Movies You Should Watch: Autumn Edition
Photo collage of the films featured in this edition of Movies You Should Watch. (Collage by Emma Iverson.)

Movies You Should Watch: Autumn Edition

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With September slowly coming to an end and October rolling around the corner, pumpkins are popping up and autumn flavors and scents are reappearing in stores. Though Florida might not have the “full” effects of autumn, the weather begins to become less unbearable and puts people in the mood to watch movies that capture the fall experience. 

Whether one enjoys classic Halloween films, sporty fall movies or joyful autumn comedies, these featured picks will provide the fall serotonin boost to get into the seasonal spirit. 

Halloweentown – Disney Channel Original Movie

Released in 1998, Halloweentown is a classic Disney Channel movie directed by Duwayne Dunham. This film focuses on a 13-year-old girl named Marie who discovers she is a witch. As the movie progresses, Marie finds a secret portal and is transported into a majestic place known as Halloweentown that is ruled by ghosts, ghouls, witches and werewolves who all live apart from the human world. Even though it may seem like Marie has the best of both worlds, she soon finds herself battling evil curses, wicked warlocks and unforeseen surprises.

Coco – Walt Disney/Pixar

Released in 2017, Coco is a Disney-Pixar movie directed by Lee Unkrich. Coco focuses on Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Many know this Disney-Pixar film for its depiction of Latino culture, which is true, but many of the features in this movie are autumnal. Coco brings out the breathtaking visuals and color schemes that are highlighted during fall the season. Many people think of fall as a season for family, and Coco capitalizes on the family theme and remembers those who have passed. The story explores a 13-year-old boy, Miguel, who is transferred into the Land of the Dead, where he seeks guidance from his musician great-great-grandfather, then returns home to his family and overturns the family’s ban of music.

Coraline – Universal Pictures

Released in 2009, Coraline is a Universal Pictures film directed by Henry Selick. Through dazzling claymation, one might find Coraline to be quite the whimsical gothic fairytale. Scrambling through her new house, Coraline comes upon a secret door that leads her to an alternate universe within her home. Even though she is unaware that there is something sinister within those doors, she eventually finds herself fantasizing about her new lifestyle. To be able to remain inside this fantasy, she must take a sacrifice that one might not want to take.

Beetlejuice – Warner Bros

Released in 1988, Beetlejuice is a Warner Bros movie directed by Tim Burton. Beetlejuice is mainly known for its comical animations that are surrounded by an environment of spirits. Everything about this movie became classically niche. The story focuses on a deceased couple’s spirits who are being harassed by an intolerable family who has moved into their home. They contact Beetlejuice, an obnoxious and devious “bio-exorcist” who is hired to horrify the family.

Remember the Titans – Walt Disney Pictures

Released in 2000, Remember the Titans is a Walt Disney picture directed by Boaz Yakin. Some might question why this is considered an autumn movie, but autumn means back to school, freshly sharpened pencils and lots of football. This story focuses on a racially integrated high school football team who fights for its gritty wins. Each game was celebrated more than any holiday there is, and even though each member of the football team was fighting his own battle, they always put individual concerns to the side when it came to the game.

Friday Night Lights (The Movie) – Universal Pictures

Released in 2004, Friday Night Lights is a Universal Pictures film directed by Peter Berg. Many know that when fall comes, football comes, and the perfect way to prepare for both is by watching a classic fall football movie. Friday Night Lights is primarily about a team. Even though this is high school football, the crowd is always bigger than many college games. Friday Night Lights brings out the football fans, who rise to their feet and watch the high school athletes fight for their victories. Even when many of the students are injured or kicked off the team, there is an amazing comeback to the end of the football season.

Not the biggest autumn fan? That is okay! Kick back, relax and indulge in a range of comedic, eerie and sporty entertainment movies this fall season.

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