Harvest Time in the Movies

9.20.2012

I love it when the seasons change and I remember all of the movies I save for those months.

Spring? A Goofy Movie (nope, totally not joking), 
Winter? Basically any Christmas movie. Duh. But also, Little Women and While You Were Sleeping.

But Fall.

Oh, Fall is for the best of the best.

Here are my top five (in no particular order):


Dan in Real Life
Dan in Real Life is like a big cozy cable-knit throw to wrap myself up in. The house is just the most perfect family getaway (I always thought it was in Maine, but it's in Rhode Island). They eat meals together, they do a family talent show, they exercise in the front yard, they do crossword puzzle competitions as a battle of the sexes. They make up songs about Ruthie Pigface Draper. I'll be the first to admit - it bothers me how bratty the daughters are to their father, but it doesn't stop me from loving the family togetherness. And the wedding at the end. And the Sondre Lerche soundtrack. All of it. 

Favorite Quote
Marie: You. Are. Smooth.
Dan: Actually, I'm not smooth. I'm, uh, Dan.


Remember the Titans 
We all know that the feel-good football movies are not new territory. But we also know that Denzel Washington makes us believe in feel-good football movies again. There's a baby Ryan Gosling. A baby  Donald Faison (who has been a baby since Clueless), baby Hayden Panettiere, baby Kate Bosworth! I can't ever choose a favorite Titan. The soundtrack rivals that of Forrest Gump, and there is so much goodness that of course I cry. There's the element of fall in which school starts back up and the football stands are full of sweatshirts and turtlenecks and breath you can see through the shouting.

Favorite quote: 
"Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don't come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don't care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other. And maybe... I don't know, just maybe we'll learn to play this game like men."



When Harry Met Sally
This movies seems to be a given. The photo above is just iconic and synonymous with fall in my mind. My senior year of high school, I saw this movie for the first time. Since I have a deliciously obsessive personality, I think I watched it every day for at least a week. When friends came over, it was my only movie suggestion. I think it is where my Meg Ryan girl crush really began. I love movies that span friendships over many years. I love it when best friends finally realize they're the ones they're supposed to be with. I love how Billy Crystal sang Surrey with the Fringe on Top when his former wife and Ira walked up. And, THE SOUNDTRACK. It's baby Harry Connick, Jr! When he was a twinkle in our eyes. When he hadn't yet grown into his lips, and Michael Buble was probably still in a crib. Waiter, there is too much pepper in my paprikash. But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.


Favorite Quote (OH THERE ARE MANY):
"How about this way? I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."


Stepmom
I think it was a few months ago that ABC Family was playing this every night for ten weeks and I watched it every time because apparently I'm a glutton for punishment. It makes me ugly cry all over the place. I feel like I remain a tiny bit composed until Jackie (Sarandon) walks in to her room and it's filled with the cardboard cutouts of her little ones. Then, it's non-stop tears and swollen eyes and snot for the rest of the movie because I just can't handle it. I feel like anyone that comes from a divorced family feels the agony of it a bit deeper, but even so I still want to punch Jena Malone in the face about ten times because she gets away with so much sassiness. 

Quote that makes me want to die:
Isabel: Look down the road to her wedding. I'm in a room alone with her, fixing her veil, fluffing her dress, telling her no woman has ever looked so beautiful. And my fear is she'll think, "I wish my mom were here." 
Jackie: And my fear is... she won't. 


You've Got Mail
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, just kill me dead. Sleepless in Seattle doesn't really do it for me. I remember watching this for the first time when I was very young and didn't appreciate it. It's New York! It's AMERICA ONLINE! It's full of cardigans and romance and The Cranberries. It's perfection.    The supporting cast cannot be beat (Parker Posey, Greg Kinnear, Miss Rhode Island from Miss Congeniality, and Steve Zahn). It's sweet and innocent. It's The Shop Around the Corner, people. How can you resist its charm? How can you not feel deep pangs of guilt every time you step into a Barnes & Noble or Joseph Beth now? 

Impossible to choose a favorite quote, but I do love this one:
"I would have asked for your phone number and I wouldn't have been able to wait 24 hours before calling and asking, "How about coffee, drinks, dinner, a movie, for as long as we both shall live?"


What are your favorite Fall movies? Tell me!