Film

I have come to the conclusion that a great many of our traditions are just excuses to do what we most enjoy on a somewhat consistant and continual basis. And in most cases, such traditions are harmless and in other cases they might even be helpful. Tradition can build anticipation and foster community.

One of the sillier holiday traditions that I share with my father (and sometimes my brother if he is able to join us) is to go to a movie a day or two after either Thanksgiving or Christmas (depending upon what time of the year that we are all together). Here is a list of what we have decided to watch over the years:

  • War Horse (2011): Both my father and myself loved it (my choice)
  • Unstoppable (2010): All three of us liked it (my choice)
  • Avatar (2009): Both my father and myself liked it (my choice)
  • James Bond and the Quantum of Solace (2008): Both my father and myself liked it (my choice)
  • The Great Debaters (2007): My father and myself loved it and my brother liked it (my choice)
  • Deck the Halls (2006): My father loved it and my brother and myself HATED it (my father’s choice)
  • King Kong (2005): My father liked it, my brother loved it, and I hated it (my choice)
  • Christmas w/ the Kranks (2004): My father loved it and I liked it (my father’s choice)
  • Return of the King (2003): My father and stepmother liked it and I loved it (my choice)
  • Santa Clause 2 (2002): My father loved it, my brother liked it, and I disliked it (my father’s choice)
  • Ali (2001): My father loved it and my brother and myself liked it (my father’s choice)

I hope this tradition lasts for many years to come. So, what do these selections and opinions necessarily say about us (besides the fact that Denzel Washington releases a lot of films during the holiday season)?

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