The Blues Brothers
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.