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The Blues Brothers

Hit it!

The Blues Brothers is one of the greatest movies EVER. Funny? Check. Awesome cameos? Check. Bitchin’ soundtrack? Take that check to the bank and cash it! It was the first movie ever made out of a Saturday Night Live skit, and the most successful (maybe tied with Wayne’s World, most of the others were complete turds). A lot of people don’t know that The Blues brothers was more than a skit though, before the movie they released an album, and still continued to tour after Belushi’s death (although now the only original members left are The Colonel and Blue Lou).

The basic plot of the movie is that after being released from jail and finding out that the orphanage he had been raised in with his brother is in danger of being closed for unpaid taxes, Jake has a religious vision that tells him to get the band back together to save the orphanage. It’s comedy with a conscience! Of course, there are many wacky hijinks. Run ins with nazis, Carrie Fisher trying to kill them a few times, more cars wrecked than any other movie in history (103, which wasn’t topped until they wrecked 104 for the sequel).

I don’t think anyone bills The Blues Brothers as a musical, but it is full of awesome music and cameos out the wazoo! The musical guests include Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Chaka Kahn, John Lee Hooker, and Ray Charles. And obviously, the band themselves.

Starring John Belushi (SNL, Animal House, rock n’ roll heaven) and Dan Akroyd (SNL, Ghostbusters, all of my other favorite 80’s movies). Other non-musical people include Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), John Candy (Spaceballs, Uncle Buck), Twiggy (60’s supermodel), Frank Oz (Yoda, Miss Piggy and various other Muppets, Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee, Blow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer [the movie]), and some guy named Steven Spielberg is near the end. The bummer about this movie is that a lot of the cast is now dead, mostly from old age, but it’s still a little sad to watch and realize that.

I saw the sequel in the theaters, and while it’s nowhere near as good as the original, I think the musical performances are still great.

The movie takes place in Chicago, was filmed on location, and Dan Akroyd even does an amazing Chicago accent (“We’re on a mission from gad.”), so let’s chow down on some windy city grub!

Entree: I don’t know if I would want to eat the vegan equivalent of four fried chickens along with some dry toast, so instead let’s make a Radical Reuben from The Chicago Diner.
Side: Let’s kill two references with one stone! Sweet Home Chicago AND the cigarettes are both covered with Sweet and Smoky Sweet Potato Fries.
Dessert: There’s only one place we can go with this: Blueberry Pie.
Cocktail: “Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips!” Easily veganized with non-dairy creamer (thanks to Katie for suggesting this). Non-drinkers should, of course, drink a coke.

posted: October 9, 2012
under: 80s, action, comedy, musical
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Little Shop of Horrors

 

I don’t think Little Shop of Horrors is actually considered a horror movie by anyone, but when I was trying to think of movies that fall on the lighter side but are still Halloween appropriate, this immediately came to mind.  This is one of my favorite movies of all time, several VHS copies were worn out during my childhood.  I think it has everything:  singing, comedy, suspense, an amazing cast…I really can’t think of anything bad about this movie.

On the off chance that you have never seen or even heard of Little Shop of Horrors, it’s a musical about a guy who is a total loser, until he discovers a weird plant that attracts a lot of attention to the flower shop where he works.  And then he finds out it needs human blood to grow.  Wacky hijinks ensue, with songs!

EVERYONE is in this movie.  Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, and Jim Belushi need no introduction if you liked to laugh in the 80’s.  Ellen Greene is amazing as Audrey, you might recently know her as Vivian Charles from Pushing Daisies, or Sylar’s mom on Heroes.  Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold (from Martin) make up 2/3rds of the girl group that wanders around singing.  Bonus:  their names are Crystal, Chiffon, and Ronette, all famous girl groups from the 60’s.

I think it’s clear that the best food to eat while watching this movie is lots raw vegetables, to exact our revenge against Audrey II!

Entree:  Raw falafel with tahini?  Yes please!

Side:  This root vegetable salad looks amazing, and perfect for fall.

Dessert:  If you want to continue with the raw theme, chocolate avocado mousse is a really popular, easy dessert.  If you want to get fancy, you can make these amazing looking gluten-free cardamom and rosewater cream puffs, since Audrey herself is a cream puff.

 

posted: October 1, 2011
under: 80s, horror, kid friendly, musical, sci-fi
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