OK, yes, when I called it “boring” I was overstating the case to make a point. Casablanca is a fine film and deserving of its classic stature. But the point stands: It’s clearly not even close to the third-best American movie ever made. Somewhere in the top 100? Maybe. Top 10? No way. It’s not even the third-best film of the 1940’s — speaking of which, Notorious doesn’t even make the list at all?
★ Saturday, 23 June 2007