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The 1984 Blog-a-Thon: Top Secret!

1984_blogathonBlog-a-thons are fun events. They offer you the opportunity to do one of two things. Either you can take a beloved film and champion it, or you can use it as a chance to discover something new and exciting. For the Forgotten Films 1984 Blog-a-Thon, I opted for the latter. There are gobs of amazing films from 1984, a year that’s near and dear to my inner-8 year old’s movie-watching heart. But somehow, one classic comedy had escaped me all this time- Top Secret!. Continue reading

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Seven Reasons to Go to the Drive-In

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As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format. 

Drive-in week continues. Today, I’d like to give you several great reasons why you should go to the drive-in.  Continue reading

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Drive-In Week: Where Can You See a Drive-In Movie?

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I have a treat this week. I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format. It’s a completely unique way to see a movie. There’s nothing else like it when it comes to taking in cinema. Today, we’ll start by pointing you in the right direction. If you want to see a movie at a drive-in, what are your options? I’ve put together a Google map to help.

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Infographic: The X-Men Series: Box Office Dollars vs. Critical Reception

At this point, the X-Men franchise has produced seven movies. That’s more than Star Wars, Rocky, Madea, Die Hard, and Ernest (the guy who was scared stupid). It’s time to start taking a look at some of the data for the series. Which films are critical darlings? Which films are pulling in cash? And which films do both? I’ve created this scatterplot of the X-Men films, featuring their Rotten Tomatoes scores and box office dollars, to lay it all out. Continue reading

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Infographic: The Criterion Collection By Country

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As the last month or so here at TDYLF has illustrated, the Criterion Collection has an amazing variety of top-shelf cinema. It’s a gateway drug for becoming a film nerd, with films from multiple genres, eras, directors, actors and actresses, and countries. It’s that last portion that I’ve decided to focus on today. I’ve created an infograph that visualizes just how many countries are represented (and how well represented they are) in the Criterion Collection. If you’ve ever wanted to know just how many French, American, Swedish, British, Italian, Mexican, Polish, or Macedonian films Criterion has championed, particularly in relation to one another, this is your chance. Enjoy! Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Ryan McNeil

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained a few new contributions. This is the last one I have (for now). Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today’s entry is from Ryan McNeil, proud Torontoan (Torontite?) and proprietor of The Matinee. Ryan’s site is loaded with passionate and profound reviews about a wide array of genres, from blockbusters to festival films to indie cinema to classics (foreign and otherwise). In particular, I admire Ryan’s dedication to indie cinema and his continuing “Blind Spot Series” in which he tries to fill in the cracks in his movie-viewing history. He always has something thought-provoking to say, and he does so respectfully and without vitriol. That’s my kind of writer.  In addition to The Matinee, you can find Ryan on Twitter @matinee_ca. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Eric/The Warning Sign

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained new contributions. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. I first discovered and came to enjoy today’s writer, Eric from The Warning Sign, because his site focuses on so many things that I love. Specifically, Eric has been known to write about movies (obviously), beer, and occasionally baseball. There are also video games in the mix. More importantly, the wide array of films that Eric covers is truly impressive and he constantly tries to expand his cinematic experience. It’s very admirable. You can find all of the fun over at The Warning Sign, or follow him on Twitter @twscritic. Here is his Criterion Top 10 in alphabetical order.  Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Michaël Parent

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained new contributions. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today, the series turns to Québec with a contribution from Michaël Parent. Michael and I share a large appreciation for French cinema, and it comes naturally to him. That’s because he’s actually French! (ok, French-Canadian, which is close enough in my book) You can find Michael’s work over at Le Mot du Cinephiliaque or on Twitter @parentmichael. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10 Part Deux: Alex Withrow

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For now, at least, I have one final entry in The Criterion Top 10 Series. Alex Withrow (And So It Begins, filmmaker, @shiftingPersona) had a familiar quandary when he made his first list. Specifically, he wanted to make several lists. Today, he brings us a list comprised purely of films made since 2000. As for the series, this closes it out for the time being, although there are a few more lists that may show up soon. I hope you’ve all enjoyed it, and thank you very much to everyone who participated!
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Review: Honour (2014)

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Shan Khan’s full-length feature directorial debut, Honour, makes its way over from the UK with an early July US release date. The film, a thriller, revolves around a Muslim family that hires a bounty hunter, played by Paddy Considine, to track down their missing young adult daughter. However, there’s considerably more at play. Continue reading

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