by Melissa Uhrin
For years now, every Christmas and birthday I receive mugs, frames, signs and the odd assortment of knick-knacks bearing the word. (Imagine Daryl's luck; he gets a loud wife with a ton of fun dust collectors!) I find any reason to laugh, mostly at myself (the dumb runs strong in my family), because I'M FUNNY! Not just listen-to-the-words-I-say funny, but big gestures, faces and sounds funny. There's a reason why our parents tell us to not make faces when we are young; not only will our faces freeze that way, but having an overly expressive face leaves behind traces of awesomeness in the form of “expression wrinkles.” Mine are never to be called AGE LINES.
Who else could say it all with a gesture and a wink? The man who was pivotal in turning an industry into an art, was an inspiration to generations and brought laughter to millions, the Little Tramp: Charlie Chaplin.
I have been giving much thought as of late to which films I could proudly proclaim are my favourites of all time. This has lead to much re-watching with a new perspective, and with it being damn near 15 years since I last popped in a Chaplin flick, I opted to watch as many as I could get my hands on.
The Kid (1921)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Circus (1928)
City Lights (1931)
Modern Times (1936)
The Great Dictator (1940)
As I come to the end of my mini Chaplin Marathon, I find it even more difficult to choose which would be my favourite of his films. Each one affects me in a different way, so how do I pick which feeling I like most? Answer is: I don’t. This is why when it comes to making decisions I am best placed in front of a buffet. I can pick and choose all of my favourite things and have a little bit of everything.
Funny is what it is today, largely in part to the comedic genius of a man who chose to create lasting art that will continue to withstand the test of time and influence countless generations of people.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted” - Charlie Chaplin.
We could all stand to be a little quirky. Who cares how many expression lines our faces grow?