I’ll be out of the office for the long weekend, eating Thanksgiving leftovers, catching up on a few movies, and counting my blessings. In this season of gratitude, here are a few random movie-themed things that I’m thankful for. Feel free to chime in with your own!
— The Harvard Exit lobby, because it’s one of the nicest living rooms in town, and the popcorn always smells great.
— Popcorn, which I still enjoy eating for dinner (did it just the other night at “Harry Potter”), though I know it’s not very grown-up of me to do so.
— Christopher Nolan, for making smart blockbusters that I can’t wait to watch again, and for raising my hopes to a ridiculously optimistic level for the next “Batman” movie.
— Documentary filmmakers who explore worlds I didn’t know existed — for example, the competitive grocery-bagging scene of “Ready, Set, Bag!” — and leave us thrilled to discover a new little piece of the universe.
— Michael Caine’s voice, whether it’s onscreen in “Harry Brown” or being wonderfully imitated by two British comedians or on the page in his delightful new autobiography “The Elephant to Hollywood” — whatever the venue, it’s a treasure.
— Other voices that always thrill: Patricia Clarkson’s, Jon Hamm’s, Johnny Depp’s, Catherine Keener’s, Denzel Washington’s, the guy who does the trailer voice-overs, and so many more.
— Comedy that’s actually funny, like “Date Night” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Easy A.” And the “Twilight” movies, which are always good for some laughs.
— David Fincher, for taking on the daunting task of directing the “Dragon Tattoo” movies. I just have a feeling that the guy who made the great “Zodiac” will know what to do.
— The “Harry Potter” gang, for keeping the quality high and the audience interested for nine years and counting — no small feat.
And most of all, to all who take the time to read and contribute thoughtful comments to this blog, now almost two years old. I hope you all have wickedly good feasts with your loved ones on Thursday, and I wish I could share my trademark garlic mashed potatoes to you all. Have a wonderful holiday!
Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov in “White Nights” — thanks to the commenter who reminded me, the other day, what a kick this dance was. Just a little Thanksgiving treat.