A Thanksgiving Post: 25 things in movies I’m thankful for

Those celebrating Thanksgiving today, hope it’s been lovely and lively. To those in other parts of the world, I bid you happy-almost-weekend day 😀 Well, it’s not as if you need a special day to give thanks, right? But just for the sake of being timely, I’ve been pondering about my love of movies and I’d post 25 random movie miscellanea I’m thankful for:

1. Cate Blanchett’s narration in the Lord of the Rings trilogy

2. Spanish Buzz in Toy Story 3. I’d never want to switch him back!

3. Smashing Pumpkins’ The Beginning is the End is the Beginning song in Watchmen trailer

4. 1999 Mansfield Park‘s lovely quote: “There are as many forms of love… as there are moments in time.”

5. Timothy Dalton and Alan Rickman’s silky voice and their signature inflection when they speak.

6. The amazing train station staircase scene in The Untouchables.

7. The stunning visuals of Tarsem’s The Fall.

8. Pixar movies… particularly these in my top five.

9. Gabriel Byrne’s soulful portrayal of D’Artagnan in The Man in the Iron Mask.

10. Scorching chemistry between Christian Bale and Emily Watson in Equilibrium.

Click the photo to watch the scene in a music video clip on youtube

11. Fantastic opening credits by Danny Yount (Rocknrolla, Sherlock Holmes, etc.)

12. The awesome clay-mation of Chicken Run

13. When Lizzie first meets The Stranger in a cafe in Dear Frankie … The brooding glances, the awkward silence, the husky voice… ‘Americano. Strong.’ YUM!

14. The haunting music of Somewhere in Time.

15. John Williams’ scores… too many to name just a few!

16. The final redemption scene of Ben Hur.

17. Disney Princesses and their gorgeous, indelible songs… particularly this one

18. Michael Keaton’s hilarious performance playing four different characters in Multiplicity.

19. My Favorite Things scene in The Sound of Music.

20. Stan Lee’s cameos in various Marvel movies.



21. Audrey Hepburn’s breathtaking beauty in practically every film I’ve seen her in.

22. Since today’s his birthday… Dougray Scott’s dashing portrayal of a fairy tale prince in Ever After. Happy Birthday Mr. Scott!

23. Harrison Ford and Sean Connery’s fun rapport in Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.

24. Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride for his awesome name and indelible declaration: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

25. The cinematography of Terrence Malick’s films (Days of Heaven, The New World).

Let me also take the time to thank you all for reading and commenting on FlixChatter. Do keep ’em coming 😀

Now, what are you thankful for this holiday season?

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27 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Post: 25 things in movies I’m thankful for

  1. Kevin

    Good list.

    When I first saw it in 1987 the scene from The Untouchables motivated me to watch the scene from Battleship Potemkin from which it is derived.

    I would add the performance of Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, the Western vistas of John Ford movies and the score of Local Hero done by Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler.

    Movies give me pleasure in diverse ways.

    1. Hi Kevin. Yeah, I heard that De Palma was giving an homage to that scene. Man, how many extras did they use on that one?? There are too many things to be thankful for about movies… it was hard to just whittle it down to just 25!

  2. you stole 1. and 7. from my mind 😛
    I must admit my problem with EQUILIBRIUM (the only one) was exactly the lack of chemistry between Emily and Christian, but then again I think she’s like Samantha Morton – a type of actress who’s just not for romantic roles because she has no chemistry with anyone. But I did notice a very strong chemistry between Tay Diggs and Christian Bale 🙂

    22. also gets a standing ovation from me 🙂

    1. Oh boy Dez… lack of chemistry?? The heat between them was practically ricocheting off the walls, especially this scene when he pins her down and wanting to touch her face [fans myself]. I’d also have to disagree with you about Morton and Watson, I think they’re both very good actresses. I think it’s just you who think there’s any chemistry between Bale and Diggs (I actually find the later quite irritating in this movie).

  3. I’m also thankful for your number 1, 11, 15 and 23 🙂

    Tho I’m not celebrating thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my lovely turtles… words can not describe how much I love them. as for movie related, I’m thankful for breakfast on pluto, a movie to be blamed for my obsession on Cillian Murphy. and I’m thankful for Inception, finally, a movie that can come close to The Matrix.

    Happy holiday season to you 🙂
    No holiday season here.

    1. I used to have a pet turtle too when I was a kid, it’s an extraordinary creature indeed. I just don’t have time to have a pet nowadays though. He..he.. I’m sure you’ll several Cillian-related things to be thankful for 😀 I try to be as diverse with my list but couldn’t resist to put something with GB in it.

      1. You speak the truth my friend 🙂
        There are too many things to be grateful about when it concern Cillian Murphy, however my feeling of gratitude upon Inception was not due to the love I have for Cillian. With or without my love, I’m still forever grateful upon Inception for it is the movie I have been waiting for.

        hehehe I’m trying to write like The Lord Of The Rings ;p I always want to write like this every time I reread TLoTR.

        1. You’re right… I LOVE Inception because of the story and Nolan’s direction, not because of a particular actor. Hey, you should make a similar list for LOTR… I’m sure you can easily make it a top 50 or 100 list 😀 I might make it a regular feature to highlight a particular actor or film.

      1. I must second that! I was gonna say, I am thankful for you listing these! I had a lot of fun nodding my head in agreement as I worked my way down the list! Nice vid of Stan Lee’s cameos! He has become the “Where’s Waldo” of the movie world. More so than M. Night! 🙂

        1. Glad you enjoyed it, T. I don’t know what made me think of Stan Lee’s cameos, but somehow I almost always noticed his brief stint in the Marvel movies. So yeah, ‘Where’s Waldo’ is right.

  4. Ted S.

    Good post Ruth, I have a lot to be thankful for but I guess I’m most thankful that I get to enjoy films of all kind because of the internet. A lot of films that aren’t available here in the states, I can order online or just download them. Before the internet, I couldn’t do that.

    Good thing you mentioned Malick’s films, but to me the best looking film that he shot was The Thin Red Line, it may have a lot to do with his cinematographer. We’ll have to wait and see how Tree of Life looks. My guess is that it will look spectacular since he shot some sequences using the IMAX cameras.

    1. Thanks Ted. Yeah, the online world certainly makes things more convenient for movie lovers. I guess I should say I’m also thankful for Netflix as it saves a lot of time from going to a brick & mortar store!

      I don’t like war films, that’s why I haven’t seen The Thin Red Line. But I really should see it for the cast… lots of great actors in there. Tree of Life is the highly anticipated flicks for a lot of people. Speaking of which, I have a guest post request in relation to that. I’ll email you shortly 😀

    1. Hello Caz. Yeah, my thanksgiving was nice and mellow. Hope you had a good one, too. There are lots of things to be thankful for in The Sound of Music!

  5. PrairieGirl

    Funny you should mention and include a photo of Audrey Hepburn – you know I think my niece V looks a lot like her (ala Roman Holiday). And on Thanksgiving day got to meet her new boyfriend. I was struggling to recall who he resembles, and, voila! He could be Zachary Levi’s (from NBCs Chuck) brother, or even twin! So I’m thankful for the wonderful new couple in our family this year.

    1. Hi Becky! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Oh wow, Zach Levi?! He’s gorgeous! Is he tall too? Zach is about 6’4″ I think. Lucky Vicky 😀 But then again she does resembles Hepburn so they must make such a lovely couple.

      1. PrairieGirl

        Actually no, he’s not too tall, I’d guess about 5’10”. But gorgeous, yes! But it was so funny, I was trying not to stare, but I kept thinking I know I’ve never met him before, so why does he look so familiar? When I finally realized, I blurted it out, and nobody really seemed to know about Chuck, so I had to quickly append that my statement that he looked so much like him was a COMPLIMENT! Yes, they are an adorable couple. They have tons of photos from their recent trip to Ireland so I’ll have to ask Vicky to send me one of them so you can see for yourself. There’s also an amusing story about the questions my brother was asking him, playing the very protective dad, I would say.

  6. Neat, great San Lee cameo video. Just watched Iron Man 2 last night and love how he’s mistaken for Hugh Hefner and Larry King:)

    Great call on #23, 15 (LOVE Williams) and #6 (oh man, sooo intense)

    Great list Ruth…my list of things to be thankful for is very banal; you know family, health and all that:P

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