My name is John LaRue, and I am a graphic designer/production editor at a top 20 university in U.S. News and World Report’s Best College rankings. In my spare time, I like to watch a boatload of movies and write about them here. I live in St. Louis, Missouri, which is the provel cheese capital of the world. That’s primarily because nobody else in their right mind throughout the world would eat the stuff.
I grew up all over the U.S., though I claim Madison, Wisconsin as “where I grew up”. I have previously worked for five years in professional baseball–two of those as an intern–as a Media Relations Director. It goes without saying that I’m also a huge baseball geek. I’m devoted to the St. Louis Cardinals.
At TDYLF, I try to cover as much as I can. I like to aim for humor. Few things in this world make me feel better than to know that I’ve made someone laugh. I am an avid fan of foreign film, with a special emphasis on Ingmar Bergman and French films. Horror films get their fair share of play here. Classic TV and premium cable programming both get attention at TDYLF. I have a blast photoshopping things together. I enjoy making obscure lists, quizzes, infographics, and flowcharts. I also have several series of articles that you can find here, such as:
Don’t Watch It, John!
I try to find the worst movies around, watch them, and review them in order to protect the universe from having to see them.
This series pits two directors against one another, each with some sort of common thread between the two. Two directors enter, one director leaves.
Re-watchterpiece Theater examines the way that my attitudes and opinions change about various films upon watching them a second, third, or fourth time.
The Movies We Love
I choose various films that I love deeply, open them up, and examine the contents to see precisely what makes them so lovable.
While this is not a series that runs often, I’ve been known to compile lists of 100 Things I Love About Movies, occasionally with an emphasis on certain genres.
Great Moments in Movie History (Using Stick Figures)
This is exactly what it sounds like–memorable movie scenes, memorialized using stick figures.
If you’re looking for a few places to start, I suggest you begin with these:
The list of directors that I enjoy is immense, probably too immense to mention here. And yet, I’m going to try anyway. Some of my favorite directors: Bergman, Buster Keaton, John Huston, Luis Buñuel, Billy Wilder, Martin Scorsese, Louis Malle, Akira Kurosawa, Preston Sturges, Alfred Hitchcock, Joel and Ethan Coen, Mel Brooks, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Fritz Lang, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, Sam Peckinpah, Jacques Tati, Quentin Tarantino… this could go on forever but I think you get the idea of my favorites. The Cliff’s Notes version is that Bergman and Buster Keaton are my yin and yang.
Contact me at email@example.com.