Posted at 1:58 PM on November 29, 2005
by Euan Kerr
Thanks for all the Thanksgiving film suggestions. They were very useful and gave us lots of good ideas. I was particularly intrigued by the idea of "Wild Strawberries."
In the spirit of full disclosure I thought I'd give the list of what we ended up selecting. One additional complication or opportunity which I didn't mention in the original posting was that we also needed to cater for a set of grandparents. After a certain amount of haggling we ended up with;
1) MASH (1970) Robert Altman's bittersweet comedy about life in a mobile surgical unit during the Korean War seems a little staid now, although some in our group were a little squeamish about the blood. (Strange how that got toned down for the TV series.) This turned out to be the one which produced the most discussion about how the film was viewed coming out as it did during the VietNam war.
2) Election (1999) This was a teens suggestion for the parents and grandparents, and quite educational in that the 17 year old who suggested it forgot about its steamy content, and had to endure the discomfort of sitting through the more graphic scenes sitting next to her grandmother. Everyone made it through just fine however. Alexander Payne's twisted tale of an overachieving high school senior running for student council president is both instructive and chastening.
3) Spirited Away (2001) Another teens choice for the parents. Hayao Miyazaki's marvelous animated fairytale of a girl's valiant attempt to rescue her parents from a demon infested theme park has something for just about everyone. Unfortunately we ran out of time, and didn't get to watch it together.
4) Kung Fu Hustle (2004) This was a selection by the male half of the contingent (and only watched by them too.) Steven Chow's slapstick fantasy melds Bruce Lee with Bugs Bunny, and throws in a whole lot of other fun movie references too.
And I am still intrigued: what did anyone else choose to watch with the family over the holiday?
A perfect Thanksgiving film, which we finally watched for the first time last weekend after hearing so many friends and relatives suggest it, was "Pieces of April" - fantastic! Carol