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The Blues Brothers – Placement And Significance Of The Songs In A Landmark Comedy

Posted 08 May 2015 — by contributor
Category Essay, Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Mike Shaeffer 

The Blues Brothers, USA, 1980

Directed by John Landis

The Blues Brothers doesn’t have the romantic tension and chemistry that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers delivered in classic Hollywood musicals like Top Hat; instead, you have the foul-mouthed banter of brothers Jake and Elwood shuffling and somersaulting their way into our hearts for the unapologetic antiheroes they are. “The crest and crowning of all good, life’s final star, is Brotherhood.” –Edwin Markham

First, let’s agree that most movie lovers would consider The Blues Brothers, foremost, a comedy. However, with the distinct and deliberate musical arrangement, the wide range of singing styles, and the infectious dancing performed throughout the ludicrous plot, we must also qualify this laugh-out-loud comedy as a musical.

The Blues Brothers doesn’t have the romantic tension and chemistry that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers delivered in classic Hollywood musicals like Top Hat; instead, you have the foul-mouthed banter of brothers Jake and Elwood shuffling and somersaulting their way into our hearts for the unapologetic antiheroes they are. This film doesn’t have all the long, unedited takes and top-notch choreography seen in musical masterpieces like Singin’ in the Rain, but I’ll be content to settle for Debbie Reynolds’ machine-gun toting daughter, Carrie Fisher, every bit as lovely and eternally scorned for being left at the altar by Jake.  Read More

Bridesmaids

Posted 24 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Fred Ibarra Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph teamed up in last weekend’s No. 1 box office hit, “The Bridesmaids.”

Bridesmaids, USA, 2011

Directed by Paul Feig

Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph teamed up in last weekend’s number one box office hit, Bridesmaids. The comedy, according to 37-year-old Wiig, who co-wrote it with Annie Mumolo, was supposed to penetrate the subject of the comedic events that exist in pre-wedding planning; but some of Wiig’s personal sorrows of being a thirty-something with no direction were sprinkled into the plot, making it a huge success as her first starring role in a motion picture. Read More