The First Date (2006) – By Brian Morton

 Earlier in this issue, I reviewed a silent movie called Monday Morning, well, The First Date is a sequel of sorts to Monday Morning. This time, our hapless hero, Trevor, has a day off and you can only imagine what might go wrong.

Here’s the story: It’s Trevor’s day off and he heads to the park where he meets a lovely young lady. After several badly aimed, and cliched, attempts to impress the young lass, her purse is stolen and Trevor springs to action and gets the purse back. So impressed is the young lady, she agrees to have lunch with Trevor that very afternoon. Now, I could decribe the mayhem that ensues on the date, but I think that all of us, as men, have been there and done that, haven’t we? Again, Anthony Spadaccini proves that he’s a very talented filmmaker, by making this a silent movie in the classic tradition. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to make a silent movie that looks like Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin might actually be on the next lot over, but Anthony manages!

The First Date is, like Monday Morning, laugh out loud funny, and, even the ‘bad guy’, the crook who steals the heroine’s purse and Trevor’s car, gets a happy ending. It’s a funny movie with a heart, and you can’t beat that. If you’d like to check this great short silent for yourself, hop on over to Fleet Street and check it out for yourself. You can get any of Anthony Spadaccini’s films there too! Mr. Spadaccini is definitely a filmmaker to keep your eye on, he’s bound to do great things…not that he hasn’t already. So, until next time, when I’ll try to review Battlefield: Earth without using the words ‘sucks’ or ‘blows’…a challenge indeed…remember that the best movies are bad movies.