5 Films to Watch Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

I love Thanksgiving. The food is warm and filling (even with a Tofurkey), pumpkin pie is a godsend, the overall vibe is at peak cozy. My favorite way to end a long day of cooking and eating is to watch a movie. Since falling asleep is likely, the film has to be rather relaxed and, of course, there has to be some sort of cozy autumnal elements involved. Here are my five picks for a post-Thanksgiving meal movie. For those of you who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, consider these films for any old weekend in November.

October Sky (1998)
This film starring Jake Gyllenhaal is about a coal miner's son in the late 1950s who becomes interested in rocket science and sets out to build one of his own. While the portrayal of Wernher von Braun rubs me the wrong way, the rest of the movie is well done. The rural, old-fashioned setting and classic storyline make this a great movie to watch with your family since it can appeal to so many different tastes.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
For me, this is such a classic pick. It's witty and a quintessential 80s movie without the annoying elements you find in others from the era. I even think it can be considered a bit of a fashion film if only because of Sloan Peterson. This is another film that appeals to a lot of different tastes.

Alice in Wonderland
To celebrate magical autumn and usher in magical winter, why not choose a film that is nothing if not magical? Its fever-dream-like quality and familiar story makes it the perfect movie for falling asleep on the couch.

Almost Famous
This movie has a distinctly autumnal vibe about it---perhaps its because of Kate Hudson's clothes or the spirit of wanderlust it embodies. Since you've likely seen it a million times, it's another good pick for when you're about to take your post-meal nap.

The Royal Tenenbaums
There's a Wes Anderson film for every season (Moonrise Kingdom for summer, The Grand Budapest Hotel for winter) including three which are perfect for autumn----Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Royal Tenenbaums. I chose Tenenbaums specifically for Thanksgiving since it's about a dysfunctional family.