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.

 

188 – The Artist (2011)

dropping the hand

dropping the hand

The Artist got quite a lot of Oscars if i remember correctly and so it should have.The film chronicles the rise and fall or an actor and a actress.The Artist,George,is an older silent actor who is at the peak of his career.While as Peppy is a fresh faced actress just beginning her career.Just as Peppy is establishing a name for herself in film the talkies are invented and she becomes a star.Meanwhile George has fallen on bad times and refused to do talking films.He goes bust and it’s a downwards spiral with a lot drink going on.Great film,not too long,excellent story,film score is bang on too.My download of the film was in 4:3 aspect ratio which gives an old 20’s feel to it.With the minimal audio and sounds it works to its advantage.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     8.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  THE PUNCH LINE AT THE END IS GOOD.