Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder At His Finest

Sunset Boulevard isn’t only Billy Wilder at his finest but the film is easily the best film ever made about Hollywood in cinematic history. The fate of Joe Gillis (William Holden) is doomed from the start.  Upon flashing back, we later learn how he came to be in this most unfortunate situation.  It turns out that Joe is having the worst luck as a screenwriter.  He was unsuccessful in Sheldrake (Fred Clark) on a story. …

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It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a Classic

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is one of the best ensemble comedies and the star-studded film remains a classic to this day. Imagine yourself being surrounded by some of the best comedy stars of the day.  It sounds possible, right?  Think gain because this film doesn’t have a few of them but brings everyone together in an epic race to find the Big W.  Let’s get one thing straight though.  This isn’t a…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: The Great Buster

The Great Buster: A Celebration is a well-deserved cinematic tribute to Buster Keaton–one of the greatest silent comedy stars to have ever lived. Discussing the great silent comedy stars must include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd.  Interestingly, Keaton starred in College as a response to Lloyd’s The Freshman.  Where Lloyd starred as a freshman who played football, Keaton would play every other sport.  As for Chaplin, he directed Keaton in 1952’s Limelight.  This…

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