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SurlyGurls Give Thanks For Our Favourite Pop Culture Contributors

As the Americans celebrate another successful harvest with football and food, we SurlyGurls would like to give thanks for these entertainment icons and their outstanding collection of contributions to the Pop Culture landscape.

The following purveyors of Pop have inspired us from a very young age and have had a huge impact on our love and appreciation of creative media. And for this; we give thanks!

STEVEN SPIELBERG

Andrea’s Thank-you:

Dinner and a Movie was the big birthday treat when I was growing up and my first trip to the movie theatre was for my 4th birthday – the movie was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I was all dressed up and dragging along my beloved E.T. doll. I love this movie. I could watch over and over. The friendship between Eliot and E.T. is beautiful, the film is touching and genuine and skilfully crafted. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want an adorable alien botanist as a friend! This one theatre trip ignited my passion for movies and the movie-going experience as a whole, despite the fact there may or may not have been a mini (major) emotional breakdown when E.T. gets sick.

Jaws was also hugely popular in my house growing up. Between my brother’s consequential obsession with sharks and me and my sister’s secret crush on Matt Hooper, that movie was in the VCR non-stop. It was responsible for three kids running around the house singing sea shanties and proclaiming we were going to need a bigger ­(insert just about anything and everything here).

Jurassic Park was another big movie-going experience for the family. We all piled into the car and drove over to the local movie theatre. We were there SUPER early in order to get tickets. We waited in line for over an hour, and then crammed into that packed and humid theatre. I mean, I remember the first time I saw the TRAILER for this movie!? A commercial!! It was during the Oscars and I thought I would die of anticipation long before the June 11th release date. I will never get sick of this movie. Ever! In fact, the scene when everyone first gets a glimpse of the Brachiosaurus eating from the treetops is so incredible; I still get goose bumps!

Ironically, I put off writing this article for a couple hours because Jurassic Park was on television… also on another side note; this movie still holds my record for most theatrical viewings.

Whitney’s Thank-you:

My biggest thanks to Mr. Spielberg is probably for writing The Goonies. That movie is one of those classics from childhood that just kind of stays with you throughout your life. The people I met in college, and who became my best friends, and I were brought together by our love of that movie – it’s how we refer to ourselves. We really were a bunch of misfits and outcasts brought together to fight the evils of Journalism school. Having said that, the man has given us so many memorable, thought-provoking, emotionally-charged movies it’s incredible! E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was the first movie I ever saw in the theatre and the first character I ever fell in love with – this extraterrestrial creature was so sweet and kind and friendly. I had to sneak out of my house and defy my mother (which was a ballsy move back in the day) to see Jurassic Park – and it was worth it. Who else could make a ripple of water so terrifying? His work has to be some of the most iconic, quoted and referenced in the world.
Goonies never say die!

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New in Theatres · November 23, 2011 [Thanksgiving Edition]

Its time to play the music. Its time to light the lights. Its time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight.

It’s Thanksgiving Weekend in the ol’ U.S. of A. and as a result the theatres are being flooded with family-friendly movies. Even the Muppets are back! Thanks to Jason Segel and some pretty serious love for cheeky little felt creatures.

Why battle the Black Friday crowds and run the risk of being that one poor bastard that gets trampled to death at the local Wal-Mart? Go check out one of these fine family films instead!!

Happy Turkey Day!


THE MUPPETS

They’re closer than you think.”

Directing:  James Bobin
Writing: Jim Henson (characters), Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller (screenplay)
Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper

An evil oil tycoon plans on drilling for that black gold under the old Muppet Theatre!! It’s up to three determined fans to rally the Muppet gang and save the theatre before it’s too late!

Price of Admission will get you a Muppets movie full of all the hilarious jokes, crazy musical numbers, and strange moments that made the Muppets so adored by generations.

Running Time · 98 min
Genre · Comedy / Family / Musical
Rated · PG

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