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3 Essential Thanksgiving Films

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Let's face it, when it comes to holiday films, Christmas has monopolized the market.  But what about the other family-centered holiday?  Thanksgiving is a time of year when families get together and eat turkey... but also a time when big films are released.  This year, 2011 turkey day brings us The Muppets and Hugo, both long-awaited releases.  Movies like The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind have historically been broadcast on Thanksgiving Day as well.  So with today's blog let's celebrate those rare movies that celebrate annual autumn holiday that gives us pause to say thanks.  Here are 3 Essential Thanksgiving Films:



MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 1947 Directed by:  George Seaton Starring:  Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood
Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles. 

Star Wars Goes 3D!

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February 12, 2012 marks the release of Star Wars in 3D.  To the dismay of some Star Wars diehards, Lucasfilm is releasing the films in storyline chronological order, meaning the first 3D release will be Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, arguably the least popular film in the series.  See the trailer HERE

Pixar's "Brave" Trailer

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.7 – Taking Shelter from the Paranormal

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FORCED PERSPECTIVE IS BACK! Join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo as they recap The Ides of March, Paranormal Activity 3, Red State, Take Shelter, and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. Plus, the duo take a look at John Carpenter’s The Thing in this week’s DVD of the Week. All this and more!

LISTEN HERE


5 Criterion Collection Films You Should Buy/Rent from iTunes

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The Criterion Collection, arguably the best home media resource for watching, discovering and re-discovering classic, cult, independent and world cinema has very quietly arrived for purchase on iTunes.  While Criterion has not released their entire 595 film catalog, they have, however, an elite selection of some of the greatest films ever made.  Films are currently $14.99 to buy or $2.99 to rent.

Today we'll look at 5 of the best Criterion films available digitally that are also considered by this blog to be part of The Essential Films.

The Seventh Seal

Director:  Ingmar Bergman

Possibly Bergman's most well-known film.  Even if you've never seen the film (which if you haven't ... why not?), the imagery is iconic.  There is not a cinephile that does not recognize the famous shot of a Swedish knight playing chess with Death.  Bergman explores his usual themes in this piece (God, Death, Existence, etc.), but does so against the backdrop of a knight returning home from the …