The most popular blog page in my brief blog-career has been my post on Thanksgiving movies, which tells me that people are hungry (get it - hungry . . .) for something seasonal to watch on the run-up to next Thursday's grace-saying-pig-out fest. Well, I gave it my best shot here, but I do have a few additions, though I've only seen half of these:
1. Alice's Restaurant (1969) - It's been a long time, but I remember it's about a "Thanksgiving dinner that can't be beat," Arlo and Woodie Guthrie, hippies, Vietnam. Many people consider this a Thanksgiving movie must-see. I'm going in search of it now to refresh my rapidly flaking grey-matter.
2. The Myth of Fingerprints (1997) - This one I haven't seen, so maybe a fan can fill in the details. According to the review it's in the family-angst-around-the-dinner-table genre and stars Noah Wylie, Julianne Moore, Hope Davis, Blythe Danner.
3. The House of Yes (1997) - This is a weird one, but if you're crazy about Parker Posey (and who isn't?), you need to see it (just ignore the Tori Spelling parts). Thanksgiving is sort of oh-by-the-way in this one. Let's see - sibling obsession-compulsion, Jackie Kennedy fixation, Catherine Deneuve as the mother. Not for the faint-hearted. But c'mon - Parker Posey!
4. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - Ah, the good old days. Woody and Mia BSY (before Soon-Ye). Another family Thanksgiving flick - well-written, well-directed, well-acted - what more do you want. Shot in Mia's apartment. In addition to Mia and Woody, you get Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Max von Sydow, Julie Kavner, Joanna Gleason, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
5. What's Cooking (2000) - Another one I haven't seen, but it really piques my interest. It tells how four different ethnic families (and aren't we all ethnic? but you know what I mean) celebrate Thanksgiving: Hispanic, Vietnamese, Jewish, and African-American, with a cast that includes Alfre Woodard (don't you love her?), Mercedes Ruehl, Joan Chen, Kyra Sedgwick (don't you love her, too?), Juliana Margulies, Lainie Kazan. OK, I'm sold. Where can I find this?
I'm leaving off the TBS original National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Reunion since every review called it a dog - woof! - but feel free to check it out and report back.
My segue movie between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always Miracle on 34th Street (the Natalie Wood one, natch). One of my most sacred Thanksgiving traditions is donning the flannel pjs (shorty? you ask?), filling a tray with fabulous left-overs, and plopping in front of the TV to watch a 1940's version of the Macy's parade with Maureen O'Hara in charge of it all. Ahhhhhhh!