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  • Safety Last! 1923

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2014

    How can a boater hat and a pair of glasses have such a profound effect on the viewer? It made every clever joke and stunt that much more captivating and surprising. Well, I suppose Lloyd's polite schoolboy charm has a lot to do with it too. That final 25 minutes or so is truly masterful. Though, despite the iconic image of the clock-hanging scene, I'd like to think I'll always keep the $50 bill scene in my mind because it's…

  • Trouble in Paradise 1932

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    More clever, fun and quick than just about any other film I've seen. It's as playful behind the camera as in front. Lubitsch makes it feel like you're being conned as well and enjoying every minute of it. I definitely need to see more of his work.

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  • Emperor of the North 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2014 4

    It's about as good as a film about Depression Era hobos featuring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine can be. There's lots of mischief and old-timey lingo and a great setting in beautiful Oregon. Keith Carradine is also pretty good as the cocky kid trying to prove himself.

    The only problem is that it's kind of weird tonally. It shifts from fun and comedic to violent and nasty quite a bit. The whole rivalry between the two is played up as…

  • The Elephant Man 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2013 6

    I was fortunate enough to see The Elephant Man on the big screen with a 35mm print and it was even better this time around. Being in a theater heightens the emotions of the film that much more and the gorgeous black and white photography is so striking. In fact, I forgot just how hard some of the scenes in this film can hit you. I struggled to hold back tears multiple times.

    I also forgot about the distinctive Lynchian…