Friday night movies #1: autumn feel good classics

Well, we’re officially a week into autumn and I couldn’t be happier. This time of year is amazing. The leaves have already started to turn. Everyone on TikTok and Instagram are sharing their “autumn” vibes posts. I just adore the colors that come out this time of year. Shades of auburn, crimson red, gold, rose and tan, and burnt orange. I love that we can wear sweaters again. There’s a cool and crisp feeling in the air at night time. The days are shorter. It’s easier to sleep. And there is nothing finer than crawling into a bed with jersey knit sheets that have been freshly washed and tossed in the dryer.

These are the small things that make me happy. Deliriously happy.

It’s actually to the point that I love this season so much, I’m thinking of decorating my bedroom in a combination of teal, burnt orange, coral and rose colors.

Anyway.

Friday night movie nights

A while ago, after watching Midnight in Paris, I promised you all some classic movie night suggestions. I’m a bit behind on that promise. But – I pledge to dedicate Friday nights this autumn season to movie nights. And I thought this week’s theme, it would be to cover some of my favorite movies to watch this time of year.

I’m not a fan of a lot of newer movies today. I find Hollywood has become way too politically correct. I tend to go for classic (it pains me to say that) movies from the 70s, 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. TikTok has a great way of making me feel ancient. They call us gen x’ers “people who were born in the 1900’s.” That hurts. And so, I guess my favorite movies are all classics now.

One of the reasons I wanted a couch was so I could lie down with a blanket and watch movies this winter. I purchased some speakers for my computer. My tv’s sound system is terrible. This is a good and budget friendly way to watch movies that I love. I’ll also be able to invite friends and family over for movie nights too.

Tonight I might even make some gourmet popcorn. We’ll see how the day goes.


You’ve Got Mail

My top favorite movie for this time of year goes to You’ve Got Mail. This cute and heart warming movie stars legends Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – the queen of romantic movies. At least until she had that illicit affair with Russell Crowe. Yikes, I’m dating myself here. This movie is perfect when you pair it with Sleepless in Seattle – which also stars the handsome duo who meet and fall in love in New York City.

You’ve Got Mail was released in 1998 and is a very 90’s themed movie. Ryan portrays Kathleen Kelly, a small bookstore owner who inherited the beloved “Shop Around the Corner” from her late mother. George Pappas, Christina Plutzker and Jean Stapleton work with Kathleen in the store. Kathleen is romantically involved with a prolific writer played by Frank Navasky.

Tom Hanks portrays the arrogant and business tyrant Joe Fox who is son of a wealthy business man that runs a large chain of book stores and coffee shops. Joe is partnered up with Patricia (Parker Posey). His best friend, might be one of the best characters of the film – Dave Chappelle as Kevin Jackson.

Conflict arises as Joe’s store moves in down the street from Kathleen’s book store. She turns to her online friend for business advice and well – any other details may spoil the movie for you.

There are beautiful scenes from New York in this movie that will take your breath away. The soundtrack has some great tunes like Dreams by The Cranberries and a rendition of Over the Rainbow that makes me tear up every time.


St. Elmo’s Fire

Now this movie takes me back to a simpler time in life. It’s 1986 and I’ve turned twelve. Not quite a teenager but almost. I had a huge crush on Jason Thompson and we danced at my birthday party to the love theme of St. Elmo’s Fire by David Foster. I wore out that soundtrack twice because I listened to it so much. Still one of my favorites today.

The movie was directed by Joel Schumacher and starred the 80’s version of the brat pack – Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy (I had a big time crush on him), Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham and Emilio Estevez. The cast is huge – and many are mega stars still acting today.

My sister in law recently watched the movie and called it, “so cheesy, it was so bad.” But – that was the 80’s. A lot of movies are cheesy by today’s standards. But honestly, I love it. I think the movie is still relevant today and is fun to watch. Even if some of the scenes are cringe worthy.

The film is about a group of college students who have graduated from school and moved onto into the real world. They all face their own struggles with finding jobs, paying bills and falling in love.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I urge you to watch it – if not for the music alone.

For me, I think the soundtrack is why the movie still resonates with me. The 80’s saxophone solos, a trademark of 80’s pop music and love songs like Young and Innocent – and then there’s Man in Motion by John Parr. As a musician, I’ve actually spoken to John Parr over the years and the song still makes me emotional. It was a huge hit when the movie opened up in theatres. I forgot that this video starred the entire cast. What a treat that must have been. Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez were huge stars at the time.


Remember the Titans

I’m a huge Denzel Washington fan. I’ve seen the majority of his movies and love them all. Unlike some celebrities, he tends to keep his nose clean and free of drama. You rarely hear about him in the news. He chooses his movies wisely and puts out a superior performance each and every time. One great example of this is the movie Man on Fire — one of my top 10 movies of all time.

For today’s post, I’m going to recommend the heart warming movie Remember the Titans (2000). Titans is one of those movies that anyone can sit and watch and enjoy it. It has drama, comic relief, romance – it has it all.

The movie covers a lot of subjects from racism, to corruption in small town college sports like football. This is another movie with a large ensemble cast – an entire football team. The story focuses on a white football team that has merged with a team of black players. The town is a very small and conservative town that faces challenges with racism.

I was actually a little hesitant to recommend this movie, but honestly, with everything that has happened in the past few years, I think it’s a good one for people to watch.

The cast is packed with huge names – Denzel Washington as Coach Boone, Will Patton as co-coach, Wood Harris, Ryan Hursy, Donald Faison, Craig Kirkwood, Ethan Suplee (Butterfl Effect), Kate Bosworth, Kip Pardue and of course, Ryan Gosling. Watching this clip made me realize how much I loved Will Patton back in the day. He starred in some huge movies like Armageddon (another favorite of mine).

A highlight of this movie for me is watching the football team sing “Ain’t no mountain high enough” and that includes a very young Ryan Gosling.

Why is this movie perfect for September? Well, it’s officially football season and the majority of this movie was filmed in – you guessed it – autumn. This movie is top tier for me. I watch it every September or October. And it makes me cry all the time.


I think that’s it for this weekend for movies. I’m going to do weekly posts about movies – I forgot how much I love sitting down with a bowl of popcorn and watching a good movie from my childhood. It’s like I’m 12 all over again.

Each month I’ll pick a theme and share my top picks with you. It was quite hard to limit myself to just three this week.

  • September: Autumn inspired
  • October: Halloween favorites
  • November: Romance movies
  • December: Holiday favorites

And – you get the idea. I love sci fi flicks but I think I’ll stick to romance, drama and thriller movies. I love introducing the classic movies to a younger audience and keeping those memories alive.

What movies are you watching right now? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Friday!


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