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How the Visual Direction of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton Inform Today's Comedies

Many of those with whom I interact on the internet have sent me this fantastic video essay by Tony Zhou in which he eviscerates the experience of watching many popular and successful American comedies for their lack of visual inventiveness. He then goes on to perfectly show why Edgar Wright (dir. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is an exemplar of comedy direction due to his focus on actually framing exciting, active, and funny frames.

Zhou goes on to break down the tenets of Edgar Wright’s frame that to him, allow for increased visual comedy. Those are: 1) Entering the frame in [...]

Edgar Wright Compares Self to Buster Keaton in Deleted 'Ant-Man' Tweet

On Friday, Marvel and director Edgar Wright announced that they were parting ways on the upcoming superhero movie Ant-Man. No official reason, beyond creative differences, has yet been announced, but Wright broke his silence on the matter Saturday night by tweeting the edited photo to the left. According to ScreenRant, Wright quickly deleted the photo, which features silent film star/writer/director Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto ice cream cone (Wright's trilogy of movies are known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy).

With the photo, which Wright titled "Selfie," the director is referencing troubles Buster Keaton had with studio MGM when he signed a contract with them in 1928. Keaton said, [...]