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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Silent Film Marathon: Film 7

 I had posted a review for this film a few days ago, and I know many of you read it and such, but blogger erased it during it's troubles and as I had not backed-up, all that was restored to me was a basic draft of the post. I'll try my best to rewrite it, but I don't want to spend to much time on it as I have already reviewed this before and it's starting to get a bit repetitive, plus I just want to get in with the marathon.

Aha! We come to a film by often overlooked French Director Abel Gance. I have championed this directors work ever since I saw his amazing Silent Epic Napoleon.
That film played a large part in my ever growing admiration for Silent films. In fact if I hadn't of watched that film I probably wouldn't be doing this marathon.

So naturally I was looking forward to this film a lot. I was expecting it to be one of the highlights of the marathon, as some of the things Gance achieves on film were greatly ahead of their time and marvellous to watch.
It is also the longest film of the marathon, at near on 5 hours, but when a film is great, then I usually have no problem with the length.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Silent Film Marathon: Film 6

Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages is a film I had only vaguely heard of before thinking of this marathon, it was the only one of these Silent films that I didn't own already, but as it was very highly recommended to me I decided to add it to my collection and subsequently review it as part of this marathon. And as it is part of the inestimable Criterion Collection it was easy to obtain and then watch.

After having watched it I must first thank all those who recommended it for it is a truly amazing film. I was fascinated all the way through and the film's subject was one of such originality and was presented in such an honest and appealing way that I could not help but feel that I was watching one of the wonders of the Silent Era.

Weekly Collection of Random Film Thoughts

  •  This news about QT's new films is quite exiting, I hope he doesn't get Will Smith in the lead role though, for he's not an actor I like. I think Michael Jay White of Black Dynamite fame would be the perfect choice for the role, even if he is far from being as big a star as Smith. But anyway, I'll be watching it whoever gets cast, it's Tarantino after all...

Quick Ratings/Reviews of The Week

 Despite my Silent film marathon, I have still managed to find time to watch a handful of great films (and one not so great):

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert - 1994 directed by Stephen Elliot
A film that deserves it's cult status. It is very amusing and unconventional, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp were all extraordinary as two cross dressers and a transvestite respectively. I admit the subject didn't sound very appealing at first, but despite what you may think, the film just works, it's as simple as that really.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Life In Movies

Andy at Fandango Groovers Movie Blog is hosting a new blogathon that involves choosing your favourite film from each year of your life up to the present. It's a very fun idea so I thought I would give it a try, obviously it's not going to be as long as the others seeing how young I am, but no matter...
Anyway, these choices aren't exactly what I think are the greatest films of each year, but the ones that had the most impact on me or that were the most memorable.

Silent Film Marathon: Film 5

Nosferatu, one of the most widely known of all Silent films and one of the most instantly recognisable Horror films of all time. Loosely based on the amazing "Dracula" by Bram Stoker, and remade by Werner Herzog and yet I had not seen it until now.