SHERLOCK JR.
1924, Cohen Media, 45 min, USA, Dir: Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton’s sublime comedy about reality and illusion, in which projectionist Buster literally dreams himself into the detective movie he’s screening! In this film filled with technical feats, including the illusion of Keaton "climbing" into a movie screen, he reportedly broke his neck during filming while performing a dangerous stunt on a ladder hanging over a giant water basin. "Is this, as some critics have argued, an example of primitive American surrealism? Sure. But let's not get fancy about it. It is more significantly a great example of American minimalism - simple objects and movement manipulated in casually complex ways to generate a steadily rising gale of laughter." - Time


HARRY AND WALTER GO TO NEW YORK
1976, Sony Repertory, 115 min, USA, Dir: Mark Rydell

“All the Digby-Hill-Chestnut gang needs is two breaks… out of jail… into a safe.” Second-rate entertainers James Caan and Elliott Gould try their hand at another line of work - bank robbing - when their vaudeville careers stall. Michael Caine, Diane Keaton and Charles Durning costar in this delightful comic crime caper in the tradition of THE STING. While the film’s budget almost crashed Columbia studios during production, the artistic and financial attention to details of the 19th-century period design pays off in this wildly fun crime comedy.


GALAXY QUEST
1999, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Dean Parisot

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman star in this delightfully daft send-up of TV sci-fi. The has-been cast of a “Star Trek”-like television show are suddenly kidnapped by an alien race who believe their TV show broadcasts were real. Watch for subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at the Trek franchise and pop culture in general: The “rock monster” is a mock tribute to William Shatner, who reportedly desperately wanted rock monsters in THE FINAL FRONTIER but had to cut his vision due to budgetary limits, while the evil warlord Sarris was named after unforgiving film critic Andrew Sarris.


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