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A Random Movie

Posted : 3 years, 8 months ago on 1 December 2013 02:20 (A review of Sherlock, Jr.)

Since I kept hearing good things about this movie from my friend who likes it, I decided to check it out. To be deceitful, I wasn't sure what to expect, because I'm not that familiar with Buster Keaton. This movie came out in 1924 when there were a lot of silent movies. Basically, it's about a guy and some stuff happens and honestly, I wasn't blown away. To conclude, it's worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

Now that I've just wasted your time with a paragraph of bullshit that tells you nothing about the movie, I'm going to give you an idea of what this movie is like and explain how I felt about it...you know, LIKE A PROPER FUCKING REVIEW, unlike reviews that consist of meaningless phrases used over and over again by a lazy hack.

"Sherlock Jr." is a movie bursting with invention. In its freewheeling ways of playing with form, one can see the DNA of later classics of comedy like the Warner Brothers cartoons of the '50s, which would play fast and loose with rules and conditions of reality in a relentless quest for laughs by any means possible. There's a lot of craziness, but there's also an undeniable logic beneath everything, so that you're not just watching something so absurd as to be maddeningly sloppy and pointless.

In any Buster Keaton picture, one can expect some memorable and technically innovative action sequences. On that front, this one delivers completely, but what makes it extra special is that there's a sweetness and sense of humour to it that makes it more than just a collection of spectacular stunts (although it has some of those too). The picture also has tremendous reverence for the power of movies to both entertain and educate. This is expressed most beautifully in the final scene, which concludes the movie with one of the most endearing tributes to film as an inspirational medium that I've ever seen.

How appropriate that the message at the end of this movie should be a love letter to the resonance of movies while the movie itself is a big step forward for them - an example AND a sign of the potential they have to surprise, amaze, and evolve. If movies matter to you as an art form, you have to respect all the levels on which this movie works. For example, on one level it's admirable how much imagination and creativity Keaton showed just by coming up with some of these wild scenarios. Then on top of that, there's the thrill of seeing how perfectly he executed them. He does things that would sound impossible to do if they were described to you (especially in 1924) and makes them look completely convincing. Surrealism is often utilized in the service of stimulating horror and confusion. Buster Keaton uses it to provoke laughs and convey a romantic view of the world, movies, and the world of movies. If you're so dead inside, cynical, and slow-witted that you can watch this without smiling at that realization, I pity you.

This is ground zero for decades of movie magic. A great teacher once explained to me that a classic is something that does things never done before and influences everything that comes after to do those same things. These days, the word is thrown around way too much by people who clearly have no idea what it really means (like a certain shitty reviewer on this site). 'Classic' is a term that should be reserved for a very select few movies. This is one of them.


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A Quality Movie

Posted : 3 years, 10 months ago on 10 October 2013 09:33 (A review of Quality Street)

To be dishonest, "Quality Street" is a movie that inspired a candy of the same name.


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An Above Average Movie

Posted : 3 years, 11 months ago on 30 August 2013 12:45 (A review of The Sea Wolf)

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this movie. It was directed by Michael Curtiz, who directed "Casablanca", "Captain Blood", and "The Adventures of Robin Hood". I wanted to check out those movies for awhile. Eventually I saw them, and honestly, I wasn't disappointed. Michael Curtiz also directed "The Sea Hawk", which has a similar title to "The Sea Wolf".

"The Sea Wolf" stars Edward G. Robinson, who also starred in "Little Caesar" and "Double Indemnity". To be honest, I wasn't blown away by those movies. I thought they were disappointing.

I have a weak spot for Edward G. Robinson (yes, a weak spot, which means there's a damaged part of my body created by this movie, not a 'soft spot', which means 'affection/biased positive feelings for a person'), who was a successful actor with a good reputation in the 1940s. Edward G. Robinson was known for playing gangster roles, so his role in "The Sea Wolf" is unusual for him because it is not a gangster role because it is a sea captain role.

To be honest (I have to say that because I know you would think I'm lying if I didn't say it), this movie was not as good as the masterpiece "Casablanca", which was made one year after this movie and was very popular. "Casablanca" stars Humphrey Bogart, a great actor, and Ingrid Bergman, who was a very attractive actress and a great actress as well. Ingrid Bergman was Swedish. Ingrid Bergman was a successful actress. Isabella Rossellini is her daughter who also became an actress after Ingrid Bergman had an affair with director Roberto Rossellini, who was a movie director. The most famous line in "Casablanca" is "Here's Looking At You, Kid" said by Humphrey Bogart, who was married to Lauren Bacall. Bogart and Bacall met through John Huston, another director with a daughter in the movie business. The name of John Huston's daughter is Anjelica Huston.

"The Sea Wolf" takes place at sea, unlike "White Fang", which is a Jack London novel that takes place on land. "The Sea Wolf" is based on a novel by Jack London and it's about a captain who makes his crew angry and it rebels against him. To be honest, this is not the most original story, but this movie handles it pretty good. Edward G. Robinson gives an amazing, mind-blowing performance.

This movie has a great cast. Here are the names of all the main cast members, as if you can't just see their names from looking at the cast list on listal: Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, and Alexander Knox. All of them give pretty good performances.

To be honest, I was only familar with Edward G. Robinson and Ida Lupino before I watched this movie, but I thought John Garfield and Alexander Knox were pretty good. The main reason I watched this movie is because I have a weak spot for Edward G. Robinson and Michael Curtiz is a great director.

Honestly (not deceptively), I wasn't expecting much from this movie even though I like Michael Curtiz and Edward G. Robinson because I don't usually like movies about sea captains and angry crews like "Mutiny On The Bounty", which is a 1935 movie starring Clark Gable. To be honest, I was disappointed by "Mutiny on the Bounty", even though Clark Gable did a pretty good job and the story was decent, especially if you like the genre.

To conclude, I am giving "The Sea Wolf" a generous rating because it's a pretty good solid little flick, with an amazing, mind-blowing performance from The Great Edward G. Robinson, especially if you like the genre. But don't expect anything too amazing, even if you like the genre. "The Sea Wolf" is worth a look, especially if you're interested in American movies from 1941. Honest, genre, expectations, blown away, etc. etc. etc.


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