42 – City Lights (1931)

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Fuck you kid,now piss off before i break your face.

Sweet Jesus another silent movie. They’ve made me appreciate ‘talkies’ so much more.I’ll give you the low down on the Chaplin flick.He meets a drunk millionaire who’s trying to kill himself.The tramp saves him and goes back to his.When the millionaire comes to he can’t remember the tramp so kicks him out.The next day the millionaire is pissed drunk again and recognises the tramp and they hang out again until he sobers up and throws him out again.This happens a few times.The love interest in a blind girl that sells flowers in the street.The is courting her and wants to send her to Europe for eye surgery.The rich guy gives him $1000 for her,but there’s a mix up and the police are called and things look very bad.He gets picked up by the cops and sent down but when he gets out guess what?The chick has her eyesight back.There’s some good gags in this film,even the intro piece with the statues is well done.But by this stage i’m getting sick of silent films,i guess it’s mainly the music that’s getting to me.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    6.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  SOME VIEWERS WHO’VE PLAYED GHOSTS & GHOULS MIGHT RECOGNISE SOME MUSIC IN IT.

45 – Modern Times (1936)

A drug search in jail for coke.

A drug search in jail for coke.

Modern Times is about the little tramp and how he has a nervous breakdown from working on an assembly line.On his release from hospital he accidentally joins a protest and is arrested for being the leader.In jail he managed to ingest a shit load of coke and in his daze he foils a jail break.For this he’s given a comfortable cell and doesn’t want to leave.But because he stopped the crooks he gets a full pardon and is let go.For the rest of the film he gets involved with a teenage orphan runaway.The try and sort out their lives and get jobs,but as always the law catches up with them and they have to flee their place of work cause the cops showed up to lift her.The films a strange one,it’s not quite a talking film nor is it 100% a silent film.There are bits a the beginning where there’s dialogue from characters but as the film goes on they use more and more title cards.That is until Chaplins big song. I’m not sure if it’s him really singing or even a real language,but it was entertaining.I did notice that his wooden shack he was living looked awfully familiar,maybe identical to the wooden cabin in his first film about the gold rush.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  THE TEEN GIRL LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS ABOUT 27.JUST GOOGLED,SHE WAS 26.

56 – Life Is Beautiful (1997)

You wouldn't away with this now a days.You'd be arrested and signing on the sex offenders list for life.

You wouldn’t away with this now a days.You’d be arrested and signing on the sex offenders list for life.

Life Is Beautiful is a bit of a misleading title for this film.After watching the last last 30 minutes i think a more apt title would be Life Is Shit. I’ve never seen this film before but i bought a copy on DVD for my parents once because it was popular at the time and had gotten a few awards.For anyone who doesn’t know the plot,it’s about a family who gets shipped off to a concentration camp by the Nazis./sounds sad right?The main character,the dad,is called Guido and he is a Jew. His wife is an Italian and they have a young son too that is also shipped off to the camp.The mother pleads to go with her family.Guido is a charming upbeat guy who seems to live in a fantasy,there’s something very whimsical about him.And it’s with his up beat attitude and constant games he’s playing that the whole concentration camp thing doesn’t really effect you on a personal level.Even his final moments i felt distanced from the whole thing.The film came out in 1997 but the whole feel and look of it makes it seem like it’s from the eighties.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD BEGINNING,HUMOUR SEEMS A LITTLE SLAP STICK.

62 – Amélie (2001)

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You have to be quick if you’re going to get a screen grab of these tits.

I’m not quite sure what to call Amelie.It seems a bit art house but i think it’s pretty mainstream too.I’ve always regarded it the perfect chick flick,or one you’d watch if you were pitching woo at a girl.Well that’s the vibe i get off it anyway.Audrey Tautou looks not too bad in this.I think in nearly every shot she’s filmed from above as to exagerate her eyes and make her look more innocent or pure.The visual and special effects in this are perfect.I couldn’t find one i’d fault.I don’t have an internet connection right now but i’d love to know what the budget was for the SFX.I read online a few weeks ago that Audrey can’t actually skim stones and all the stone skimming sequences were done post prodution with after effects.I think it would have been easier,and cheaper,to teach her how to do it.There’s so many good features to the films;the fantasy sequences,good use of stock footage,original plot,musical score and the overall look of the film with the green filters and camera angles.A good indie film with,i guess,a cult following.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  ORIGINAL FILM.VERY INDIE.TAUTOU IS EASY ON THE EYE TOO.

85 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Double cream pie.Try googleing that one.

Double cream pie.Try googleing that one.

At the title credits it says the film was inspired by a song.Well it’s not the worst thing to inspire a film considering Pirates of The Caribbean was inspired by a Disney World roller-coaster.There’s quite a few songs is this.Not really my thing,sometimes just 30 seconds between songs,but the tap dancing and routines are well choreographed and look great.Some long shots between cuts too.The plot seems very similar to The Artist;talking movies are just coming into fashion and the old silent actors are getting laughed out of the cinema.Mostly because the technology is new to them and little sounds are amplified,also a big name actress has a funny voice too.Then just like The Artist they decide chance their style and do big musical and dance sequences instead. Because the female lead has a terrible voice they over-dub hers with a no name actress who has a good voice.The female lead then wants to blackmail the producer into using her voice for overdubbing every film with out giving her credit.As you can guess everyone finds out in the end.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  MUSICALS AREN’T FOR ME.BUT IT’S WORTH IF FOR A COUPLE OF THE DANCE SEQUENCES.

87 – Some Like It Hot (1959)

Marilyn Manson wears this dress where it looks like there's no top to it and her tits are hanging out.

Marilyn Manson wears this dress where it looks like there’s no top to it and her tits are hanging out.

Some like it hot is a rom/com with Marilyn Monroe as the supporting actress.Not a bad fim over all,some great jokes and Lemmon is spot on.It’s set during the prohibition in Chicago in 1939 i think.There’s a scene at the beginning that i completely forgot about where there’s a high speed chase involving a coffin full of whiskey that gets shot up.For a few minutes i thought maybe there was two films called Some Like it Hot.The two main characters witness a gang executing about 6 guys from a rival gang who ratted him out to the cops and got his speak easy shut down.The guys then go on the run to Florida.The guys are musicians and dress as women to join the band in Florida.One of the guys falls in love with the singer/ukelele player (Monroe) and there’s a lot of clothes switching and hi-jinks ala Mrs. Doubtfire.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WELL WRITTEN AND CLEVERLY EDITED IN PARTS.

120 – The General (1926)

Buster knocks over a table so he can get a cheap feel of missus tits.Smart guy.

Buster knocks over a table so he can get a cheap feel of missus tits.Smart guy.

I just realised there are an awful lot of silent movies on the list near the top.In The General we have Buster Keaton as a train driver who tries to enlist in the American civil war but can’t because he’s a skilled worker.So by chance he stumbles onto a plot by the the other side to ambush his side,the confederates. There’s a big train chase that ensues and for a film from 1926 this feels like it must have had a massive budget.I liked this better than the Chaplin films because unlike Chaplins where he gets the shit end of the deal from the girls,Keaton love story has progression and they end up together in the end and there’s no mind fuckery to be had.
A good film and Keatons acting is superb,the facial expressions alone are hilarious.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  FUNNY.FOR A FILM OF IT’S AGE THE PICTURE QUALITY IS EXCELLENT.