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That's an awesome video, Thump! Thanks for posting, and it's great to see you back here.... :)
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Youtube and Google Videos / Re: Concerts you've been to.
« Last post by metaldams on Today at 08:25:55 PM »
Anybody going to concerts this summer?  Not seeing a single concert in 2016, this year it's...

5/12 - Metallica w/Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat
6/4 - Iron Maiden w/Ghost
8/24 - Deep Purple and Alice Cooper w/Edgar Winter
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Thanks. Glad to be here.  :)

Yeah, it's hard to find silent comedy fans in real life, especially ones that are my age (I'm in Paul's age group). I have a friend who is a fan of Chaplin, but I have yet to convince him to watch any of Keaton's films.

Sadly, it seems as though this generation has something against anything that's old. I just recently watched a video where they asked kids to name Looney Tunes characters and the results were depressingly low. I almost had a heart attack when a kid said that he had never heard of Looney Tunes.

You're early twenties?  I had you pegged as older only because of your interest in silent comedy.  Look, I'm 38, and you don't find many people my age into this stuff, or even my parent's age.  They're in their later sixties.  The fact is contemporaries of this stuff are all dead.

Looney Tunes, though?  Man, people my age can name those characters easily.  Those cartoons were still being aired regularly in the 80's and early 90's.  I guess not today.
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I don't do Facebook or Twitter, but if any of you guys do, please feel free to advertise.  Also, it's cool to read your reviews every week, nice to see another silent comedy fan on board.

Believe it or not, in everyday life, I have never met another person, in 16 years of interest, that shared my interest in silent comedy.  Barring fan conventions, I think they barely exist.  It's been a strictly Internet thing for me.

Thanks. Glad to be here.  :)

Yeah, it's hard to find silent comedy fans in real life, especially ones that are my age (I'm in Paul's age group). I have a friend who is a fan of Chaplin, but I have yet to convince him to watch any of Keaton's films.

Sadly, it seems as though this generation has something against anything that's old. I just recently watched a video where they asked kids to name Looney Tunes characters and the results were depressingly low. I almost had a heart attack when a kid said that he had never heard of Looney Tunes.
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Weekly Episode Discussions / Re: They Stooge To Conga (1943)
« Last post by metaldams on Today at 06:36:38 PM »
Well, I was just watching some of the shorts off of Volume 4 again & gave this one another whirl. My opinions of it have not changed much--it's good, but to call it the GOAT or one of the all-time greats; I don't know, it's never struck that chord with me. And yes, I know I'm in a very tiny minority feeling that way.

Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of funny shit here, but even when watching some of those scenes--like Moe getting dragged through the wall--I kept flashing to Listen, Judge and thinking how it was pulled off better there. Not only that one, but the "Can we fix it" routine or the painting coming down on a stooge's head.

And I do wince more than a little bit whenever the climbing spike action occurs...

I know I'm being a party pooper, but Conga, while entertaining, is hardly the pinnacle of shorts for me--sorry folks, just my lousy $0.02...

8 out of 10....

Geez, this is your first review of this film.  LOL. Better late than never.  Gotta admit one thing about Conga Listen Judge doesn't have....Dudley. 
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I wonder, are there any Keaton fan groups on websites like Facebook or Twitter? If so, maybe we could convince some of them to join this website.

I don't do Facebook or Twitter, but if any of you guys do, please feel free to advertise.  Also, it's cool to read your reviews every week, nice to see another silent comedy fan on board.

Believe it or not, in everyday life, I have never met another person, in 16 years of interest, that shared my interest in silent comedy.  Barring fan conventions, I think they barely exist.  It's been a strictly Internet thing for me.
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1&8.

     I think this site is now a victim of its own success.  We're having to stretch into contests and other comics because truly everything that's known about the Three Stooges is on here.  It really is an amazing accomplishment - I thought this site was stunning when I first found it, and it's only gotten better over the years.

Thanks for the compliment, Big Chief, it's much appreciated.
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      First, I echo Paul about the preservation of this short.  The newly released Kino version is the best, but it's not perfect.  A lot of frames only exist in faded 16mm prints, and it was to the point where when Image released their set years back, they opted for incompleteness and only showed the good looking, shortened, 35mm footage.  A shame, but I guess we're lucky to have this at all.

      I'm pleasantly surprised in the fact that spotty preservation aside, I'm giving this thing a 10.  Watching these things back to back, you can tell Arbuckle's film evolved from at times incoherent Sennett like films to much more thought out pieces of work like this one.  Whether this new found focus is Arbuckle spreading his wings away from Sennett, Keaton being an influence, or a combination of the two, I don't know.  Either way, you can see some growth from the earlier films, as things flow together and you don't get the mindless, blink or you'll miss a frame chases you used to see.

      The gag where there's the one car with dozens of extra space piling out is a classic and one that has stuck in my memory all these years.  A funny and surreal gag for sure.  If Keaton did not come up with it, it at least feels like a Keaton gag.  Keaton and Arbuckle do fantastic team work when they,re hanging onto to the side of the cliff and eventually slide down.  Arbuckle digging Keaton out with a pick axe is quite funny, especially the sight of just Keaton's hands and feet poking out of the dirt.  I also love Keaton being hung upside down on the tree to dry only to come down much later in the short.  Again, a surreal gag that feels very Keatonesque.  Arbuckle and his supposedly torturous prison conditions also make a funny gag, as does the angle of the final gun where he blasts Al. St John at the end of this short.  A lot of wonderful gags and humor here.

      I really don't mind the fourth wall gags.  It would admittedly get old if done every film, but for my taste, it's a fun one time novelty. 

10/10
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=========================================Bracket 1===========================================================
1 THREE LITTLE BEERS
5 THREE ARABIAN NUTS

=========================================Bracket 2===========================================================
30 DISORDER IN THE COURT
8 HOI POLLOI
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I wonder, are there any Keaton fan groups on websites like Facebook or Twitter? If so, maybe we could convince some of them to join this website.
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