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  • The Fall of the House of Usher

    The Fall of the House of Usher

    ★★★

    Wonderfully eerie atmosphere with good cinematography but maintains a chilly emotional remove that kept me from engaging fully. Also had to settle for a poor quality stream, which didn't help matters.

  • The Man Who Laughs

    The Man Who Laughs

    ★★★

    The running time could easily be cut by a third without sacrificing any of its atmosphere or impact. Slow pace aside, this has a wonderfully creepy and downbeat atmosphere- all the more impressive for its time period- and is anchored by a masterful performance by Veidt.

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  • Broken Blossoms

    Broken Blossoms

    ★★★★

    I'm unfortunately someone who has trouble connecting fully with silent films. With that being said this one struck me as engaging and cinematic in spite of being almost a century(!) old. Lillian Gish is electrifying, and the production design is something else

  • The Wild Party

    The Wild Party

    ★★★½

    The transitional sound period wasn't particularly flattering for anyone, but this film powers through the inherent awkwardness and stiffness of the era through the shear force of personality and charisma that is Clara Bow. Granted she's ill-served by a script that deflates like a balloon as her character becomes increasingly 'reformed.' However there's enough charm and humor here to make braving the clunkiness worth it.