Friday Night Movies O/T: The oldest movie on IMDB’s top 250 list

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No list is perfect, and IMDB’s top 250 is no exception, but it’s still my go-to to fill in my lack of movie going experience. As I try to watch more of the best movies ever made I wondered what an older movie was like, and what better way to see than to watch the oldest movie that managed to crack the top 250, in 1921’s The Kid, which is so old that you can watch it for free on YouTube.

For those who haven’t seen it (which I assume is everybody reading this) the film is about a baby abandoned by his mother who couldn’t afford to raise him. Charlie Chaplin ends up finding him, and they get into various hi-jinks.

Is it a good movie? That’s a difficult question to answer.

On the one hand I can fully recognize the quality writing, acting, and production (for 1921). But at the end of the day it’s a silent film, and I actually had a harder time getting through it than I did Battlefield Earth.

That feels almost sacrilegious to say. To put a movie below Battlefield Earth is to put it in the same league as Batman and RobinThe Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. Perhaps it is because I’m an uncultured swine, but it’s incredibly difficult for me to get through a movie that has no audio. Through no fault of it’s own it simply isn’t a movie I can enjoy.

Which begs the question, do you judge a movie by today’s standards or by the standards of the time. Most think you should judge it for it’s time, but when I grade movies I base it on how much I enjoy watching it now. I don’t grade on a curve.

So while it pains me to do it, and it’s completely unfair, I have to give it a poor grade. When you have to take multiple breaks to get through a 1 hour movie, that means it’s just not that enjoyable. I give it a 2/10.

 

 

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pompano
06/11/2021 11:06 pm
pompano
06/11/2021 10:12 pm
pompano
06/11/2021 9:00 pm

Has anyone ever said “let’s go to applebees” unironically?

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  pompano
06/11/2021 9:02 pm

I liked applebees

Have no money to eat out though

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  steve_chiefs
06/11/2021 9:05 pm

the riblets were awesome

pompano
Reply to  steve_chiefs
06/11/2021 9:19 pm
pompano
Reply to  steve_chiefs
06/11/2021 9:05 pm
steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  pompano
06/11/2021 9:13 pm

almost got the band back together

found the Pioneer Stereo, the Dual Cassette, and the Turntable now

Vintage 1970 something

upamtn
Reply to  steve_chiefs
06/11/2021 11:04 pm

cool!

upamtn
Reply to  steve_chiefs
06/11/2021 11:03 pm

ditto

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  Tony Sommer
06/11/2021 9:19 pm

too many restaurants

Too many bad ones

applebees was okay

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  pompano
06/11/2021 10:34 pm

I say it ironically and un-ironically. I love Applebee’s!

pompano
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
06/11/2021 10:55 pm

? Sometimes the bar service is good, anything other than the appetizers is no good, kinda like TGIF

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  pompano
06/11/2021 11:12 pm

The appetizers are good, but I like the chicken fajitas and the burgers.

pompano
06/11/2021 8:50 pm

With piano score to maintain interest

pompano
06/11/2021 8:47 pm
pompano
06/11/2021 8:43 pm

pardon me while I have a strange interlude

upamtn
Reply to  pompano
06/11/2021 11:05 pm

love Groucho1

pompano
06/11/2021 8:33 pm

Even old movies I love seem to drag at times now, but the payoff is worth it. The Marx Bros movies had bs exposition scenes, just wait for the good stuff

pompano
Reply to  pompano
06/11/2021 8:35 pm

I was blind for two *three* days.

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upamtn
Reply to  pompano
06/11/2021 11:06 pm

you can’t fool me, there is no Sanity Clause …

Snafu
Snafu
06/11/2021 8:25 pm

Wombats poop in cubes. Efficiency experts, I guess.

Snafu
Snafu
Reply to  Snafu
06/11/2021 8:25 pm

I kind of want one.

Snafu
Snafu
Reply to  Snafu
06/11/2021 8:26 pm

Not the wombat, the turd.

pompano
Reply to  Snafu
06/11/2021 8:37 pm

Let me get back to you on that.

pompano
06/11/2021 8:19 pm

Cruella was much better than expected, well enough directed (if rushed at times) but strong performances by the Emmas.
Oliver Twist meets The Devil Wears Prada

BleedingRedAndGold
06/11/2021 7:30 pm

There are those who are uncomfortable with the idea of trying to genetically bring back frozen mastodon/mammoth DNA, for various reasons. The question is complicated by the fact that we’ve already brought back several examples of old species that are no longer actively living. Either way, you are resurrecting ancient species, after all.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/11/2021 7:34 pm

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BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  probablyamistake
06/11/2021 7:42 pm

That’s wHollyweird for you, always misrepresenting science for fun and profit.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/11/2021 7:41 pm

NASA has taken a lot of flak over “expensive failures”, and I recall Hubble in particular being the butt of loads of jokes when they had to go back to repair its optics, but the truth of the matter is that such failures as far overshadowed by missions that are still functional far beyond the planned mission lifespan. Ingenuity was only tasked with completing three flights, strictly proof-of-concept stuff. Now it has not only gone beyond doubling that flight count, they cleared up the glitch from Flight Six. Glitches like that are particularly good, since they point the engineers to where they need to be careful on future designs.

Quite spectacular, really:

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/11/2021 7:45 pm

I wonder how many tons per second the Iceland volcano’s putting out here.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/11/2021 7:54 pm
steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
06/11/2021 6:44 pm

I tend to agree with you, I cannot do silent movies. The premise of that movie though was a real thing back in the 1920’s. I think I remember a family story about one of my relatives having to give up children just because she had no way to feed them…
Black and White movies can overcome the fact they are black and white if it involves a good enough story to make you forget it is B/W.
Casablanca, film noir detective movies, certain comedies, etc

rip58
rip58
06/11/2021 6:08 pm
MasterChief
MasterChief
06/11/2021 5:55 pm

I think the mood of the viewer makes a big difference.

I try to judge a movie based on when it was made, at least somewhat. There are amazing war movies dating back to the 1930’s (if I’m not mistaken) like “All Quiet on the Western Front” and a grip of great WW2 movies from the 40’s and 50’s. Although they don’t have the realism of “Saving Private Ryan”, they are still excellent to me for what they are.

upamtn
06/11/2021 5:45 pm

It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert is one of the oldest and one of the best you’re ever see, and hilarious, from 1934

I also love The Thirty Nine Steps, a Hitchcock thriller from 1935

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Nasrani
Nasrani
06/11/2021 5:32 pm

Oh the millions of faces, but still I’m alone.

upamtn
Reply to  Nasrani
06/11/2021 5:46 pm

Little River Band … good stuff

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rip58
rip58
Reply to  upamtn
06/11/2021 5:53 pm
probablyamistake
probablyamistake
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06/11/2021 6:39 pm
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