As Labor Day approaches, I’m thinking about doing a holiday movie marathon. But which holiday is really best for watching movies?
According to Hermes on ‘Futurama’, Labor Day is “that phony-baloney holiday crammed down our throats by fat-cat union gangsters.” Whom am I to argue with Hermes? I think that Labor Day will be perfect for a ‘Futurama’ marathon, possibly featuring ‘The Beast with a Billion Backs’ and ‘Into the Wild Green Yonder‘.
Of course, Halloween is coming up soon, and that’s the best time of the year for watching a few horror movies or a certain zombie-filled TV show. (Movies theaters will probably be stuck with another must-miss “found footage” flick.) Years ago, I managed to finish installing a new home theater system just in time to for Halloween and a New Line Platinum Edition ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ DVD. Good times.
In contrast, Thanksgiving is usually a wasteland of bad football games with the Cowboys or Lions competing for the most three-and-outs.
Christmas, however, is a great time to drag the family to the movie theater to see something like ‘As Good as It Gets‘ or ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘. When I saw the Coen brothers’ new ‘True Grit‘, I didn’t think that it was an instant classic, but I thought that its brutal wholesomeness would make it a perfect family holiday movie in twenty years.
Last year, I was really disappointed that ‘Captain America‘ wasn’t released in time for the Fourth of July. (My guess is that the producers needed to add several minutes of Tommy Lee Jones eating steak as part of his contract.) Patriotic holidays are the best time for patriotic movies. Less popular holidays like Columbus Day should be transitioned into something more thematically enjoyable like Clint Eastwood Day. April Fool’s Day could be spiced up into M. Night Day. And, obviously, Labor Day should become ‘Futurama’ Day.
I’d like to read in the Comments which specific holiday/movie combinations people enjoy. I apologize somewhat for focusing on American holidays. I say “somewhat,” because I’ve personally promoted the adoption of Halloween in Denmark while trying to eliminate that cat killing, witch burning, Midsummer holiday that the country currently has.