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The Call

My directorial debut from April, 2014. This silent short follows a young man as he wrestles with his infidelity.

This experience taught me a great deal, which I implemented in my next projects.


Laurel & Hardy in THE FINISHING TOUCH (1928) - Comedy carpentry

Anyone who saw Laurel & Hardy’s Big Business in 1929 wouldn’t have been surprised at how adeptly L&H could denude a house. In The Finishing Touch (1928), they try to build a house and can hardly even get it started. 173 more words

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Charlie Chaplin in MODERN TIMES (1936) - The end of an era

(WARNING: Major spoilers abound!)

Modern Times has a special place in my heart, because it was the first Charlie Chaplin movie I saw in an actual theater (when it was re-released in 1972). 664 more words


City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)

Version reviewed: The Park Circus UK Region B/2 2010 Blu-ray/DVD dual format release as part of The Charlie Chaplin Collection.

Considered by critics as not only one of Chaplin’s greatest films, but also one of the greatest films of all time, City Lights is a wonder to behold. 863 more words

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WRONG AGAIN (1929) - Laurel & Hardy bet on the wrong horse

According to director Leo McCarey, Wrong Again was inspired when McCarey was at a visit to his dentist’s office and saw a copy of the famous Blue Boy painting while sitting in the dentist’s chair. 177 more words

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Tim Brayton on Rex Ingram's "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"

“Even as an anti-war film, [The Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse] has a certain reputation that it doesn’t earn. There’s still a tang of heaving melodrama to the proceedings, particularly as concerns the German characters; so soon after the war, the German people were still viewed as outright villains of the worst sort by the Americans, and regardless of whether this was an appropriate attitude or not (the history of 1934-’45 would tend to suggest, to me, that a modicum of forgiveness couldn’t have hurt), it harms the film’s polemic. 91 more words

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A Silent Haiku

Excitement rises
Lights dim, the projector whirls
Then there was silence

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