It’s that one day of the year where everyone sits down and thinks about what they’re truly thankful for. There are are a lot of things I’m thankful for. Karaoke Saturday at The 412 Club. Michelle, the waitress at Henry’s who always knows what I want before I even walk through the door on Wednesday nights. Those free mini-posters they give out at the movies theater. But what things am I thankful for this year that can actually be discussed on this site. Let’s see….

  1. First and foremost, the Murnau, Borzage, and Fox DVD set that’s going to be released in a few weeks. Until now, there have been very, very few films available on DVD from Frank Borzage, and this massive DVD set has 11 of his films. Oh, happy day. The classic movie gods have smiled on us.
  2. . No addict should be allowed to get their fix this cheap.
  3. TCM. Duh. How many of us would have seen half the classics we love so much without this glorious channel?
  4. Blank VHS tapes. Yes, call me old fashioned, but I still don’t have Tivo, DVR, or any fancy technology on my computer to burn DVDs. So I’m stuck with good ol’ VCR recording. I have over 100 tapes of movies I’ve recorded off TCM. And then there’s all the tv shows I record and treasure. I only just started recording over my West Wing tapes (I had all seven seasons recorded), even though I’ve had the DVDs for years now.
  5. Fox Movie Channel. To a MUCH lesser extent than TCM, but they show a lot of good classics that Fox has not released to TCM, like Blood Money and Tales of Manhattan.
  6. Best Buy. When I don’t feel like spending a lot on DVDs, and I can go to Best Buy. And If I look dilligently enough, I will find a copy of some old classic Cary Grant or James Stewart made that nobody’s heard of. Some public domain release, for $4. Or better yet, a set of movies like these, for about 25 cents a movie.
  7. Films of the Golden Age magazine. This comes out seasonly, I think, so I head to Borders every few months to pick it up. It’s a really good magazine that covers a lot of classic film ground. And not just Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Humphry Bogart. They really dive deep into the world of classic film.
  8. Books with great pictures. Sin In Soft Focus, Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits, and others. They do have text that tells the story of whatever they’re about, but the centerpieces of the books tend to be the beautiful pictures. And I loves it.
  9. This site. I know, it’s corny. But there’s nowhere else I can go to talk about obscure classic films with people.

By Katie Richardson