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  1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) I think this is a film that will require multiple viewings. This was my entry into German expressionist film and it was certainly as ridiculous as I imagined it would be. I flip flopped on whether I hated it or loved it throughout. After reading through some of the theories surrounding the plot, I feel compelled to watch the film again at some point. The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920) This was my second German expressionist film and was my favorite of the two. The score, the tinting, and the Golem are as scary as you could possibly get in a silent horror film. My only gripe is that the subtitles appeared to be a very direct translation from German. However, it’s a silent film and the title cards don’t determine how great a film is. I really enjoyed this one and now I have to decide which film to watch next!
  2. Monsieur Verdoux (1947) Chaplin’s sound acting is superb in this black comedy about a man that murders wealthy widows. The first half of the film is incredibly entertaining and offers some of the best dark comedic moments that you look for in these sort of films. However, as the film progresses to the second half, it becomes a bit tedious. The film falls into a rut and fails to remove itself until the final few scenes. Having not seen Chaplin outside of his shorts, I was thoroughly impressed by the way he delivered his lines throughout. He was even able to sprinkle some of his slapstick throughout, which made me chuckle.
  3. I’m glad you’ve come to your senses. Apology accepted. On another note, Fonda has quite the tan.
  4. Cagney’s performance was actually my favorite in that film. I have only seen the film once, but Cagney’s scenes are the ones that have stuck in my head. Now, by the rules of the internet, I demand that you change your opinion! 😆
  5. The Sword of Doom (1966) Tatsuya Nadakai’s performance in this film is an all-time great performance. His eyes and facial expressions alone are worth watching for two hours. His character has no soul. His eyes are in a perpetual thousand yard stare. He only craves death and destruction. I almost avoided this film due to its title, but in retrospect, it’s a perfect title. I am left wanting to fully explore Nadakai’s filmography. I watched Harakiri a few years ago, but I don’t remember it well. Perhaps that is a good place to start my journey. What I’m trying to say is, watch this film! Tatsuya Nadakai! Toshiro Mifune! Swords! Death! What more do you want?
  6. A Day’s Pleasure (1919) This is my favorite Chaplin film I have seen so far. Not only are the gags well done, but his slight facial expressions and overall acting really make the film. This is one of the better silent shorts I have seen. Death Drums Along the River (1963) I felt that the overall story was not explored at enough depth. Conclusions were seemingly pulled out of thin air and the film could have been at least another 30 minutes longer. Richard Todd plays his part brilliantly and the on-site locations are absolutely stunning. Give this one a go if you like African adventure films, mystery films, or both!
  7. It wasn’t intended to be a 1:1 comparison of the two. I apologize if it came off that way.
  8. I usually do not post in these type of threads, because they are filled with nonsensical shouting for pages and pages. I know I am late, but I feel the need to post a response. TopBilled is a great contributor to this forum. I disagree with many of his views, but I would never want to see him banned for it. He has every right to continue posting based on his beliefs, as everyone else does. He’s not combative or malicious with his words. Gone With the Wind shouldn’t be banned for the same reason that any other film, book, or piece of art should find its place in society. Mein Kampf was written by a madman, but should be freely available for everyone to recognize that. Additionally, if you ban this film, where does it end? Are we living in another pre-code era? Will films that debut in 2021 be forced to undergo strict censorship before they are deemed ready for viewing? Society as a whole, both sides of the debate, need to eschew the need to ban the things that they disagree with. Utilize critical thinking skills to understand right and wrong. There are a number of films that I disagree with and believe depict horrible things, yet I watch them. I am able to recognize that the actions are portrayed and that they are a product of their time. Historical periods are best viewed as alien planets, because it is nearly impossible to understand their world. Someone born in the 19th century could not understand the 8th century and someone born in the 21st would struggle to understand either.
  9. Young Mr. Jazz (1919) I’m going to assume that the score was reworked, but that is the high point of this film for me. The final “brawl in the hall” is entertaining, but the rest isn’t the best. The rhyming won’t cost you extra. However, it’s a 10 minute Harold Lloyd short, so it’s worth watching anyway. His Royal Slyness (1920) Another Hal Roach-directed Lloyd short that is an improvement over the above film. Again, the score is the real high point. I found myself tapping my foot and bouncing around to the music as Lloyd finds himself in a case of mistaken(?) identity in a foreign kingdom. I’m taking advantage of the large collection of Harold Lloyd films that Criterion has available. It would be nice if they got access to other silent comedians like Langdon and Linder.
  10. Shoulder Arms (1918) I haven’t taken to Chaplin like I have with Keaton and Linder, but I still respect him as an actor and filmmaker. I actually liked this one a lot and it’s definitely in the top half of my favorite silent films. It also features my new favorite title card: “More heroic work.” If you have ever wondered why Germany lost the war, this will answer a lot of your questions. Who could possibly take on Charlie Chaplin and win? Maybe Buster? I hear he was a great boxer. I recently subscribed to the Criterion Channel and I am overwhelmed with the amount of films that are available. Some of them aren’t my favorite types, but I’m hoping to try some new genres.
  11. I actually had her in my post, but I must have accidentally deleted her name.
  12. Three on a Match (1932) I’ll be honest and say that the story here isn’t really that interesting. However, the star power and pre-code brutality more than makes up for that. This film features Warren William, Ann Dvorak, Joan Blondell, Lyle Talbot, Humphrey Bogart, and small appearances by Alan Jenkins, Glenda Farrell, and Frankie Darro. This film marks the earliest Bogart film I’ve seen. His part is very small, but he comes across as menacing as ever.
  13. Cherry 2000 (1988) I was looking for a 1980s sci-fi film and I definitely found one in Cherry 2000. Everything about this film screams, “80s sci-fi!” It is also one of the worst films I have ever seen. I wanted something slightly ridiculous, but this takes ridiculous to an entirely different level. The premise of the film, trying to find a replacement sex robot, is interesting, but nothing else makes sense. Additionally, the script and acting are horrendous. If you like cult films, watch it, but that’s the only way I can possibly recommend this Mad Max fan fiction.
  14. I looked through the schedule afterwards and realized that they were showing a bunch of Ginger Rogers films, too. It’s a great film to show, because it acts as a bridge between the two tributes. I’m sure whoever suggested that at TCM got a gold star. 😆
  15. Bachelor Mother is a good one, too, with David Niven playing opposite Ginger Rogers.
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