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  • Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal.

    Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal.

    ★★★

    A breezy first appearance of The Tramp. Chaplin quite literally hogs the screen as the inquisitive, care-free little fellow spectates and becomes infatuated with the cameras documenting the races. At a little over six minutes, Kid Auto Races at Venice acts as a mission statement of the silliness that would follow.

    Chaplin's command of the camera and nuanced physicality make this an incredibly funny fledgling foray that lacks the pathos and charm of his later works.

  • Making a Living

    Making a Living

    ★★★

    Charlie Chaplin's screen debut is as lively as one would expect from a Keystone picture. His Edgar English character bears the DNA of his famous Tramp character but is somewhat more dastardly. Chaplin's boundless physicality is present and accounted for as he runs, leaps, falls, spins and fights his way through 13 minutes of slapstick silliness.

    You can find Making a Living on YouTube if you're curious about the early movies of this little, big-screen legend.

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  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★★

    Thank jeebus for Letterboxd. For years I've been doing the "Bond Marathon" before the latest 007 adventure. For years I thought I was the only sad fucker who endured all twenty something films in preparation for the next slice of kiss kiss, bang bang. There's a few that have more or less concluded this little ritual, but seeing as Skyfall ain't out until 26th October I thought I'd slowly work my way through them, starting now.

    So... Dr No. The…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

    I have absolutely no idea of how to start this review.
    First off the bat, to the best of my knowledge there is nothing here that will shake the foundations and change the opinion of the Nolan haters.

    Set 8 years after The Dark Knight, this film takes a knackered and spiritually broken Bruce Wayne and places him in a situation where he must don the cape once more.
    Christian Bale has come a long way in 7 years. From…