Watching old television advertisements is always kind of fun. They’re so quaint and unsophisticated relatively speaking. But watching old tv ads is especially super fun when they feature Buster Keaton. Just for a little (really cold!) Saturday fun, check out three Buster product appearances. Buster Keaton for Milky Way Bars [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P97flKBrIEg&w=420&h=315] (there’s another clearer, […]
I spent hours trying to figure out a way to make this piece for The Toronto Film Scene about The Artist or Hugo or silent movies, in general. Turns out, it’s tougher than you think. Then I noticed two different actresses are nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for the same movie. It also […]
This week, TIFF Cinematheque is going meta with a screening series that celebrates the golden anniversary of another film festival, which is itself a sidebar to another pretty well known film festival (hint: it starts with a “C”). In the series Fifty Years of Discovery: Cannes Critics Week, TIFF has invited eight local film critics, or “opinion-makers” if […]
Do you wish your name was Natacha Rambova? Good news… it can be yours. Ms. Rambova hasn’t used it since 1966 and it wasn’t hers to start with. Born Winifred Shaughnessy in Utah, she was kind of half Irish Catholic with a dash or Mormon, despite her exotic sounding name. Natacha Rambova isn’t exactly a […]
Okay I was too old for the first go round of Beauty and the Beast in 1991. And I was waaaaay too old for the second IMAX go round in 2002. But I’ve got to admit, I’m just old enough to be charmed by this fairly tale now. It was fun talking to Belle, and […]
In the holy trinity of silent clowns, I’m firmly on Team Keaton. Charlie Chaplin moves me, sometimes to tears (cheap or otherwise), with his pathos and kinetic beauty. Harold Lloyd makes me laugh, heartily and out-loud, with his plucky, can-do spirit. But it’s Buster Keaton, the great Stone Face, that inspires me to get out […]
One of my favorite moments in Bringing Up Baby is Cary Grant’s delivery of a very small line, “My soup is gone.” In the midst of a manic roundabout of up and down, his rational observation is an irrational situation is hilarious. Sheila at The Sheila Variations thinks so too.