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  • Sherlock, Jr.

    Sherlock, Jr.

    ★★★★★

    My favourite Keaton and one of my favourite films. The interplay of the projectionist–detective and film-with-a-film elements is effortless, and the chase sequence keeps one-upping itself in truely bizarre and unexpected ways. Overall nonstop laughs throughout, with every type of humour on display including situational, satirical, and borderline avant-garde; with Buster at one point seemingly leaping THROUGH the torso of his sidekick.

    Famously Keaton broke his neck while filming (during the water tower scene – purportedly the take were it…

  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    Unfunny and unimaginative Toni Erdmann with cheap and clichéd cheating spouse plot. Coppola seems to be going for something about upper-middle class ennui but if there is an ironic bent, I can't find. Nor do I feel engaged enough with these character's problems to accept them genuinely. Kudos to Sophia and co for shooting on film though.

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  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy

    ★★★★★

    Cringe comedy begins and peaks here, with every single near-unbearable situation never not reminding us of the unfortunately relatable sadness and desperation behind Pupkin and Masha. The harder the studio audience laughs during Pupkin's monologue, the harder I want to cry.

  • There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown

    There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown

    ★★★★

    Towards the end of this short, Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, and Marcie meet to work on their reports for an art gallery field trip. Afterwards, Charlie Brown walks Marcie home and she kisses him, saying "If you don't want that to be from me... think of it as being from Peppermint Patty". In other words this is basically a Rohmer film, and probably the most underrated Peanuts TV special.