Posted at 2:10 PM on November 21, 2005
by Euan Kerr
We have a little cinematic Thanksgiving tradition in our family, and I'd like to ask the Movie Maven's readers for some help.
We go to my parents-in-laws cabin up north to engage in the annual feast. when we aren't cooking, we take walks in the woods to build an appetite for the next meal. But in the evening we watch movies, specifically classic movies which we, the overbearing parents, feel our teenagers (17 and 15 this year) should see at least once in their lives. The kids are remarkably good sports about it.
The tradition is relatively new. We started three years ago with "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Dogtown and Z-boys" (not a must-see classic I will admit, but enough to get them both back into the theaters to see other documentaries since, which is not a bad thing in my opinion.)
Last year it was "The African Queen" and "Eating Raoul" (again not a must-see but it helped the kids understand some of the strange jokes their parents have cracked over the years.)
So last night we began talking about what we should take this year, and I thought I would ask the people in Maven-land for their suggestions. we have already had "Casablanca" as one suggestion, and "Small Change."
What you you suggest? And what movies do you intend to see over the holiday weekend?
Ninotchka! Ernst Lubitsch can be embraced by any generation.
Or how about "Breaking Away?" A good movie to watch with teenagers because it's an affectionate look at a parent and child completely misunderstanding one another. Barbara Barrie is one of the great cinematic mothers in that film.
"What's Up Doc?" would be a fun movie, too. I imagine that Barbra doesn't appeal to teens, but the movie really is funny. Madeline Kahn is fantastic.
Despite the James Bond-a-thons that always seems to line up around the holidays, you can count on me to try to watch "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" this weekend. I don't seem to tire of that movie, and perhaps your teens would like it.
Hmmm other recommendations...For a strange snapshot of time, "The China Syndrome" might show that there's a fear for every year, and I think it somehow identifies the 1979 look of filmmaking.
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Jaws, North by Northwest, Breakfast at Tiffany's ...
The teenage mind is a mysterious cavern to me, but here are a few that I think might capture their interest: Sullivan's Travels, Some Like It Hot, The Godfather, Young Frankenstein, The Right Stuff, Hope & Glory.
I'm going to see if I can get my parents to a movie on Friday night, though my tastes differ wildly from theirs, to say the least. Maybe the Johnny Cash biopic?
Two words, one movie: Wild Strawberries
The Philadelphia Story? His Girl Friday? Bringing Up Baby? The Thin Man? I think screwball comedy can bring any family together.
Any of the abbott and costello movies: A and C meet Frankenstein, A and C meet the Invisible man, Hold that ghost, and Who done it,etc.Since you are in MN, Grumpy old men and Grumpier old men are good. I also like the Thin man series.