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September 9, 2015

How to Prep for the Fall Movie Season: A Reader’s Guide

by Alison DeLuca

The nights are starting to come a little faster, and I want to know where summer went! Somehow three months of beach, parties, and family trips flew by while I was checking Netflix (or so it seems.) Still, there are a lot of things I love about fall: apple cider, pumpkin everything, and another football season.

I’m also looking forward to the fall movie season. It’s no secret I’m a big Tom Hiddleston fan, and he has two big flicks coming out this autumn. I’m not a huge horror flick person, but Crimson Peak looks amazing. Naturally Tom in high collars and frock coats has a lot to do with that. 

So the first way to prepare for fall is to start reading a few scary books. This will accomplish two things at once: get me in the Halloween mood and prepare me for Crimson Peak. Maybe if I survive N0S4A2 by Joe Hill and Darker Places by Shaun Allan, I can sit through the movie without spilling my popcorn too much.

cover John Dies At the End
Along those lines… I was never a big Goosebumps fan, but the movie looks like a lot of fun. The perfect pairing is John Dies At the End. It’s funny and scary at the same time, in the same vein as the movie (I hope!)

I wrote about Red Rising before. I was a bit underwhelmed by the novel, but I’m really looking forward to The Martian. I love engineering and a gritty survival tale – it’s why Apollo 13 is one of my favorites. Obviously the way to get excited for this film is to read the novel. I’m in the middle of it now, and the details of day-to-day life for an astronaut left behind on Mars (how to get water, food, and oxygen as well as a message back to Earth) is fascinating.

Watching the new Bond film is a tradition in my family. The Daniel Craig Bond’verse is one of my favorites, although I’ve enjoyed them all. So I can’t wait to catch Spectre, the new film. A confession: I’ve never been a fan of the books, though – the originals are filled with period-typical misogyny. So I’ll look for my thriller elsewhere, and what better than the new continuation of the Stieg Larsson books? The Girl in the Spider’s Web got a great write-up on Kirkus, the reviewer saying “Larsson fans won’t be disappointed.”

Of course there are a lot of other fall necessities. Comfy sweaters, honeycrisp apples, and warm duvets will make the chilly months cosier. Probably I won’t do a stellar decorating job on my front stoop with hay bales and scarecrows again – I fully expect my fall scheme will the same as last year.

I doubt I’ll make a ton of pies or learn how to create my own pumpkin spice.

However, a few movie nights and lots of great books will make this fall a wonderful season.

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