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  • House of Wax

    House of Wax

    ★★★½

    Classic Hollywood Challenge 2019! Theme the second - miscellanea! Miscellaneous subject five - a film that was later remade!

    (The fun part is, since this film was remade too, it still counts towards the theme without entirely breaking it!)

    So here's an interesting thing about House of Wax as a remake of Mystery of the Wax Museum. From a screenwriting perspective, this thing possesses the stronger, tighter story, thanks to the ways it pars down and consolidates certain characters while…

  • Mystery of the Wax Museum

    Mystery of the Wax Museum

    ★★★½

    Classic Hollywood Challenge 2019! Theme the second - miscellanea! Miscellaneous subject five - a film that was later remade!

    Eighty-five years on from Mystery of the Wax Museum's first release, the mystery has lost just a little bit of its intrigue. If you know anything about horror stories (or, more specifically, read Goosebumps Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid), you know exactly what goes down in any wax museum with a remotely shady curator. People go in, wax…

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  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★½

    Film School Drop-Outs 2018! Week 2 Retro - The Silent Comedy!

    Having reflected for the better part of 24 hours before writing this review, I think the funniest thing about Charlie Chapin's Tramp are the moments when you aren't sure whether he's cottoned on or not. Take the spaghetti eating scene for instance, where his expression wavers between disbelief and satisfaction, culminating in a head turn and slow standing up with brows knit... only for it to turn out he's…

  • The Poor Little Rich Girl

    The Poor Little Rich Girl

    ★★★

    Film School Drop-Outs 2018! Week 1 - A Mary Pickford film!

    Y'know how it seems like the entertainment news cycle nowadays seems to run at ever-increasing speeds, never once slowing down as multiple new angles and shocking breakthroughs in a single story can come down the pipe at a moment's notice? We might live in times when this phenomena is accelerated to an unprecedented degree, but it's nothing new. Take the case of the Biograph Girl. After coming into the…