Thanksgiving

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It’s hard to find a movie for this time of year. I’m not talking about Christmas movies. Lord knows, Hollywood is lousy with Christmas movies. Instead, I’m talking about Thanksgiving movies. Usually Hollywood skips Turkey Day altogether and starts releasing Christmas movies in early November (including relatively recent releases like A Christmas Carol in 2009, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in 2011, and The Best Man Holiday just this year). Still, there are a few Thanksgiving movies knocking around, and they’re not all as bad as Free Birds. One of the most loveable and endearing Thanksgiving movies is John Hughes’ 1987 comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The film follows businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) trying to get home to Chicago from New York City two days before Thanksgiving. He stumbles into an unlikely travel buddy in Del Griffith (John Candy) and ends up on a three-day misadventure using almost every known form of ground transportation. As a traveler myself, I know it can be extremely costly as much as it is time consuming, and that got me thinking: How much would a trip like this actually set Neal and Del back?

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In recent years it’s felt like the epic rift between jock and nerd has been healing quite a bit. So much so that, if you follow a movie geek on Twitter, it’s now just as likely that they’re going to be tweeting about the NFL on Sunday as it is that they’re going to be tweeting about the new theatrical film releases on Friday and Saturday. That’s not how it’s always been though. When I was young, nerds hated football and jocks hated nerd stuff, because that’s how god intended it. That’s why, for whole generations of nerd kids, Thanksgiving was an awful holiday that we had to celebrate by sitting around bored in living rooms full of our pants-unbuttoned relatives while everyone watched some snore-fest of a football game. That is, until Comedy Central decided to start playing huge blocks of episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 connected together with holiday-themed bumpers in 1991. The event was called Turkey Day, and it was good. With the advent of Turkey Day my childhood Thanksgivings went from distracting myself from football games by playing Gameboy to stealing away to whatever room contained a spare TV and a little bit of solitude so that I could gorge myself on cheesy movies and clever quips while everyone else gorged themselves on beige-colored food. The sad part of this story is that the wonderful tradition of Turkey Day only lasted until 1997, but the happy part is that a lot of MSTie diehards have […]

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Imagine sitting down with your family in November to watch the classic Peanuts television special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. After enjoying the antics of Snoopy making a Thanksgiving dinner of toast, pretzels, popcorn, and jelly beans for all the neighborhood kids who rudely invite themselves over to Charlie Brown’s place, you find yourself horrified at the final scene: Snoopy’s little yellow buddy Woodstock stuffs himself on turkey. To this day, this scene shocks viewers, with some accusing Woodstock of engaging in cannibalism. He seemed like such a nice bird. Since we love a good Thanksgiving feast, and we love the Peanuts characters, this got us thinking: Is Woodstock really a cannibal?

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One week from today, everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, turns 25 years old. By a certain logic, we should therefore make next Sunday’s Scenes We Love post devoted to the John Hughes classic. But that would make it late for the holiday this Thursday — on or before which many sites will post their obligatory write-up on the wacky road comedy, which stars John Candy and Steve Martin as unfortunate traveling companions on their way home for turkey day. Also an occasion and a beloved film like this deserve the eight days of celebrating. Unlike some other memorable and highly quotable works, this one is not the sort that we could include every single scene as a scene we love. Mostly, we just refuse to feature the famous “those aren’t pillows!” bit, and not just because of the homophobic aspect. It’s just really not that funny. Not that all the scenes below are funny. What we love about PT&A is how even though it’s a comedy it’s quite sad. Sure it kinda ends happily, but just before that warm final greeting there’s something depressing about the story. Hughes was great at making us laugh enough for someone who clearly had a lot of gloomy ideas in his head.

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When Grindhouse hit theaters back in 2007, its main attractions were Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s feature length segments of the anthology, Planet Terror and Death Proof. But after the release came and went, a lot of the buzz surrounding the project wasn’t about the two films that played back-to-back, but the series of trailers for fake films that got sandwiched in between. Rodriguez has already launched his fake trailer, Machete, into a real-life feature film that was successful enough to spawn a sequel – but what about Eli Roth and his segment, Thanksgiving? After Grindhouse got released, much of the praise for the tribute to B-movies came from how authentic to shoddy old ’70s advertisements Roth’s holiday-themed horror trailer was. The stupid voice narrating, the terrible acting, the bad dialogue, the person roasted like a turkey…it had it all. Roth has intimated in the past that he has plans to turn Thanksgiving into a real-life feature, but that’s been going on for years now, and we’ve still got nada. So what’s the deal? Well, according to a new interview the director did with Behind the Thrills, he’s finally cracked the story, is preparing a screenplay, and presumably will keep things moving from there.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Film School Rejects

There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’re avoiding some sort of family interaction on your Thanksgiving afternoon. Or you’re bored with a football game that hasn’t lived up to the hype. Or you’re already recovering from helpings one through three of turkey, stuffing and Aunt Edna’s 47-cheese macaroni surprise. Don’t worry, we’re doing all of those things, too. But we’d like to take a moment to be thankful. Here at Reject HQ, we’re thankful for all the writers who make this site so great. From our editorial team to our feature columnists to our daily news hit squad. From those who have been with us for years to those who have been with us a matter of days, we’re thankful for the tireless work they put in to create great content every day of the year. Even on holidays, as you’ve seen if you’ve been reading already this morning. We wish them all a happy and restful day. We’re back to work tomorrow, people. We are also thankful for our great partners. From our hosting teams at Nexcess and Media Temple to our advertising partner IndieClick, because without them we would almost assuredly not be able to keep the lights on around here. And to our developer team over at Face3 Media, who are responsible for keeping our site looking great and functioning smoothly. To all the folks we work with a film studios, indie distributors, theaters and agencies, we’re happy that you let your talent talk […]

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we have a surprise visit from FSR publisher and beard enthusiast Neil Miller who reminds everyone why he’s really a big softie beneath that rugged exterior. Instead of the usual news and reviews, the show is one large Segment Three where we give thanks for the cinematic wonders of 2010 (and the fact that the year is almost over). If you’re heartbroken that we didn’t review Burlesque, please pick up your consolation prize on your way out. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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‘Tis the season to be thankful for what you have. And above all else, we here at Film School Rejects are thankful for you, our beloved readers. We may not always agree — in fact, we may never agree — and we may continue to struggle live up to your lofty expectations of what a great movie publication truly is, but we’re glad you stick around anyway. Personally, I’m thankful for all of the writers here at FSR — it’s been a year filled with ups, downs and plenty of side-to-sides, and they’ve hung in there and continued to deliver some of the best, most underrated content around. They are the best there is, if you ask me (and my mom, who thinks Cole Abaius is adorable). And they continue to learn and grow with each passing day. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving (and with my mom in mind), please enjoy the video treat just after the jump.

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This week’s Culture Warrior asks why there aren’t more movies about Thanksgiving. Christmas always seems to hog all the good ones.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin and Neil come to the Fat Guys table early this week for a special Thanksgiving episode of the show. They talk about what they plan to eat over the long holiday weekend and talk a little bit about movies. They euthanize Old Dogs and have an epic fat ninja smackdown over Ninja Assassin. Hi-ya!

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Director/actor Eli Roth recently spoke with MTV about his upcoming plans which include a “revolutionary double-barreled” idea to film two movies back to back!

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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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Fat Guys at the Movies

It’s the Big, Fat Thanksgiving Special! Kevin and Neil beam into the Magical Virtual Studio in the Sky two days early to get ready for their Thanksgiving feast which will keep them napping through the weekend.

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Here at FSR we are thankful for you — our readers. So here’s a little treat to say “thanks for reading.”

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12 Days into the strike and we get our first big surprise.

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