Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Movies - Legends of the Fall!

Feature Presentation...

Today is all about the beautiful season of Fall! The crisp Autumn air, the leaves turning gorgeous shades of yellow, orange, brown and red make Fall a scenic backdrop for many movies. Share on your blog a sampling of Fall films, linking them back to The Bumbles Blog. If you don't have a blog, list your choices in the comment section of The Bumbles Movie post!

The Trouble with Harry (1955) A black comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine and Jerry Mathers. This film is set in a small village in Vermont during the Fall. The somewhat odd but entertaining residents find a dead body on the hillside above town and try to figure out what to do with this terribly inconvenient body as well as determine how and why he was killed!

Home for the Holidays (1995) directed by Jodie Foster and starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott and more. A single mom's life has recently hit some speed bumps...she lost her job, made out with her soon to be ex-boss and finds out her teenage daughter wants to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend. And now she is going home for the holidays, wondering if she can deal with her crazy, dysfunctional family.

Step-Mom (1998) Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts and Ed Harris star in this movie about a divorce(Sarandon & Harris) dad's girlfriend (Roberts) and the two children caught in the middle of it all : Jenna Malone and Liam Aiken. Things become especially dicey when mom is diagnosed with cancer.

Broadway Danny Rose (1984) Woody Allen plays a luckless talent agent who, while trying to reconcile a lounge singer with his high-strung mistress (Mia Farrow) is mistakenly assumed to be her lover by her jealous gangster boyfriend. Very funny movie which begins & ends on Thanksgiving!

Pieces of April (2003) Written & directed by Peter Hedges and Starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Alison Pill An estranged daughter invited her mother who has cancer, and the rest of her family to her run down apartment where she lives with her boyfriend for Thanksgiving Dinner which she has never before cooked.

We Are Marshall (2006) In 1970 a plane crash killed all of the players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, 12 coaches & 3 other people on their way home from a game against East Carolina. The football program is almost suspended but the Marshall University students and the residents of Huntington convince the university president to try and rebuild the team. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn and Robert Patrick.

Outside Providence (1995) A smart teenager from a working-class family has one too many run-ins with the law and dad sends him to boarding school where he meets a girl and learns a few lessons about life. Starring Shawn Hatosy, Amy Smart, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins etc.


  1. I loved Step-Mom and always stop to watch if I see it while flipping channels.

  2. What a great list of films here - many of which I have yet to see. It has gotten me in a better mood for fall - thanks!!!

  3. I haven't heard of many of those. We Are Marshall was such a sad movie--what a tragedy--but also inspiring. Step-Mom was equally sad.

  4. Loved Pieces of April and Home for the Holidays. Great list!

  5. I had a horrible time with this one. I must have some hidden dislike for fall movies, otherwise how to explain?

  6. I can't believe how limited my movie knowledge is. I haven't heard of most of those before!

  7. NISE': I like that movie, too, it has great actors and I think it's done really well.

    THE BUMBLES: Well Thank you and I'm glad I could help! lol "The Trouble with Harry" is pretty entertaining. I love "Home for the Holidays", it's such a dysfunctional family, totally over the top but it makes me laugh. And I like most of the actors. "Broadway Danny Rose" is a Thanksgiving tradition for my husband and me, it's a great movie & we're big fans of Woody Allen

    LITERARY FELINE: "We are Marshall" was side but I thought it was also uplifting & inspiring. I don't know much of the story about the team until I watched the movie. "Step-mom" is a tear-jerker. But "The Trouble with Harry", "Broadway Danny Rose & "Home for the Holidays" are all funny - at least they made me laugh & I've watched them all more than once!

  8. LEE: I was surprised by how good "Pieces of April" is but it's a very-well written, well-acted movie.

    SANDY: Maybe you weren't in the right frame of mind for picking movies because I know you have seen many, many movies. We all have off days anyway, No Worries, Sandy! I found the "Fall"theme a little difficult...aside from "The Trouble with Harry" my picks aren't about Fall or have Fall has a main theme, it's just part of the movie.

    KAILANA: I definitely recommend most of these movies if you're looking for a movie to rent. I suggest looking them up on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB to make sure they interest you. In this list I'd say "Broadway Danny Rose" is my favorite with "Home for the Holidays" and "The Trouble with Harry" not far behind!