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Our friend Doug Hanvey, self-described writer and casual movie-goer, is once again bringing a dose of irreverence to the Flicker Alley Blog.  This time he brings us 10 reasons (or not) to watch Wild & Weird – 14 Fascinating and Innovative Films 1902-1965
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Wild and Weird cover art

  1. You’d like to boast that you’ve seen what’s been called the very first science fiction film ever made. (Granted, the film, A Trip to the Moon, is a little light on the science, but then again, it was made in 1902. It’s not like Einstein was hard at work on the Theory of Relativity or anything.)
  2. You hate those people who block your sightline at the movies, and would be pleasurably stimulated to the sight of them being forcibly removed from a theater. See my previous post on this topic.
  3. You want to know what a “trick film” was, particularly one that seems to have influenced the entire horror genre (and in color no less!).
  4. You hate flies. Watching a fly struggle with its wings glued to the head of a match, in one of the very first nature films, would give you secret entomological thrill.
  5. You’d like to own a DVD that includes films that have entered the mass collective unconscious, such as:

    Mr. and Mrs. Beetle from “The Cameraman’s Revenge” (1912)

  6.  You’d like to see what a “gay nightclub” for insects looks like. No, not that kind of gay!
  7. A well-aimed swipe at Hollywood narcissism, particularly by a silent film luminary such as Buster Keaton, would warm your heart.

    Buster Keaton in every role! From “The Play House” (1921)

  8. You need to improve your understanding of Darwin’s theory of evolution, as long as it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. (If it involves watching an Academy Award-nominated claymation film, so much the better.)
  9. You desperately need to see a guy with a clarinet stuck through his head.
  10. You’d like a significantly more fulfilling cinematic experience (guaranteed) than Transformers: Dark of the Moon. You’re not the only one.

Thanks again to Doug for being an excellent guest blogger! Check back soon for more updates from the Flicker Alley team. If you want to keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Twitter or “like” us on Facebook.

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