Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The One Where We Give Thanks

With ten guests arriving @ our NYC apt for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, you are correct to assume that we have a ton of crap to do. I'm thankful to have wonderful friends to share the holidays with and I'm also thankful to have thousands of you to share daily movie thoughts with. I remain thrilled that when I check statistics I'm seeing more countries than I can ever hope to visit in my lifetime. (Just for kicks, here's a snapshot of about 100 recent visitors from 6 AM EST this morning --was one of them you?)

Well, I'm not thrilled that I can't travel the world but you know what I'm saying. In its own microscopic way the film experience has reach. THANK YOU (and, yes, I meant to shout) for supporting the site with comments, e-mail, donation dollars, enthusiastic reading and your own invaluably specific movie love.

Some other things I'm thankful for (off the top of my head)

Now you know how it goes here --participation! Name some things you are thankful for (off the top of your head), where are you visiting from? Let's hear from the lurkers, too. Even if you don't have a holiday to celebrate, it can't hurt to vocalize the positives.

p.s. I'll be back when my guests have fled. Coming soon: More Oscar talk, more Moulin Rouge!, reader requests, some Golden Globe prospecting (finally), Trips back to 1955 and 1997, an interview with a septugenerian film legend (!) and the usual mix of the serious & silly movie mad writings


J.D. said...

You're welcome, Nathaniel! :)

Hm, let's see... I'm thankful for the internet, Alfonso Cuarón, and that I'm still breathing. And that the world hasn't imploded yet. Then we wouldn't exist! And we'd be deprived of The Film Experience! Hooray for survival! :)

Anonymous said...

Thought you might enjoy hearing from a reader and a fellow blogger. Nice job, interesting posts and nicely wrapped up today. Thanks for sharing your passion in print. I'll look forward to lots more. Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

and Thank You Nathaniel for letting us hang out around here and doing such a great job! :o)

Anonymous said...

oh... and yeah I might be under one of those dots... Belgium is too small to be seen under so many of them! :p

Jason Adams said...

Happy Turkey Day, Nat!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for life, books, movies, and water in all its forms. I see only about three people from the Pacific Coast visited before 3 AM this morning. I wasn't one of them.

Deborah said...

I'm into marathon Turkey week. Thanksgiving at Mom's with about 20 tomorrow; Thanksgiving at Dad's with about 15 Friday, and having people over myself on Saturday. Phew.

Thankful for people to share with, good food to relish, the language I love with which to chat, music to listen to, laughter, being woken up by orange cats, and yeah, movies.

c.p. iñor said...

Hi I'm from Mexico and I am VERY Thankful for your site.

P.S. I've just watched I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN!!!!!!

Agustin said...

i'm the dot from buenos aires!
i'm thankful for laura linney, mark ruffallo, peter weir and leaving movies out, for the greatest song in the world, my funny valentine and for pastas.

ryan said...

alfonso cuaron, fellow bloggers, turkey, watching a michelle pfeiffer movie, peter weir and pasta --all totally things worth being thankful for.

and i'm glad we've identified at least one of the dots from 6 AM ;)

Mapeel said...

Just another of the little dots under the NY dot.

I'm thankful for this amazing conversation, Casablanca, fresh mint, and the ability to heal.

Happy Thanksgiving, Nat.

Sam Brooks said...

Coming to you from New Zealand!

I'm thankful for pretty boys, films and the Interwebs. And this blog for giving me entertainment every day!

John P. said...

I'm thankful that I actually got to see Blade Runner in a proper theatre tonight, something I never thought I would get to do.

I'm also thankful that you find the time to run such a kickass website, Nat. I'm so lazy at updating mine that I am in serious awe of the work you put into TFE.

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for the recent rain that has drenched Melbourne. The endless entertainment provided by Nathaniel. As well as imaginative filmmakers whose desires are not motivated nor restrained by box office receipts and so shoot for the moon and the stars. Oh, and on Saturday evening I'm hoping to be thankful for an end to the unnecessarily long reign of PM Howard.

Anonymous said...

Here's my little dot from Connecticut, in a little town not so far away from you. I had no idea you had so many fans all over the globe but I'm very glad of it. Happy Thanksgiving, Nat!

(More Moulin Rouge to come? Oh, you just made my day!)


Anonymous said...

Happy Turkey Day from sunny downtown Phoenix! Thanks for the hours you devote to this blog, Nathaniel, and for being a catalyst for all of us who love film. I had foot surgery 2 days ago, so today I'm particularly thankful for Percocet . . . also my wonderful family, freedom to follow my dreams, sweet laughter with friends, the wonder of everyone's interwoven stories, my favorite films -- GWTW, Out of Africa, Field of Dreams, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

svctbone said...

i am thankful for a great oscar site to visit everyday and most of all the Coen Brothers returning to form

Anonymous said...

Since you asked so nicely...

Thank you Lord for P.T. Anderson, David Strathairn, cats, Terry Malick, coffee (is life possible without it?), Fridays, Holly Hunter, David Lynch, this awesome blog, Christmas, "prinsesstårta", Chris Walken and much, much more.

Happy Thanksgiving from Sweden!

Sune said...
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Sune said...

just to chip in with a greeting from a country far, far away (which would be denmark). i wish it was more magical than it sounds.

but i'm thankful for clean tap water, film blogs, and the roof over my head. oh, and edward norton.

Anonymous said...

mmmh, i wonder if i'm that dot from Perth.
Thanks for a great blog.

Glenn Dunks said...

I'm not thankful that America has this whole "thanksgiving" thing and, thus, everyone stops blogging.

But I guess I'm thankful that the world is still here and hasn't been decimated.

ah said...

i am thankful for... Kansas football, Brett Favre, The Film Experience, butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer, the number 12, facebook, and CAPSLOCK.
happy thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...


Congrats on all of the success ... here's to much more in your future!!!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

I bet the dot furthest Northwest in North America was me--it appears to be right on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Anonymous said...

film buff from the philippines. ilove ur blog. ur linked in my blog,

El Gigante said...

Congrats Nate, long time lurker first time poster who is just starting up my own film blog and wanted to tell you, you have set the bar very high indeed.
Lets see off the top of my head I'm thankful for:
my family and friends
New York City
Oscar winner Martin Scorsese
Soon to be director Charlie Kaufman
Tom Waits as the devil in a Terry Gilliam film
James Marsden figuring out his niche this year
The Coens back on track
Pixar, Pixar, Pixar
and the promise that you will continue your awesome Moulin Rouge feature

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the visionary genius of Ridley Scott. Watching "Blade Runner" 25 years ago started my cinephile career.

Happy Thanksgiving from Bonn, Germany!

Unknown said...

I'm thankful for friends, vodka, and Tyra Banks. Happy holidays!

Kurtis O said...

I'm thankful for:
-Entertainment Weekly
-The Academy Awards
-The Film Experience
-Roger Ebert
-Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Patty Clarkson, Tilda Swinton, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Julia Roberts, Catherine Keener, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and all the other actresses that make me love cinema
-Apples and peanut butter
-Diet Coke
-Top Ten lists
-Pedro Almodovar
-Peter Jackson
-Martin Scorsese
-Ridley Scott
-Project Runway
*Cranberry sauce (the real stuff)