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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:40:32 PM   
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I'm in not in your country. Here they were films. So Nyeh. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:42:26 PM   
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Why does this make me think of Derek Zoolander and his many poses

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:42:52 PM   
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Sorry, I've made the page go really wide.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:48:22 PM   
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I'm in not in your country. Here they were films. So Nyeh. 


You'll be back before Matty does his summing up at the end of the month though

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:00:40 PM   
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But he asked now, and I'm still right anyway. A cinema release is a cinema release is a cinema release. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:04:16 PM   
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Watching a tv show in a cinema doesn't make it a film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:11:43 PM   
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But a film being released as a film does make it a film. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:18:59 PM   
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I didn't say I'd be watching them right away.

Hm...thing is, I've seen them reviewed on other film websites, so I think that'll be good enough for me.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:27:23 PM   
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A victory for common sense. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:29:46 PM   
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Some film websites review Sopranaos in a film list. And mainly US sites will have seen the Red Riding TV series and the Boy A TV single drama as theatrical releases.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:33:17 PM   
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Which proves they are not rigidly bound by convention.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 1:35:40 PM   
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No, it just shows that Channel 4 doesn't have the same TV presence in the US as the Beeb, so their stuff seems to go cinema rather than the Beeb which seems, mainly, to go TV (apart from fesitval oddities with film stars in 'em).

I sat down and watched Channel 4 on my TV set for their new TV drama series in 3 TV parts and then watched the TV series.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 2:15:22 PM   
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Apparently, I neglected toactually mention my favourite Keaton films a ways back.

Sherlock Jr
Neighbors
Cops
One Week
The Goat
Steamboat Bill Jr
The Boat

Pretty  much most of the ones I've seen, really.

Incidentally, rick, (or, indeed, anyone...) have you seen the Harry Langdon short, His Marriage Wow? I think Professor McGlumm is one of the greatest incidental characters in silent cinema that I've seen.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 2:37:28 PM   
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Thanks for that. Neighbo(u)rs, like sick and Shake N' Vac, reminds me of being at uni. That was some evening.

The launch scene in The Boat is so great - especially the end of it.

I haven't seen any Harry Langdon films, aside from his bit as Egghead in Hallelujah, I'm a Bum, which is one of the best - and most distinctive - Great Depression movies. I'll have to check out His Marriage Wow. Was it on at the Bristol festival? His Long Pants, directed by Capra, is supposed to be supremely weird.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 3:01:31 PM   
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Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, 2010) Japan


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36. Biutiful (6/10)

Kind of disappointing. I was looking forward to thisasI enjoyed Inarritu's previous Babel and 21 Grams, but this didn't seem as cohesive. Bardem gives a superb performance, but something about it doesn't quite sit right. Which is a shame, really: I really wanted to like this film more.


Oh man. Two films I was really looking forward to only achieving substandard ratings.
Actually, I've heard from other sources that Biutiful was inferior to Iñárritu's previous films.
But what the hecksamatta with Outrage?!  Ultimo, tell me you accidentally slotted it into the wrong rating group, plz.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 5:13:26 PM   
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Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, 2010) Japan


But what the hecksamatta with Outrage?!  Ultimo, tell me you accidentally slotted it into the wrong rating group, plz.

Don't be too disheartened it's receiving decent reviews. I just found it hard too take seriously by the end i wondered if he'd intended to make a parody of his early work or if it was just bad. Could be just me though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 9:25:47 PM   
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Hmm. I haven't read any reviews of it yet, but you know, Kitano returning to yakuza drama... hopes were high.
"Decent reviews" suggests alright, not bad, 3 or 4/10 type ratings. I'll take that, but it knocks my enthusiasm for seeing the film down a notch.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 9:33:24 PM   
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7. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 9:51:05 PM   
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I haven't seen any Harry Langdon films, aside from his bit as Egghead in Hallelujah, I'm a Bum, which is one of the best - and most distinctive - Great Depression movies. I'll have to check out His Marriage Wow. Was it on at the Bristol festival? His Long Pants, directed by Capra, is supposed to be supremely weird.


Good lord, I've seen old films that rick_7 hasn't seen. I must sit down and recover myself.

Oh wait. Already sitting down.



Yeah, it was at the Slapstick fest (26-29 Jan, 2012, put it in your diary!) Definitely worth checking out some of his stuff - I want to check out more of his stuff definitely. I was slow to react because of the wealth of stuff seen over the 4 days, but of the things I hadn't seen before, the Langdon stuff has really stayed with me.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:00:07 PM   
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There's Langdon stuff on Youtube

Saturday Afternoon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEkk_6Ft25w&playnext=1&list=PL5A9A50EFD5C6E826

The Hitchhiker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FKeL8rtSFY&feature=related

Tied for Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt4AYY5SyhU&feature=related

Cold Turkey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uznTf-A6GRI&feature=related

His First Flame

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r61CdZHvP-Y

Internet Archive has some as well.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:05:04 PM   
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Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

Without wanting to dampen your enthusiasm, that's one of the worst 20-odd films I've ever seen. One good Woody joke, one good Sellers joke, the rest of it is just woeful. Looks great on paper, though, I agree.


"I will be in an extreme majority, but I love Casino Royale (1967), the all-star Bond spoof, which also features Sellers and Niven both playing James Bond."

http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=2250264&mpage=1& - The Pink Panther review.

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haha majority.
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:30:21 PM   
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20.  Biutiful (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2010)

My bijou critique is over on the Reviews forum (I think it's probably bad form to type out plot heavy allusions in a film currently on release in a such a broad medium of review such as this thread).

In summary?  It's Cinema Jenga I tell's ya!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:57:14 PM   
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Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

Without wanting to dampen your enthusiasm, that's one of the worst 20-odd films I've ever seen. One good Woody joke, one good Sellers joke, the rest of it is just woeful. Looks great on paper, though, I agree.




Is the one good Woody joke "and afterwards we can run amok?  Or, if you're too tired we can walk amok?" 

Tee...and indeed...hee.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/2/2011 1:59:03 AM   
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I watched it! Yay! And I didn't like it! Boo!

Seriously, though, another endless chase sequence (although I did appreciate it clocking in at a cool 27 minutes). Buster runs somewhere, Buster jumps under/over something, Buster uses various Looney Tunes 'he went that-a-way' distractions to elude his moustachioed pursuers, Buster runs about some more.

Now, I thought the direction was very smooth and quite adventurous (as the YouTube uploader rightly highlights, the zoom-in close-up to Buster on the front of the train is very impressive indeed). And don't think for a minute that I don't appreciate Keaton's acrobatic skills (the dinner party exit was jaw-droppingly well-executed, you were right), because they are really quite something. However, I admire acrobats at the circus, but I don't laugh at them. Keaton's technical prowess alone really cannot hold my attention to 'comic' material which is really so incredibly banal. Ouch, I know. I kinda felt that last one as well

Me too, right in my wrongness detector.

I think you underrate Keaton as an actor (after all, the two questions he asked potential employees included "Are you a good actor?"). His incredible acrobatic abilities aren't solely about physical feats. The way he moves, the way he runs, jumps and falls over, is instinctively hilarious. At least to me. He isn't an acrobat, he's a clown. The 'Great Stone Face' nickname also seems to have tricked people into thinking that Buster was entirely expressionless. You imply as much with the William Powell comparison. That's not the case. His varying levels of stoicism, resignation and world-weariness as his best laid plans go ridiculously awry aren't imposed by the viewer, or just transmitted by the action, they're written all over his deadpan face. He has an economy of expression that's up there with the best silent actors and is even more impressive because of the parameters he's working within. It's also entirely hilarious. Some of the biggest laughs in his work come not from the thrill comedy, but close-ups of his fizzog.

One could also write reams about the satirical wallop many of his films pack. I won't, as it would be really boring and detract from the simple joy of his work, but there's a fully-realised world-view there - both sentimental and bracingly cynical.

And describing his material as "banal" is just odd.

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*The other was: "Are you a good baseball player?"


I definitely agree he was dead expressive. He has a really modern-looking face, if you see what I mean - like, a kind of gawky, dare-I-say adorkable face as opposed to the square of jaw heroes who dominated Hollywood until at least the 60s and for much of the time after that. It's not the acting that bothers me.

I know humour is subjective, but much as I daydream about a fantastic glitzy 1920s life, I also shudder at the notion of being in an era when a room full of adults could split their sides at a man running away from people for 20 straight minutes. I mean, to say the plot involves Keaton being mistaken for a criminal is being too generous, given that that implies that this plot is somehow developed when really there might as well have not been a storyline at all. The majority of popular comedy films these days might not be fantastic either, but it's hard to believe there was a time when comedy films demanded so little of their audience. I mean, he puts a fake moustache on a Wanted poster and it's supposed to be some laugh riot? That is to say, I might smile at that sort of joke in a Looney Tunes cartoon, but when a) it's set in a non-cartoon universe and b) the film, full of such 'jokes' is being touted as a minor masterpiece? I know I'm sounding like Margaret Dumont right now... please try and believe that I do have a sense of humour

Also, the speeded-up-ness. I was reluctant to mention it before, because it's hardly the actors' fault if that's how the cameras worked, but it gives the whole film an unrealistic, surreal feeling (and not in the good way). I mean, it's hard to properly appreciate the acrobatics of Keaton when they're so jerky and inhuman looking. I like a good pratfall as much as the next person, but in the Cary Grant sort of tradition -  a good set-up, catch the camera's eye a tad, get a good comedic angle on the fall itself. Whereas here, you get a jump cut to a distant, awkward shot of Keaton suddenly hitting the floor in fast-forward. It's all too rushed and jerky and awkward to even register, never mind amuse.

The silence, the unnatural speed, the unengaging long shot views of everything, the lack of anything but the barest semblance of a plot, the hoary gags ... I think I might have reached by limit, cultural time-travelly speaking.

Rant over. Les'be friends...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/2/2011 2:35:10 AM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/2/2011 6:28:11 AM   
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1. Tangled (1st view, 2010, Nathan Greno/Byron Howard) - 5/5*
2. The King's Speech (1st view, 2010, Tom Hooper) - 5/5*
3. Shutter Island (2nd view, 2010, Martin Scorcese) - 4/5
4. Black Swan (1st view, 2010, Darren Aronofsky) - 4/5*
5. Lethal Weapon 3 (4th view, 1992, Richard Donner) - 4/5
6. The Fighter (1st view, 2010, David O. Russell) - 4/5*
7. Lethal Weapon (4th view, 1987, Richard Donner) - 4/5
8. Salt (1st view, 2010, Philip Noyce) - 4/5*
9. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (1st view, 2009, Werner Herzog) - 4/5*
10. Get Smart (2nd view, 2008, Peter Segal) - 4/5

11. Black Dynamite (1st view, 2009, Scott Sanders) - 4/5*
12. Lethal Weapon 4 (4th view, 1998, Richard Donner) - 4/5
13. Lethal Weapon 2 (4th view, 1989, Richard Donner) - 4/5
14. The Lovely Bones (1st view, 2009, Peter Jackson) - 4/5*
15. The Blind Side (1st view, 2009, John Lee Hancock) - 4/5*
16. The Fourth Kind (1st view, 2009, Olatunde Osunsanmi) - 4/5*
17. Renaissance (1st view, 2006, Christian Volckman) - 3/5*
18. Killers (1st view, 2010, Robert Luketic) - 3/5*
19. Perfect Creature (1st view, 2006, Glenn Standring) - 3/5*
20. Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (1st view, 2009, Mark Waters) - 3/5

21. Brooklyn's Finest (1st view, 2009, Antoine Fuqua) - 3/5*
22. Meet Dave (1st view, 2008, Brian Robbins) - 3/5*
23. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (1st view, 2010, Mike Newell) - 2/5*
24. Get Him To The Greek (1st view, 2010, Nicholas Stoller) - 2/5*
25. Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1st view, 1941, Edward F. Cline) - 1/5*
26. Date Movie (1st view, 2006, Aaron Seltzer) - 1/5*

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1. Scrat's Continental Crack-up (2010, Steve Martino/Mike Thurmeier)
2. Good Scouts (1938, Jack King)
3. Brave Little Tailor (1938, Bill Roberts)
4. Ferdinand The Bull (1938, Dick Rickard)
5. Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938, Wilfred Jackson)
6. Hunky and Spunky (1938, Dave Fleischer)

1. The King's Speech (1st view, 2010, Tom Hooper) - 5/5*
Life is shit. However you slice it, from the moment you squelch out into the world until the second you get stuck in the ground, it's a soul-destroying experience. Anguish, death, despair, destruction, torment, disease, disaster, misery, pain and heartache all pop up along the way, gleefully packaging their wares with a nice bow, a "fuck you" on the label and then proceed to bash you relentlessly over the head with their offerings. Which is why you should cherish the good and life affirming things that crop up, such as this film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/2/2011 8:39:32 AM   
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1. The King's Speech (1st view, 2010, Tom Hooper) - 5/5*
Life is shit. However you slice it, from the moment you squelch out into the world until the second you get stuck in the ground, it's a soul-destroying experience. Anguish, death, despair, destruction, torment, disease, disaster, misery, pain and heartache all pop up along the way, gleefully packaging their wares with a nice bow, a "fuck you" on the label and then proceed to bash you relentlessly over the head with their offerings.


Jesus christ, Gimli. Is there something you want to talk about?

06. True Grit (2010, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, USA) - 4/5
Comparisons between this and the Wayne film that takes inspiration from the same source are pretty unavoidable, especially given how close the two are in a number of manners - so close that it can appear that the Coens have made a redundant film. As such, let's focus on what True Grit, dir: Coen & Coen, 2010, does better than True Grit, dir: Hathaway, 1969.
  • The performances are better. They actually feel like well-rounded human beings rather than school play performers, and some actors disappear into their roles so completely (Stenfield, Pepper) that it's hard to imagine them as anyone else. Bridges fares the worst, though it's clear now that that's because Cogburn is a bit of a caricature anyway, and Bridges is still a million times better than Wayne in that regard, with Bridges nailing Cogburn's blase approach to life, where Wayne coasted by on jokey revisionism.
  • The Coens handle the dialogue better. They've had lots of experience with the creations of dialects and manners of speech, and they handle Portis' singular dialogue with aplomb while embellishing it so that it flows more naturally. It's the kind of dialogue where "It is" and "I am" don't feel like the additions of five-year-olds.
  • The film doesn't cast a bright eye back to the 1940s and 1950s in its style. Hathaway's grainy, old-timey direction lessened the impact of the film's innocence-lost message; the Coens, on the other hand, play it like a journey into the most wild and unpredictable place in America (and in Americana), and Deakins' dreamy cinematography, combined with the Coens' black sense of humour, add to the idea of an era being lost and of life being irrevocably marked.
  • The score is not as overbearing.
  • It's just as fun as the original, and even surpasses it in a few scenes.
In short, the Coens just do everything better. And that, to me, seems a pretty good reason for a remake.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/2/2011 10:55:57 AM   
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I definitely agree he was dead expressive. He has a really modern-looking face, if you see what I mean - like, a kind of gawky, dare-I-say adorkable face as opposed to the square of jaw heroes who dominated Hollywood until at least the 60s and for much of the time after that. It's not the acting that bothers me.

I know humour is subjective, but much as I daydream about a fantastic glitzy 1920s life, I also shudder at the notion of being in an era when a room full of adults could split their sides at a man running away from people for 20 straight minutes. I mean, to say the plot involves Keaton being mistaken for a criminal is being too generous, given that that implies that this plot is somehow developed when really there might as well have not been a storyline at all. The majority of popular comedy films these days might not be fantastic either, but it's hard to believe there was a time when comedy films demanded so little of their audience. I mean, he puts a fake moustache on a Wanted poster and it's supposed to be some laugh riot? That is to say, I might smile at that sort of joke in a Looney Tunes cartoon, but when a) it's set in a non-cartoon universe and b) the film, full of such 'jokes' is being touted as a minor masterpiece? I know I'm sounding like Margaret Dumont right now... please try and believe that I do have a sense of humour

Also, the speeded-up-ness. I was reluctant to mention it before, because it's hardly the actors' fault if that's how the cameras worked, but it gives the whole film an unrealistic, surreal feeling (and not in the good way). I mean, it's hard to properly appreciate the acrobatics of Keaton when they're so jerky and inhuman looking. I like a good pratfall as much as the next person, but in the Cary Grant sort of tradition -  a good set-up, catch the camera's eye a tad, get a good comedic angle on the fall itself. Whereas here, you get a jump cut to a distant, awkward shot of Keaton suddenly hitting the floor in fast-forward. It's all too rushed and jerky and awkward to even register, never mind amuse.

The silence, the unnatural speed, the unengaging long shot views of everything, the lack of anything but the barest semblance of a plot, the hoary gags ... I think I might have reached by limit, cultural time-travelly speaking.

Rant over. Les'be friends...

We are friends, we just have differing views on the films of Buster Keaton.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/2/2011 10:56:01 AM   
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Don't deny it.

You want to have sex with Margaret Dumont?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/2/2011 10:59:46 AM   
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I haven't seen any Harry Langdon films, aside from his bit as Egghead in Hallelujah, I'm a Bum, which is one of the best - and most distinctive - Great Depression movies. I'll have to check out His Marriage Wow. Was it on at the Bristol festival? His Long Pants, directed by Capra, is supposed to be supremely weird.


Good lord, I've seen old films that rick_7 hasn't seen. I must sit down and recover myself.

Oh wait. Already sitting down.



Yeah, it was at the Slapstick fest (26-29 Jan, 2012, put it in your diary!) Definitely worth checking out some of his stuff - I want to check out more of his stuff definitely. I was slow to react because of the wealth of stuff seen over the 4 days, but of the things I hadn't seen before, the Langdon stuff has really stayed with me.


You should fall off your chair, given the subject.

I really fancy getting down (travelling, not boogieing) for the festival next year, it looks great. I've seen a couple of Buster films on the big screen, and went to Paul Merton's Silent Clowns thing, but four days of solid slapstick sounds superb.

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