5 More Fall Films

Dan Tarnowski / Mike Parish

Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm takes place in suburban Connecticut around Thanksgiving time. As every member of this 1970’s family spirals out of control, pursuing drink, sex, or the unknown, there is some great footage of Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, and Tobey Maguire getting up to no good in the great outdoors, and wearing cool coats to boot. —DT

Smack in the middle of fall, Donnie Darko is a film that literally makes no sense. It’s best not to try to make sense of it and instead just take it in like the smell of the leaves blowing around the school courtyard in the slow motion montage with Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels” playing behind it. The film deals a lot with death and what better way to allude to death than by utilizing the seasonal feel of fall and incorporating the holiday of Halloween. —MP

While I’ve never been a huge fan of the horror genre, I love low budget classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and of course, Halloween. The gritty appearance of Halloween, with it’s blurry, high contrast film quality, creates a spooky atmosphere even when the characters are safe and sound, walking home from school on a sunny, autumn street. The majority of the film, however, takes place at night, leaving the viewer to feel the terror and confusion of the characters that are hunted. —DT

Director Wes Anderson’s use of color is a subject often discussed. Rushmore’s palette evokes and encapsulates fall at its finest. I find it impossible to watch it and not feel comfortable, reliving the days that are too cool to be summer and not quite cold enough to be winter, when school starts, the leaves drop and things get moving. All of Anderson’s work, no matter what season it takes place in, owes a lot to this feeling; the characters, their clothing, the way they relate to the world. —MP

What can be better than solving a mystery that takes place in your hometown, starting two romantic relationships – one with a high school honey and one with an over-the-hill lounge singer – breaking into people’s apartments and almost getting murdered by a psychotic, gas huffing drug abuser and his gang of miscreants? Doing it all in the fall, of course. Blue Velvet is an interesting one, and while I’m pretty sure it starts at the end of summer and ends with a scene in the beginning of spring, it captures an innocence that tries to preserve itself through a portrait of Americana and the ominousness that hovers right below appearances. —MP


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