Here are some two sentence reviews of the movies I watched in January.
- Movies watched – 4
- Movies that were new to me – 1
- Movies about Bogart – 2
- Monthly Masterpieces – Casablanca
- Being There (1979) – Thanks to a deliciously opaque performance from Sellers, this is much more tolerable than something like Forrest Gump. However, I still don’t find the central concept quite as precious as the director obviously does.
- Play it Again Sam (1972) – Though Woody’s assured hand behind the camera is missed, this might just be the funniest of his early funny stuff. The Bogart impersonator is pretty good too.
- Casablanca (1942) – Impressive that what is essentially a propaganda film can so universally speak to the big questions in life and love. Maybe more a moving on story than a love story, but whatever the message, this is undeniably one of the all time greats, no matter how many times you watch it in a month.
- Fool’s Gold (2008) – If some of the more slapsticky pratfalls miss their mark, the light-hearted Caribbean adventure of the rest of the film is a direct hit. Rarely has being shirtless and tan in a blue skied paradise looked so fun.