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Guess the Unexpected Decade-Defining Director

I’d like to write a little bit about a certain director. But let’s play a game. Let’s see if you, the gentle reader, can guess who it is. He’s an American director, born in Chicago. He has directed comedy, horror, musical comedy, comedy horror, gangster horror, and action that was sort of action comedy. He has one film on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs list and two more that were nominated. The French government honored him in 1985 by awarding him the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which recognizes “significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields”. Still having trouble guessing? His most recognizable work came from 1977 until 1988, with a peak from 1978 to 1983. Continue reading

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The Santaic Verses

Everyone loves old Saint Nick… until he’s chasing you or stabbing you in the hand or any other number of diabolical things. Here are various evil Santa Clauses in film that we don’t want paying us a visit on Christmas Eve.

Popeye Doyle in The French Connection
He knows with 100% certainty if you’ve been good or bad and he will punish you if you’ve been bad. So be good for your own hyde’s sake.

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