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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Revolution in the Blink of an Eye: The St. Louis Cardinals Since 1995

The other day, I posted a graph that illustrated just how much of an organizational shift has happened for the St. Louis Cardinals in the last seven years. Today, I’ve expounded on that a little bit further. Rather than focusing on how the players were acquired, I’ve created scatterplots for each Cardinals squad since 1995. Listed in each scatterplot is each player’s individual WAR (wins above replacement), plotted along with their age. Each chart by itself is relatively benign. But if you see them all together at once, the organization’s shift towards youth and homegrown talent in the last few years becomes apparent. First, an animated .gif to show the shift. Continue reading

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Graph: St. Louis Cardinals: WAR by Acquisition Type (1995-2013)

While working on a separate project, I recently compiled a lot of data about my beloved St. Louis Cardinals and the value provided to their roster by individual players. My other project focuses on the Cardinals in the Walt Jocketty and John Mozeliak eras, the two General Managers that have helmed player procurement since 1995. Collecting that data allowed me to create today’s graph, which illustrates how much value was provided to the organization each season by players acquired via three primary means- draft, trade, and free agency. To show value, I’ve used Baseball Reference’s WAR statistic- Wins Above Replacement, explained here. Basically, a player’s WAR is the number of wins he provides to his team over and beyond what a readily available replacement player could be expected to provide. Continue reading

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Infographic: The X-Men Series: Box Office Dollars vs. Critical Reception

At this point, the X-Men franchise has produced seven movies. That’s more than Star Wars, Rocky, Madea, Die Hard, and Ernest (the guy who was scared stupid). It’s time to start taking a look at some of the data for the series. Which films are critical darlings? Which films are pulling in cash? And which films do both? I’ve created this scatterplot of the X-Men films, featuring their Rotten Tomatoes scores and box office dollars, to lay it all out. Continue reading

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Infographic: The Criterion Collection By Country

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As the last month or so here at TDYLF has illustrated, the Criterion Collection has an amazing variety of top-shelf cinema. It’s a gateway drug for becoming a film nerd, with films from multiple genres, eras, directors, actors and actresses, and countries. It’s that last portion that I’ve decided to focus on today. I’ve created an infograph that visualizes just how many countries are represented (and how well represented they are) in the Criterion Collection. If you’ve ever wanted to know just how many French, American, Swedish, British, Italian, Mexican, Polish, or Macedonian films Criterion has championed, particularly in relation to one another, this is your chance. Enjoy! Continue reading

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