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By David Poland


I am still thankful for the work of filmmakers. That is the redemption of This Thing We Do. So long as Julian Schnabel is out there making art films in French that Miramax is thrilled to be selling, I am thankful. So long as a script like Nancy Oliver

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9 Responses to “Thanks”

  1. IOIOIOI says:

    To sum up; Heat loves his peeps and the stuff he gets to do. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!

  2. I’m not thankful that America has this thing called Thanksgiving and everyone stops blogging. What am I supposed to do?
    Everything I know about Thanksgiving I learned from Christina Ricci:
    “Dear Lord, thank you for this Thanksgiving holiday. And for all the material possessions we have and enjoy. And for letting us white people kill all the Indians and steal their tribal lands and stuff ourselves like pigs, even though children in Asia are being napalmed.”
    And all of Addams Family Values.
    Thank you Christina Ricci.

  3. IOIOIOI says:


  4. But if Christina Ricci tells me so WHO AM I TO ARGUE?!

  5. crazycris says:

    I right there with KCamel… the blogsphere is so QUIET these days! snif!!!
    I’m thankful for the existence of great actors out there who work hard to bring us believable and challenging performances!
    I’m thankful for actors like Fernando Fernan Gomez (RIP) who manage to age gracelfully and find themselves some excellent roles throughout their career (instead of trying to play the same type for the entire life… hint, hint Mr. Cruise!)
    I’m thankful for all these websites/blogs that let us non-film experts (just big film-lovers) express our opinions and participate in interesting debates (in spite of the name-calling all too frequent around here).
    Hope those of you on the other side of the “puddle” had a happy turkey-day!

  6. ManWithNoName says:

    I’m thankful that movie theaters are open 365 days a year.
    Saw “No Country for Old Men” yesterday after a leftover KFC Thanksgiving dinner… 🙁
    The movie was amazing. My favorite scene all year in any movie was Anton’s encounter with the gas station owner. Just flat out great writing, acting, directing, etc.

  7. David Poland says:

    I would point out, even not in the middle of a strike, that those great words from Adaams Family Values were written by Paul Rudnick, not the young Ms. Ricci.
    Perhaps the WGA needs ads to tell people that writers write movies after all.

  8. IOIOIOI says:

    Pretty much Heat. Those commercials make sense. You simply refuse to see this strike from a different point of view than your own myopic view of the world. It’s cool and all, but it sort of limits the reactions we are going to get from you about this strike. Nevertheless; may we all enjoy a happy Thanksgiving weekend and a happy HOLIDAY season!

  9. That Christina Ricci quote was actually from The Ice Storm, written by James Schamus. It’s just that Ricci’s character in Addams Family Values is very anti-Thanksgiving too. Coincidentally Ricci’s character is Wendy in Ice Storm and Wednesday in Addams Family Values. Weird symmetry there!
    Nevertheless… i’m not an idiot Dave. I know Ricci didn’t write it.

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