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John Landis: Reconciling the Personal with the Professional

It’s awfully easy to canonize our heroes. Athletes are certainly held beyond reproach by their fans. The same can be said for actors and actresses. When we find out something bad about our heroes, the natural inclination is to deny it. In the very least, we delay judgement until more facts come to light. It’s no different for movie directors. And directors have certainly had their share of transgressions in the public eye. Mention Woody Allen in a crowded room and several people will get the chills over his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, his ex-wife’s adopted daughter. Roman Polanski’s name will elicit a reaction on the basis of his guilty plea on the charge of unlawful sex with a minor. And then, there’s John Landis. Continue reading

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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 Movies We Love: Animal House

Today in “The Movies We Love”, I’ll be discussing John Landis’ classic screwball comedy, Animal House. What is it that makes Landis’ band of college misfits so special? Continue reading

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