Other TV Shows That Could Take Place in Minnesota

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Fargo made its debut on FX this week. It was a gripping premiere, full of plenty of the shenanigans we’ve come to love from the Coen catalogue. Having lived in Duluth, Minnesota briefly, I got a kick out of hearing locations like Bemidji and Duluth referred to regularly. Then on Twitter, I saw this banter between IndieWire editor Sam Adams and Daniel Fienberg of HitFix:

Naturally, this led me to wonder what other Minnesota-themed TV shows might be created. Continue reading


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Tales from the Synapses

The other day, I realized that I hadn’t posted anything in a few weeks. Rather than letting TDYLF remain dormant, now seemed like as good a time as any to bang out a quick article. Of course, I don’t have any specific focus. However, I do have a lot of random thoughts to dump out of my head. Let’s do this Larry King-style, with a bunch of meandering garbage that’s crept in and out of my skull in the last few weeks. Continue reading

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Infographic: Where are Baseball Movies Made?

unnamedTo commemorate baseball’s Opening Day (which really should be a national holiday), Todd at Forgotten Films is hosting the Big League Blogathon- a series of articles by multiple contributors, all themed around baseball in cinema. If you know me at all, then you know there’s no way I could pass up the opportunity to contribute. Since I used to work for a minor league baseball team that played where A League of Their Own (1992) was filmed, it seemed like a natural fit to focus on filming locations for baseball movies. Specifically, I’ve created a map visualization showing where baseball films have been made through the years. Enjoy! Continue reading

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The Movie Weekend That Was

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March Madness took a little bite out of my movie weekend. There’s something inherently charming about being able to flip on the TV at any point during a weekend and see college kids trying to fulfill their dreams. That said, there was still time for movies. This weekend introduced me to a horrifying double feature about sex, made me face down a phobia, introduced me to a sports classic, and gave me a special Thrill. This is the movie weekend that was. Continue reading

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Turn Back the Clock Night: The First TDYLF Article, Four Years Later

Baseball teams love to have ‘Turn Back the Clock Night.’ It’s a promotion where teams wear uniforms from the past, usually in the interest of invoking nostalgia. It’s fun, and often hideous thanks to polyester, outdated logos, and v-neck jerseys. That brings me to today’s article. As of today, I’ve been writing about movies and TV for exactly four years. That’s a really obnoxious, self-aggrandizing way of saying that it’s TDYLF’s 4th anniversary, birthday, or whatever you want to call it. For sheer entertainment value and to “turn back the clock” (so to speak), I thought it’d be fun to run the first thing I ever wrote, way back on March 18, 2010. Continue reading

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10 Musical Reminders that Ennio Morricone is a Legend

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You don’t need to be told that Ennio Morricone is a living legend. His work from the 1960s all the way up to present day stands alone in the world of film score composition. You don’t need to be told all of this because it’s impossible to watch any number of beloved movies made in that timeframe without encountering his distinct style, which elevated each one of those films to new heights. Even in the last few decades, his brilliant scores are being repurposed to enhance a whole new generation of filmmaker’s scores. Here are ten songs to remind you of Morricone’s wizardry. Continue reading

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