Top Five: School of (Chris) Rock

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If you’re my age (38), give or take 8 years or so, you’ve seen Chris Rock’s entire career. You saw him on Saturday Night Live in the early 90s. You saw him break out with his fellow SNL alums soon thereafter. You may have even seen him in Beverly Hills Cop II. You cringed when he starred in Adam Sandler movies, and basked in his comedy specials. And odds are pretty good that you’ve been waiting for him to catch a big break. Sure, he’s had some modest successes, but nothing befitting someone as funny and intelligent as Chris Rock. It may have taken until he was almost 50 years old, but his masterpiece finally arrived in the form of Top Five. Continue reading


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The Rededicationing

As I’m sure you’ve all noticed, TDYLF has been abandoned for some time. This is the first post since late August. It’s been a long, strange year. Lots of things- some good, some horrible, some that were just kind of things neither good or horrible- have prevented me from doing much with this site. But I miss it. This site afforded me a chance to work on both my writing and my design skills, all under the guise of watching lots of movies and television. Then I had less time for movies and TV, which meant I had less time to write about movies and TV. And that also meant that there were less ideas coming in, and therefore less ideas being converted into written word. As of today, I’d officially like that to change. I’m not making any promises, but I’d like to rededicate myself to this site, even if it’s just an article or two each week. It was too much fun to let it die on the vine.

So which movies and TV shows have I been dumping into my brain recently? That seems like as good a place as any to fire the ol’ Droid back up.

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Strain(ge) Magic

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As you can tell from my infrequent posting, I haven’t had a lot of time to watch TV or movies over the last few months. It has been an enormously busy summer that has included trips to Toronto, Washington DC, Baltimore (for 4 hours), and Cincinnati, as well as a new venture. This is in addition to greatly increased hours at my job and continued freelance work for movies.com (I had LOTS of fun doing 1984 marketing tie-ins to 2014 summer movies with John Gholson). That said, I have had time to fall head over heels in love with Guillermo del Toro’s jaunt into the world of television- The Strain. Continue reading

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The 1984 Blog-a-Thon: Top Secret!

1984_blogathonBlog-a-thons are fun events. They offer you the opportunity to do one of two things. Either you can take a beloved film and champion it, or you can use it as a chance to discover something new and exciting. For the Forgotten Films 1984 Blog-a-Thon, I opted for the latter. There are gobs of amazing films from 1984, a year that’s near and dear to my inner-8 year old’s movie-watching heart. But somehow, one classic comedy had escaped me all this time- Top Secret!. Continue reading

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Seven Reasons to Go to the Drive-In

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As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format. 

Drive-in week continues. Today, I’d like to give you several great reasons why you should go to the drive-in.  Continue reading

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Drive-In Week: Vintage Photos of Drive-In Theaters

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As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format. 

One of the deepest charms of the drive-in experience is the nostalgia. When you’re sitting in a drive-in, let’s say watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in your Prius, you’re taking part in an experience that someone else had in 1968 sitting in a VW Beetle watching the original Planet of the Apes. It’s evocative of a time gone past- the eras in which your parents, and your parents’ parents saw their own versions of a summer movie smash. You’re parked in the same spot, enjoying the same atmosphere, as a family of four from 1950. There’s a lot to be said for that. In honor of that nostalgia, here are some vintage photos of drive-ins. Continue reading

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Drive-In Week: Where Can You See a Drive-In Movie?

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I have a treat this week. I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format. It’s a completely unique way to see a movie. There’s nothing else like it when it comes to taking in cinema. Today, we’ll start by pointing you in the right direction. If you want to see a movie at a drive-in, what are your options? I’ve put together a Google map to help.

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