Posts filed under "Essays"

Saturday Fun: Buster Keaton in the Adverts

Posted by Brandy Dean February 11, 2012 0 Comment 6570 views

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] (there’s another clearer, […]

One Movie, Two Best Supporting Actresses

Posted by Brandy Dean February 1, 2012 3 Comments 6250 views

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 […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Film Critics

Posted by Brandy Dean January 19, 2012 0 Comment 7089 views

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 […]

Natacha Rambova, or Mrs. Rudolph Valentino

Posted by Brandy Dean January 19, 2012 2 Comments 16652 views

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 […]

Timeless Beauty: Paige O’Hara Talks Beauty and the Beast 3D

Posted by Brandy Dean January 16, 2012 1 Comment 9432 views

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 […]

Buster Keaton is the 99%

Posted by Brandy Dean October 24, 2011 3 Comments 5582 views

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 […]

A Small Moment in Bringing Up Baby

Posted by Brandy Dean May 25, 2011 0 Comment 4691 views

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.

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