Sherlock Jr. (1924)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A projectionist & wannabe Sherlock Holmes‘ daydreaming adventure.
2) One of Buster Keaton’s classic with its trademark stunts, optical effects, and in-camera tricks. The scene where Buster is stuck in the movie frame with frequently changing locations is one great cinematic achievement for a 1924 silent film.
3) The hilarious pool game scene.
4) The remarkable daredevil stunts on top of the moving train where Buster grabs a water spout; there is another scene of him landing on a moving car hanging on a roadblock gate.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Projectionist: Be careful or one of us will get hurt.

Modern Times (1936)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) The tragi-comedy tale of 2 tramps in the time of the Great Depression.
2) “The Nonsense Song”
3) The movie extensively used huge props of machines. The scene where the Tramp got swallowed through the cogs of the giant machine, and the roller-skating scene are remarkable achievements in cinematography.
4) There are prominent signs of dystopian science-fiction. The factory boss using CCTV to monitor the factory’s work. The “feeding machine” introduced by a mad scientist to save meal breaks is satirical but equally dystopian.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Big Bill: We ain’t burglars – we’re hungry.

The General (1926)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) Buster Keaton’s epic masterpiece. Highly influential.
2) Greatest movie stars with expertise in physical comedy from past 100 years – Buster Keaton with Gene Kelly and Jackie Chan will top the list.
3) Real dangerous stunts, high production value and minimum title cards.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Recruiter: Occupation?
Johnnie Gray: Soldier!

The Artist (2011)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Cinematic Beauty – Beautifully directed.
2) Courageous for the director and studio.
3) Jean Dujardin – The man of expressions.

 

Cons –

 

1) Simple Story – “Sunset Blvd” revisited

 

Quote –
“George Valentin: If only he could talk.”

The Goat (1921)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Close-up of Keaton who has been sitting on the front of the train.
2) Dead Shot Dan
3) One scene where Buster stops the elevator by nailing the floor counter arrow.
4) Another funny scene is where he clings to a spare tire on the backside of a car but then the car drives off without it.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Where’s the best post-office in town?