Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by · 1:04 am · November 26th, 2009

(from left) Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains and AutomobilesIt’s that time of year.

I’ve got about a dozen heads coming over for a Thanksgiving feast.  Parade.  Football.  Screeners (a LOT of ’em).  A full day of cheer.  But I’d like to, of course, take a moment to hand out my thank yous.

At the top of that list are my fellow contributors here at In Contention; Guy, Gerard, Chad, John, you help me keep the ship afloat.  It’s a different place without you.

Ditto the readership.  Each of you keeps things lively and in motion.  Without that we’re just crying out in a void.

I’m thankful for those I deal with professionally on a daily basis.  Sometimes we butt heads, other times we serve separate, diametrically opposed masters, but I’d like to think we maintain our humanity, if sometimes not our sanity.  And I’m happy to call many of you my friends.

Thanks, of course, to my family, who indulged the movie bug in me way back when.  And to my lady, April, for the consistent patience you seem to pull out of your hat day in and day out.  I’m a handful.

Thank you.  And Happy Thanksgiving.  The floor is yours today.

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  • 1 11-26-2009 at 1:19 am

    Loyal said...

    I finally watched 9 while waiting for a flight at LAX. Yikes! Good luck Kristopher.

  • 2 11-26-2009 at 2:42 am

    SHAAAARK said...

    The picture of the screeners is awesome. It’s one thing to hear about the massive pile, but seeing that really drives home how difficult it must be for Academy members to catch up on everything. Here’s hoping The Hurt Locker gets added to that pile very soon!

  • 3 11-26-2009 at 2:51 am

    Ziyad Abul Hawa said...

    Gosh! I loved the picture of the screeners… “9” opens here today, want to see it so bad!

    And thank all of you for keeping the website of course, and working your ass of, it’s my homepage

  • 4 11-26-2009 at 3:00 am

    matt said...

    Thanks to you Kris and company for keeping a consistent and thought provoking site going…

    Also thanks to the significant other and family for putting up with my crazy movie watching tendencies and strange fascination with film awards…

    and thank you to Hollywood and its players for keeping me entertained this past year…(even though your less than desirable release schedule has made me wait for Nine, Invictus, The Lovely Bones and Avatar…)

  • 5 11-26-2009 at 5:06 am

    aspect ratio said...

    I need to get in on this screener racket, drool.

  • 6 11-26-2009 at 7:17 am

    Marshall said...

    How does a member of the press become a member of the Academy, Kris?

  • 7 11-26-2009 at 8:23 am

    Daniel said...

    I hate you Kris.

    In a purely jealous sort of way. So congrats, and have fun.

  • 8 11-26-2009 at 8:50 am

    Mr. F said...

    don’t watch Sin Nombre today, it will only ruin your day (amazing movie, but not one I want to watch again any time soon).

    Happy Thanksgiving

  • 9 11-26-2009 at 9:38 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Marshall: BFCA

  • 10 11-26-2009 at 9:50 am

    Tim Higgins said...

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Kris.

    And go Lions… Maybe they can get a “W” today to stay within the elite company of the Redskins?

  • 11 11-26-2009 at 9:59 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 12 11-26-2009 at 10:06 am

    Suzanne said...

    SO JEALOUS OF YOUR SCREENERS! Enjoy the day :)

  • 13 11-26-2009 at 11:08 am

    Monique said...

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is pulling insane numbers already – has made almost 2 million in just 4 theatres

  • 14 11-26-2009 at 11:16 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    I want those screeners, especially Sin Nombre. Interestingly, Sin Nombre’s director is doing an adaptation of Jane Eyre with the great Michael Fassbender next. I’m there.

    Speaking of Fassbender, save for his scene in the tavern (oh, and Diane Krueger is so damn good,too), Inglorious Basterds is just not very good. It’s not a waste of time, but it…sucks.

    Lastly, for those that enjoy good beer, might I suggest 2 Below by Fat Tire and Widmer’s Brrr. They’ll compliment the turkey nicely. Or wine.

  • 15 11-26-2009 at 11:21 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I watched Inglourious Basterds again last night. It went up a notch. It’s always been hard to argue with the fact that it’s quite enjoyable, but I’ve decided I like everything EXCEPT the stuff with The Basterds. And only (and I do mean only) because other contenders are beginning to underwhelm, I might be ready to give credence to the notion that it can get in for Best Pic.

    Widmer rocks.

  • 16 11-26-2009 at 1:01 pm

    Ripley said...

    Best wishes to you too Kris for this great forum and the great film coverage.

  • 17 11-26-2009 at 1:29 pm

    adam said...

    Do they offer any screeners on Blu-ray?

  • 18 11-26-2009 at 1:36 pm

    McGuff said...

    Happy Thanksgiving to all here, especially the writers.

    I caught up with Sunshine Cleaning last night, for whatever reason. What an awful movie. Legitimately near the bottom of my list for the year, which is surprising, considering my expectations were something light that wouldn’t affect me much at all. Hoping to see The Road on Saturday.

  • 19 11-26-2009 at 2:17 pm

    Leone said...

    Happy Thanksgiving Kris. We’re grateful for the lively, thoughtful conversation on your site. Grateful for the fun. Have a lovely day with family and friends.

  • 20 11-26-2009 at 3:34 pm

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    Happy Thanksgiving. Keep up the good work


  • 21 11-26-2009 at 6:48 pm

    Marshall said...

    Apologies. How does one join the BFCA?