06 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 5. Wednesday BL-"ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , ,

Wednesday BL- “ARGH!” – “Street Angel”


Street Angel
USA, 1928, Fox Film Corporation
Directed by Frank Borzage

We often hear of how German Expressionism “invaded” American cinema in the late silent period but the fascination within it lies less in shadows and fog than in American naturalism. After all, cinema had long been expressive, going back to Mary Pickford and Henry Walthall’s anguished cries on the mountain in Ramona (1910). For his final masterpieces City Girl (1928/1930) and Tabu (1931), F.W. Murnau embraced the unadorned world that had always been at the heart of his work, even in Nosferatu, a goal facilitated by America’s superior feeling for naturalistic performances. Mise-en-scene had been rescued from the obvious methods of Dr. Caligari.

Murnau’s sojourn in America profoundly affected many of our finest, not in the least John Ford and King Vidor but also the woefully forgotten Frank Borzage, cinematic poet of love and redemption. Street Angel is marked by the gloominess attributed to German Expressionism but these are not the scenes we keep with us.

The power of the film lies where Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell find love, struggle against the world, lose each other, and discover anew the essence that drew them together, all rendered in environments rich in sunlight, foliage, the warmth of the home, and the presence of God.

The blocking of their parting, the choreography of the long, lonely tracking shot through the crowd (after 83 years still one of the most beautifully executed takes in all cinema), and the simple efficacy of point-of-view in the church, carefully cutting between Gaynor, Farrell, and the painting – all examples of pure cinema, all examples of an art form at its peak.

- Jonas Erickson

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06 Apr 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 2. Weekday "ARGH!", 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , ,

Wednesday BL- “ARGH!” – “Street Angel”


Street Angel
USA, 1928, Fox Film Corporation
Directed by
Frank Borzage

We often hear of how German Expressionism “invaded” American cinema in the late silent period but the fascination within it lies less in shadows and fog than in American naturalism. After all, cinema had long been expressive…

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31 Mar 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 1. Movie Review Cartoons, 2 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Movie Review Cartoon™ – “SUCKER PUNCH”


It really helps to listen to Antoine Dodson’s Bed Intruder Song (Click HERE) while you read today’s Movie Review Cartoon™ of “SUCKER PUNCH.”

In fact, try singing along with the review’s altered lyrics! Let me know what you think.

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31 Mar 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 7. Mini-"ARGH's!" (Previews & Peeks), 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

mini-”ARGH!” – Movie Review Cartoon™ – “SUCKER PUNCH” – PREVIEW


Why am I wearing a doo rag?

And why am I hanging outside a movie theater ticket booth?

You’ll see when you return tomorrow for the long-awaited Movie Review Cartoon™ for “SUCKER PUNCH”!

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03 Mar 2011, Posted by arghcentral in 1. Movie Review Cartoons, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Movie Review Cartoon – “Paranormal Activity 2″


Apparently ghosts haunted my computer late this week.

They’ve prevented me from uploading my scheduled review for the sure-to-be-Oscar® nominated Drive Angry 3-D. (Said review will appear next week!)

Since ghosts are at work in this instance, I felt it appropriate to re-post this movie review cartoon™ for Paranormal Activity 2, the prototype for “ARGH!” Central. Many new “ARGH!” readers might not have seen it yet.

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