Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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!
Happy Birthday to me.
Here's to a beautiful friendship.
And I'm fortunate to have many in my life.
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…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
Few films mean as much to me as Casablanca. It is a film I have watched many times, twice in the cinema, and it never fails to wow me each time.
But how does one single film manage to be just as effective each and every time? How is that every time Rick is left at the train station, I find myself feeling just as betrayed as he is? How is that all these comedic bits I've heard countless times still make me laugh hard? How come I am deeply moved every time during that final exchange between Rick and Ilsa?
The answer lies in the films craftsmanship, which has led to its timelessness.…
CASABLANCA could only be improved by the addition of a scene where Rains check Bogart's junk right after the "beautiful friendship" nod. As it is, it's spotless. Every bit as special and spectacular as DAISY KENYON; pity some people will have a hard time embracing such a monumentally beloved film (a childhood favorite of mine). Really impressed to see so many fleshed-out characters, and a love triangle (not really a love triangle in any way) composed by a man's man, another man's man, and a woman's woman. Admirable people caught in a web of "civilized nonsense." I was shocked and breathless all over again at the speedy pace Bogart said all those things to Bergman at the airport; they amount to the biggest, fattest, most magical I love you I know. Also, a great statement in favor of reopening wounds and letting them bleed dry. Best break-up film ever?
Everything is perfect about this movie.
A bit sappy around the edges in retrospect, but still very much the definitive noir romance that's worthy of the respect it continues to garner today.
But like why would you leave fine ass Ingrid Bergman...in the fog?
There was so much fog...
An absolute classic but not one of my personal favorites. There's nothing I can say about this film that hasn't already been said a thousand times over.
My pick for best movie of all time. Great story, characters, and writing. The definition of a classic.
Been my pick as the best film of all time for several years now.
Becomes better every time I watch it
I finally got around to watching this today and I really wanted to like it more but because I basically knew everything that was going to happen, right down to specific lines and scenes, it felt kind of slow and dull.
I still enjoyed it however, and this is definitely an all time cinema classic.
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- The Great Train Robbery
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