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As is often the case, a good portion of the Friday after Thanksgiving is spent eating meals made from the leftovers of the day before.  There will be breakfasts of ambrosia salad and buttered cornbread. Lunch will include turkey sandwiches made on dinner rolls with a dab of cranberry sauce instead of mayo. For dinner, cubed leftover ham will be tossed into the green bean casserole and sprinkled with shredded cheese for a new twist on a couple of old favorites. Mom might even finish off that last glass of wine as she works her magic with encore creations.

Many families actually cook more food than they could possibly consume in one meal just so they can guarantee that there will be leftovers.  A family of four will not think twice about the fifteen pound bird that has been thawed, basted and baked to a golden brown before being served to them. Huge bowls of creamy mashed potatoes, boats full of gravy and dozens of dinner rolls are prepared for two reasons: the BIG meal, and the weekend of meals to come.

Some people actually approach their lives in much the same way that they approach the planning and preparation and consumption of their Thanksgiving feasts.  They will set goals on a grand scale, knowing they cannot possible accomplish them all the first time through.  The idea of having a second-go at some of the bigger challenges is so appealing, in fact, one might just nibble at it the first time, savoring the unique flavor and looking forward to the reheating and redesigning that will come later.

Similarly, and more often than we probably realize, life treats us in much the same way we treat our own leftovers and plans. People may come into our lives with no greater effect than to chew away at us, diminishing our self-esteem, or our dreams, or our bank accounts. Circumstances even arise from time to time that may consume the world around us, leaving us standing amid the rubble, knowing we have been left to be dealt with at a later date.  

This week, I'm offering you a selection of leftovers of every kind imaginable. From food to memories to actual lives, I present to you people and circumstances that could not be completely consumed at a single pass. I'm hoping you'll enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed whipping them up for you.

We Are Marshall Life, much like the game of football, is apt to knock people down in big, painful ways.  Huntington, West Virginia learns this lesson the hard way when a tragic plane crash takes away their football team, coaching staff and many friends and family members. The leftover people in the town are nearly swallowed by their grief as they come to odds over the attempt to rebuild—not only their team, but their lives. Based on a true story. Stars Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. Rated PG-13

The Terminal  Tom Hanks plays Viktor Navorski, a man left on ice when his country goes to war and he becomes a citizen of nowhere. Stranded in a U.S. airport, he cannot gain permission to either enter the country or leave it.  With no money, no friends, and no real grasp of the English language, Viktor faces being eaten alive by the system that discarded him in the first place.  Co-stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci. Rated PG-13

Vanilla Sky David Aames (Tom Cruise) is used to being the desire of every woman and the envy of every man. Everything he touches turns to gold, but when he meets the woman of his dreams, his part-time lover's jealousy sends all of their lives into a surreal tailspin. To find peace, David must escape his leftover memories, or be devoured by them. Also stars Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz. Rated R

Children Of Men The year is 2027 and nearly two decades have passed since a child was born. The future of mankind is bleak until a secret development is revealed. Now all hope for salvation rests on one man's shoulders but he'll have to accomplish the impossible or fall feast to the frenzied masses. Stars Clive Owen and Michael Caine. Rated R

Everything Is Illuminated Jonathan Foer is a collector of his ancestors' leftovers. From false teeth to cast-off coins, Jonathan's recipe for his future is laden with items from his family's past. To truly understand his destiny, though, Jonathan must come to terms with his history. Lead brilliantly by Elijah Wood and based on the autobiographical novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Rated PG-13



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • This afternoon, within the comments here, I’ll be giving a sneak preview of the upcoming monthly Movie contests at [Link Removed]

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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • Thanks, Annie!

      I agree about The Terminal. I’d really expected a snooze-fest and was pleasantly surprised. I really should expect no less from Tom Hanks.

      I’d never seen Idiocracy, but my husband has added it to our Netflix queue as of today. I’ll let you know how it goes!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • I forgot to mention that in my reply to Annie...

      I have heard of the Spanish version, and Penelope Cruz’s role in both, but have never seen it. As much as I enjoyed the version listed here, I’m of the opinion that just about any actor could have filled Tom’s shoes. He got lucky with a good script and supporting cast.

      Thanks for stopping by, art_counsel!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • In conjunction with [Link Removed] , I am launching a monthly contest where you could win DVDs, pre-paid movie passes and more!  

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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • Everything Is Illuminated is also one of my favorites. I enjoyed the Terminal.

      Didn’t see the other movies, but since we are on the same page here for at least two, I have to share. I saw James Bond  latest movie yesterday, not that I expected anything from it, but duty called, hubby wanted it. I have to say, that I was bored to death. I think the whole concept should be put to rest, how many times can we see the same thing?

      We also saw 4 Christmases, it was funny and pleasant to watch. Don’t expect good dialog or  rush out to go see it tonight, but it’s a good family rental when it comes out on DVD.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • Yana, I’ve got no interest in seeing any James Bond movies. Apparently this new one is a sequel to the last one, which I didn’t watch either, although we bought the DVD.

      My step daughter and her boyfriend just went and saw 4 Christmases too and they agree with your comments about it. Said it was good for a laugh, and she predicted it’s one we’ll want to own on DVD.



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Annie, I just wanted to tell you that Idiocracy will arrive from Netflix tomorrow (had to wade its way through our queue, lol) so I’ll let you know this weekend how I enjoyed it.

      Thanks again for the suggestion!



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