It was made in 1942.
The Allies were losing WWII.
Refugees all across Europe and Africa were being dragged back
to concentration camps and slow death.
This film cast a defiant statement at Nazi Germany;
"You may kill us, but you will not break our spirit."
The movie crackles with rapid-fire dialogue.
The movie debuted in 1942, while sound film was in its relative infancy.
Filmmakers during this period began to take full advantage of the asset of sound,
and films became dialogue-driven rather than using a mainly visual narrative style.
Director Michael Curtiz implements the emerging technology with expertise.
The quick rapport between the characters drives the plot—
if you don’t pay attention,
you can miss a crucial plot point inlaid in an aside between passing characters.
Smarmy remarks and snappy retorts are tossed across card tables and over drinks.
In a perfect example, the slimy character Ugarte (Peter Lorre) inquires of our hero,
“You despise me, don’t you?”
Rick replies offhandedly:
“If I gave you any thought, I would.”
This film speaks of love, sacrifice, and courage
across the ages.
The Ring Trilogy embodies the kind of innocence that belongs to an earlier, gentler time.
It speaks of friendship, love, and sacrifice.
Are you seeing a pattern yet?
STAR TREK movies are only as good as their villains.
Khan was the best.
Again themes of friendship, sacrifice, and the meaning of life ...
The best movies have fun.
And a child-like sense of wonder, awe, and magic.
This one had it all.
The sands will rise. The heavens will part.
Horror will be unleashed.
The League of Five would have loved this movie!
Recent Hollywood escapist movies have become too jaded and cynical,
and they have lost the feeling that you can stumble over astounding adventures just by going on a hike with your Scout troop.
Or by bringing your Dad along!
How can you not love a movie whose hero is named
Again, friendship, love, and sacrifice.
Excellent werewolf pic was “too British” to get a U.S. theatrical release!?
Again, humor, horror, friendship, and
Plus the dog survives at the end. :-)
Expected THE AVENGERS?
It had heart, depth, and made you care.
The heroine fell in love with Steve Rogers
when he was scrawny.
The end, of course, was of love and sacrifice.
A woman faces her greatest fear
to keep her word to a terrified little girl.
"Aliens" is absolutely, painfully and unremittingly intense for at least its last hour.
I have never seen a movie that maintains such a pitch of intensity for so long;
it's like being on some kind of hair-raising carnival ride that never stops.
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