Archive for February 16th, 2010


Holyhead Train - Project Arts center in Dublin

by Sam Juliano
      Note:  This is the first in a planned series aimed at surveying some of the renowned corners of the blogosphere.
     To answer the question posed in the title, “Longman Oz” is the surname of a talented Dublin-based blogger who has demonstrated in the past months a passionate cultural diversity, that among other persuits, regularly lures him into renowned Dublin play houses to review the latest productions.  Combining this theatrical propensity, the fecund “Longman” is an avid film buff, with a particular command of contemporary European cinema, and he often is fortunate to see a number of new releases before they hit stateside.  ‘Longman’ is a dedicated cinephile, who has an impressive background in classic cinema too, and most internet discussion usually reveal his wide experience in DVD viewings, which has manifested itself in his regular yearly “roundups” which are part of his “100 Noughtie Films” ongoing project.
     “Longman” brings a distinctly “Irish” perspective to his features, reviews and comments, and he’s quite a discerning blogger, who’s not afraid to take on critical concensus or the prevailing sentiments among his blogging peers.  As of late, this prolific Irish blogger has been covering the cinema of Ozu, and recently penned a superlative review of Jacques Audiard’s little-known masterwork, A Self-Made Hero.  The blogger’s recent medley of posts includes a review of a play, Off Plan (at the Projects Art Center in London, pictured above) and reviews of Clint Eastwood’s Invictus and an especially outstanding essay on what appears to be a most engaging Irish film titled Eamon, linked here:                     http://noordinaryfool.com/2010/02/16/eamon/
No Ordinary Fool is a most worthy inclusion for any serious film blog, and its proprietor boasts an invaluable voice.

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by Allan Fish

(USA 1916 22m) DVD1/2

Mutual Affection

p/d/w  Charles Chaplin  ph  Rollie Totheroh, William C.Foster  ed  Charles Chaplin

Charles Chaplin (the tramp), Edna Purviance (the girl at the mission), Eric Campbell (the bully), Albert Austin,

Many film critics, including Barry Norman and Leslie Halliwell, have pointed out how much they prefer Chaplin’s early shorts to his later features.  Certainly the features aren’t flat out comedies, relying much on the pathos that many critics now decry.  Yet though I agree in essence with what they are saying, one cannot help but admit that his features are at least more ambitious, though that doesn’t make his shorts any less funny.  It’s long been the subject of debate what Chaplin’s greatest short was.  Certainly his early Essanay period yielded nothing spectacular, but his golden Mutual Period from 1916-1917 yielded at least six major short comedies; The Pawnshop, One a.m., The Cure, The Immigrant, The Adventurer and this, first shown in late 1916, prior to a general release the following year.  Though One a.m. is a balletic masterpiece, the finest individual comic drunk put on film, The Cure makes hilarious fun of the rich attending health spas and The Immigrant is his most political short, taking swipes at the American immigration bureau, Easy Street sums up all Chaplin’s concerns, loves, hates and individual genius as well as any other. (more…)

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