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It’s Thanksgiving time, and with fewer big family gatherings this year due to the pandemic, it’s the perfect time for streaming some movies. But rather than the usual list of Thanksgiving-themed movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Home for the Holidays, we decided to come up with the movies available for streaming that we’re most thankful for.
Things that make us thankful are, of course, personal and unique, but we’ve tracked down a dozen movies (and a couple of double-features) that should at least hold universal appeal. If nothing else, they’re certainly worth considering during this reflective time of year. So, raise a glass and catch a few of these films over the Thanksgiving holiday.
When star Chadwick Boseman died this past August, it hit hard. He was an incredible role model for a generation of Black moviegoers, playing Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown, and imbuing each hero with humanity, which is not an easy thing to do. Arguably his most meaningful role, however, was in Ryan Coogler’s Marvel superhero movie Black Panther (2018), which, aside from being one of the best films of its year, was a world-wide box-office smash and was nominated for seven Oscars, thoroughly changing the game for Black-led entertainments. But the best part came the following Halloween, when a generation of Black children had the opportunity to dress up like a superhero that looked like they did. Boseman worked on the film while suffering from colon cancer, having to be in tip-top physical condition for the cameras, and never said a word. He was a hero, too. We’re thankful he had the opportunity to make this film.
Young Amy (Ann Carter, right) talks with her imaginary friend Irena (Simone Simon) in The Curse of the Cat People.
One the studio system’s great geniuses, producer Val Lewton was assigned by RKO to make a string of low-budget, “B” feature horror movies. His first effort, the inspired, atmospheric Cat People (1942), with its use of sound to suggest horrors rather than showing them, was a hit, so the studio ordered a sequel. Lewton delivered the hauntingly magical The Curse of the Cat People (1944), which is not a horror film, and is actua lly a rather beautiful story about a lonely little girl. The ghost of “cat woman” Irena (Simone Simon) returns to befriend the dreamy, imaginative Amy (Ann Carter), whose parents are Alice (Jane Randolph) and Ollie (Kent Smith) from the first film. A mysterious old mansion and a mother-daughter relationship enters into it, as well as a gorgeous Christmastime. It was the directing debut of Robert Wise, who had been an editor, and went on to make West Side Story. We’re thankful for this gorgeous little story of imagination, friendship, and love.
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