While physical media is not as popular as it once was, it is still the best resource for silent films and companies like Criterion and Flicker Alley are releasing some loaded DVDs and Blurays that are little treasure boxes of bonus content.
I ran a poll on Twitter recently about what changes would help you, silent film fans, watch more silent movies next year. I thought I would offer the same choices to readers of the site with the added flexibility of the poll system I use. (Twitter polls are notoriously limiting.)
Well, we have a winner! To the surprise of nobody who has read the comments on these posts, Mary Pickford in Stella Maris carried the day.
Here are the nominees for Best Picture of 1918! There were no Academy Awards back then, of course, but that won’t stop us from handing out our own digital statuettes.
Well, the last round of voting in the 1918 movie star tournament has concluded and we have a winner! In fact, we have the same winner that the good people of 1918 crowned: Mary Pickford.
It’s here! The final round of the 1918 Silent Star Tournament! We started with sixteen stars who were beloved in 1918 and they have slowly been whittled away to just two by 2018 voters. Who will win?
And then there were four. That’s right, out of a field of sixteen finalists, you have whittled down the selection to just four top stars of 1918.
Last week, we began voting on Round One of a tournament pitting the top movie stars of 1918 against one another. Well, now the field is halved and we have just eight stars to choose from. Who will win? Who will go home?
Here’s where things get difficult! Last week, I asked readers to vote for up to five choices on two lists of popular 1918 silent film stars. Now we’re going to pit these stars against one another, may the most beloved star win!
Since everyone seemed to have so much fun picking their favorite top-recommended silent film, I thought we could have some fun choosing our favorite stars from 1918.
A little while ago, I asked my readers to submit their favorite essential silent films, I then followed up by asking my readers to choose their favorite movie out of the top ten most-recommended films on the list. The results are in!
A little while ago, I asked my readers to submit their favorite essential silent films, the movies they think everyone would enjoy. As usual, you came through with all sorts of great titles and I went ahead and crunched the numbers of both the films submitted in the comments and via a private form.
Last week, I asked readers to vote on which “essential” silent film title would get voted off the island. Well, here are the results.
Silent Film Twitter was recently in a tizzy (I was as tizzed as anyone) about an article that suggested most of the best silent films survive so why shed tears for lost films? This is, of course, all kinds of weird (I would have thought the recovery of lost films would be the least controversial topic for this prickly fandom) but it did give me an idea for an absolutely evil and ruthless poll.
I am working on a project (honestly, when am I NOT working on a project?) and I want to include a list of essential silent films. As the list should reflect more universal taste and because I will just put down a bunch of Ivan Mosjoukine films if left to my own devices, I am asking for your help.
You gave me your answers and I have crunched the numbers. Welcome to the results of my Mid-Year Silent Film Survey!
We are almost halfway through 2018 so I thought it would be fun to share some experiences from the year to date.
Summer is rapidly approaching and I want to take the opportunity to feature some warm weather recipes from the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook. How does some nice punch strike you? (“How would you like a nice Hawaiian Punch?”) However, this particular recipe has a small mystery attached to it.
I took a look at my ongoing project to cook every single recipe in the Photoplay Cookbook and realized that I am up to the mid-70s. That means I have a milestone coming up and I want you to help me decide the best way to mark it.
“The time has come,” the walrus said and we are ready to announce the top choice in our latest poll. We asked our dear readers to choose our next theme month.
I asked my readers to submit ideas for a theme month and they came through with some really spectacular suggestions. Now it’s time to vote on the final choice.
It’s a new year and I have been hearing about many people evaluating their entertainment services and deciding which ones to keep and which ones will get the old heave-ho. I think silent movies deserve to be part of the conversation because, hey, that’s what we do here.
Here’s a little topic that comes up occasionally in the world of filmdom: scoring exactly how good a movie is. Whether thumbs up/down, stars, percentages or some other method, a good number of film reviewers use some shorthand system or other to rate movies.
An exercise in imagination:
Hark! Your friendly local silent film venue has no idea what to play. They have called on you to come up with a program for the evening with a feature and some short subjects. The silent film community is relying on you!
You may recall that I posted a little survey a couple weeks back to find out the average age of silent movie fans and whether the fanbase is growing, shrinking or staying the same. Wow! So many participants!
In my adventures online, I stumbled across a statement that got me thinking. Someone confidently asserted that the global silent movie fanbase was shrinking, would continue to shrink and that young people are simply not joining up.
I asked my readers to choose which celebrity recipe I will be preparing for my fiftieth Cooking with the (Silent) Stars post. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.) Well, the results are in and we have a winner!
Well, I took a count and it looks like I just published my forty-fourth silent star recipe. With the fiftieth recipe milestone coming up, I couldn’t resist creating a poll to find out what my readers would like.
We’ve been having a crush-tastic few months here at Movies Silently. First, everyone named their top silent movie crushes, then I asked everyone to vote on the top 4 in the ladies and gents division. Well, the results are in and we’re ready to crown our crush king and queen.
Last week, I held a poll to determine which site features you think need to show up more often. The results are in!