Holiday season has officially begun. You know what that means, it’s time for the cheesy holiday movies. Now don’t get me wrong, I have watched a few Hallmark Christmas movies before, but they are just not my jam. (Don’t tell my HBIC, because she loves them). You can turn on your TV, and I bet there’s one on right now. I’m not kidding they are literally everywhere, even Netflix has succumbed to the Christmas movie trap.
Fear not, if you’re feeling overloaded with the never-ending stream of Christmas movies allow me to free you of that. Here is a list of some non-Christmas films that get me into a Fall/Winter mood.
Twilight is one of my favorite films, and it definitely puts me into a fall/winter mood when I watch it. The setting of cold/wet Forks, Washington and the dark color tones make me feel all warm and fuzzy. I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it really does. I love watching Twilight on a cold day, and snuggling under a warm blanket with a good cup of cocoa or coffee. Also, that vampire baseball scene during the thunderstorm will always be a classic.
Twilight is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Some people might say Coraline is a movie you can only watch on Halloween, but I don’t think so. I love the animation and the colors. It’s got a lot of bright oranges and reds, which makes me think of the changing colors of the leaves. It also has it’s darker moments, which make me think of a cold winter’s day. I can watch this film anytime it comes on.
Coraline is available to stream on Netflix.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
This film deals with some pretty heavy issues, but the setting of Sweden is perfect. The story takes place during winter time and there’s a tiny bit of Christmas in there. The director David Fincher, did a great job of capturing the winter to the point where you actually feel cold as you watch everyone freezing in Hedestad. You really feel the coldness of where Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is staying, especially in the scene when he’s trying to get warm in the guest house.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Yes, I put another Twilight film on this list. New Moon is the perfect film to watch during the fall season. I know I previously mentioned the colors in Twilight, but color tones in films are what really set the mood for me. The Twilight films do that very well. With New Moon, the color tones are more on the earthy side, browns, and light oranges, that once again make me think of fall. The moments with Jacob and Bella together are some of my favorites, especially when they’re outdoors, because that’s when you really get to see everything from the giant trees, to the mountains. There are so many beautiful scenic moments I could go on forever.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Now this movie makes me think about the fall and winter time. The main reason is because of the food and family time. Watching the women in the family prepare the traditional Sunday dinner always makes me smile. My family used to cook dinner every Sunday as well, but I specifically think of Thanksgiving when I’m watching this, because cooking big meals on the holidays creates a very different feeling.
Soul Food is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
I love this movie so much. Tanner Hall is about a group of girls attending a boarding school in New England. This is another film that gives me all the fall feels. The setting is beautiful, and there are several scenes that really make me think about the fall season. The color tones, the clothing the girls wear, all of these things just scream fall to me.
Tanner Hall is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Now this one is the best of both worlds. It’s got fall and winter elements. For the fall lover, we’ve got something Halloweeny (I know Halloween is over, just go with it) and the perfect dose of Christmas to get you in the spirit.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
So you see, you can watch non-Christmas movies and still feel like you’re being festive.