Disney is the story of an aspiring musician Miguel, who is confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music. With a little help, and some magic, Miguel enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox
In this Wes Anderson Masterpiece filmed entirely in stop motion claymation, a sly and charming fox (voiced by George Clooney) cannot resist returning to his farm raiding, chicken snatching ways. The only problem is: The farmers. After things go terribly wrong, he must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Writers: Roald Dahl (novel)
Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murrary
6. Sleepy Hollow
Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane, a strange and jittery investigator that is sent to the small town of Sleepy Hollow in order to investigate the decapitations of three people. Things take a turn however,as the culprit is found out to be the legendary The Headless Horseman.
7. GhostBusters I & II
These hilarious and legendary adventures feature the story of Three former parapsychology professors (played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd , and Harold Ramis) set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. After the events of the first film, the discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
In this Stop motion animation Masterpiece and Halloween Classic, Jack Skellington, the King of HalloweenTown, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion, craziness, much to the dismay of the kidnapped Santa Claus. Come for the timeless songs and stay for the love story, and deeper meaning of kindness.
9. Pocahontas (Disney Animation)
This Disney Classic tells the epic and historically based story of an English soldier (Voiced by Mel Gibson) and the daughter of an Algonquin chief as they fall in love during the English colonists invasion of seventeenth century Virginia.
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man (Played by the deeply missed Robin Williams) who has been trapped in it for decades. After releasing countless dangers into their small town, the chaos can only be stopped by finishing the game.