This topic I suppose can present a challenge in many ways. I instantly think of 1947′s Miracle on 34th Street when I think of Thanksgiving; but more importantly, I think about Christmas. After that I felt a little stumped.
So this morning I decided to do a quick internet search and run a comparative analysis of the films that others might recall versus my own “brain freeze” when I think about must view around the Thanksgiving theme. I stumbled upon this article, published only yesterday in the Washington Post: A feast of Thanksgiving DVDs. This article’s list includes:
Pieces of April
Miracle on 34th Street
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
The Ice Storm
Home for the Holidays
By my count I have only seen three of the films listed; the one I mentioned in my introduction, Ang Lee’s Storm and Pieces of April. I cannot say this is a disappointing subset at all.
To add a little variety to this initial list, I decided to dig in further and see what other films are out there and if I have indeed seen them.
Hannah and her Sisters
Home for the Holidays (again)
The House of Yes
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
The Ice Storm (again)
Miracle on 34th Street (again)
Planes, Trains, Automobiles (again)
Pieces of April (again)
Additional searched yielded approximately the same films so I will spare listing the films again.
Besides the three films (upped to four thanks to about.com’s mention of Mighty Joe Young), the films I will be adding to my Netflix queue are: Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Home for the Holidays.
Do any of you in the blogosphere have any movie recommendations for this time of year?