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I’ve posted more than once [Sleeping and Villain Auditions] about how much I really like Jean Dujardin.  Here he is doing another clip for Funny or Die about him advertising cigarettes.  It’s not as funny as the other two, but I still think it worth while.

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I made a vow to watch more silent movies after The Artist.  While I haven’t actually done so yet, I’ve made an effort to research the ones I would watch.  Shadowlocked has come up with a tasteful list of movies I would definitely watch.  It’s a completely different culture when it comes to silent movies.  I recognize very few of the titles and I can’t even imagine the style and acting required to make these movies sing.  I’ll get back to you when I finally do accomplish this.

Silent Films to Watch After The Artist

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This week will not have a Sunday Sketch or Universidaze comic due to my own stupidity.  This week is my University’s Spring Break, and I’ve decided to go home.  I was really happy at the idea that I could spend an entire week drawing, but alas, I brought the tablet and pen…but not the cord that connects the tablet to my computer.  Stupidity.  Anywho, I apologize for the inconvenience.  Articles will continue as usual.  There’s a very big chance that next week’s Sunday will lack a sketch, but I promise to make it up to you all.  My drawings will more likely return March 28th with the week’s Universidaze sketch.

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Saying this only makes me look wet behind the ears and a greenhorn of a movie watcher: The Artist is the first silent film I’ve ever seen. Slap me on the hands, unsubscribe, believe me to lose any credibility I had, but I think admitting this is important to the impact this movie has had on me. For the longest time, I’ve put most movies made before the 1950s on the back burner because I’ve believed them to be ‘inferior’ and ‘a chore’ to watch compared to the colored, talking, and contemporary films that are being released today. And if the Artist is ANYTHING like the films made in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, then I’ve been wasting my time watching and reviewing movies like Real Steel and Happy Feet 2.

George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is an arrogant and proud silent film star. After he helps a charming Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) get a job in acting, he’s suddenly faced with changing times as the talkies begin to change the industry. When he gets left in the dust and watches Peppy on the road to stardom, George begins to take to drink and walks on a road to self-destruction.

[MAINTENANCE NOTE: I’ve added one more movie to the five movies to watch on certain days of the year. Check it out here for the mystery movie I shamefully forgot.]

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