It is a time-honored tradition in many households including my own that before, after, and/or during the process of eating turkey and its innumerable accouterments, football must be watched. After the meal, after the dishes, after the genial conversation comes pie and football. And pie.
I am proposing a different course of action this year, however. No change for the turkey, the dishes, the conversation, or the pie. I’m suggesting that rather than watching football, watch a movie. In fact, watch a cheesy move, the cheesier the better. And with that proposal in mind, I have three guilty favorites to recommend for your entertainment:
- Buckaroo Banzai (aka The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension): a quintessential 80s tale of a rock star / brain surgeon / quantum physicist and his wacky back-up band who accidentally release aliens from the 8th dimension. Hijinks ensue. This engaging classic has an all-star cast including Peter Weller, John Lithgow (in a star turn you’ll never forget), Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, and Christopher Lloyd, as well as a host of other faces you will recognize. Lots of great quotable lines in this movie.
- Big Trouble in Little China: it was rumored that this was intended to be the sequel to Buckaroo Banzai which got derailed. Whereas Banzai definitely has a sci-fi vibe throughout it, Big Trouble is more mystical, with Kurt Russell starring as swaggering trucker Jack Burton who attempts to help a friend rescue his kidnapped fiancee. This one has lots more action, and is not quite so slyly subtle. Also starring a pre-Sex and the City Kim Cattrall, this is a kung-fu romp through San Francico’s Chinatown.
- Tremors: an actual monster movie with fantastic subterranean creatures that terrorize and destroy a small town. This one features Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as Val and Earl, odd job guys with big plans who get trapped in their small town by the heretofore unknown “graboids.” Between the two of them, they have to figure out a way to get the towns’ survivors to safety. The relationship between Val and Earl carries the story; and the supporting characters are hugely entertaining, particularly Michael Gross and Reba McIntyre as survivalist types who have a basement full of guns, ammo, and other little surprises. The graboids are wonderfully low-tech and yet believable.
So forget the football this year. Try a cheesy movie. You can thank me later.