Giving Thanks

Planes Trains and Automobiles

It’s weirdly easy to forget, but Neal and Dell make it home at the end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The film is so much about the journey that it always strikes me funny to remember that they end up in that foyer with 90s sweaters and love surrounding them. For Neal, it’s about returning to his kingdom, and for Dell, it’s about finding a new place to settle into. Leave it to John Hughes, there’s a powerful message delivered when Steven Martin jumps off that train to find John Candy sitting alone in the station. It might be the birth of the bromance, but that’s for a different article. Obviouly PTandA is one of only a couple dozen Thanksgiving-themed movies (Rocky totally counts, right?), so it’s a nice annual touchstone for the lengths we go to in order to be in the same turkey-centric room with the people we love. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition around here to give thanks (which is something I’d be thankful for if it didn’t cause a paradox that resulted in Bruce Willis coming from the future with gold strapped to his back), but it’s also nice this time of year to remember that we only have to go as far as our computers to be surrounded by FSR’s friends and family. Although it makes the turkey part trickier. This year, we Rejects — including Landon Palmer, Kevin Carr, Allison Loring, Christopher Campbell, Nathan Adams, Robert Levin, Kate Erbland, Luke Mullen and […]

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Home for the Holidays

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!

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But before I sent them off to their respective family engagements, I asked a select group of FSR staffers to give me one paragraph each on what they are thankful for in the year 2008.

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