In this episode, we tackle our definitive Dan Aykroyd Month movie, The Blues Brothers! We actually talk so much we had to split this one in two… so you get an extra week of Aykroyd next time. It’s hard for two Chicago natives not to wax poetic about the Blues Brothers because we both basically grew up in this city, surrounded by these places and these things. Also, it’s a music movie, so you gonna get some Eric music talk, too.
In this episode, we take a look at our penultimate movie in Dan Aykroyd Month, one that Megan hates and Eric finds oddly compelling, the 1991 horror comedy Nothing But Trouble! It’s weird and gross and bizarre and somehow House of 1,000 Corpses-like but without any of the charm of that movie and somehow every dude stand-up comic Megan knows LOVES this thing. Also, John Candy is a lovely, lovely woman.
In this episode, we continue Dan Aykroyd Month with the 1987 homage to Jack Webb’s classic police procedural, Dragnet! Aykroyd is a huge fan of Webb and his work, which is quite evident in this movie, and there’s a pretty great cast doing pretty great work in there as well… it’s just that the actual plot of the film is really, really dumb. Great Art of Noise song? Check. Superb attention to detail from the original TV show? Check. Likeable Tom Hanks and deadpan Dan Aykroyd doing things they’re good at? Check. Dumbest plot that ever dumbed? WHY
In this episode, we take a look at the 1983 Dan Aykroyd nerdy guy turned pimp film, Doctor Detroit! Our feeling is that this movie reads more like a series of sitcom episodes and less like a full fledged movie, but it has some high points including an A-Team of super capable escorts, the frenetic energy of Aykroyd and a tour of Jane Byrne’s Chicago on film. Eric is a little disappointed by the whole thing, but Megan thinks if you haven’t seen it, maybe give it a look.
Eric has declared July to be Dan Aykroyd month! In this episode, we take a look at Aykroyd’s last team up with John Belushi in the 1981 black comedy, Neighbors! Audiences were unhappy with the duo playing against type and the studio freaked out about it, adding a lot of stuff in – including one of the most aggressive comedy music soundtracks in movie history – to make sure people knew they were supposed to laugh. There’s some good bits in there, but they’re few and far between.