Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanks, but No Thanks


Happy T-Day to y'all. There are ennumerable things to be thankful for on this All American holiday, so I hope you give pause and try to count those blessings as we grin and bear it another day in this weird world o' ours. The holiday season is indeed upon us, ready or not.

It's also the end of another year...but it ain't over until it's over. Expect good news!

Cryptic, you betcha boots.

Hey, speaking of this here turkey day, have you ever noticed there's only one Thanksgiving movie worth a damn? That would be John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and the incredible John Candy, whose work with Hughes in this and Uncle Buck was the best in his short career. For a twenty year old movie, PT&A still holds up quite well, still funny and actually quite touching.
Hughes really deserves an incredible amount of respect for the quantity and quality of the films he concocted in a very small window of time in the 1980s, not to mention how influential his work has beenas a screenwriter and as a director. From Mr. Mom to National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles to The Breakfast Club, PT&A to Home Alone, Hughes was king of the world way before James Cameron. Now who holds the title...Brett Ratner? Michael Bey? Shawn Levy? Does someone have a razor blade?
Finally,a sad note: famed TV commercial icon Mr. Whipple has passed away. For those attending the funeral, may I remind you: Mourners, please don't squeeze the coffin.
Gobble gobble.
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