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Buster Keaton The Shorts Collection 1917 – 1923

All hail Buster Keaton! The Great Stone Face's pre-feature output is a comedic treasure trove that allows us to watch a performing genius perfect his filmic persona. Lobster's all-new restorations debut some alternate scenes and fix a number of broken jump cuts. It's the whole shebang -- the earlier Fatty Arbuckle shorts and Buster's later solo efforts. Buster Keaton The Shorts Collection 1917-1923 Blu-ray Kino Classics 1917-1923 / B&W / 1:37 flat Silent Ap / 738 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 59.95 Starring Buster Keaton, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. . Original Music Robert Israel, Donald Sosin, Stephen Horne, Timothy Brock, Neil Brand, The Mont Alto Orchestra, Sandra Wong, Günther Buchwald, Dennis Scott Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle & Buster Keaton

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What's this, a full compilation of Buster Keaton Shorts? Kino has released sets of these before, including a 3-disc Blu-ray package from back in the summer of 2011 and overseen by Kino's Bret Wood.
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Culture Warrior: A Word About Product Placement in Movies (Brought to You By Doritos)

Buried deep within this sentence (Doritos are delicious) is an advertisement. Did you catch it? You probably didn’t because it was so subtly subliminal, but that’s exactly how product placement has worked for a century to varying degrees of success. After all, there’s a thin line between using real-life products in a film to create a sense of verisimilitude and using them to promote the product in question. Where that line is drawn is up to each person. One person might see a kid reading “National Geographic” in It’s a Wonderful Life and think it’s quaintly appropriate while another person might find it craven and conspicuous. To the same extent, different film productions have delivered brands with means ranging from the slyness of near-imperceptibility to almost Doritos-Scorchin’-Habanero-Flavor levels of obviousness. It’s far from new, and even though sold items have sneaked their way into movies for almost one hundred years
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Four Horsemen of the Apopcalypse – Pop Culture References in The Colbert Report: November 29 – December 2, 2010

Welcome to No Fact Zone’s weekly roundup of cultural references on The Colbert Report. From Darcy to Danger Mouse, String Theory to Shakespeare, we’ve got the keys to this week’s obscure, oddball, and occasionally obscene cultural shout-outs (hey!)

Howdy Zoners! It was a great break, and I hope you all enjoyed your turkey, ham, tofurkey, or whatever food you may have eaten to celebrate Thanksgiving (or for those viewers in Canada and elsewhere – Thursday). This week’s shows gave us plenty to be thankful for: Stephen playing with toys, toilet talk and a little serial play with Pavlos (Paul Dinello!). What segments were you most thankful for this week?

Monday: Tip/Wag – Bridalplasty, Tom Delay & AIDS

By the way, this cake is not only delicious, it is good for you. It’s full of iron and – Iron. We’ll see you soon sir! [wink]

[Brushes desk] These jimmies are out of control!
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Blu-ray Review: Buster Keaton's 'Sherlock Jr.' and 'Three Ages'

When it comes to Buster Keaton, like most anyone that's heard the name, I've seen The General enough times there was actually about a two month stretch where I couldn't get the theme song out of my head. However, my experience is limited other than having only seen The Garage, which he made with fellow silent film icon Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, whose name is mentioned frequently throughout the special features on Kino's Blu-ray double feature release of Keaton's Sherlock Jr. and Three Ages.

Before I get too far into this review it should first be said -- to make sure it's quite clear -- just as I loved Kino's Blu-ray treatment of The General, a more than 80-year-old film restored to look as if it was made yesterday (my review here), they have done it once again with both Sherlock Jr. and Three Ages. However, it should also be mentioned
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What I Watched: From 'The Phantom of the Opera' to 'Gosford Park'

The idea for this article came out of how many films I have been watching lately in an effort to up my film IQ. I am not watching these films to be any kind of film historian, but to just have an overall knowledge of movies. It is also a nice way to make up for how many bad films I have to watch. I will still continue to do my Cinematic Revival editorials as well as hopefully bring you more of these recap pieces. My larger goal is to begin writing full reviews for all of these films when I don't write up the longer Cinematic Revival essays to improve on my writing as well as bolster my list of written reviews. That said, here is a look at what I watched at home last week and if you have any films to recommend that you watched recently (it
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