Four Types of Fall Movies
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Summer is the season for superhero blockbusters and cheesy chick flicks. Winter movies are geared toward the holidays. But what about the season in between? Well, after analyzing movie releases on movieinsider.com’s lists from 2013 to 2015, I’ve made a list of a few types of fall movies.
1) The “Hunger Games” follow-up
This year, “Mockingjay—Part 2” comes out in theaters Nov. 20. Last year, “Part 1” came out on Nov. 21. In 2013, “Catching Fire” arrived on Nov. 22. Sadly, this is where the saga ends, as there won’t be another “Hunger Games” sequel next year (unless the Hollywood brass, in a shocking plot twist, decide they want to further stretch the franchise like the money-making rubber band it is). In all of these adaptations, we can expect a well-meaning but relatively incompetent Peeta with plot armor ten inches thick, massive character die-offs, a grossly diabolical Capitol and of course our favorite bow-wielding heroine Katniss. Maybe fall is just the “Hunger Games” season. I suppose the color of dying leaves goes well with gore and fire.
- The Christmas movie before Thanksgiving
Not a single November film lineup would be complete without the movie equivalents of households who hang up Christmas lights before Thanksgiving (and sometimes Halloween). Viewers can usually expect some try-hard Hallmark-esque heartwarmers, holiday romcoms, adult (if you know what I mean) Christmas movies and plotlines where the main characters dramatically proclaim, “We have to do (insert impossible task here) to save Christmas!”
This year we have “The Night Before” coupled with “Love the Coopers.” Last year was relatively light on the pre-Thanksgiving Christmas movies with only “Merry Friggin’ Christmas.” In contrast, 2013 was loaded season, with “Angels Sing,” “Best Man Holiday,” “The Christmas Candle,” and “Black Nativity.”
(Q: Speaking of Thanksgiving, when was the last time anyone made a memorable Thanksgiving movie?
A: In case you’re wondering, the last one I remember distinctly was 2013’s Free Birds, a CGI film whose plot centered around time-traveling turkeys trying to save their own species from becoming a Thanksgiving staple.)
- The horror movie after Halloween
After Oct. 31, people are taking down the zombie hands sprouting like gross flowers from their gardens. There are no more evil clowns roaming the streets asking for candy. We’re safe, right? Wrong. There are still the those horror flicks that jump on the Halloween bandwagon just past the prime season for horror movies. Oddly enough, these movies play in theaters at the same time as their decidedly more innocent Christmas-y neighbors. In the past two years, “Condemned” and “Wolves,” among several others, managed to sneak into theaters mere weeks after Halloween.
Judging from its title, this year’s “#Horror” seems like a self-deprecating flick, but viewers will see for themselves on its Nov. 20 premier. (It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out on social media. Would that be “##Horror?”)
- The smash-hit animated kids movie
Children and animated movies just go together for some reason. Kids love Disney. They love Pixar. Most of all, they love dragging their parents along for some quality family time at the movies. It’s no surprise November 2013’s “Frozen” spawned millions of off-key renditions of “Let It Go” and raked in $1.219 billion, according to BBC.
Last year, “Big Hero 6,” the Disney-fied superhero movie featuring our favorite inflatable robot Baymax, earned $658.7 million, according to boxofficemojo.com.
Now prepare yourselves for a prehistoric throwback in Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” out Nov. 25. Will pterodactyl screams soon be in style?