#44 Storm Over Asia (1928)

Okay, so this might be the shortest post I make. At least I hope it’s the only short post I make. I really don’t have a lot to say about this movie because nothing about it interested me. Storm Over Asia is about a herdsman who gets cheated by a fur trader and rises up to become a big Mongolian leader. I promise that I did see this film all the way through but it just wasn’t for me. The one thing I will give the film credit for is showing the perspective of the Buddhist life and traditions. Sorry for this disappointing post. Hopefully this will be the only one I’ll ever make. If anyone has a better review for Storm Over Asia, please feel free to post it in the comments.

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Here is Storm Over Asia and comment your reactions:

 

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#43 Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Introducing the last Buster Keaton film made by his independent production company before making his move to MGM. The thing is that you can’t watch a Buster Keaton film and feel sad. It’s impossible. Buster Keaton took such strong feats to ensure his audience would laugh that we can’t help but laugh back. Steamboat Bill Jr. is about how the clumsy son of a brawny steamboat captain couldn’t be more different from each other but proves his strength when trying to rescue his father and the woman he loves from a rival tycoon and a tornado.

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Behold the most dangerous stunt Buster Keaton has ever done! It’s incredible how real that was. There was no CGI and no stuntman. That house really did fall on him! Some say that if Buster Keaton stood a few steps away, he would have been seriously hurt or killed. Keaton’s ex-wife would speculate that Keaton did that stunt because since he dealt with a lot of hardships during the time of this film, that he didn’t care if he got killed. Do you believe Keaton was suicidal or just a daredevil?

The whole cyclone scene was amazing and looked really fun to do! I consider Buster Keaton to be the comedian without fear. He’s also a comedian that shows everyone how important it is to root for the underdog because there’s an underdog in all of us. There’s a part of us that feels we aren’t everything our parents hoped we would be and that makes us ashamed. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a hero in all of us as well. It’s also funny how people consider comedians such as Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd to be these scrawny men when I’m sure they have more athleticism in their entire lifetime than we’ll ever have. Wait a second…cyclone…falling house…notice any similarities between this film and another little known fantasy film that’s in technicolor? Hmm? Hmm?

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This is my favorite scene throughout the whole film because it screams hilarity! Napoleon Dynamite can’t even stone face the way Buster Keaton can. You would think that stone face is just one expression but Keaton can make a whole language out of it. From impressed, to debonair, to freaked out, to nothing exciting. This will be the closest we ever get to see Buster Keaton model for Vogue. Just sayin’!

Enjoy Buster Keaton’s last independent film and comment your laughs:

#42 Un Chien Andalou (1928)

When you have a dream, you can’t remember every little detail or why things are the way they are. Unlike life, you have no control of your dreams and a bunch of random images come together that don’t really make sense but subconsciously does. That’s what Luis Buñuel is doing with his 15-minute film Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) by showing shocking images and reliving your most disturbing fears.

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Doesn’t that make you want to close your eyes?! Can’t say the same for that lady! So throughout the film, this narrative is nonsensical. Kind of like our own dreams. We can either see what we want to see or the things we’re afraid of. We see a woman’s eye slashed, a man in a nun outfit on a bicycle, people getting killed in many ways but end up alive in the next scene, ants coming out of someone’s hand, etc. It’s been said that David Bowie would play this scene before his concerts. Imagine an entire auditorium cringing! Write in if you think that’s an unusual way to start a concert!

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These two images come from the dreams of Buñuel and artist Salvador Dali (the one being dragged with the piano). I always felt like your dreams are the best way to come up with creative stories. They may not make sense in your dreams but you can recreate them in the real world so that they make more sense to the public. Strangely, there was a rumor going around that the detached hand we see really came from a real person and was told to cut it off in exchange for a free lunch. Write in if you believe that rumor to be fact or fiction. Many people at the time considered this film to be not just frightening but real daring. I definitely agree and that’s why it deserves to be on this list. It gave audiences something different and out of the norm to see. Don’t think about this film as a whole but think about each scene at a time. 

Watch this unsetting dream sequence of a film and write about what you think: