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Casting a McDonaldland Movie

If you grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, then you were weaned on a cathode ray nipple that nurtured you with a steady diet of ads for McDonald’s. And since you were a kid, you were undoubtedly watching cartoons and seeing the McDonald’s ad campaign targeted directly at you. This means that you were inundated with visions of Ronald McDonald and his cast of friends, who all lived in a magical greasy disgusting “happy” place called “McDonaldland”. Since 70’s and 80’s nostalgia is all the rage in Hollywood these days, I propose that a studio could make a lot of money if they came up with a movie featuring the McDonaldland characters. I’m here to help. This is how I would cast such a movie. 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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