Happy 122nd, Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin

Posted by · 9:32 am · April 16th, 2011

The upcoming summer movie season is about as dark and dreary as any we’ve seen. The product couldn’t be more finely tuned to the thoughtless months and I anticipate having to dig deep for positive accounts along the way. So it goes. Maybe, then, it would be a good idea to finally lap up those Criterion Blu-ray releases of Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” and “The Great Dictator” and delight in the beauty and brilliance as a bit of a preemptive antidote?

In any case, Happy Birthday to The Tramp. If you head over to Google today, you’ll be greeted with the following video celebrating the occasion:

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  • 1 4-16-2011 at 11:16 am

    Alex L. said...

    I would really like a “what did you think of Scream 4?” or “Hanna” to get some movie conversation going again! It would be awesome!

  • 2 4-16-2011 at 12:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Things will be picking up again shortly. Promise.

  • 3 4-16-2011 at 4:07 pm

    Daniel said...

    So we’re all agreed that City Lights is Chaplin’s best film?

  • 4 4-16-2011 at 7:01 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    As far as I’m concerned, most definitely.

  • 5 4-17-2011 at 10:11 am

    John H. Foote said...

    No question City Lights is his masterpiece — love the little homage at the end of Monsters Inc to it when Sully opens the door and sees Boo and gives us that wonderful Chaplin smile….why movies were created.

  • 6 4-17-2011 at 12:40 pm

    kel said...

    did you hear about the bonafide time traveler (not a character)?


  • 7 4-17-2011 at 2:30 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, saw it last year. Totally absurd.

  • 8 4-18-2011 at 10:58 am

    Nelson said...

    Modern Times is also pretty amazing.

    Summer 2011 looks to be the most unoriginal summer yet.

  • 9 4-18-2011 at 3:51 pm

    Filmoholic said...

    The “time traveler” as it turned out, was using some sort of hearing aid device.