A huge portion of the United States is literally being attacked by clouds filled with snowflakes. It’s lovely when you’re sitting inside your warm place, fire roaring, coffee brewing. Then you go outside and the oppressive cold and impossible driving make it completely unreasonable to consider leaving the house again.
So don’t. Just stay inside. Watch these great movies on Netflix instead:
I know, this is hardly some amazing recommendation. It’s freaking astoundingly perfect as far as Bond movies go. It’s like recommending ice cream. All the flavors are good. Who doesn’t love at least five flavors of ice cream? BUT! As you are listening to the fire crackle and admiring the flakes outside, take a moment to appreciate the insane gorgeousness of Scotland in the winter. This is undoubtedly one of the most perfect film sets in all off Bond movie history.
This isn’t for everyone, I get that. And the accents are hilarious. But as a Minnesota native, this movie just GETS winter. Like, real winter. Not Christmas movies winter. Not the final scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary winter. Real winter. And it’s great.
How can I say that this movie is one of the most under rated movies about robots ever without sounding trite? Ok, I guess I can’t. How about I just tell you this: this movie is astoundingly underrated. It’s such a critical and beautiful take on aging, technology and loneliness - all of which don’t get enough attention.
Want to escape the snow? Want to feel like it’s not 10 degrees outside for even one minute? Then partake in this Alfonso Cuaron masterpiece and thank me later.
The alternative title for this movie should be: Black Friday. Huzzah. Tim Burton has never really been better. It’s on Netflix this very minute. You have no excuse. Just enjoy it.
Fall in Minnesota is all kinds of beautiful. This weekend in the Twin Cities was so perfectly crisp and sunny and colorful and gorgeous - if I was a child or a small dog, I would have been rolling around in the leaves in the sun. (Note: I might have done that anyway, even though I’m not a small dog or a child.)
Robot & Frank
For whatever reason, fall always reminds me of the cycle of life. Perhaps it’s the way the plants die so they can come back to life. Or perhaps it’s the way we all tidy our lives up for the winter when we will spend quiet time reflecting and gathering with those we care about most. This movie captures much of that time beautifully.
Indie Game: The Movie
When October 31 rolls around, don’t you just get the sense that the year is about to end and go: what the hell did I get done this year? Well, I do. It gets worse when Nov. 15th arrives. Indie Game is beautiful because it’s about what time can do. Time and passion and vulnerability.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The colors, art direction and style of this film feels like an ode to fall. Or maybe it’s just the references to hunting. Doesn’t matter. It’s a Wes Anderson movie and it’s perfect.
When Harry Met Sally
This one gets on the list because most of it takes place in the autumn. BUT, it also deserves a spot because falling in love in the fall is so magical. You should try it sometime.
Big shock, another Wes Anderson movie. This is my blog after all, and new school years and fall are basically synonymous. So are cuteness and Jason Schwartzman.
Every time I get on an airplane, I think the same exact thing:
Humanity never believed you could put hundreds of people into a chunk of aluminum with metal wings and make it fly across the globe until suddenly, you could do just that.
I want to believe that 100 years from now, the people of earth will be saying the same thing about time travel. Either because we are physically able to do it or because we have mastered a technique for preserving time in some way.
But until it’s perfected, I’ll write poems about the human method of time traveling:
She closes her eyes and parts her lips,
Her mind returning to a moment since past,
A body in motion without choice,
The cortex envisions a twisted bend of knuckles,
Two hands clutched tightly,
Running through the streets in laughter,
The preceding argument since lost,
Time ticking by and stripping away the mundane,
Leaving only traces of truth,
It’s London in the summer,
No recollection of bank overdrafts or late rent,
Only glorious sunsets and cheeky gentlemen,
The narrative is refined,
Stripped of any sign of banality,
Perfect hair days with spotless manicures prevail.
I was lucky enough to get into an early screening of About Time (it’s delightful - go see it) this week and it made me realize that we as humans would totally make a mess of our lives if we had the power to change even the most mundane of circumstances. So it’s probably OK if it takes 100 years. For now, I’ll time travel the best way I know how. With my memories.
I love how history gets preserved on the web. Access to information, especially rare or long lost information, is easier than ever thank to the web’s ability to retain and catalog beautiful historical artifacts. The vintage movie posters on Free Vintage Posters is one such example of this.
Here’s 10 totally free, print quality science fiction movie posters:
It’s well-documented, but I love movies. I love to watch them, re-watch them, talk about them, write about them. Even bad movies are still… movies. And I have to appreciate the work required for each to be born unto my eyes.
This fall will be particularly amazing. Just look at this lineup:
Touchy Feely - September 6, 2013
What can I say? Initial buzz on this movie is so-so, but I love an obnoxious twee movie about obnoxious twee people. Maybe it’s because it makes me feel better about myself. I don’t know.
Gravity - October 4, 2013
This movie could literally be Sandra Bullock floating around space for 90 minutes and I think I would like it. I would get a stomach ache, but I’d like it.
Thor: The Dark World - November 8
I am the only person I know that feels this way, but maybe one of you agrees: Thor is the BEST of the round one Marvel movies. Yeah, I know. BOLD. No wonder I’m so excited for the next movie.
About Time - November 8
I sense a double header weekend. Time travel? Check. Domnhall Gleason aka Bill Weasley? Check. Bill Nighy. Done damn deal.
Catching Fire - November 22
I don’t think I even need to explain why this is so exciting to me.
After these movies come and go, we still have so much to look forward to. Hobbit 2. Sherlock S3. Doctor Who Christmas Specials. We are in for a really great remainder of 2013, my friends. If you like that movie clapper necklace up top, you can buy it. I did. And I love it.
The title of this post is absurdly long, but entirely accurate. I wouldn’t have it any other way. These movies ARE summer. They live, breathe and embody summer. So if you can’t afford a big, expensive vacation or just need to get through a dreary and rainy day, these movies will effectively replace a lackluster summer schedule. And there’s plenty of attractive shirtless dudes in the bunch too.
In high school, I always imagined working at the amusement park would be the BEST JOB EVER. My town was too small for that dream to come to fruition, but this movie made me feel like I actually had the experience. In retrospect, I probably wasn’t missing anything. It gets bonus points for Martin Starr’s presence. He’s a gem.
4. Kings of Summer
This is the first most obviously named movie on the list, but it’s fitting. I am wildly in love with the charming, goofy and hilarious Biaggio played by Moises Arias. It’s like fireflies crawled through his nostrils in his sleep and lit him up. He’s that magical. And he makes this movie a total winner.