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The Blues Brothers, Reviewed by a Five-Year-Old

Film criticism apparently runs in my family. My nephew Jason, now 5 years old, pops in at TDYLF from time to time with reviews of films that he has seen. It started with Cars 2, and continued with Arthur Christmas. I asked my brother- my nephew’s father- over the weekend if he wanted to see The Blues Brothers (1980) on the big screen. His first question was “Is it ok if Jason comes along?”. And so it came to pass that Jason’s father and uncle took him to see an R-rated movie at age 5. Afterwards, I sat down with Jason and asked him his thoughts about the movie. Here’s the full transcript:
Side note: my nephew’s trip to see this movie also came with a frank discussion about foul language and bad behavior, which is really the only transgression that pushed The Blues Brothers to an R rating. Continue reading

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MS Paint Drawings of Great Movie Characters

I don’t really know how to introduce this. So let’s just roll the footage. I’ve created some of my favorite movie characters in MS Paint.

“Joliet” Jake Blues, The Blues Brothers

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100 More Things I Love About the Movies


When I passed the 100,000 hit marker in November, I honored the event with what became one of my most popular entries- 100 Things I Love About the Movies. As it turns out, my odometer recently rolled over another milestone- the 200,000 hit marker. As logic follows, I’m due for another stroll down 100 Things Avenue. So without further ado, here are 100 More Things I Love About the Movies: Continue reading

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Ten Great Acting Roles by Directors (in the Films of Others)

Usually, directors are behind the scenes, spinning their vision into a movie. But they don’t always stay there. Occasionally, they’ll appear on screen. Sometimes, it can be a leading role. Other times, it’s merely a cameo. Here are ten great acting performances by directors in the films of others.

Fritz Lang as Fritz Lang, Contempt
Lang’s films- especially his silent films- are some of the best movies ever made. But before I’d ever seen a single film that he directed, I saw him playing the director in the film within Godard’s film, Contempt. How’s that for post-modern cinema? A director acting in a film in the role of… a director. Making it even more off-kilter, he didn’t even play a fictional director. He played himself, and it was precisely what the movie called for. Continue reading

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