I have been considering this for a while and goodness knows I didn’t invent the idea of flashback awards but last year’s Academy Awards really made me think seriously about it. And so, one year later, here we are! I am nominating 1919 films for a fictional 1920 awards show, the Movies Silently Awards or the Fritzis because my ego knows no bounds.Continue reading “The 2020/1920 Movies Silently Awards Nominees!”
As the 2010s come to an end, we are seeing all kinds of lists being published. The best music, the best books and, of course, the best films of the decade. Well, two can play that game, so let’s have some fun and celebrate the wildly innovative cinema of the 1910s!Continue reading “The Best of the Decade: The 2010s? We’re Covering the 1910s!”
ARRR! Since Talk Like a Pirate Day is the best day of the year and since plenty of silent films had piratical themes, I decided that I would combine these important interests and make a list of pirate films that I think are the bee’s knees.Continue reading “Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with These Piratical Silents!”
We’re back with another list of top 10 films as published in the Film Daily. Last time, we took a look at 1922 and now we’re advancing to 1923, the latest film year to enter the public domain.Continue reading “The Best Films of 1923 According to Critics of the Time (and they all survive!)”
One thing I always find fascinating is to study the best films according to silent era critics and audiences and then compare their choices to what we like today. Are you ready to see which ten pictures from 1922 were voted best by the critics? The Film Daily Year Book has the list so let’s dive in!Continue reading “The Best Films of 1922 According to Critics of the Time (and All of Them Are on Home Media!)”
Excuse the bossy title but “I think you’ll really enjoy them because they surprised and delighted me” seemed a bit long. But that’s the gist of this post. I think 1910s cinema needs more love but pre-1910 is even more of a graveyard sometimes, except for Melies and some Edison. Well, let’s change that! Here are five films from the era that I think are worth your time.Continue reading “Five Films Made Before 1910 That Deserve More Love”
I’ve been thinking about this for a while but wanted to wait until I had a reasonable selection. A while back, Women in Film launched a challenge: watch 52 films directed by women in a year. And since the silent era was a rich time for women directors, it seemed like a no-brainer to assemble an all-silent list.Continue reading “52 Silent Films by Woman (An Ongoing Project)”
A while back, I asked my readers to recommend films that they considered “essential” viewing for silent movie fans. I tallied up the data and… kind of forgot about it. Whoopsy. Well, here I am to fix that with the top 15 titles.Continue reading “Fifteen Essential Silents Chosen by Movies Silently Readers”
One of my favorite discoveries of the last few years has been the World Film Company, a Fort Lee, New Jersey concern that produced and/or distributed high quality, entertaining films but has been, in my opinion, unjustly neglected. Let me share some recommendations.Continue reading “Six Gorgeous Silent Movies from the World Film Company. (What? Exactly!)”
The Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday and one of the aspects of that ceremony that has always irritated me is the fact that the people voting on the awards are not actually obliged to watch the films under consideration.Continue reading “Pre-Academy Awards: The Nominees for the First Photoplay Medal of Honor”
A few years back, I made a list of five silent films that I considered the worst things I had reviewed on this site. Almost four years have passed since that time and my list has changed quite a bit. Now there are eight.Continue reading “Movies Silently’s Eight Worst Silent Films”
Since 2013, I’ve made a tradition of looking back at the top American film industry stars of the previous century but this year will be a little different. I don’t have results from a fan magazine contest to help me out so I am going to rely on a smaller contests and a good deal of context.
Who were the biggest movie stars a century ago? Today, we’re going on a whirlwind tour of a movie magazine popularity contest. We’ll be discussing the biggest stars of 1918 with research, films and GIFs. Ready?
Why do we love swashbucklers so much? Well, most of all, they are a ton of fun. Adventure, romance, a dash of humor and gorgeous costumes. What more could you wish for a night at the movies?
It can’t all be sunshine and roses, so here are some things that didn’t work out so well in 2017. (For a more sunshiny outlook, here’s my best list.)
The end of 2017 is rapidly approaching so let’s share some of the good things we discovered about silent films this year.
Generally speaking, I aim for about 1,000 to 2,000 words with most film reviews but there are times when I like to take things to the next level. Today, I’ll be sharing five reviews that involved hitting the books, busting some myths and generally going above and beyond.
It has been almost two years since my list of my top ten obscure silent films was published. Everyone seemed to enjoy it so I’m back with another ten underrated and underappreciated silent films that I think you’ll like.
Starting about a year ago, I have been collaborating with collector Christopher Bird on some rare silent film releases. The plan is simple: he has the prints, I have the platform and the public gets to enjoy films that have been unavailable or hard to see for decades.
Screenwriter Peter Milne (whose credits include Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 1935) compiled a list of the best-directed silent films back in 1922. It’s an opportunity to step back in time and into the mind of an industry professional judging these films when they were new.
Who were the biggest movie stars a century ago? Are they still famous or have they fallen into complete obscurity? Today, we’re going on a whirlwind tour of two movie magazine popularity contests. We’ll be discussing the biggest stars of 1917 with research, films and GIFs. Ready?
Winter is well and truly upon us and, after wishing for cold weather all summer, we are now wishing for the warm weather to come back for a while. (At least that’s how it is in my neck of the woods, your mileage may vary.) Well, let’s employ some psychological warfare and think ourselves warm!
Last week, we starting going down a 1922 list of films compiled by screenwriter Peter Milne for his book on motion picture directing. Let’s continue our examination of that list. As you may recall, Milne picked some fairly famous fare to start things out. Well, things are about to get more obscure. I’m excited!
Whether we admit it or not, we all view older entertainment through the lens of the modern world in which we live. (People who think they avoid this are, frankly, deluding themselves.) This is why it’s so valuable to read the accounts of viewers who saw these films when they were brand new. And not just critics, everyday people from as many walks of life as possible.
We have the benefit of 20/20 hindsight when we discuss silent films. Most silent stars are no longer with us and we have the privilege of examining their careers from beginning to end. Well, today we have a chance to go back in time to the height of the silent era and see what the stars considered to be their best work at the time.
2016 proved to be a great year for silent movie fans who rely on home video to see new films. A generous selection of rare and obscure movies were released for all to enjoy and I am going to share my personal favorites.
Well, we’ve taken a look at my very favorite things of 2016, now it’s time to look at the things that annoyed the almighty heck out of me. The worst movies, performances, etc.
2016 has been a busy year and it’s time to go over the ups and downs of the last twelve months. This is my first year-in-review post and I will be covering happy topics first. I reviewed sixty-three silent films this year, bringing my total to 289 individual film reviews. Naturally, I have some favorites in the bunch and I’m sharing them now. Enjoy!
What’s better than a silent movie? A free silent movie! Many loaded talkie DVDs and Blurays include related silent movies as extras. These films are often rare and/or unavailable from any other source and usually feature first-rate scores too. The problem? When the title isn’t on the cover, it may be hard to track down which disc has what. That’s where my list comes in. I am sharing some real hidden gems buried in the “extras” menu.
Since everyone seemed to enjoy my last gift guide (box sets for the film snob who has everything), I thought I would share another list of silent movies. This time, it’s all about love! Romantic silent movies and box sets that will make hearts go pit-a-pat.