Posts filed under "Silent Movie Reviews"

Buster Keaton in The Railrodder (1965)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 14, 2011 1 Comment 3344 views

As I big fan of both Buster Keaton and Canada, I have to love this NFB production from 1965. The National Film Board of Canada website describes The Railrodder as: A screen short starring Buster Keaton, this is one of the last films of the comedian’s long career. As “the railrodder” he crosses Canada from […]

Buster Keaton in Convict 13

Posted by Brandy Dean June 14, 2011 6 Comments 10852 views

I hesitate to say it, oh I am loathe to say it, but… I don’t love Convict 13. For his second Comique Film Corp. release, Keaton reverts to standard, well trodden slapstick tropes. It’s not a terrible film, but it misuses his talents and does not display much of the film making bravura that we […]

Buster Keaton in One Week

Posted by Brandy Dean June 13, 2011 6 Comments 15374 views

It’s difficult to watch these early Buster Keaton films without applying hindsight. Pretty much the only lens I can view them through is the one colored by what I know (and love) about Keaton’s later feature film work. I’ll start my week of Buster Keaton reviews by saying, yes, the films are funny. They often […]

5 Buster Keaton Shorts

Posted by Brandy Dean June 13, 2011 2 Comments 4934 views

Just because Buster Keaton week was so fun, and because these shorts are perfect for a dog-day summer afternoon, I’m bumping this post back to the top. Viva la Buster! Keaton began his movie career working in a series of comic shorts with the then popular Fatty Arbuckle. (Isn’t it funny just thinking about the […]

Show Don’t Tell: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 13, 2011 6 Comments 14302 views

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the gold standard example of early German expressionism in film, is just plain weird. Today we call it a “horror” film, but it’s not scary. It is disorienting and certainly creepy, but you won’t jump in your seat while viewing it. But if you care about the genre known as […]

The Divine Lady – 1929

Posted by Brandy Dean May 11, 2011 1 Comment 3462 views

Thanks to TCM’s “Silent Sunday,” every Monday afternoon is like Christmas morning. I fire up Tivo to find an alluring, brightly wrapped package and I tear into it. Sometimes, it’s an awesome toy, the very one I wanted and sometimes it’s a… sweater. Sweaters are just fine, and we all need sweaters, but they don’t […]

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