Friday, October 5, 2012

Top 5, Bottom 5: Silent Films

Time for another top 5, bottom 5 list - this time, silent films are the category, since I just recently watched my 20th silent film ever. (I need to start watching more, really. 20 is a very small number.)

Top 5:
1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, #221). A wonderful film that does a great job showing the mindset of its main characters.
2. Sherlock Jr. (1924, #398). As you can see, this is my favorite of all the Buster Keaton movies I've seen - very funny.
3. The Artist (2011, #404). Although not my favorite of last year's Oscar nominees, definitely a beautiful homage to the films of the past. Nicely done.
4. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, #487). Less laugh-out-loud funny for me than Sherlock Jr., but still has some very entertaining moments.
5. The Circus (1928, #760). Chaplin films all tend to hang out in the 700s of my Flickchart, which currently thinks that City Lights is my favorite, up at #631. Well, that's incorrect, because The Circus is my favorite, so I ignored City Lights to include The Circus on this list.

Bottom 5:
1. Un Chien Andalou (1929, #1733). Experimental surrealist films do not sit particularly well with me. I like stories.
2. The House With Closed Shutters (1910, #1705). Interesting to me only as an example of what so many films were in the very early teens.
3. Man With a Movie Camera (1929, #1594). As I said, experimental doesn't work for me.
4. Neighbors (1920, #1531). A Buster Keaton flick without nearly enough laughs. Pretty bland.
5. Napoleon (1927, #1459). Though technologically stunning, it is four hours long and was not interesting enough to hold my attention all those four hours.

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