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Non-Review Review: The Blues Brothers

I had the pleasure of catching a Jameson Cult Film Club screening of The Blues Brothers earlier this evening. And it was awesome. Really, really great night. Might have been the best yet. I’ll have more details on it later in the week, but now seems like a good time to revisit the classic.

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Hit it.

– Elwood and Jake

It might seem a bit redundant to say it, but The Blues Brothers has soul. Not just the funky music, though it has plenty of that. Nor an evangelical message, although the two brothers are, as they claim, “on a mission from God.” No, The Blues Brothers has a core of pure exuberance, a sense of joy that is all too rare – it doesn’t seem like writers Dan Ackroyd and John Landis threw ideas at the wall to see what stuck, so much as they demolished the wall and threw it at another wall. The Blues Brothers is, by turns, absurd, wry, grounded, sarcastic, charming, heartwarming and sardonic, with those elements frequently overlapping to an almost insane degree. In many ways, like John Belushi’s scheming, manipulative and aggressive Jake Elwood, it’s far more charming than it really should be. But we love it for it.

It’s a dirty business…

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Win! Tickets to the Jameson Cult Film Club Screening of ‘The Blues Brothers’…

The Jameson Cult Film Club have teamed up with the m0vie blog to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to the electrifying screening of the iconic comedy, The Blues Brothers (1980) in a secret Dublin location on May 8th. This very special screening promises to transport the audience right into the world of Jake and Elwood Blues as they resurrect their old blues band and run from the Illinois Law Enforcement! Join the ‘Blues Brothers’ along with the California Highway Patrol at this exclusive Jameson Cult Film Club screening on May 8th in the Joilet Correctional Centre (Dublin) – get onto www.jamesoncultfilmclub.ie and register for free tickets (shades optional!)

More info after the jump.

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