Sherlock, Jr.

A landmark in every way.

Buster Keaton, my pick for the best silent film comedian, knocks it out of the park with this rom-com, which accomplished unheard-of technical achievements.

Operating at the dawn of motion pictures, “The Great Stone Face” didn’t have CGI, instead creating his often-mesmerizing effects through hard work, camera tricks, and putting his own safety into question.

Keaton broke his neck during a stunt here, then endured horrifying headaches, not finding out the full extent of his injury for NINE YEARS.

You can endure sitting in a recliner for 45 minutes to appreciate this masterpiece.

Just sayin’.

 

The Cameraman

Buster Keaton fell, so others could run.

One of the true founding fathers of motion picture comedy, a man who pulled off incredible visual gags at a time when green screen special effects didn’t exist, his work still impresses.

Doing his own stunts, Keaton dropped a house on himself — making sure to be positioned just right so his body would be where the window opening was on impact.

In this fast ‘n furious flick, his best moment comes at a pool, where he wages war with his own swimming suit.

Simple, yet hilarious, it captures a master at work.