While I enjoy spring and summer, it feels like autumn is the true beginning to my year. During the spring I am tying up loose ends to all projects, and during the summer it feels like everything is on an odd hiatus while I wait for people who are on vacation. Let’s face it, the publishing world slows down to a crawl during the summer. Not that my work slows down, but getting things done feels like it takes forever.
And then, September hits, and it feels at the world comes alive again. During autumn and winter I seem to have movies that I watch over and over again — every year I watch these movies. They had become as much of seasonal traditions as my magic and decorating.
During September, the two movies that I always seem to watch are Dead Poets Society and The Four Seasons. For some reason these two movies embody autumn to me. I do not lump these into my October movies, because they are not spooky. There is a melancholy feeling to both of them but they are also strong character stories. In fact, Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies. I have watched these movies every year for longer than I want to say. In fact, at the end of the movie, Dead Poets Society brings me to tears every time. The message of that movie resonates so deeply within my heart as an artist, and Robin Williams did such a wonderful job. It’s been a little bittersweet the past two years considering his death — and how it oddly mirrors the movie.
The Four Seasons, while it cycles through the entire year, seems to be an autumn movie to me as well. Alan Alda and Carol Burnett did a wonderful job depicting a couple going through both the good and bad times of a marriage. Next month I’ll have a whole bunch of movies to talk about. What are your early autumn movies?