• The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    • Jules "The insults fly the friendly skies in this comedy of errors."
    • Lucas "you know that in the end the two leads will realize they are in love with each other, but you're having so much fun watching the proceedings that you really don't care."
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • His Girl Friday (1940)
    • Lucas "This is one of the best comedies you'll ever see"
  • The Lady Eve (1941)
    • Lucas "That he doesn't realize they're con artists is odd, that he falls in love with her in the course of maybe two days is even odder."
    • Jules "if you're going to make a mountain out of a molehill, it's nice to know you can always return to the molehill when the shit hits the inglorious fan."
  • Citizen Kane (1941)
    • Lucas "It deserves every inch of its reputation."
    • Matt "[It] seems to imply something even more terrible: that even our reasons, however innocent or however evil, in the end cannot even be understood or explained."
    • Jules "The layers used by the d.p. and the sound editor to keep the depth of the film at a near-constant, however, are the real pith that earns Kane its marks again and again."
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) $
  • Casablanca (1942)
    • Lucas "To know Casablanca is to love it completely. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life."
    • Jules "If the writers hadn't given us so much action and intrigue, [Bergman] might have walked away with the film."
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    • Lucas "...it feels as if the scenes were included to placate the author of the novel."
    • Jules "it makes for great cinema in what would without it be a comparatively blase film about the boy next door."
  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Ivan Groznyy I (1944) $
  • Detour (1945)
    • Lucas "Ulmer, though, knows how to turn a liability into a strength..."
    • Jules "Choices rule destinies; only the worst sort of fool allows fate to intervene upon his or her better judgement."
  • Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)
    • Lucas "...an epic tale of tragedy where it is not enough to love and be loved in return."
    • Jules "Seeing a film such as this reminds one of the reasons why French films so often get disfigured in inferior remakes."
  • Notorious (1946)
    • Lucas "Somehow he manages to make the most innocent objects the most frightening thing on the screen. Make no mistake, this is the stuff of genius."
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    • Lucas"it is a moving and profound cinematic experience where prayer coupled with karma can lead to the happy ending where God smiles on George Bailey. For a moment, you catch a hint of the divine."
  • My Darling Clementine (1946) &
  • Out of the Past (1947)
    • Lucas "...at no time does the film ever jump out and grab you the way great films do."
    • Jules "...suffice to say that this is more like film blah than film noir."
  • The Bicycle Thief (1948) $
    • Matt "The film radiates with life and, even in a world where men must steal bicycles, life is a miracle."
  • Letters from an Unknown Woman (1948) $
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) &
  • White Heat (1949)
    • Lucas "This is James Cagney's world and the film simply exists within it."
    • Jules "An abstinence in the special effects area and an attention to detail help make this a classic that gets better with each viewing."
  • The Third Man (1949) $
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
    • Lucas "A film is in trouble when it relies on irony as a means of resolution."


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