In honor of the cooling temperatures and the color that is beginning to appear across the mountains, the Champion staff has carefully selected six movies that represent fall in some way. Whether shivers induced from “The Village” inspire you to drag out a warm sweater, or “Pocahontas” motivates a hike up to the Peaks of Otter, we hope you enjoy these films.
Four high school boys inspired by the launch of Sputnik attempt to build their own rocket and in the process bring new life to a run-down mining community. One of Jake Gyllanhaal’s earliest, and possibly best, performances. Rated PG.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” give a classic performance in a twist on Halloween festivities. Linus is convinced that the Great Pumpkin will come to visit him in the pumpkin patch, Charlie Brown finds out that rocks are the reward for a badly cut ghost costume and Snoopy fights the Red Baron. Just remember: the Great Pumpkin only brings toys to good girls and boys. Just ask Linus. Rated G.
Dead Poets Society
Critically acclaimed for its emotionally- charged narrative, this movie portrays the results of students who try to challenge the stale traditions of their school teachers. In one of his best performances, Robin Williams plays the catalytic role of the inspirational literature instructor who pushes his students to redefine the status quo. Great cinematography lends to a thought-provoking experience. Rated PG.
Here is a classic that deserves to be revisited. Disney’s fictionalized account of the first European settlers, and their interactions with the resident Indians, is a fun-filled journey with timeless characters like Meeko and Grandmother Willow. Enjoy the colors of the wind as you sing along on another trip “around the river bend.” Rated G.
For those who enjoy thrills and suspense, M. Night Shyamalan weaves a crooked tale of a community caught in a rickety pact with the mysterious creatures that guard the forest around them, and a young blind woman who searches for the truth. “The Village” will keep viewers guessing until Shyamalan’s trademark twist of an ending reveals true reality. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard, this film won the ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films. Rated PG-13.
Remember the Titans
Any movie with Denzel Washington headlining the action hardly begs a recommendation, but this true tale of a community struggling to overcome segregation centers on the uniting power of a high school football team in 1971. With timeless themes and genuine humor, “Titans” is easily one of the best sports movies of the last 20 years. Also boasts one of the best soundtracks ever compiled with classics from the seventies such as Cat Stevens’s “Peace Train.” Rated PG.