Help Wanted: You choose my reviews

I know it’s a little early as my Reader Request month is generally held in March but I wanted to get a head start in case something unusual is requested and I need time to track it down.

Every year, I like to turn my site over to my readers and allow them to choose my reviews for a month. I usually cover 4-5 silent films of their choosing. I absolutely love this event because it brings films to my attention that I might otherwise have missed.

Here’s how it works:

Leave a comment with the film(s) you would like to request.

You can also requests pictures from a specific star, director, studio, etc.

Feel free to second other requests.

I will study the list and select 4-5 films to review in March of next year.

Easy! If you want to know what I have reviewed already, here is my A-Z index. But no worries if you accidentally request something I have already reviewed, I will just give you a link to my review. Instant gratification!

Mwahahaha! I love instant gratification!
Mwahahaha! I love instant gratification!

I usually try to include a balanced selection of famous and obscure titles in my Reader Request roster so be as famous or obscure as you like. Here is what I chose in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Please note that even if your requested title is not selected, I very much appreciate your participation as it gives me insight into what my readers like and want to see more of. Thanks in advance for taking part in this event!

Update: I forgot to add that there is still a strict embargo on all Buster Keaton reviews. A few obnoxious fans have ruined things for everyone, I’m afraid.

52 Replies to “Help Wanted: You choose my reviews”

  1. I’m not even sure if you can find these (they’re not on DVD or online…yet) but if possible, my suggestions are:
    The Night Flyer (1928), The Last Frontier (1926), Lady of the Pavements (1929), The Leatherneck (1929)

    1. Also, Jim the Conqueror (1926), but I’ve heard it’s “supposedly” a lost film….but who knows!

  2. I discovered a recently-restored film and instantly thought about you: Feu Mathias Pascal (1926), with your beloved Ivan playing the lead and a Brazilian guy as assistant director.

  3. I could definitely get behind a request for “Unholy Three, possibly comparing the two versions, or “Outside the Law”. Also fun might be Paul Leni’s “The Man Who Laughs” or Murnau’s “The Last Laugh.”

  4. How about Greed or Foolish Wives by Erich von Stroheim? Greed is probably my favorite silent film followed up by Modern Times, City Lights and Metropolis.

  5. I’d like to know what you think of a western serial called “Lightning Bryce.” (1919-1920) There are 15 episodes and each one survives.

  6. How about Fritz Lang’s The Spiders/Die Spinnen–it has been described as a silent-era predecessor to Indiana Jones.

  7. Some suggestions: The Shock starring Lon Chaney (I don’t know if it’s out on DVD). Maybe I’ve been watching too much of Gill and Brownlow’s ‘Cinema Europe,’ but I’m interested in seeing your take on the works of such as Abel Gance and Victor Sjöström.

  8. I know you like to be off the beaten track, but I’d still love to hear your thoughts on NOSFERATU and CABIRIA. Also slightly less well known BLADE AF SATANS BOG (Dreyer). Someone has already mentioned Hitchcock, but I’d also be interested in some Buster Keaton film reviews as well.


    1. Thanks! (I currently have an embargo on all Buster Keaton reviews due to the unfortunate behavior of a few obnoxious fans but I have covered a few titles in the past.)

  9. Here’s one that I actually recently read about and have no idea of its availability. Prehistoric Peeps (1905), it’s apparently a live action short film based on a comic strip, and quite possibly the actual first comics film.

  10. Any film starring Strongheart, just to show people that Rin Tin Tin wasn’t the first, or the best.

  11. Another vote for ‘Shooting Stars’. Also how about ‘Downhill’ an early Hitchcock following the progress of a fallen young man – played by Ivor Novello – for a change? British audiences loved seeing him suffer. Or French silents directed by Marcel L’Herbier?

  12. Can I suggest Plastic Age (1925 iirc) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) – The Webber version.

    Great to have found your site – the Silents are just a beautiful magical world we must do all we can to preserve 🙂

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