Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 10: The Anarchic Fringe

Today we’re taking a look at the final volume of the Slapstick Encyclopedia! It’s been a long journey, but a very fun one to finish watching this set of over 50 silent comedy gems. Stay tuned next week for one final post wrapping up TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia journey. Until then, let’s enjoy our final six films, themed “The Anarchic Fringe.” Yukon Jake (1924) Directed by: … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 10: The Anarchic Fringe

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 9: The Race is On

Welcome to the ninth installment of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia series! Today we’ll be taking a look at four films centering around the theme “The Race is On.” Though the title of this volume refers to the race between studios to churn out the greatest two-reelers, these four films also all happen to include racing or chasing scenes of some sort. Water Wagons (1925) Directed by: … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 9: The Race is On

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Hal Roach – The Lot of Fun

Welcome to this week’s installment of our journey through the Slapstick Encyclopedia! Today’s post covers Volume 7, which appears on the set’s fourth disc and contains four segments. Laurel and Hardy Laughtoons Starring: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Run time: 21 minutes This is a collection of excerpts from Laurel and Hardy’s work at the Hal Roach Studio in the late 1920s. This particular Laughtoon … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Hal Roach – The Lot of Fun

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Hal Roach’s All-Star Comedians

Welcome to the sixth week of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia journey! This time around we’re taking a look at the big stars who churned out fantastic comedic performances at Hal Roach’s studio, including Stan Laurel and Harold Lloyd. Volume 6 of the Slapstick Encyclopedia once again includes five films. Oranges and Lemons (1923) Directed by: George Jeske Starring: Stan Laurel Run time: 12 minutes This one-reeler … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Hal Roach’s All-Star Comedians

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John

Welcome to week five of our journey into the world of silent slapstick comedies! This week we’re taking a look at Volume 5 of the Slapstick Encyclopedia set, which focuses on the work of Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle and Al St. John through a selection of five shorts. Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916) Directed by: Fatty Arbuckle Starring: Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand and Al St. … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Funny Girls

Welcome to our fourth excursion into the Slapstick Encyclopedia! As stated in the other posts, there are 10 volumes total in the set, so be sure to check back for the next seven Thursdays as we continue our journey through these marvelous silent shorts and then wrap the whole thing up with a list of favorites. Today’s volume is titled “Funny Girls: Genders and Their … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Funny Girls

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Sennett in the Twenties

Welcome to the third week of my exploration of the Slapstick Encyclopedia set! Volume 3, appearing on the second disc of the set, is titled “Sennett in the Twenties” and features six shorts produced, as the volume’s title would suggest, at Mack Sennett’s studio in the 1920s. All of these six films were produced mid-decade and released in 1925 or 1926. On to the reviews! … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Sennett in the Twenties

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Keystone Tonight! Mack Sennett Comedies

Welcome to this week’s installment of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia series! This time around we’re taking a look at Volume 2: “Keystone Tonight! Mack Sennett Comedies.” Just as in the previous post, I’ll be providing a brief review of each film showcased in this volume of the set. Before I get going on the mini-reviews, here are some fun facts about Mack Sennett provided in the … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Keystone Tonight! Mack Sennett Comedies

Period film: Radioland Murders (1994)

The year is 1939, and Chicago’s brand new WBN radio network is about to go on air for the first time. As premiere night begins, assistant director Penny Henderson must contend with a stressed out station owner, an unhappy sponsor, angrily over-worked script writers and a number of other frustrating problems that come with the territory of working in media. But things are about to … Continue reading Period film: Radioland Murders (1994)

Childhood Favorites Revisited: Mousehunt (1997)

In December of 1997 I was six years old. As a very frequent zoo visitor and owner of two precious cats, I loved animal movies. (Hell, I still love animal movies.) So naturally, when Mousehunt was released that month, I saw one of the posters – which features an adorable mouse holding a pile of crackers, cheese and olives – and immediately decided that it … Continue reading Childhood Favorites Revisited: Mousehunt (1997)