There are few things more boring than talking about box office revenues, but there are also few things more fun (“fun” not meaning “fun” for real, but “fun” like “casual Friday” type “fun”) than talking about the movie you saw over the weekend once you get into the office on Monday, so here we are! At “the office”! Chatting! It seems like pretty much everybody saw a movie over the Thanksgiving holiday, look at this, from Deadline:

What is there to say other than this 5-day Thanksgiving Holiday was a monster at the weekend box office. Best of all, audiences came out in droves for an overwhelming majority of original films as well as popular sequels. Hollywood today is giving thanks this is now the biggest-ever moviegoing T-Day holiday: $288M for the 5 days of domestic box office, smashing 2009′s record of $258.6M. It also beat the previous all-time 5-day moviegoing record set in 2009 of $270.5M.

“The biggest-ever moviegoing T-Day holiday”?! IN OUR LIFETIMES? That is something we can certainly all give thanks for. Who would’ve guessed we’d all be alive at the moment when more money was spent at the movies over the Thanksgiving holiday than ever — even more people than in 2009. But, so, were you one of them? What movie did you see? I saw Lincoln on Friday afternoon and the theater was packed, just like Deadline said. It was good! Daniel Day Lewis was wonderful, even though seeing the parts from the trailer only made me think of when Jimmy Fallon overdubbed the trailer in a Pee-Wee Herman voice and also the person behind me seemed very sick and was coughing on top of me the entire time. My review blurb for Lincoln is this: “Not nearly as boring as you’d expect, very long and it does seem like it but you won’t really mind too much, see it if you have any desire to.” Did you see it? Did you see Twilight? What is your review blurb? LET’S CHAT! (Movie dog image via Shutterstock.)

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  1. I didn’t see a movie this weekend, but I did spend three hours watching “Trapped in the Closet” on IFC. Does that count?

    • oh yes!

      • Can anyone answer for me why the first episode has the Sylvester character talking in the first person, yet all the other episodes are in the third person? Also, if Sylvester woke up at 7 in the morning in a strange bed, and didn’t know who Cathy was, how is it possible that Sylvester later meets Cathy in a diner to collect his money for a staged hook-up to respark Cathy’s relationship with Rufus? I thought he didn’t know who Cathy was until he woke up the next morning.

        I guess I just have a lot of questions about “Trapped in the Closet,” guys.

  2. No movies for me; I’m trying to save as much money as I can, ever since I heard that the economy is going to blow up due to the policies of our new President.

  3. Did not see a movie this weekend, unless seeing Skyfall last Tuesday counts. My review of that movie would have to be “Go see it now, why are you reading this when you could be watching Skyfall?”

  4. Lincoln was dreadful. I wanted to see Holy Motors.

  5. Watched National Treasure on Sci-Fi which seemed like a recut version of the TV version usually shown on TBS. Really ruined the pacing. Still Natty Treas though, so still great.

    • I saw National Treasure on Thanksgiving and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.

      Nic Cage sure likes to steal stuff!!! My favorite line was “I’m going to kidnap the President of the United States.” And then he did!!! I’ve seen the movie a number of times but every time he really does kidnap the President, hoo-boy!

      Also: Natty Treas is how I will now refer to it always. Thank you for that gift, which is itself a National Treasure.

  6. i was going to take the short flasks to see Life Of Pi, until i found out it was about tigers instead of circles. So after the shortest flask went to bed i drained a bottle of wine watching the timeless classic The Greatest Story Ever Told.*

    *That’s what i call Showgirls.

  7. Also, Lincoln looks like a movie I am going to see and probably say I like more out of obligation than whether or not I actually super enjoyed it, if that makes any sense. I felt the exact same way about The King’s Speech.

  8. I finally saw Argo! It was very good! Although, when I looked up the actual incident on Wikipedia, it seems like all the most exciting, nerve-wracking parts of the movie were made up. Oh well! Still very good! Go see it! You will be on the edge of your seat even though you already know that everyone made it out alive and safe because this thing happened 30 odd years ago.

    • Also, Michale Parks as Jack Kirby did not happen!

      In actuality, they didn’t hire a storyboard artist for their fake movie, they just used storyboards from a film in development hell, which happened to be a project Jack Kirby did storyboards for!

      But hey, I’ll take credit for Jack Kirby wherever I can get it, and I loved that they cast Michael Parks for what was essentially a 30 second Jack Kirby cameo.

  9. I did not see any movies, but I watched a bunch of Deadwood and I saw my friend star as the shrew in the most horrifying Shakespeare play of all time, the Taming of the Shrew. They tried to make it less about psychologically torturing women who want to have their own minds and more about teaching lessons to mean bullies… but it was still pretty horrendous. Everyone did an excellent job though! And Petruchio was hilarious and engaged to the audience a lot.

  10. I saw Lincoln. DDL was amazing (as usual) and so was everyone else for that matter, really. The costumes were great and there were just a few spielberg faces; barely any at all, really. It suffered, IMHO, from Kushner’s heavy didacticism and dry dialogue. Did he really capture the essence of how people spoke back then? Perhaps, they sure had a bigger vocabulary and the historical regional accents, like the MO couple, was fascinating but Kushner hammers it into your head in a way that just makes you want to go to sleep and put an end to it all. Stop over-burdening us Tony! We know you’re smart! Also the ending where Lincoln talks in a flame could have been on something you’d buy at Yankee Candle. But I am glad they stuck to the passing of the 13th Amendment and didn’t try to to a life-sweeping bio which would have been disastrous.

    • I like Greg Giraldo’s bit about Civil War-era vocabularies vs today’s vocabs:

      “I read a book. It was filled with letter that soldiers during the Civil War had written to their girlfriends back home. These guys were kids. They were 14, 15 year-old kids—most of these guys had never even been to school—but every single letter in the book was incredible. Every single letter was like:

      My Dearest Hannah,

      This morn’ finds me wracked by the fiery pangs of your absence.
      I’ll bear your cherished memory with me as I battle the forces of tyranny and oppression.

      “Now think about what a typical letter from your average modern day soldier to his girlfriend back home in New Jersey has gotta read like:

      Dear Marie,

      It is hot as fuck out here.
      It is hard to fight these assholes with your balls stuck to your legs.
      It is very, very hot out here because I am in the dessert.
      What else did I wanna ax you?
      Oh yeah, don’t fuck nobody til I get back.

    • The dialogue did get tedious – I do have a hard time believing everybody would be so formal and eloquent all of the time back then. They did a decent job of getting the general ‘feel’ of the era, though. It was good, but not mindblowing.

      For me it was all about this guy:

  11. Saw Skyfall, which, after the kind of overlong/wobbly/stupidly titled Quantum of Solace, was surprisingly great! I mean, obviously the Daniel Craig movies are kind of retreads of the Bourne movies (which are retreads of other things), but after years of Pierce Brosnan killing that series, it’s nice to be able to enjoy Bond movies again.

    • Can i be honest? I sort of liked Die Another Day, just cuz it was the only Bond flick that at least tried to put Bond in his place as a relic of the Britsh Empire.

  12. For Thanksgiving I went to visit a grad school friend and her family in Milwaukee, and we realized that we had seen all the previous Twilight movies together in the theater, semi-ironically, and drunk, and that we couldn’t let this last opportunity pass us by. Except the only time we could see it was at 1 p.m., so we had her mom and sister drop us off and we smuggled in a bottle of red wine, which we drained in due course. Also, we are like, 30 years old! It was great!

  13. My Dad and I have a long running tradition of seeing a movie on Thanksgiving. He has seen pretty much all the movies already, so instead, I introduced him to Veronica Mars.

    Then he showed me a bunch of clips on his DVR.

    All of this was a million times better than seeing Red Dawn (one of the only movies he hadn’t seen yet).

    • I am so excited for Red Dawn to come to the discount theater near me so I can sneak a flask in and giggle through the whole thing. I have a special place in my heart for the original.

  14. I saw Annie Hall for the first time in a late-night showing. It was funny, but Diane Keaton is way too good-looking for Woody Allen. Every time he kissed her I wretched a little bit.

    Instead of going to Lincoln I am plowing through Ken Burns Civil War. It is lovely.

  15. I watched St Elmo’s Fire, for the first time since 1992 or so. Oddly, this movie was formative for me. I first saw it when I was 14-15, and it seemed to be a sophisticated take on real life as lived by actual adults. A tale of things to come. I wondered if I would turn out to be the romantic who hides behind a pose of philosophical pessimism Andrew McCarthy, or the sexy candle-at-both-ends-burning rebel who finally welcomes a dose of reality Rob Lowe, or possibly the heroically career-driven but caddishly lingerie-salesgirl-banging Judd Nelson. These were the choices offered by the universe. Some day I would know who I was. (I discounted the Emilio Estevez option; he seemed more a warning than a role model.)

    I like to think I have aged better than the movie. Probably not a lot better. But at least in 2012 I know which Elmo I turned into.

  16. I saw Wreck It Ralph and it was delightful!

    • Surprisingly delightful, no? I loved the friendship between Vanellope and Ralph, and I really liked the subtle commentary on disability (Vanellope’s glitch/”pixlexia”) and how we treat it as a society, and how even the dirty, thankless “villain” jobs are valuable and so are the people who do them.

  17. I saw Life of Pi

    I wish I had not spent money to see Life of Pi

    • I actually liked Life of Pi, but I could have done without the people laughing at the trailer for the Billy Crystal “comedy”. It sort of reminded me who this movie was for and that I was not one of them.

      Is Flight any good? Usually, Denzel Washington bores me to tears. Will that happen again?

  18. I saw Skyfall, which had less ball torture, but more man-on-man touchy awkwardness than the previous Bond movie I saw (I think I missed one?)
    It seemed like a short movie that someone forgot to edit down, but I liked the landscapes. I am not good at this whole James Bond thing, I think.

    • i actually totally agree with you. i saw ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Skyfall’ (both of which are the same run time), and after ‘Skyfall’ i said “That was too long…”

  19. I took all my daughters to see Breaking Wind 5. Their reactions to the decapitations were hilarious as usual. Totally worth it!!

  20. I saw Elysium. I also signed a confidentiality agreement so that’s all I can say on the subject.

  21. I saw that movie where Drew Barrymore rescues whales. Then I saw Marigold Exotic Hotel, which was delightful. Then I saw Godfathers I and II and remembered how incredibly handsome those actors were when they were young. Then I saw BOTH National Treasures… so THE BEST. Then I saw Liz and Dick. Oh and a shit ton of Lifetime holiday movies, though I have to say the remake of Little Women was NOT very good.

  22. Silver Linings Playbook is great. Hilarious and sweet. Highly recommended. It was the first time I really liked Jennifer Lawrence in a movie. I’ve always thought she was overrated, but here she is quite good although maybe a little young for a widow.

  23. Saw The Master. My cousin fell asleep. The man in front laughed at the naked ladies (I don’t think that’s spoiling anything) and the woman behind me couldn’t understand a word Joaquin Phoenix said (and told us, loudly).

    I feel like a philistine, but I only thought it was OK, rather than the best film ever made.

  24. Saw Lincoln. The “best” review was from the lady behind me as we walked out, spoken twice in 20 seconds: “It’s a lot to think about….”

  25. Flight. Denzel was good, but what was the deal with the nudie girl at the beginning? It didn’t add a thing to the story, and I just couldn’t figure out why they threw it in there. Especially since that was the only sexy scene in the whole movie.

  26. Silver Linings Playbook: love David O. Russell’s fondness for the mildly insane and sentimental endings.

    Life of Pi: was very pretty, but the 3D gave me a headache. That, and precociousness plays much better in print than onscreen. The tiger, however, was much more terrifying on film than on the page.

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