The Film Side of the Force: Tis the season of TURKEY

Oh November! You are stuck in between October and December. Everyone is either packing up there Halloween costumes or sucking down their eggnog lattes. But don’t fret because I’m here to give you my top five favorite Thanksgiving films to watch with the family!

1) Places, Trains, and Automobiles

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious shower ring salesman as his only companion.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is an absolutely wonderful movie. Yes, it is regarded as a comedy, but I think of it as more of a drama. This film deals with so many aspects of what it means to be human, especially the whole concept of friendship. The jokes don’t get old. This is probably my favorite comedy of all time. Hughes takes the traveling nightmare genre to a whole new level, and the screenplay alone is a triumph.

2) Home for the Holidays

After losing her job, making out with her future ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics.

Ahhh the holidays….that wonderful time of thankfulness, love and laughter, NOT!!! This movie will have you in stitches each and every holiday season if you suffer from that ever present disease of dysfunctional family syndrome.

3) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

This video takes me back to being a kid and being able to stay up and watch the specials that came on TV for the holidays. This is just a great simple cartoon for kids and parents alike. You will never be disapointed with any Charlie Brown cartoon. From Lucy’s contant quest to never let Charlie Brown never kick the football,to Charlie Browns deep thoughts on life. You will always love this one.

4) Pieces of Abril

A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

Anyone who doesn’t identify with at least one person, scene, or incident in this fabulous, endearing, funny, sad movie has led a very sheltered life (or grown up on another planet). While the characters and dialogue may be a bit exagerrated at times, this movie is truly a eye-opening depiction of the “nuclear” family. ‘Fess up – we ALL have a family like this in one respect or another. April’s fiasco with the turkey is original and hilarious. There is nothing not to enjoy here.

5) Free Birds (Still in theaters.)

Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.

BONUS
Not in the mood for gooey heartfelt films? Well here are favorite low budget TURKEY SLASHERS films. Warning: these films contains a cussing axe murdering turkey, Viewer Discretion is advised.

Thankskilling

A homicidal turkey axes off college kids during Thanksgiving break.

Why is there no ThanksKilling Two you may ask? Well the director thought it would be fun to just skip to the third film. Ahhh killer turkeys never get old.

Thankskilling 3: Turkies Revenge

Foul-mouthed villain Turkie carves through the likes of a rapping grandma, a mindless puppet, a wig-wearing inventor, a bisexual space worm, and their equally ridiculous friends on his quest to recover the last copy of “ThanksKilling 2”.

The first ThanksKilling was brutal, ridiculous, and — at first sight – a horrible movie. But that’s what it was meant to be, and was proud of that fact. For those of us that got the joke, we loved it for what it was, and we cheered on the murderous, wise-cracking Turkie as he reeled off line after line of absurbities while gleefully hacking up brain-dead teenagers.

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