The Great Buster (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) Peter Bogdanovich gave a fitting tribute to a genius actor of physical comedy and a forgotten pioneer of cinema. The first part of the documentary provide his complete personal biography while the later half highlights some his best works in the 1920s.
2) Watching this documentary makes us realise how influential Buster Keaton’s work is not just in the history of cinema but cartoon too.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Johnny Knoxville: It’s amazing how timeless he is and that type of physical comedy will never be unfunny. It was funny then, it’s funny now, and it’ll be funny in a 100 years. And how many film-makers can you say that about.”

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.

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!

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) The ultimate hollywood story, a timeless classic from Billy Wilder.
2) Cameos from Cecil B. DeMille & Buster Keaton gives great authenticity to this movie.
3) Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond : An iconic character.
4) The Narration : A dead man telling his story.

 
Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Norma Desmond: All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

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?