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Film Friday Weekly Roundup

My sound track for the week is the tick, tick, tick of the clock. Between TIFF screenings, writing about the films, work, and (ahem) the release of NHL 12 for xbox – well I’ve been a busy gal. Good news, though – the Toronto Maples Leafs are 1st in the league! But no matter how busy I am, I always find time to spend hours and hours goofing around on the interwebs. Funny how that works, huh? Here’s the best of the best this week. Happy reading and happy viewing!

  • I really did love Intruders but did a very poor job of reviewing it. Here’s some peeps who did a much job… The Hollywood Reporter, Joblo, CBC
  • The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World examines the humble film projectionist
  • The 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die blog reviews one of my fav flicks of all time, It Happened One Night
  • Mythical Monkey hops in his way back machine to host the 1913 Silent Oscars
  • Classic Film Freak reviews the super luxe Blu-ray release of Citizen Kane
  • The Ottawa Citizen talks to the director of contemporary silent film The Artist
  • If you’re looking for real estate next to a slaughter house and a pickle factory, Charlie Chaplin’s childhood home is for sale
  • And just because… some kind soul has compiled some wacky golf antics featuring Chaplin, Keaton, Arbuckle, and Laurel & Hardy:
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The Trickster Imp | Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925)

While poking around archive.org yesterday, I came across “Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde,” a silent spoof of the perennial “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”I’ve long been a fan of Laurel & Hardy movies. While aware that the due first appeared in silent comedies, I’ve yet to have the privilege of seeing a silent Laurel & Hardy. True, this is Laurel sans Hardy, but this short is a delightful little gem, demonstrating not only the comic flexibility of Stan Laurel, but illustrating a comedic talent poised and capable of translating silent slapstick in the coming storm of sound films. Read the rest of this entry

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