Sunday, January 16, 2011

100 movie challenge progress: 20/100



"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

Casablanca is probably one of the movie perfect movies I've ever seen. In case you don't know, it's a 1942 romantic drama directed by Michael Curtiz about a love triangle between the main actress and two lovers, one of whom she had assumed to be dead but turned out to not be, which complicates things quite a bit. It's a classic movie and it's not hard to see how much of an impact it's had on cinema in general. The screenplay and onscreen choreography are just superb. There's always something happening, there's not a dull moment. I honestly don't have any complaints. A lot of people consider old movies slow and boring to watch but Casablanca is pretty much the antithesis of that stereotype. I highly suggest everyone watch this movie at least once.


Metropolis on the other hand, I didn't enjoy as much. It's a 1927 German Expressionist silent film by Fritz Lang, and in case you didn't know, one of the most iconic science fiction films in cinema history. It's a fine movie, and an amazing technological achievement (for the time of course), but I'm just not a fan of movies that rely to much on symbolism. I think it's a historically important film, but I doubt I'd watch it again. On a side note I'm fairly certain that it's the oldest movie I've ever seen.

Next up: The Godfather Parts 1 and 2!!!

7 comments:

  1. Wow, I've always considered watching the top 100 movies or reading the top 100 novels, but I just never found the time or dedication to do it. Looking forward to future posts!

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  2. Seen casablanca many times

    However, I got metropolis a few days ago and now gonna watch it =] I actually like all the symbolism so can't wait!

    take a look at my mini review of it, pre-review actually

    http://worldofmoviesbydoo.blogspot.com/2011/01/metropolis.html

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  4. Great movie one of the best ever

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  5. Haven't watched either. I really want to watch Casablanca though

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  6. everyone should know casablanca!

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