Fall Films

Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22, but for me, fall starts in 11 days. As soon as September hits, it’s time for my fall and winter movie collections to come out of hibernation. Come September, though, I won’t just be curled up on the couch watching movies at home, but I’ll also be splitting my time between living in the theater. Have you seen this fall’s movie lineup? There are so many good movies on its way, so without further ado, these are the ones that I’m most excited for…

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What are you looking forward to watching this fall?

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So Magical It Could Be In A Movie

When I walk or drive by an interesting or beautiful location, I think of all the different types of movie scenes that could surround that one place. Do you remember certain movie scenes in which the location perfectly captured the moment? For me, a couple of those include the scene in The Notebook when Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are dancing in the empty street at night to the imaginary soundtrack of Billy Holiday (see a) or the quaint English cottage from The Holiday (see b). Here are some scenes of winter wonderlands that I think would be perfect locations for the big screen.



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Friday’s Features

The Vow trailer. I know this movie doesn’t come out until February, but I saw it in the previews in theaters and couldn’t get over it.

We are already half-way through fall. I haven’t had the chance to bust out any scarves, coats, or boots, but the absence of cold weather hasn’t stopped me from cozying up and watching my shows and movies. This weekend includes a trip to the beach, great food, great people, and a lot of reminiscing. Have a really great weekend! For the time being, these are the things I have been watching + craving.

♥ Bubble gum cigars. I remember eating these as a kid. They are so much more fun than regular stick gum. You can order them here.

♥ The minimalist’s way to celebrate a birthday. Chocolate cake truffles.

♥ Audrey Hepburn’s test screen shots for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

♥ Plastic popcorn bucket. I used this in my A Dash of Cinema picture (seen on my homepage). You can get them here. In addition to popcorn, this bucket is great for holding magazines and flowers.


Working Hard or Hardly Working

When I am swamped with work, sometimes I need a little pick-me-up in the shape and form of a movie. There are many women — both real and fictional — to look up to, but when I compile my quick list of movies with standout stars, this is what I come up with. These are light-hearted movies (and TV show), and 4 of the 5 women are writers/producers/journalists, something I feel I can relate to. The 5th woman (Mandy Moore in Because I Said So) is a food caterer. No matter what their profession, these women gain strength from their mistakes, learn to adapt, and embrace who they are and what they want to become.

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Now A Major Motion Picture: The Time Traveler’s Wife

When a book is made into a movie, it can either be a hit or miss. The heart of the story can so easily be overlooked or purposely changed just for box-office success. This I understand, but when a book has a heartbreaking ending, sometimes the movie just needs to capture that pain. On the other hand, when a movie portrayal of a novel is well done, it can really be well done. Too well done that you might even change your mind about the book. I think it depends on the actors/actresses, director’s direction, and the scenes that are kept/cut. The last thing anyone wants is for a movie to ruin a book, or vice versa.

When I learned that my one of my favorite books, The Time Traveler’s Wife, was being made into a movie, I wasn’t quite sure how to feel about it. The book tells a beautiful story, is smart, and is gorgeously written. While I had always imagined Rachel McAdams as Clare, I wasn’t so keen on Henry being portrayed by Eric Bana. Even though I cried (read: bawled my eyes out), I was dissatisfied with how certain scenes were depicted. In my head I had thought of some scenes playing out differently. Though a movie might not perfectly capture your vision of a book, it is still fun to see the characters you read about come to life in front of you on a big screen.