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  • Sunnyside



    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


    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



    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.…