Shawn Hall

Big fan of silent and pre-code film. Currently working through the Criterion Channel's Young Mr. Ford series.

Favorite films

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Silence
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Girl Shy

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  • Cover Up

    ★★★

  • The Matrimaniac

    ★★★

  • His Picture in the Papers

    ★★★

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★½

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  • Cover Up

    Cover Up

    ★★★

    Cozy Christmas noir that has plenty of fun banter between our insurance investigator and sheriff.

  • The Matrimaniac

    The Matrimaniac

    ★★★

    Filmed in only three weeks, this barely 45 minute film feels like it was adapted from a Keystone two reeler. Doug’s athleticism, including climbing across telephone wires near the end the film, brings an added dimension to the rather bland story of two lovers eloping.

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  • Fool's Paradise

    Fool's Paradise

    ★★★★

    And so begins the strangest Masquerade, that a Woman ever dared! When Arthur, believing that he is marrying the Woman he Loves — weds the Woman he Hates — and the Sunlight denied his Eyes, dwells at last in his Heart.

    So many implausible events happen during DeMille's lavish Fool's Paradise but they are all so entertaining that you willingly suspend all disbelief. A French dancer a WWI vet met during the war comes to a dusty Mexican border town?…

  • Forbidden Fruit

    Forbidden Fruit

    ★★★★

    Don't know why I enjoyed Forbidden Fruit so much. Maybe it was the early use of two-strip technicolor. Maybe it was the fact that it gave a sympathetic look at a woman stuck on the bad side of traditional gender roles. Maybe it was that the bad husband looked like a villianious Douglas Fairbanks rip-off. DeMille's tight direction turns what should be on paper a formulaic picture into an enjoyable film.