Fall has fallen! Or something! Anyway, it’s a new month here at Rabbit Hole and that means a whole slew of new Staff Picks!!
Jason Soto (Host Whatever with Jason Soto, The Unexplored Albums, Co-Host Between The Scares, Top 5 A Thru Z, CineGamer, From Inner Time, & Navigating The Multiverse):
I don’t know how to briefly explain this movie but I think the above poster is doing a great job. There are boobs the instant the movie starts, there’s a homicidal turkey going around killing people and telling Freddy Krueger-style puns, and do I need to go on?
Lisa Leaheey (Co-host Between The Scares & The SibList):
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Since we’re all gathering with family for the holiday season, why not watch a film that highlights the trials and tribulations of a family road trip. Little Miss Sunshine stars incredible actors (Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carrell, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, and the phenomenal Alan Arkin) as the Hooper family – a dysfunctional group of losers – travel to California in their disastrous VW bus so young Olive can live out her dreams of winning a beauty pageant. It’s the perfect family movie – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cry from laughing.
Bill Szany (Co-host Top Five A Thru Z):
My November staff pick is that modern children’s classic, Machete. Danny Trejo was always a badass since i first saw him in Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn, but it wasn’t until Machete that i was 100% sold on the fact that he’s the greatest badass since Chuck Norris. This movie is so funny and action packed it’s impossible not to love it. Bonus points for being the first film since Cape Fear to make me not root for Robert DeNiro. Even when he’s a mafia guy or overbearing father in law with a stick up his ass it’s usually hard not to like him.
Pete Rangel, Jr (Co-host Top Five A Thru Z):
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)
In rare form to me this is one of those instances a sequel is way better than the original. Very funny, lots of action, and if you didn’t see the first you won’t understand why Ryan Reynolds is how he is at the start. Salma Hayek steals the show too.
Rob Branch (Co-host CineGamer, Top 5 A Thru Z):
Spaced Invaders (1990)
What happens when one saucer of an invasion force has engine trouble, it lands on Earth? You get five dimwitted Martians drop into a little Illinois town on the day that the local radio station happens to rebroadcast Orson Welles 1938 “War Of The Worlds”, and everyone (Martians included) think the WAR IS UPON IS. As the bumbling aliens wander around the countryside they are taken to be children and they make friends with two children, , realize the war isn’t really upon us & give up their plans of conquest, but hey, there is that nasty killer robot. Starring Ariana Richards (jurassic Park), Wayne Alexander (Babylon 5) and the Late Royal Dano (Killer Klowns from Outer Space), this timeless classic has held it’s own as one of my favorite movies! Did I mention that it happens to be Halloween and it happens the invaders are only about 4 feet tall? You have to respect the dedication of those actors! Happy Halloween/Thanksgiving, HOOMANS!!!!
Lackey (Co-Host From Inner Time):
A farmer couple in rural Iceland “adopts” a lamb and raises it as if it were their child. Great performances, lovely shots of desolate wintry landscapes, and a lovely melancholy atmosphere make this a winner. But what make it a keeper are a couple of things that should come off as ridiculous but somehow don’t.
Marc Pasonelli (Co-host The SibList):
One of my all time favorite Thanksgiving movies, John Hughes’ 1991 Dutch stars Ed O’Neill (Married with Children) as lower class man, Dutch Dooley, trying to impress his high class girlfriend (JoBeth Williams – Poltergeist & The Big Chill) by volunteering to pick up her “better than you” son, Doyle (Ethan Embry – Empire Records), from a boarding school in Georgia and drive him back home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. From the word go, Doyle did not approve of Dutch, but that would not hinder Dutch from trying to break through this kid’s hard exterior. As you can probably assume, the 1991 comedy is a coming of age story about two vastly different worlds working to come together for the holidays. This movie is right up there with Planes, Trains, and Automobiles when it comes to Thanksgiving movies, but much more underappreciated and under the radar.