That the holiday season has just started should remind you that film programming will follow suit. But instead of sitting in on A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for the 15th year in a row, make time for a screening of the underrated John Hughes flick Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Hughes, known mostly for his films featuring teenage muse Molly Ringwald, takes a different comedic route featuring Steve Martin playing uptight businessman Neal Page trying to get home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. His journey is plagued by bad luck from the start, but with the help of clumsy but friendly shower-curtain-ring salesman Del Griffith (John Candy), the two embark on a hilariously disastrous trip by plane, train, and automobile to get there. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by watching this odd couple come together in this side-splitting and heartwarming classic.
Wed., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2014
Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers the Orange County DIY music scene, film, arts, Latino culture and currently pens the long-running column Trendzilla. Born, raised, and based in Santa Ana, she loves bad movies, punk shows, raising her plants, eating tacos, Selena, and puns.