On this week’s episode, we attempt to get into the Christmas spirit by taking on 1942’s HOLIDAY INN, directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Despite featuring Irving Berlin’s classic tune White Christmas, it turns out that this film tackles all of the major holidays, from Easter to Thanksgiving to…Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, of which the less said, the better. But it certainly inspires a myriad of conversations, including couch surfing, hotel cleanliness, propaganda, censorship, 13 REASONS WHY and, uh, blackface, which plays a bigger role in this film than one could ever imagine. Yes, Christmas is in the air!
This week, SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! gets into the holiday spirit as we take on 2005’s Thanksgiving-set revenge tale FOUR BROTHERS, directed by John Singleton. Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund star as foster brothers who return home to Detroit to bury their mother, who was gunned down execution-style in a robbery gone wrong. They will stop at nothing to find the killers, including elder abuse, animal abuse, child abuse…really, any and all forms of abuse. Did we mention this film is also incredibly misogynistic and homophobic? Yep, get ready for an overload of the festive warm and fuzzies!
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we take on 1991’s John Hughes-penned road trip comedy DUTCH, in which Ed O’Neill travels across the country to bring home his girlfriend’s bratty teenage son for Turkey Day. And nothing screams the holidays like child abuse, Marxism, thieving prostitutes, homeless shelters, fireworks, and horny teens. Yeah, this movie is real freakin’ weird, to the point that its summer release date seems relatively sane in comparison. So grab a turkey leg and a warm gun and spend Thanksgiving with SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?!