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  • Sunnyside

    Sunnyside

    ★★★½

    My blog post with capsule reviews of all Chaplin films released by the Criterion Collection

    The unexpected success of Shoulder Arms presumably bought Chaplin some additional time (a then-unprecedented eight months between pictures!) to create his follow-up, and perhaps also gave him further encouragement to follow his muse into new and unconventional territory. As current and future rivals like Fatty Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton maintained a steady stream of short comedies, Chaplin floundered in both his professional and…

  • Shoulder Arms

    Shoulder Arms

    ★★★★

    My blog post with capsule reviews of all Chaplin films released by the Criterion Collection

    Shoulder Arms can't really be praised for building on the narrative strengths of A Dog's Life - Chaplin's willingness to sum up the events by resorting to the already stale "it was only a dream" reveal at the end was already a timeworn cop out in 1918. But he still shows a lot of admirable nerve in releasing a sharply satirical spoof on the futility…

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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★½

    Watched it with my family as we played games on New Year's Eve. A perfect film for such an occasion, not just because of its setting on that date, but because of it's "Christmas Carol"-esque message about doing better with the opportunities life gives us. "Lord, let my soul come to maturity before it is reaped."

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    I'm happy to give this film my highest rating, simply on the power of the experience it provided for me and the group I saw it with earlier this evening. I was accompanied by two of my sons, a daughter-in-law, a niece and her husband, all young adults . We all went into the film eager to see what Christopher Nolan had in store, and of the six of us, I was probably the most informed about what to expect.…