• Colin

    ★★★★★ Watched by Colin 23 Sep, 2014

    What makes a great film great? Hawks directed other good crime movies. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall starred together in other movies. Hawks collaborated with the same writers on other movies. I was relieved to find out that nobody else understands the goddamn plot of this movie, not even the people who made it. Yet it doesn’t seem to matter. Ignore the dialogue and follow the postures of every character toward one another and it works. Like all the best…


  • Dragonknight

    ★★★★ Watched by Dragonknight 23 Sep, 2014 6

    Film #24 of Project 40

    ”I don't mind if you don't like my manners, I don't like them myself. They are pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings. I don't mind your ritzing me drinking your lunch out of a bottle. But don't waste your time trying to cross-examine me.”

    Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Howard Hawks and William Faulkner once again come together and this time instead of Ernest Hemingway it is Raymond Chandler who lends his…


  • Carlos Rodríguez

    ★★★★ Watched by Carlos Rodríguez 16 Aug, 2013

    Famous, among other things, for its highly intricate and convoluted storyline, Howard Hawks’ The Big Sleep is a fast-paced, remarkably acted and incredibly suggestive film-noir that starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, both at the prime of their careers.

    Indeed, there were too many characters whose real intentions weren’t clear, who were telling on each other and lying all the time, that towards the end I was only guessing in my mind what was coming on next. It should be…


  • vondoviak

    ★★★★ Rewatched by vondoviak 16 Sep, 2014

    I thought this would be the time I followed the plot all the way through the movie. It was not.


  • Vinny Thornburg

    ★★★★½ Watched by Vinny Thornburg 15 Sep, 2014

    I wonder if book had come out in the last 20-25 years and been popular, and then the film version comes out that leaves out information in an already information lacking story, if this would really be seen as the classic film it is today.

    The internet's hivemind of cynicism and willingness to trash anything before viewing can hurt a film months before release (I'm guilty of this too) and today people would be asking for answers, and someone would…


  • Sarah Shachat

    ★★★★½ Added by Sarah Shachat

    Modern frustration #417: you start watching a movie on like a 20 minute TiVO delay, then accidentally hit the remote an hour in, forcing you to jump forward to wherever it is live. The only film for which this does not apply is The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart will still be driving around LA almost getting jumped by every woman he meets (to say nothing of the mobsters), and Lauren Bacall will still be wearing something fabulously shiny, with an…


  • Matt Thomas

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Matt Thomas 10 Sep, 2014

    Sharp, witty, and steamy as hell. The chemistry goes without saying. The zip to the script priceless. 'Of its time' but still hugely enjoyable. Bacall in particular excels.


  • Rocco Tenaglia

    ★★★★★ Watched by Rocco Tenaglia 10 Sep, 2014 2

    "I guess I'm in love with you."

    One of the all-time great "love stories". Snappy, poetic dialogue coming from the mouths of two of the best who ever delivered it. Film noir at its finest.


  • Dan

    ★★★★½ Watched by Dan 02 Sep, 2014 2

    Pulled a double Bogey and watched this shortly after "Casablanca." They're not so dissimilar, but I thought "Sleep" was the better movie, at least in 2014. A genuine classic in every sense of the word, enjoyable from start to finish. I know there have been other of Chandler's Marlowe stories adapted to film, but never again with Bogart. That's a shame, I think that guy had some danged talent...


  • Terése Flynn

    ★★★★ Watched by Terése Flynn 02 Sep, 2014

    There's so much snappy dialogue in this film that my head still spins as I'm writing this short review. I guess everything have already been said about this extremely well-written (but predictable) thriller. So I will just say that I expected to like it more than I did, but liked it enough to have a smile on my face the whole movie, even though it's kind of dark and intense tale... And yes, Bogart and Bacall are amazing.


  • Daniel "PG" Simpson

    ★★★ Watched by Daniel "PG" Simpson 28 Aug, 2014

    After Lauren Bacall passed away, I wanted to watch this famous film noir which I had on my PVR. However circumstances led to me not getting to it until recently. Anyway, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as a private eye hired to investigate a blackmail case which quickly discovers to be far, far more complex. Lauren Bacall plays the employer's daughter, who's flirtations with Bogart will become the heart of the film. The cast in this film is really good.…


  • Movie Maestro

    ★★★★½ Watched by Movie Maestro 01 Sep, 2014

    The dialogue, chemistry, and connection between Bogie and BaCall is second to none. Movie magic at it's best.