The 70s up through today. Sure, there aren't any surprises on the list but that's just it when it comes to Christmas, Thanksgiving or Halloween in this case: Play the obvious and revisit them each year. Like so many things this year, we all could use some of the familiar as we collapse on the couch from another week of plate spinning being a teacher, caretaker, job seeker, worrier, and so on. Take a moment to see how an old favorite from the 70s stacks up against the horror voices of the 10s. Split it up and give it a Then and Now treatment in your double-feature. If you're staying in this year remember to turn out the lights - inside and out - and escape the horrors of the year for the horror of years past.
What's to Eat?
A pile of candy accompanies any recommendation, of course.
Family Time - Ghostly Pizza
In Boston? Slicing and dicing your way around with these picks:
To start, these movies aren't our traditional look back at October releases from long ago Octobers, but some overlooked or remembered but under the radar picks that deserve your time this week if you are Jason-ed or Freddy-ed out with some of the more traditional movies of the season.
What's to Eat?
The Indian restaurant and all of the wonderful dishes available. Load up on as many different items as you can
Little Damian and Rosemary are in bed, but that newly minted teenager stands between you and a night of good ole' October frights, freaks and fun. With a sigh, a little bit of glee to take them on a trip and slight bewilderment from them, you aren't turning in at 9:45 this weekend, you now have purpose in bringing the teenager along for this cinematic ride. Do you go back to Shaun of the Dead and then creep them out with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night? Try to ride the Parasite cache you earned last fall by bringing around The Host or share The Invisible Man with them and tell them a tale of long ago when you went to a theater and took in a word-of-mouth hit that had buzz, excitement and an outstanding lead performance. When it comes to October movies and toeing the line so that you can just watch something with some scares, a little help is always welcomed. 0h, and if the older kid gives you any flack, just let them know that soon enough they too will see scariest, craziest, most disturbing horror of all: adulthood.
What to Eat?
You call the shots tonight, not the little ones. You want to try that Asian Fusion restaurant and stop off to grab a cupcake or two from the new shop? Yep. Remix dinner until you have blown your own mind.
As mid-October hits and the kids slog through another week of virtual learning, you know that another night in scrolling through your five different streaming platforms - no need to mention you cut the cord to save money- and Mom and Dad could use a little help. October is a tough month with kids and movie watching if there are any gaps between oldest to youngest and you aren't the parents of the toddler who came to 'Us' with little junior in tow (true story). There's only a seemingly few movies to creep you out AND also enjoy.
Just like parents in 2020, I will do my best to help make the night as easy as possible, give you some picks that aren't abominable for all parties involved. You deserve a break. I've got you covered.
What's to Eat?
C'mon! Would I suggest anything other than ordering out Mexican food on a night like tonight? Add the margaritas to go and extra chips for the kids.
I am not well. Sure, on paper things look good, but in the most existential way possible I am not well. Most likely some, if not all of us, have felt that way for a good chunk of this year or even worse before this year, too. 2020 has often completely exasperated our feelings of inadequacy and despair. In that, this year is an example of why we seek out movies: to be moved, see humanity, reminded of something special or learn how to feel things again. It is in this mindset - for little more than own well-being, but hopefully yours too - that I wanted to bring together a few movies to help you get through the home stretch of 2020.
Two movies that can help channel our emotions into steps forward to learn, act and release all that 2020 has tossed at us.
The Way Back
Sometimes, the writing on the wall needs to fall on top of you and the things you never knew you needed are coming at you whether you know it or not.
The Road Forward
The Forty Year-Old Version
As the hope for closing out this year will trickle in, so does the natural hope of the calendar flipping to January. Coming soon, Namari, looks like a perfect story of hope, strength and all that comes with pursuing the American dream, as timely as ever. To move forward, one step is all it takes, as shown so viscerally and uncomfortably in The Forty Year-Old Version.
Sometimes, we all need to air it all out even if nobody is listening. That said, if you need a toolkit to work through the rest of the year before you shout it all out from thr rooftops, we've got you covered. The Now. Tomorrow. The Road Forward.