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People, it is hot! When it’s too hot to even go to the pool, you know it’s hot. There’s not room left in the condo building pool anyway… they’re crammed shoulder to shoulder in there, hovering with the water up to their necks like crocodiles. But a sizzling summer heat wave is perfect movie watching time. Limp out to the cineplex for some super ac and frothy summer fun or stay on the couch with a classic, either way it’s prime movie time. It’s also prime web surfing time. Check out these links, crank up the ac, and get to watching!

  • Hollywood Dreamland examines the liberally applied criticism “over-rated.”
  • This week we saw a rebirth of the lost art of pie-throwing when a prankster tried to pie evil media overlord Rupert Murdoch. The Washington Post recaps the rich history of pie-flinging.
  • Check out Stone Age Cinema’s review of The Lost World. He did a much, much more thorough job than I did.
  • The Killers is such an awesome film noir, and Faded Video Labels reminded me that I should watch it again. (Check out all of the other reviews when you’re done… this site if full of gems.)
  • A few weeks ago, I procured my very own copy of American Movie Critics: An Anthology From the Silents Until Now edited by Phillip Lopate. Readers, I can’t recommend this compendium of film writing enough. It’s a pure delight to read this collection.
  • Witness Alfred J. Hitchcock make what might possibly be the first “That’s what she said” joke in human history:

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The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World Restored DVD - Pretty Clever FilmsOne of the distinct pleasures of watching silent movies is witnessing the birth of an art form. Techniques were not established, narrative forms were not structured, there was no such thing as trope. In watching silent movies, you can see the invention of all the things we now accept as standard not only from year to year and movie to movie, but almost from scene to scene. The Lost World (1925), the very first feature length animated film, does not disappoint on this level.  Loosely adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, the movie was directed by Henry O. Hoyt and features pioneering claymation work from Willis O’Brien (the same O’Brien who will bring us much more perfected techniques eight years later in King Kong). Read the rest of this entry

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