For when that friend asks you to introduce him to some really great films. This list is not meant to…
They had a date with fate in Casablanca!
Casablanca is a classic and one of the most revered films of all time. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a love triangle in the city of Casablanca which is a refuge for many fleeing foreigners looking for a new life during the war. Political romance with a backdrop of war conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. A landmark in film history.
Bogey as Rick a bar owner in Casablanca who bumps into an old flame and the sparks fly in this all-time classic tale of true love. Awesome juggler. The monkey from The Hangover 2's grandmonkey. Back shot. Refugee roundup. Goofy Nazis. The doorman at Rick's has a badass hat. Cheerio? The first time you see Bogey. Sneaky Paul Lorre. Sam sure can sing. Flirtatious bartender. True Democrat? Ze Plane! Ze Plane! Real motherfuckers speak clearly with a cigarette in their mouth. Fashion nightmare mustaches. Cash in. Check out. Mr. Neutrality. Symbolic ring. The Forbidden Song. Casablanca is the story of a love triangle and the first time Rick, Iisa, and Victor are together they appear to be standing in a…
I hope everybody here has that one movie where you can put on at any time, and get a huge smile across your face. It's the definition of entertainment at the movies for me. No matter how many times I watch it, it will never get old, grow tiresome, or run its' course. From Rick's signature introduction all the way to that classic scene on the runway, this is a beautiful friendship that will not end any time soon.
Set in unoccupied France in the Morrocan city of Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart is Rick Blaine, owner of Rick's Cafe Americain. When stolen 'letters of transit' are stashed in the saloon, it is Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) and Major Strasser of…
I hate it when people say stuff like: "You should watch this because it's a masterpiece!"
Those people are annoying idiots.
You should watch this because it's a masterpiece!
A couple of years ago, romance used to be my least favoured genre for every film I'd seen until then had a predictable storyline, over-the-top melodrama, the same repeated idea of love & nothing much happened in them plot-wise throughout the runtime. The exceptions were too few but they were so because of reasons which had nothing to do with romance.
Not much has changed in the past two years but having come across some extraordinary films in that time which made me see this genre with an entirely new perspective, including 2013 releases like Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, Spike Jonze's Her & the Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, I do now have a new-found respect & appreciation for romantic…
I suspect this review may mark the the end of several beautiful friendships.
I always knew I'd be underwhelmed by Casablanca. I've spent so many years watching silly Bollywood melodramas that I've developed quite an aversion to cinematic romances. (I do enjoy every Austen adaptation thoroughly, because a) Mr Darcy, and b) I'm immeasurably fond of Austen's work.) Casablanca, however, was supposed to be different from all the other ones. I was supposed to fall in love with it. Or something like that.
What's the deal here? It's pretty funny, and Humphrey Bogart is wonderful, and the supporting cast is great, especially Claude Rains. It's well-paced and atmospheric. It's just not - ah, forget it. Of course Casablanca is a…
Happy Birthday to me.
Here's to a beautiful friendship.
And I'm fortunate to have many in my life.
It’s 10:00 PM and I’m getting ready for bed, desperately needing sleep for the next long workday, when my sleep plans are utterly dashed by the fact that Casablanca is just beginning on TCM. Oh well, I guess I will be a little sleep deprived tomorrow morning.
Casablanca is just about a perfect movie. The characters of Rick, Ilsa, Laszlo, and Renault are so perfect that they are embedded in the very fabric of Western culture; iconic, if you will. Roger Ebert says of the characters: “If we identify strongly with the characters in some movies, then it is no mystery that Casablanca is one of the most popular films ever made. It is about a man and a woman…
"I give it 5 stars outta 50."- my friend GH
Because of Casablanca's Iconic status I do have one nitpick that I'll get to, but first I'll say that the script truly was fantastic, smart, witty, tight. The performances were roundly solid with Claude Rains stealing every scene he was in, he was the smirk we needed to counter Bogart's stoic Rick, and I admit that I am not much of a fan of Bogart, but I bought him as Rick. Curtiz did keep the melodramatic acting style of the day to a minimum and actors seemed more to inhabit the characters than play them, something I very much appreciate.
Now for my nitpick... The Lighting and Filters. From shot to shot to the quality of image often failed to…
"What is your nationality?"
"I'm a drunkard."
Best quote ever!
Fuck Citizen Kane!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I loved this movie so much more than I expected to. I watched it because it's a classic, and adore it for the hero that comes out in it. Throughout the whole thing, I was trying to figure out who this character Rick would eventually be in the grand narrative of it all. I was pleasantly surprised by his noble choices in the end to truly love the woman he said he loved. In the end, he was understanding of everyone's difficult positions and choices, he was merciful to the couple whom he probably wished were not together, and he was accepting of the fact that the other man could ultimately give her the life that he wanted for her; leaving us with the sacrificial hero -- the type of character that I love to see the most -- walking off into the night with a new friend.
Watched with Roger Ebert's insightful commentary.
Ebert provides a very heavily researched and detailed account of his most liked film ever, Casablanca. He provides a commentary that simultaneously brings up praise and small criticisms about the film, all while bringing some great facts to the table. Ebert goes very much in depth with the lighting aspect of the film, opening a whole new world to me about how important all that lighting was in the movie. He refrains from fanboying all over Casablanca (much like I do), he remains level headed and brings his justified opinions to the commentary of an already amazing film. With facts about the film's history, actors, story, and impact, the commentary is certainly worth a listen to if you are a fan of Casablanca.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It surprises people to know that I've never quite dug this movie. When you list what are the quintessential classic American films: CITIZEN KANE, GONE WITH THE WIND, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, SUNSET BLVD, THE GODFATHER...frankly, I just have always found CASABLANCA the weakest on that list. I've seen the film three times and have really tried to be fair with it.
I guess it would be a waste of time to write a detailed review of a movie this beloved, that's so heavily influenced the public consciousness. So I'll just keep this short:
I don't like Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). I find her character selfish and not very intelligent, and I especially hate when she tells Rick "You do the…
i'm gonna be in his european history class next year so expect this list to keep growing
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…