Pee-wee's Big Adventure isn't the only movie with a Rube Goldberg breakfast machine

I was **this** many years old when I learned that Pee-wee Herman isn't the only on-screen character with a breakfast-making contraption. My sweetie Andy just re-watched the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and told me it also has a Rube Goldberg machine that makes breakfast! I didn't know about that one, so I looked it up. And there it was. Then I wondered if there were more... and there are!

First, let's start with Pee-wee's, which might be the best known one in pop culture (it even gets ripped off in an episode of Family Guy). To get his machine moving, he lights a candle (which in turn burns through a string). Just don't expect him to eat more than two bites of his elaborately made brekkie:

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Same year. Doc Brown had a neglected one that burnt toast and served up Einstein's dog food in Back to the Future:

Back to the Future (1985)

Doc had a much better version for the third Back to the Future:

Back to the Future III (1990)

Casper the CGI ghost morphs his fist into an egg-scrambler and then a spatula as this film's mini breakfast machine is doing its thing:

Casper (1995)

Then there's this one. Robin Williams, playing Professor Philip Brainard in the late '90s flick Flubber, kicks his off by slamming a giant button found on his bedside table:

Flubber (1997)

Ok, now to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Dick Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, an inventor, widower, and father of two. Read the rest

High quality video of Chaplin's "A Day's Pleasure" (1919)

The Silent Hall of Fame uploaded a very nice print of Charlie Chaplin's "A Day’s Pleasure" (1919) to Archive.org. Compare it to the version on YouTube.

Here's the YouTube upload:

And Archive.org's copy is at the top of this post. Read the rest

LA Area: Silent comedies on Valentine's Day at the Cinefamily Silent Theater

Looking for something to do this Valentine's Sunday? Nothing says I love you like silence. Cinefamily is screening Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, matched with a live performance of Lindsay Benner's amazing Book of Love!

If you haven't seen a film in the Cinefamily Silent Theater, Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is a pretty fantastic choice! Lindsay Benner's Book of Love is an exceptional, hilarious interpretation of your favorite 1950s instructional videos. Lindsay keeps the audience laughing, and charms their socks off, all without saying a word! Her daredevil juggling is also phenomenal.

Give the gift of silence this Valentine's Day!

City Lights + Book of Love @ The Cinefamily Silent Theater

3:30 pm, February 14th

611 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles Read the rest