Odd pair, one the absolute zenith of computer animation, and the other one of the last silent pictures.
We saw R last night, it is good, well, passably good, mildly entertaining to me, certainly not 4 stars like the local newspaper gave it. Maybe 2.5 stars.
As for City Lights, what got me to think of it is that there is an Artsy-style movie theater near the Stanford University campus that plays such movies, and it was reviewed again in the paper because it is playing there right now, and still got 4 stars, which it truly deserves.
We rented it a while back, a few months ago, and it truly is a great movie, Charlie Chaplin’s last great movie. The Little Tramp, penniless himself, befriends a blind flower-girl. Absolutely great. I saw a documentary of the making of the movie, and in the key scene where she mis-identifies him as being very wealthy, a scene that lasts perhaps 60 seconds in the movie, Chaplin actually halted production for three days to put the scene together and make it work.
Very much worth renting. Oh, and of course it has the nearly obligatory Mr. Chaplin doing one of his comedic ballet routines on skates. His skating ability is beyond believable, but this is the age before camera tricks, so it is quite real.
Dan, contributing away (doesn’t ‘contributing’ sound was classier than ‘posting’ ?)