Thanksgiving is a great holiday for many reasons. Football. Food. Time spent with family. Did we mention football and food? But it’s also a rare moment in our hectic lives to stop and contemplate how thankful we should be for our blessings.
If you’re a pop culture fan, this year brings us many blessings to be thankful for.
Patch Goes Pop is thankful that we are living in an era of pop culture goodness. From great television to incredible films to immersive and entertaining video games, there are plenty of ways to enjoy our holidays.
We are thankful that the “Star Wars” universe is being resurrected with new movies that will carry on the story of Luke, Lei, Han and maybe even Darth Vader. George Lucas is permanently enshrined in the pop culture Hall of Fame for creating his incredible universe, but his decision to step aside and turn it over to a new generation of filmmakers makes us giddy with excitement.
We are thankful that there is such a bountiful cornucopia of great television. Our DVRs are stuffed fuller than our Thanksgiving Day turkey. From the devastating thrill-ride that is “The Walking Dead” to the Machiavellian intrigue of “Game of Thrones” to the laugh-out-loud pure bliss that is “Modern Family,” every night offers an incredible variety of entertainment on the tube.
We are thankful that producers of the Bond films didn’t listen to all the naysayers and stuck with Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. “Skyfall” is the most compelling, mature and dramatic Bond movie in the franchise’s 50-year history. And Craig? This might be considered heresy in some fan circles but in just three films he’s taken the title as the best Bond ever!
We are thankful that despite an industry-wide slowdown for console game makers, video games just keep getting better. If you’re looking for gifts for the holidays, just check out the incredible games being released right now. In this era of military drones and cyber warfare, the recently-released “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” takes combat shooters high-tech. The upcoming “The Last of Us” promises to drop players into a post-apocalyptic world where every day is a struggle for survival.
We are thankful that despite the loss of some his key band members, The Boss is still touring in support of his new album this year, “Wrecking Ball.” In fact, Bruce Springsteen will be in Southern California in just two weeks, playing at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Dec. 4. Maybe he will bring his new friend, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, for some backup vocals.
We are thankful that David Letterman is still as ornery and inquisitive after all these years. The Late Night Wars ended a long time ago but good ol’ Dave hasn’t mellowed with age, still firing away at celebrities, politicians and anyone else who makes a good target for his opening monologue.
Those are just a few of the things Patch Goes Pop is thankful for this year. Have a great Thanksgiving pop culture fans!