We’re currently in the post-Halloween/pre-Christmas time of the year. For me, it’s like an elongated version of the few days between Christmas and New Year when no one really knows what to do with themselves. Maybe I’m just the most dramatic person on earth, but I feel kinda over spooky season, and even though I was watching Christmas films in April, I feel bad recommending them to anyone before December.
So, here is a short list of movie recommendations for November – that odd month where the festive decorations are going up, the clocks have changed, but in my head it’s still Summer. I adore Autumn, but don’t want to say goodbye to the midday sun and green leaves just yet!
The small-town setting with the darkness of the jungle makes it a great nostalgic family option for evening viewing whilst the chill winds are blowing. Mystery and chaotic fun are wrapped up in a cosy comfort blanket, ready for us to dive into. I can also highly recommend the recent reboots of the franchise, starring Karen Gillanand Dwayne Johnson.
Being one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films, I feel this works perfectly as a watch for this time of year mainly because of the colour palette. We see bright reds and dull oranges swimming with deep jewels of green within Arrietty’s world. There’s mystery and edge, but most importantly heart. It’s an escape and an education in one.
3. The Hunger Games
Again for the colours, this film series screams Autumn. There’s a harshness and grit, something to watch with the lights off and candles burning.
4. The Falling
From one of my favourite writers and directors, Carol Morley, The Falling feels cold to touch. When I think about it, it’s like my breath is fogging up. There’s something so beautiful yet chilling about it that I constantly want to be watching it or talking about it. The themes are considered and curated in the cleverest of ways. I adore how it makes me feel, how it makes me feel I should feel. If you want to continue spooky season without the typical horror, I hope this one leaves you thinking.
5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Even though this film has a glint of Summer in its reflection, the deep truth fires through the film, making it something to devour when the weather is cooler.
Not a long list, but hopefully there’s something here to watch however you’re feeling and whoever you’re with this November. What is on your recommendation list for this time of year?
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