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2010: The First Annual TDYLFies

A quartet of what would've been 2008 TDYLFie Award Nominees

I can’t recall every single movie I’ve seen this year. I do know, however, that probably 75% of the movies I’ve seen have been via Netflix. And having no record of the other 25% (which Netflix used to have with the use of a chronological ratings history slider, but I don’t want to get back into the whole Netflix thing again), I’m forced to make my year-end awards selections strictly from the rentals I’ve gotten through Netflix. Using only the list of things I’ve seen via Netflix in 2010, let’s hand out some film awards, which I’m calling TDYLFies (phonetically: ta-dill-fees). Why call ’em that? Why not?  Continue reading

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Breaking the Bastille Hangover: Trolls, Murderous Beds, and Japanese Frankenstein

As you may recall from a month ago, I made an attempt at a somewhat thorough list of the top 50 French films ever made. I quickly discovered that there were many that I hadn’t seen, and consequently made a checklist of 40 or so more French films that I’d need to watch prior to next Bastille Day. It would enable me to make a far more complete list next year. And I quickly set about my task. As a result, from July 14th until earlier this week- approximately forty days- I’d watched heavy, intellectual French films almost exclusively. It tallied out to around twenty movies.

And then, my brain broke. As truly fantastic as many of those films were, they were giving me a cramp in my frontal lobe. It was time to take a break. And that’s precisely what I’ve done this week. St. Louis summer finally broke its’ back (temps fell from the 90’s every day to the much more reasonable 80’s) and October is very quickly approaching. In other words, it’s time to start the annual rite of passage that involves watching loads and loads of crappy horror movies for 45 to 60 days. What did I accomplish? Continue reading

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