Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Happy Fall Monty!
With the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the chance to see your favorite actors in cute hats, sweaters and scarves. Now, is the perfect time to cozy up with a hot cup of tea, a blanket, furry friend and one of your favorite fall films.
When Harry Met Sally(1989). Romantic comedy film, written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The soundtrack performed by Harry Connick, Jr., with a big band and orchestra arranged by Marc Shaiman. Connick, won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance.
The classic romantic comedy, will leave you dreaming for a leisurely walks through Central Park in autumn and humming along to Harry Connick. The best autumn scene: Sally sharing her faceless-guy-ripping-off-her-clothes fantasy with Harry in Central Park in the fall.
Best autumn scenes: The film features many images of a beautiful New York city autumn, including the scene when Mickey and Holly, walk through Central Park.
St. Elmo’s Fire(1985). A coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. Cast: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Mare Winningham, is a movie that revolves around a group of friends that have just graduated from Georgetown University and their adjustment to their struggles with unrequited love, infidelity, unemployment and romantic triangles.
Best autumn scene: On a beautiful fall Saturday, the gang drives through the leafy streets around Georgetown University in a jeep and, Alec, hints that he’s becoming a Republican.
Autumn in New York(2000). Romantic/drama film directed by Joan Chen and starring Richard Gere, Winona Ryder and Anthony LaPaglia.
The movie is about a May/December romance between commitment-phobe Will and free spirt Charlotte, who’s terminally ill.
Best autumn scene: When Will and Charlotte walk in the falling golden leaves in a NYC park. Also, the opening scene with a bird’s eye view of the fall colors in Central Park.
Stepmom(1998). Comedy/drama directed by Chris Columbus. Cast: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris.
This tearjerker film centers is about the relationship of a dying mom Jackie, her ex-husband’s much-younger girlfriend Isabel and the children they both love. Make sure to have plenty of Kleenex.
Best autumn scene: In the backyard of the family home, Isabel, suspecting that Jackie is planning move to the West coast with the kids and confronts Jackie and learns her true secret.
This film has best fall costumes, Jackie, wears lots of cozy sweaters and scarves, suede jackets and riding boots and Isabel wears turtlenecks, hip knit caps and camel coats.
Dead Poets Society(1989). Drama. Cast: Robin Williams and directed by Peter Weir. Set at a conservative and aristocratic boys prep school, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry and literature.
The story is set at the fictional Welton Academy in Vermont in the 1950s, and features football games and gorgeous fall foliage.
Best autumn scene: Nothing says fall like parents saying goodbye to their children on the first day of school.
One True Thing(1998). Drama directed by Carl Franklin. It tells the story of a self-absorbed reporter who puts her life on hold to care for her mother who is dying of cancer. It was adapted by Karen Croner from the novel by Anna Quindlen. Cast: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt and Tom Everett Scott. Bette Midler sings the lead song, "My One True Friend", over the end credits. The track was first released on Midler's 1998 album Bathhouse Betty.
New York, in autumn is the perfect setting for this touching family drama. Best autumn scene: When mom and daughter, in Halloween costume, are eating candied apple and really connect for the first time on a Ferris wheel at the fall fair.
Sleepy Hollow(1999). A period horror film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Marc Pickering, Michael Gambon, Jeffrey Jones, Casper Van Dien, Ian McDiarmid, Michael Gough, and Christopher Walken. The plot follows police constable Ichabod Crane sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman. Set in the bleakest part of the fall, with fog and mist adding to the eerie atmosphere.
Best autumn scene: Get that blanket ready to pull over your eyes for the first chilling late-night appearance of the Headless Horseman in the scary autumn woods.