kid auto races at venice

100 Years of Chaplin’s Tramp

On February 7, 1914, one of the most iconic characters in the history of film made his first appearance onscreen: an odd, unnamed figure who was initially introduced to the world in the Mack Sennett-produced Keystone comedy Kid Auto Races at Venice. The creator of the “Tramp” persona, Charlie Chaplin, was as green a film performer…

of human hearts

DVD Review: Of Human Hearts (1938)

Roughly a decade before the Civil War, Reverend Ethan Wilkins (Walter Huston) accepts a position ministering to an isolated, poverty-stricken town in Ohio called Pine Hill. Though the townspeople had promised to pay Ethan an annual salary of $400, he is informed upon his arrival that they cannot afford to pay him that much, and…

Who better to offer a toast to a grand new year than these two?

State of the Blog: January 2014

Hello, folks! We hope you all had a lovely holiday season with your friends and loved ones. As you may have noticed, we decided to take a last-minute break from blogging during the month of December so we could “enjoy” the madness of the holiday rush. But now that the Christmas season is officially over…