For the first time in my memory of British summers and in a cruel twist of fate (or perhaps a stroke of luck if you’re a glass-half full kinda kid), we’ve experienced one of the longest summers I think i’ve ever known. Cruel, I say, because we’ve all been stuck indoors for nearly five months, except of course, for those of the population crowding up our small beaches.
I try so hard live in the moment and enjoy each season as it is, I truly do love the Summer and i’ve spent many days this year in lockdown, closing my eyes and practicing mindfulness, feeling grateful for the beautiful garden I can basque in.
But alas, try as hard as I might, I’ve learned my heart belongs to Autumn and Winter. The minute the weather took a turn this week I was sipping hot chocolate, staring out the window smiling wistfully at the rain and wishing the temperature would drop just that little bit more so that I could comfortably wear a jumper.
With a change in season comes a new movie preference. I no longer want to see young twenty-somethings frolicking on beaches, singing about love. I want crisp, crunchy leaves on the streets of New York and magical moments amongst friends and loved ones. I know that, with Autumn comes Halloween, which means many people love to indulge in horrific horror films but i’ve never been a fan of watching the torture and imaginative deaths of human beings so this list is strictly cosy, hygge-filled pleasantry.
You’ve Got Mail
My love for this film was reignited when it appeared on Netflix not too long ago. Aside from the fond nostalgia of that dial up tone (I’m the same age as the World Wide Web y’know), It’s hard not to fall in love with Nora Ephron’s dreamy version of New York City. With Kathleen Kelly’s (Meg Ryan) cosy little book store, dark and inviting coffee shops and the charming wonders of a young Tom Hanks, honestly what’s not to love?
When Harry met Sally
Another Nora Ephron classic starring Meg Ryan and obviously I don’t need to remind you of THAT scene. This isn’t my favourite love story but It’s a perfect rainy afternoon film, with Billy Crystal’s cynical charm and Ryan’s uptight belligerence, it’s refreshing to see a relationship actually evolve over years. I didn’t even recognise the Queen of Star Wars dotted throughout the movie until I did my usual IMDB research.
I usually relate Potter to Christmas but I think we all know he belongs quite snuggly in the months running up to my favourite festive time of the year. With all it’s magical glory and steadily increasing darkness, the films fit perfectly in with the season that brings us pumpkins and Halloween.
The Addams Family
Whilst the 2019 cartoon film is alright, nothing beats the 1991 spooky beaut and it’s 1993 follow up. With Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia leading the way as Morticia and Gomez, these films are the perfect halloween comedy.
Should I be including this if I’ve never seen the original? I bet if you’re a true fan of the 1980’s film you think i’m a real heathen, but hear me out; Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are comedy gold and a little slice of Chris Hemsworth is just really the cherry on top of an excellent cake. That’s it, that’s all you need to hear.
While I was Googling for inspiration and trying to remind myself of the films I loved, a lot of the below showed up on other bloggers lists. I thought I’d better include them so as not to appear ignorant but, I admit, none of the below are favourites of mine and I don’t go out of my way to watch them.
- The Nightmare before Christmas
- Hocus Pocus
- Practical Magic
- Mystic Pizza
- Edward Scissor Hands