What the Rejects Are Thankful For

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Before we’re all full of turkey, mashed potatoes and that experimental vegan dessert Aunt Trina keeps trying to make work, we’d like to take a pre-coma moment out to take stock of what’s worth celebrating this Thanksgiving.

Without a doubt, we’re thankful for friends and family and all the good within eyesight (even as the world spins too-loudly out of control), but as we’re a movie website, we’d like to use this space to focus on all the wondrous film stuff that’s currently bringing a smile to our faces.

To help out, the Rejects — including Rob Hunter, Kate Erbland, Cole Abaius, Christopher Campbell, Kevin Carr, Landon Palmer, Nathan Adams, Robin Ruinsky, Luke Mullen, Caitlin Hughes and Allison Loring — compiled a list of cinematic things to be thankful for. See if you can guess who picked what (spoiler: everything Magic Mike-related is Hunter). Now, let’s get to thanking!

What We’re Thankful For in 2012

The nearly three hour runtime of Cloud Atlas. After enduring Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and a week without electricity, escaping into that world was very much appreciated.

More Star Wars Movies on the way

Blu-ray box sets and big ass HDTVs

Sam and Rick

Nick and Norah

Redford and Newman

Cary Grant’s chin dimple

James Spader wearing a white suit and smoking on school property in Pretty in Pink

Say Anything giving me my first movie + music memory

Joss Whedon finally having the clout to make all the geeky movies his heart desires

Chris Evans‘ Captain America

Two 2012 stop-motion movies (Frankenweenie and ParaNorman) that had something for everyone

Terry Gilliam‘s imagination

Mondo Tees and copious wall space

Scream Factory, the best new Blu-ray/DVD label in years

The impending Asian invasion of brilliant Korean directors on America’s cinematic shores

R-rated nudity and violence

Big bold risk-taking (see: Cloud Atlas) and incredible ambition matched with vision (see: Paul Thomas Anderson)

Peter Gallagher‘s eyebrows

The $5 DVD section at Target, also known as the reason I own both Roadhouse and Catch and Release

Roadhouse Patrick Swayze

The satisfying structure of planning your schedule around repertory screenings

Clueless – for teaching me that Billie Holiday is a lady

The Alamo Drafthouse

Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress

Buster Keaton and Harpo Marx silently making me laugh after all these years

That drive-ins still exist, and that I live near one so I can take my newborn son to movies without disturbing anyone

That the Academy Awards (despite its problems) encourage studios to continue making art films

Andy Dufresne crawling through a river of shit and coming out clean on the other side

Netflix, Hulu Plus and VOD making non-commercial stuff you’ve never heard of easy to access

Iconic directors with a good sense of humor

The Criterion Collection

People taking superhero movies seriously

Cherry Icees at the concession stand

The melted ice on the bottom of your 40oz movie soda that provides unexpected thirst-quenching at the two-hour mark

Arclight theater popcorn

That even the worst Adam Sandler comedy gives people an excuse to eat popcorn and candy in the dark

Readers who take time to comment on posts

That Hollywood has started making mid-budget films for adults again (see: Argo, Flight, Lincoln)

Unicorn attacks

Cabin in the Woods Unicorn


Michael Giacchino‘s perfect scores

Matthew McConaughey‘s “Alrightalrightalright!”

That a movie about male strippers can be award-worthy

Assigned seating

Time-traveling Bruce Willises

Sneaking into cineplexes to marathon up to three crappy movies in a single, glorious afternoon

Indiana Jones‘ whip

Brody’s chum bucket

Lost Hitchcock movies

Alfred Hitchcock

Every quotable line from Blue Velvet, but especially the very useful, “Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!”

The opening scene and Adele-filled credits of Skyfall

That Twilight is finally over

(And that we can sniff for the next YA hit)

The Film Festival Flu

Whatever the hell Beyond the Black Rainbow is

That Jason Blum almost single-handedly kept super low-budget, wide release horror films alive

The fact that people are so nuts for movies that I can just barely make a living writing about them

(And tons of other great writers can find reason to write interestingly about them too)

An impressive amount of short films and emerging filmmakers

Our new weekend editor

Fantastic Fest

An October with horror

That whenever you need to get away, there’s always a movie ready to be checked out

The modern use of practical effects over CGI

Ratso Rizzo and Joe Bucks’ beautiful friendship in Midnight Cowboy

Emma Stone for demanding Ryan Gosling take his shirt off in Crazy, Stupid, Love

The existence of Point Break

That the term “truth is stranger than fiction” will never become a cliche as long as there are unbelievable documentaries to support it

That The Hollywood Reporter finally apologized for the Hollywood Blacklist because, even at 65 years late, it’s certainly more than Elia Kazan ever did

Hollywood Ten

The Bond 50 set that corrected my misguided opinion on many of the pre-Daniel Craig movies

Franklin Leonard giving aspiring screenwriters a new platform for discovery


Todd Solondz‘s dark joy (or joyous darkness)

Over 435,000 new readers (welcome!)

And more than 10 million readers who’ve stuck with us through the years (thanks!)

The MGM lion roar

“What’s in the box?!”

Geographical oddities and cans of Dapper Dan

Bullet-shaped rockets in the face on the moon

The futile fun of Best Ever Lists

An art that’s over a century old and still kicking like a rebellious teenager

Now tell us — What are you thankful for?

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