No Thanksgiving Movies
First off, why are there no real Thanksgiving movies? Think about it. There are new Christmas movies every year. Comedies about drunk Santas, classics about angels getting their wings, retellings of story of Jesus. We have (scary) Halloween movies galore, too many to even count. There are movies about Easter and even Independence Day, though that is about the day only in that is takes place around that time on the calendar. But I can't for the life of me think of a single Thanksgiving movie.
Now I know Charlie Brown did a Thanksgiving special, but I don't count that. It's a made for TV event which I don't think was ever released in a theater.
One quick theory on this lack of Thanksgiving movies in the world...could it be that Thanksgiving is very much an American holiday? (I know the Canadians have one too, but they celebrate it in the wrong month. Silly Canucks.) Think about it though, people celebrate Christmas in many countries, along with Easter. Halloween is more commercialized in the United States for sure, but other countries celebrate along with things like All Saints Day and Día de los Muertos. Our Independence Day is of course unique to us but only in the date. Other countries mark the date of their founding, independence, or creation. But who else has a Thanksgiving Day? (Yes, I see you there Canada, please just sit down and be quite.)
What I'm Thankful For
Anyway, the original intent of this post was to express my own thanks.
I am most thankful for my family and friends who support me in all my film watching and have to deal with my crazy accounts of some of the films I watch. I never quite do them justice because most of them, you just have to watch the damn thing.
I am thankful for my wonderful wife who is willing to go out on a limb and watch the films that some would consider "off the beaten path" with me. She and I share an English major's understanding of the stories and sometimes compete to see who can guess the twist endings first.
I am thankful for my kids because they give me an excuse to see many of the great animated films that are being produced these days. I get to see the not-so-great ones too, but if it's with them, that's all that matters to me.
I am also so thankful that I live in a country where I have access to so many great pieces of cinema. From all the summer blockbusters to the independent films and everything in between, there are films for every mood. Films that make me laugh, cry, think, or just veg out and not think about anything at all.
I am thankful that I have access to an excellent library system that gets newly released Blu-Ray copies of most films within days of their release. I'm also thankful for a library nearby where I can put holds on those copies and pick them up at no charge and see these fantastic movies for pennies (I still have to pay for gas to GET to the library after all).
Lastly, I'm thankful for all of the people involved with making these films. Many people don't sit and watch the credits after the films are over, unless they are waiting for a post-credits scene in the latest superhero movie. But I challenge you to do this the next time you go to the movies. Sit there and take note of some of the names. There are usually hundreds, if not thousands, of people working on these films and everyone deserves their credit. Those stars won't feed themselves, so thanks go to the catering departments. The director is too busy directing to hold that boom mic, so make sure that boom operator has his moment to shine. And beyond those names that we see in the credits, things of the thousands more that are involved in the spouses and children of those people who they might not see for weeks on end. Those names in the credits give up soccer games, dance recitals, and family vacations to help make the movies we love, so think about that as you sit there in the dimly lit theater.
Thank you all for reading.