Jake

Classic film buff. I rate my movies based on how much I like them, not how "good" they are from technical standpoint.

Favorite films

  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Seven Beauties
  • Double Indemnity
  • Mikey and Nicky

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  • Idiot's Delight

    ★★★★★

  • The Awful Truth

    ★★★½

  • Carrie

    ★★★★½

  • After the Thin Man

    ★★★★★

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  • Idiot's Delight

    Idiot's Delight

    ★★★★★

    Clarence Brown's adaptation of Idiot's Delight is a true hidden gem. It deserves to be on every cinema lover's radar, but for now, I'll keep this one to myself.

    There's nothing on record to confirm this but I just know Albert Camus would have loved this movie. Idiot's Delight is absurdism in action. It is a deep contemplation on mankind's search for meaning in perhaps meaningless coincidences - like meeting a stranger you once knew long ago - but more broadly, how can we find value in entertainment when there's a war on? Seriously. I'm asking.

  • The Awful Truth

    The Awful Truth

    ★★★½

    I practically lost my shit when Ralph Bellamy opened his mouth and out came that deep Southern drawl because that is NOT what I was expecting. This is the role that permanently cemented his status as rom-com's third wheel.

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  • A Farewell to Arms

    A Farewell to Arms

    ★★★★★

    A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway is one of my favorite novels of all time and the Frank Borzage adaptation with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes does not disappoint. Extra points for Charles Lang, one of the best cinematographers of the Golden Age.

  • The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man

    ½

    I watched this for Maureen O'Hara. John Wayne can go fuck himself, no talent motherfucker.

    This movie is BEYOND MISOGYNISTIC.