Last weekend, a friend and former student declared that "The Blues Brothers" was one of the ten greatest movies of all time. As I'm not a huge fan of the film and am something of a smart ass, I flippantly countered by saying that "Blues Brothers" wasn't even one of the ten best Dan Aykroyd movies.
Thanks to IMDB and web access, I'm finally trying to compile a list to test my assertion. Here's what I found:
"Ghost Busters" (1984)
"Driving Miss Daisy" (1989)
"Trading Places" (1983)
"The Rutles: All You Need is Cash" (1978)
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984)
"Grosse Point Blank" (1997)
That's only eight films. Worse, IMBD users rate "Blues Brothers" 7.9, admittedly higher than the ratings for most of these films. However, I still don't think "Blues Brothers" is all that great. It certainly wouldn't make my top 100 movies.
It would have been much easier to compile a list of 10 alternatives if Bill Murray had been in "Blues Brothers." Aykroyd has been in a lot of dreck
Indeed, look at some of Aykroyd's dubious comedic choices:
"My Stepmother is an Alien"
"Spies Like Us"
And those are some of the better ones (I saw three of those films at the theater!).
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