1945: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Loved

  • Brief Encounter

    ... At last, a movie that focuses on an extra-marital affair that isn't torrid; where you can believe the lovers are good people, driven by a heartfelt attraction rather mere lust, completely human, and thus not instantly feel like they're scumbags for cheating on their loyal spouses. Can I say "at last" when the movie was made almost 60 years ago? Loved the joy, the awkwardness, the agonizing, the guilt, and the ending.
  • Really Liked

  • None Yet
  • Glad I Saw

  • Children of Paradise

    ... I was sorely tempted to skip reviewing this movie because I know not loving it earmarks me as a rube even more than not caring for The French Connection did. It's the Citizen Kane (yet another movie I fail to love) of French cinema, and in the running for "best movie ever" according to a number of sources. It's beautifully shot, particularly the outdoor scenes showing the bustle of the street where even the background action is interesting. The script, and particularly the dialog, is rich, witty, and insightful on various aspects of human nature. Add to that extra points for extreme degree of difficulty, as it was not only filmed during the Nazi occupation of France, it manages to allegorize said occupation. And yet, and yet . . . I just couldn't get into it. I suck.
  • The Lost Weekend

    ... A somewhat dated portrait of alcoholism with an ending that fails to entirely satisfy, but Ray Milland deserved his Oscar. Oh come on, how the hell can I make such a claim having seen such a paltry number of movies from this year? In any case, he was excellent.
  • And Then There Were None

    ... Surely great in its day, but it dates pretty hard. The dubbing was distracting at times, and the coincidental use of thunder and lightning to puncuate dark portents was amusing, being a Simpsons Halloween special standard these days. Still, like any Agatha Christie whodunit the fun is in the guesswork, and I think enough hints are dropped along the way to figure it out, and the end does not disappoint (although apparently it's not true to the book; there's a Russian version that gets it right).
  • Guilty Pleasures

  • None Yet
  • Could Have Missed

  • None Yet
  • Should Have Missed

  • Detour

    ... I could have gone for this one, but Ann Savage's performance was so over the top my nose started bleeding. I hate it when that happens. It's also too bad the Hollywood Production Code demanded that tacked on ending.
  • El Sucko Grande

  • None Yet

God, I wish there was a modern, excellent film version of Ten Little Indians. It's one of my favorite novels (though, I've read few novels, probably fewer than 150).

I'll be catching up on the posts for a while. And Then is one of my favorite thrillers but I'm a sucker for antiquated 40's thrillers. I don't actually find dating in movies such an offense as in other art forms.



I'm sure the more I watch the less it will bother me, but I'm still learnin'!

I'll be waiting, I'm the one in the robe that people call Obi-Stook. Ha. <---:?)



Hmmmm... damn. Can I just copy and paste your review of Children of Paradise into my review for it? :-)

Egad! What has happened to everybody? First Amelie and now this. :?)

It's about the pathos, butterflies in your stomach, overwrought emotions and the incredible pangs of true love.


You're talking about Children of Paradise, right? Yeah, I'm pretty much a loser on that score.

Yeah, I LOVED Brief Encounter.

I do love browsing around Listology and seeing universal acclaim for the film. And how could that not be so?

LOL... I think Ann Savage makes the film, to be honest. Diff'rent strokes, eh?

:-) Yes indeedy. And you certainly aren't alone. I went searching for support among Listologists and came up empty (lots of love for Detour 'round here).

Even though I didn't like the movie, I still like jgandcag's review (#53), which is how it came to be in my queue in the first place.