No matter the decade, some films prove difficult for me to review for a range of reasons. Most commonly, I lack the context or cultural knowledge to feel like I can add to the discussion. That’s perhaps never been more evident than reflecting on Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 Within Our Gates.

It’s safe to say, I knew next to nothing about the Indian film industry — either the Bollywood of today or the beginnings of Indian cinema back in the 1920s — before watching A Throw of Dice. On reading deeper into the history of the film and the studio that…

The episode begins with a treat for those paying attention to the credits as we’re promised Denis Franz in a supporting role. Will it be a surly policeman or sleazy enforcer? Let’s find out.

We don’t find out straight away as first there’s a young artist called Speed getting beaten…

One of the shorter films on my 1920s watchlist, The Smiling Madame Beudet is a silent French film, often hailed as an early part of feminist filmmaking. At around 40 minutes, it’s an almost episode-length slice of life story, following the troubled wife of a businessman. …

The episode begins with two men arriving at the VA hospital looking for HM Murdock. Shown to his room without any checks as we’ve come to expect, they pull out guns and kidnap him.

Face heads over to investigate disguised in a white coat, flirting information out of a nurse…

Trying to watch 1927’s has been something of an adventure. Having been promised it through Amazon Prime, I found myself watching 1946’s The Unknown — which it turns out is not a remake or in any way remotely related but enjoyable nonetheless). After a delightful chat with customer services explaining…

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