• 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 Cooper" Simpson

    ★★★ Watched by Daniel "PG Cooper" 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.


  • Neely

    ★★★★ Watched by Neely 30 Aug, 2014

    I have not seen as many film-noirs as I would have liked to, but even if I had never even seen a film-noir, I would certainly describe The Big Sleep as one. The film captures all the imaginable characteristics: a private detective in a trench coat and a fedora, the words PRIVATE written across his glass office door, the prominent shadows and contrasting light that only seem to work so well in black and white movies, a beautiful and intelligent…


  • Jayson Quearry

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Jayson Quearry 28 Aug, 2014

    "You take chances."

    In a Hitchcock film, the MacGuffin is an item. In a Howard Hawks film, it's the whole damn plot. William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman weave together about six different conflicts for Bogart's Philip Marlow to solve, but all of them are only excuses to pit him against a rogues gallery of alluring women. Like most Hawks' films, The Big Sleep is about gender politics, here, specifically, about the sexual tension brewing underneath a civilized shell.…


  • Carson Joiner

    ★★★★ Watched by Carson Joiner 25 Aug, 2014

    "What's wrong with you?"
    "Nothing you can't fix."
    The Big Sleep is the epitome of classic cool. Bogart and Bacall, trench coats and mink coats, hand guns and cigarettes. Back when men were all badass private detectives and women were all stunningly beautiful, rich, and a little nuts. This film is a blast to watch. I love all of the sexual innuendo being thrown around between Bogart and Bacall. And while the script is a tough one to follow, if…


  • Lollyfist

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Lollyfist 24 Aug, 2014

    Fascinating film, amazingly watchable.

    Lauren Bacall will be missed not just because of her contribution to film, but as an independent voice.


  • WreckItDee

    ★★★★ Watched by WreckItDee 16 Aug, 2014

    A Howard Hawks-"Bogie-Bacall" double bill with the adaptation of Raymond Chandler's masterful detective story that resulted in one of the key film in the genre of film noir.

    The film began with an incredibly baffling yet interesting setting in a greenhouse where General Sternwood met the private detective Philip Marlowe to discuss about what he wanted him to investigate.
    As Marlowe was ingrained in the minutia of the case, you could see his shirt drenched in sweat which from the…


  • Liam Dillon

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Liam Dillon 16 Aug, 2014 2

    We watched this tonight in tribute to Lauren Bacall and as a fitting follow-up to last night's Insomnia. Maybe I was just more in the mood for it, but I liked this a lot more than I did last time I saw it over a decade ago. The plot is just as tangled as I remembered (though I did manage to follow it!) and the dialogue and performances were stellar.

    The version of the film that we watched this evening…


  • Jandy Hardesty

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jandy Hardesty 16 Aug, 2014

    I offhandedly suggested we add in a movie night this week to watch this in tribute to Lauren Bacall, and we didn't have time during the week, so Jonathan picked it for his turn on our regular movie night! He hadn't seen it before, and ended up loving it, so it worked out great.

    I've seen it a half dozen times, but I'm always thrilled to watch it again. I had such a crush on Bogart in this back in the day.


  • Aitor García Rey

    ★★★★ Watched by Aitor García Rey 16 Aug, 2014

    "Nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy"


  • Mr. DuLac

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Mr. DuLac 13 Aug, 2014

    I liked that. I'd like more.
    -Vivian Rutledge

    Who was the real star here? Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall or the completely unrealistic, cynical, rapid fire yet impossibly entertaining dialogue? The plot maybe indecipherably convoluted but that doesn't matter as you get to see Bogart and Bacall verbally declare war on each other in a Howard Hawks films.

    It's easy to forget that this was only Bacall's third film and that she was only 20 years old at the time. Her…